Keeping cool on a hot morning

What would you do to keep cool on a hot day? What if you were a long-haired dog? Greta, a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever mix, looks for her ‘cave’, a central bathroom with a tile floor and an air-conditioner outlet in the ceiling, the result is that this is the coolest room in the house. On hot days she spends lots of time there. Read more about that room.

But when we give her a chance to swim, she takes to water, “like a duck”. Last weekend the forecast was for 90F by mid-afternoon, so we decided to take Greta to a small park on the Monocacy River, near the borders of Frederick and Carroll Counties in Maryland and Adams County in Pennsylvania. We’re not sure if it is worthwhile to take our kayaks here, but Greta loves it. (We’ll let you know in a week or so.)

Normally we toss Greta’s squeaky ball and she dashes into the water to retrieve it, just for us to repeat it over and over. Soon she tired of this game and wandered off into weeds to roll and scratch her back. Sometimes I think I’d like to do the same. About the time we thought she’s had enough exercise things changed. I’d picked up the toy, Greta dashed between me and the shore looking back, with that look that told me she wanted me to toss it again. If you have a dog you know what I’m talking about. So I tossed it a couple times. Then she started having fun with us. Dogs are smart, she knew somehow that we were thinking of heading back home and she wasn’t finished swimming yet. We called to her to come, like a little kid Greta headed to the far shore where she dropped the toy, and ignoring us, she swam up and down the creek. Finally after about 10 minutes of this playing she finally picked up the toy and swam back to us, happy and cool.

What happened next? You guessed right, she shook dirty water all over the two of us.


About Mike

I'm an avid bicyclist, that also enjoys Kayaking, Nature Photography, Cross Country Skiing and Geocaching. There's nothing more boring than sitting indoors in "good" weather.
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