Thursday , 23 November 2017

Hot Pug in the Summertime

In the heat of the summer, it sure would be helpful if The Pug didn’t mind getting wet.

Pugs have terrible internal cooling systems. As dogs sweat only from their relatively small foot pads, they rely on panting – passing moist air over their long tongues – to cool themselves down.

The snoutless pug is, therefore,  at a major disadvantage when the heat cranks up. Add to this the fact that Lola walks around in a black fur coat all day, and this turns her into a sort of canine solar powered EZ Bake Oven.

When we head out on a summer walk – pretty much anywhere – we take along the following items in our “Pug Cool Down Kit”:

Pug Accoutrements

…you can see which item The Pug is most interested in, yes?

A careful dunk in cool-ish water is a fast way to cool down a dog who doesn’t have a great ability to cool herself down naturally.

Alas, this is about as close to getting wet as Lola will allow without a struggle, a few scars (mental for her, physical for us) and an unbelievable amount of payback sulking afterwards.

So close, and yet so far.

She’s still having fun…because she doesn’t know we are just about to give her a little cooling-action.

I know you don’t believe it, but we do it because we love you, Pug.

…for more of Lola’s summertime adventures, you can visit her on her very own Pug Blog!

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  1. Ha! I have Finnish Lapphunds, an arctic breed that is highly prone to heat stroke. They are also notorious for being cat-like and hating the water. I, too, try to cool them off with water, generally being misted by the hose and we keep them indoors (and at times closed in the bedroom that has the a/c) during the summer heat. My newest addition hates the hose with a passion and will run and hide behind the BBQ or in the shed to avoid it. My eldest loves to bite at the water and he’ll get soaked in the process, so that helps at least.

    Nice to know other dogs are just as finicky!

  2. I think we have the get the pugs and the Finnish Lapphunds together. They are surely plotting to take over the world, Cat! Lola actually even avoids *shadows* on the sidewalks, for fear that they are wet spots. She is a total freak of nature.

    Love to your wee beasties!

  3. Hahah! I love that Lola avoids shadows. She must be quite the character, Thankfully, my newest Lappie, Sophie actually seeks out the shade. She’s the only Lappie I have had that does this. My eldest, Jinx just loves to lie out in the sun looking all lion-ish. When he does that I attack him with the hose spray to get him back in the shade. Both my pups think splashing through mud and puddles is just grand! The dog I lost this February would herd you into the street in front of oncoming traffic just to avoid puddles. At least she was cleaner when we got home.

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