I've held my tongue for too long and simply cannot stay silent any longer... I have too much love for dogs.
Widowmaker wrote:And I take him out because he wants to go.
Unless your dog is one-of-a-kind and is able to read a thermometer
he has NO CLUE
how hot it is outside, so of course
he wants to go outside!
Please... tell me what dog wouldn't WANT to go outside when they know the freedom of being outdoors!From the HAZ article:
(which I wholeheartedly agree with the full article)Dogs will push themselves to please you. Most dogs will push themselves to the point of heatstroke rather than not keep up with their owner.Absolutely true!Don't buy those stupid doggy bootie things. Train your dog to become accustomed to the surfaces it will hike on. If you are worried about the ground temperature, don't take the dog with you! Those bootie things are difficult for dogs to get used to, they inhibit the dog's footing, they slide off in water, and they are as appropriate as a sweater on a dog.
Expecting to 'protect' the paws from a high ground temperature, is ludicrous!
While they may help
prevent transfer of the temperature of the ground to the paw, on the flip side they severely inhibit
the ability the paws to 'sweat' to dissipate the heat.
Widowmaker wrote:Well Rowdy will never die because of me.
He may not die, but I'm sure he will happily
suffer just to please you.
In closing, please understand
, the point isn't whether you post photosets with Rowdy or not, it is about his safety and well-being.
PLEASE, give Rowdy the benefit of the doubt!/off soapbox Disclaimer:
No, I have not owned a dog for 60+ years, losing my first dog to a black mamba while it protected me from the snake. He got between me and the snake with the result being they both died... and I lived.
So... I must admit I do have a huge soft-spot for the welfare of dogs.
While dogs may be "a man's best friend", too many times the flip side is NOT true... 'man' is NOT a dog's best friend.