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Sunday, January 5, 2014

Don’t forget about your Best Friend in the Sizzling Australian Heat

While the United States is suffering deadly snowstorms,

Australia is in the midst of a heatwave.

“It’s bloody hot!” are the parrot like words emanating from Pinky’s perspiration-ringed lips every five minutes. Scotto has grounds to commit mariticide, I'm sure.
(It's like I have a form of Tourette's, but no swearing... just constant whinging.)

Scotto and I have spent 80% of our time floating around the pool in order to ward off heat stroke and I can’t imagine what it would be like without air-conditioning when the temperature drops down to a muggy 27 degrees overnight.

As you know, Pinky’s dogs (Borat, Willy, Celine and Pablo) are her substitute babies. They're the loves of my life and I’ve been watching them closely for heat stress.

Watching them lolling around, conserving their energy and panting a lot and I must admit I feel really sorry for the poor mutts.

This is what I’ve been doing to make sure they don’t suffer from the heat.

# Allowing them to come inside the house and chill out under the fan… or at least make sure they have plenty of shade.

                      Me could get used to this!

# Putting ice cubes in their drinking water and frequently checking it’s at an adequate level.

# Hosing them down because dogs can’t sweat

 (Willy runs away and hides behind a pot plant but we still manage to catch him).

                         Rack off mother... I'd rather be hot!

# Taking the smaller ones for a little swim against their wishes.

                              This is animal abuse!

# Feeding them after dark when it’s cooler so their food doesn’t sit in the sun for hours.

We can’t take them to the movies or into air-conditioned shopping centres but at least we’re doing something to make them a little more comfortable.

Hope you’re looking after your best friend.