This time of year there’s always headlines warning about the dangers of leaving doggies in the car, and still there’s always a couple of really stoopid humans who think their dog will be okay for a few minutes while they pop in to the shops – and their poor dogs are roasting away in the car. The fact is us dogs can’t handle the heat very well, and we need some help to keep cool.
Some of my doggie friends best tips for keeping cool
My friends the Entlebuchers Megan & Basil have some really pawsome cooling doggie coats that their humans soak in water to help help keep them cool during the day, and their humans bring along water on their walks too. My lil sister Bella has her own paddle pool in the garden, and I just love going swimming in the Thames on my walks and I keep to the shady side of the road on my way home. My buddy Archie loves the doggie ice cream he sells in his shop, and he’s decided that he wants very little exercise no that its so hot outside.
As you can see we’ve all got our own tips and tricks for keeping cool in summer – but there’s one thing we have in common and that’s the fact that our humans would never, ever intentionally leave us in the car in hot weather.
Have you really prepared for travelling in hot weather?
But sometimes things don’t go exactly according to plan. What if you get caught in really bad traffic when your dog is with you in the car? What if there’s an accident on the road and you have to stop your car & switch the air con off? Its not a good situation, but that’s exactly what happened to me and Bella and our humans last week.
We were traveling along the M25 (for our overseas readers - that’s a biiiiig motorway ) when all of a sudden we had to stop the car because of an accident that had happened far away. The traffic wasn’t moving at all and all the humans started stepping outside their cars, walking around, chatting, and making jokes about the situation.
Stuck in a really, really hot car
It was around midday and the temperature was slowly rising. No shade in sight and although our humans opened all the windows in the car Bella and I started to get really, really long tongues. The humans checked the temperature of the tarmac – way too hot for doggie paws so getting us outside was not an option.
Our humans walked around and opened the boot to check our water bowl, and as soon as people around us saw Bella and me sitting there they sprung into action and started offering us more water. One man even ran up to our car and poured our bowl full even though we already had plenty! The drinking water alone wasn’t enough to keep us cool though but luckily for us, Bella’s human had prepared lots of bottles with frozen water for us that they took out and started rubbing into our coats. I dipped my paws in some of the icy water too and it was pawsome.
Then they took out our soft bed from the boot (it was really, really hot and fluffy) and sprinkled some water on a blanket for us to lie on instead. We felt a lot better after our ice bath, but the sun was still shining and slowly heating up our car, roasting us like hot dogs on a BBQ. If only we could find some shade! Then humans still had their worried faces on and came up with another great idea. They put a blanket across the rear window of the car, making a snug, shaded little nest for us doggies in the boot.
We snoozed like that in the car for about an hour or so before the traffic started to move again and the air con could come back on. By then Bella and I had decided that what we really, really wanted to do more than anything else was to go to the beach. The humans agreed and changed our travel plans and drove us to the coast and it was pawsome.
I’d love to hear if anyone else has ever got caught in traffic like that? Do you have any tips for staying cool?