Chillin’

Yesterday, we did some further experiments in the endless quest to keep a pug cool during the sweltering days of summer.

METHOD 1: COOLING HARNESS - Now this is how you keep cool in style. Sid received this sharp-looking harness from our fellow pug-blogger friend, Christy. It was handmade by her and fits Sid like a well-tailored suit. The main part of the harness is made out of a water-absorbing ShamWow-esque material. You just get the harness nice and wet with cold water, wring it out, and then slip in on. The harness stays nice and cool and the moisture also allows the breezes to provide some cooling action (since dogs don’t produce sweat on their bodies). Sid wore his on his walk and kept cool the whole time. We also stuck to routes along tree-lined streets that provide much-needed shade.

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METHOD 2: TUB OF COOL WATER - After some failed attempts by Sid to jump into the tub while I was taking a shower (wish I could have got a photo of that somehow), I put him in the tub by himself with a few inches a cool water. I doused his back and belly using a small bucket. The cool water seemed to help quite a bit, but pretty soon he was counteracting the cooling of the water and working up a sweat by splashing water everywhere like a maniac (he has a strange obsession with water as you might recall).

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METHOD 3: BAG OF FROZEN PEAS UNDER A BLANKET - In retrospect, probably the worst idea for a food-crazed pug. He wouldn’t leave the bag alone and furiously kept digging until he unearthed it.

 

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CONCLUSION: I need to get the A/C unit up from the basement and get it into a window – pronto!

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7 Responses to “Chillin’”

  1. avatar Payton's mom Says:

    You are lookin’ mighty cool in that harness! I’m glad it fits great. Maybe your dad should let you eat some of those frozen peas…I bet you’d like ‘em better in your belly than on it. ;-)
    Love,
    Christy
    PS. Sid, are you still hunting for the elusive aqua burger?

  2. avatar Noodles Says:

    Hi Sid
    Dontcha just LOVE LOVE LOVE Ms Christy? And that cooling vest. . . well you wear it so well.
    My Mommy has tried a lot of things. My favorite is my swimming pool. As long as the water is cool I am one happy puggy.
    But in the end, nothing nothing NOTHING beats A/C.
    Love Noodles

  3. avatar stella rose Says:

    OHMYPUG ours momma and daddy has their air conditioner on all the times cos we pants and pants, and they’s worries and worries, but we heard from the weather peoples that it is going to be really cool the rest of the week.
    stay cool sid…p.s. I would have eaten that bag of peas….
    stella rose

  4. avatar Idaho PugRanch Says:

    What a great harness!!! we are supposed to be warming up to 90′s. Thank goodness we got central air!
    hugs
    Mr Bailey, Hazel & Greta

  5. avatar tweedles Says:

    Sid,,, your cooling harness is a wonderful idea!!!
    And we loved seeing you in the bathtub -doing splishy splashy!
    love
    tweedles

  6. avatar retro rover Says:

    most of our pugs hate water which makes wading impossible, only weasely likes it. The harness looks like a good idea, however we go with short short walks and blasting AC

    retro rover

  7. avatar Steve Inman Says:

    Two words – Lake Michigan!
    : )
    Love, Gampy

    P.S. Looking forward to seeing you guys!

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