Thursday, June 16, 2011

When the weather gets hot, the dogs get thirsty....

Well this spring sure took a turn for the worst! Or best, depending on how you look at it :) Rather, Summer's here, finally! Jeff and Elana have been wearing shorts, lathering up on sunscreen, wearing hats to shield our faces and carrying plenty of water to quench our thirst. But what do we do to ensure that our four-legged friends are also protected from the heat, when the sun bears down on us all day?

Elana with Zoe, Oskar, Monkee, Sandy & Kenai

Well, Sandy wears the saddle bags, and since she's a Labrador, good for working and eager to please, she's happy to bear the weight to make sure that all her dog friends are healthy. We take a lot of breaks in the shade and dish out the hydration, where all the guys get a good dose of digging and chasing after butterflies while everyone drinks their fill.

Sandy, after a good swim at Lake Anza
Or, we hike to someplace with lots of fresh water, like our favorite swimming hole up at Lake Anza, in Tilden. Here, the big swimmers can launch themselves into the cool water, swim after balls and bask in the tree shade.

Monkee and Sam rolling around in the shade

Every chance they get, Monkee and Sam tear around in the dry duff from the Redwoods or Oak trees up near Redwood Bowl in the East Bay hills.
Kitsu and the pack at Pt.Isabel

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