Saturday, June 29, 2013

Keeping Fit in Hot Weather

Welcome to FitDog Friday! The Lady I rescued decided it was time for us to participate in the FitDog Friday blog hop for a few reasons. The first, I am getting a bit chubby, maybe from me taking more than a week's rest due to an injury (Week's Rest) or my afternoon walks becoming almost nonexistent. Which is why the Lady needs to participate also.

My friend Sugar the Golden Retriever, over at Golden Woofs, and I finally planned a walk day in Glenview, a suburb north of us. The Lady wanted to do this because she is totally bored with our morning walks and thinks we need more adventures. Luckily, we picked a day when our stormy weather took a break, but not the heat. We were meeting at a beautiful new development called Gallery Park, on the former site of Glenview Naval Air Station, something the Lady still has not gotten over. By new, we mean little trees and little shade.

There's a beautiful lake surrounded by a path. We took a moment to pause for pictures on the bridge over it. But by now we are already very hot. We started early, 10 a.m., but not a cloud in the sky, a black dog, and little shade, we had to take precautions. First, mom made sure we found the water right away.

Photo courtesy of Golden Woofs
The Lady always carries a collapsible water bowl with her and I readily shared it with Sugar. Then I managed to find something smelly to roll in and look silly in front of her. Once we drank some water I really enjoyed our walk. There were lots of great new smells and I kept going despite the sun beating down on me. We stopped again for water and shade but after that our walkers needed relief. We visited a very nice bookstore that is dog friendly. There we were able to cool our body temperatures down and rest for the walk back.

Photo courtesy of Golden Woofs,
Sugar the Golden Retriever

This walk could have been very dangerous for Sugar and I but because precautions were taken we were fine. Its important to recognize signs of heatstroke is us dogs. Luckily for us our conditions never worsened beyond the first symptom.

As the Lady and I turned into our neighborhood the first thing we noticed were the huge old trees and how shady and cool everything was. When I got home I got a Frosty Paws frozen treat to help cool me down the rest of the way.

Thank you to Sugar and her mom for their hospitality in Glenview!

Love, Dolly the Doxie (mix)


  1. A new place hey, boy, bet there was tons of stuff to smell and see, glad Mom had the water dish. Yep we go hide under our big trailer by our kiddie pool when it get hot here! Can't ever drink enough!

    The Mad Scots

  2. Replies
    1. Its much cooler now thank goodness! Love Dolly

  3. Sounds like a wonderful time and I'm so glad you rescued a biped that is very responsible. Of course, heatstroke is not on our worry list at the moment, as we are in the middle of winter. Then again, It's only barely cold enough to wear a long sleeved T, so it can still get pretty warm on a midday walk.

    1. The biped just figured out what it is! Hahahaha! Love Dolly

  4. Dolly that was a pawsome walk with the lovely Sugar. Have a serene Sunday and stay cool.
    Best wishes Molly

  5. We have to do it again ... I know you enjoyed the park. Golden Happy to spend mid morning and hang out with you and your mom. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

  6. Very wise dolly...It's so important to be careful in Summer heat and take along plenty of water...Walks with furriends are the best, aren't they

  7. That sounds like a super fun walk! Plus, with it ending with a frosty paws, you can't get any better!

  8. Sounds like you had a great day! Thanks for hanging out with us at FitDog Friday! Hope we get to play again in Chicago soon!
    Your pals,
    Diane and Rocco

    1. We heard you are visiting in August! We talked about visiting my neighborhood then, I hope so! Love Dolly