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Keepin’ It Cool

You know it’s officially summertime when record temperatures hit.

Summer usually means the livin’ is easy. School is out, everyone is doing one thing or another outside and, yes, of course, dog shows are more apparent than ever. But a heat wave is never fun, not only for us, but for our doggies too.

So today I thought I would share some fun ways my four-legged friends and I keep it cool on sizzling hot Utah days.

First off, you may already know from my previous DFRs that my dogs (usually I would just say Beagles, but we also have a Corgi and a Papillon) just love ice cubes! The dogs in the house wait by the freezer if they think someone could potentially be opening the door! This is fine with me. Ice cubes are a perfect summertime treat to cool them down.

Lately I’ve been thinking that the word “treat” should be reserved for something special, something different from the dogs’ ordinary house cookie. So when I saw a homemade frozen doggie treat on a friend’s Facebook page, a little light bulb turned on in my head. I quickly decided they were a “must make” for my pups!

These puppies are staying cool with help from a frozen treat. Photo by Kayla Bertagnolli.

So I found a recipe and made a batch at home. Not only did the dogs love them, but the frozen treats were easy to make and cheap too!

Basically all I needed to make these treats was yogurt, bananas and honey. I tossed these into a blender and mixed it all up. Then all I did was pour the goodies into small Dixie cups and popped them in the freezer overnight.

They were a big hit with the dogs at my house. The look on their faces was like, “Wait a second, what is this?” All their tails were wagging, and they couldn’t get enough!

I think it’s great to give our dogs an extra special treat occasionally and so important to take simple precautions so all of us can enjoy the summer months together. Remember that dogs can suffer from the same problems we do in the summer, like overheating, dehydration and sunburn.

Luckily, we dog fanciers have a variety of products that we use on a daily basis at shows to help keep our doggies cool. Doggie fans, cool coats and bags full of ice – and, now, frozen yogurt pops – help everyone stay comfortable in the heat.

Dogs are part of the family, so remember to give them the same hot weather care and protection you need and they deserve.

After all, Dogs Freakin’ Rule!

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Kayla Bertagnolli is a 23-year-old from Ogden, UT, who's been involved in the dog show world her whole life. A former junior handler who learned about breeding Beagles from her mother Leah, she assisted several professional handlers and is currently working to become a Junior Showmanship judge. Kayla is passionate about photography and writes the twice-weekly blog, DFR. She plans to continue breeding and showing, and expects to stay involved in dogs "for life!"
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  • wishingwellknl
    Patty July 23, 2012 at 5:21 PM

    Hope it is not too hot for you in Waukesha this weekend! Sorry I am going to miss seeing you:))

  • Jinnie July 24, 2012 at 4:12 AM

    Try icy cold watermelon, just dash it on the ground and watch them go crazy!

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