Heat Wave

For the first time so far this year, the weather actually did what I predicted. Cool days/cold nights hung on so long, almost all the way through May, that I said it’ll do this until it abruptly turns hot. And a couple of days ago it abruptly turned hot. Sure glad we got that yard work job out of the way with dispatch, because I wouldn’t have enjoyed it at all right now.

Didn’t sleep at all well last night, which of course meant I overslept this morning. When the afternoons are hot, the mornings are precious so I’ve got to get coffeed up and get my ass in gear. Blessings on Little Bear, who unlike a certain dog who’ll no longer slum around with me LB will politely let me sleep until I’m done sleeping.

Speaking of LB, he has decided nix on this whole ‘afternoon walkie’ thing for the duration. I took him out into the wash yesterday around three, he got maybe fifty yards in and abruptly wanted to advance in a retrograde direction. I kept trying to go forward, and he kept insisting we retreat. I wondered at first if he’d detected something we should sensibly retreat from – which is after all one reason I keep dogs – when it finally occurred to me that the poor guy was just hot. Never mind the woes of being the biggest blackest hairiest dog on the block, now Daddy was forcing him to walk on the very hot sand.
hot sand cartoon
Simple enough for Daddy, he’s got shoes. So we called halt to the afternoon walkie protocol until further notice, or at least we’ll keep it short and to firmer ground.

And now I must pour down some coffee and get to morning chores.

ETA: Wow, seven o’clock, just got in from tending chickens, and it’s already unpleasantly warm. Better get morning walkies out of the way before LB swears off those, too.

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7 Responses to Heat Wave

  1. Ben says:

    There is a simple solution to a hot Lair. Simply turn on the A/C.

    Oh wait…

  2. Robert says:

    Perhaps some well-heeled reader will donate night vision goggles for walkies after dark to avoid Mr. Sun. I wonder if they make NVGs with doggie-shaped head straps. You and LB could be the source for a local spooky legend. Roswell has the saucer, y’all could have The Night Walker. Think of the tourist dollar income, people flocking in… oh, wait, nevermind.

  3. Robert says:

    Ben: Desert Hermit Chic dictates using a fan. At desert temperatures, a fan feels like a hair dryer.

  4. Kentucky says:

    . . . but it’s a DRY heat . . .


  5. Robert Evans says:

    Do you think that LB would tolerate wearing dog boots? Did military working dogs in Iraq wear them?

  6. Joel says:

    He might, but it doesn’t get that hot here. I just need to stop taking him for walks on the sand for a while.

  7. Kyle says:

    Joel duuude it is that hot were u are please im not a pussy guy but the ground is probably too hot for ur pooch take off your shoe and walk around if its too hot for u its too hot for lilbear!!!! Plse make sure he isnt in real pain!! Thanks kyle!

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