It’s HOT here at the moment! Readers in other countries might say, ‘Of course it is, it’s summer,’ but we haven’t had a proper summer in this country for 10 years, so it feels strange. Pearl finds it particularly puzzling; she’s only 9, so she’s never known heat like this.
The heat can be difficult for us dogs, especially when we get old. Our normal body temperature is higher than yours, plus we have fur coats we can’t take off, so we need you to be vigilant and make sure we don’t overheat. Here are some tips to keep us cool:
- Cool (not cold) wet towels on our ears, paws, armpits and groin
- Don’t overcool or force drinking
- Don’t muzzle us in hot weather
- Keep us out of hot cars
- Careful exercising – stick to cooler times of day
I don’t want to scare you, but perfectly healthy dogs have died this summer after being exercised in the heat. Signs of heat stroke are:
- Thick saliva
- Raised temperature (over 39.3 C, 102.8 F)
- Wobbling gait
- Bright red/purple gums
- Loss of consciousness
If we have these symptoms, cool us down and get us to the vet ASAP!
On a happier note, the hot weather is bringing out all sorts of interesting critters and bizarre phenomena, like monster moths…
…and strange lights in the sea at night. We’d like to think this is fairy activity, but it’s actually down to plankton that light up in the dark. In Annabelle’s story about the Slapstyx goblins, the plankton become possessed by evil spirits, forming into terrible monsters and destroying the other sea creatures, but real plankton are peaceable beings who need to protect themselves at night – hence the neon blue light show. I’d like to go down to the beach and see it for myself, but I can’t walk that far anymore.
Never mind – maybe I’ll pop down there in my astral body. I’m sure to see some fairy activity if I do that!
NB – The Slapstyx is FREE on Smashwords through July. This seaside adventure is a great summer read for kids, so pick up a copy in time for the holidays!