Keep Your Pup Cool as Summer Winds Down
Fall fashions may be hitting your fave stores but that doesn’t mean the hot weather is over. August can be a rough time when it comes to heat waves and humidity, and that means your pup is likely feeling the temperatures more than you are! Here are couple of my favorite, creative ways to help keep your pup cool – and occupied – whether you’re going to work for the day, out on the town with the girls, or just want a few minutes where you know your pooch has something to keep her busy, and to keep her from melting.
I’ve mentioned my love for the Kong before because they are wonderful puzzle toys that stimulate your dog’s mind while keeping them engaged for long periods of time.
(This has come in particularly handy with my recent adoption of two beagle puppies who are – as you might guess and in spite of this picture here – very boisterous and active!) But what’s more, the Kong can double as a frozen popsicle treat for your four-legged friend. There are all kinds of things you can fill this toy with – from peanut butter to chicken broth to treats and cottage cheese – and then pop it in the freezer. Once frozen, it will be a welcome sight on a hot summer’s day. If you do opt for a more liquid filling, don’t forget that it’ll likely be messy as it is licked, or as it begins to melt!
Another one of my favorite tricks is frozen baby food or frozen applesauce. Since most baby food comes in glass containers, this might be one best done under mom’s supervision! A frozen applesauce container, since it’s plastic, will usually serve as some sort of chew toy for your pup once they’ve finished their fruity treat. If you opt for baby food, be prepared to be engaged in conversation by overly-friendly mothers, as I have been, who question your favorite brands and types of baby mush. I’ve gotten some funny looks when I tell them it’s for my dog – but hey, my animals ARE my children!
So freeze up something yummy for your girl and enjoy a day in the shade!
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