*This is a blog post from Frankie the office dog*
Isn’t it hot? I’m not complaining, no way, I love baking myself in the garden til the insides of my ears go pink. But Nic says “that’s the whole problem”, and that I have “no common sense”.
It seems that she takes issue with the fact that, no matter how hot I get or how long I spend in the sun, I don’t really drink enough water. I dunno why! I just don’t really make the link. Hot+panting=water? Really? I’m not convinced.
Anyway I know the science behind hydration and so I have been trying a few tricks to get myself to drink more water. I thought you guys (or maybe your dogs) might like to hear them.
Frankie’s best ideas for drinking more water when you’re really really hot in the Summer but can’t be bothered to drink water from your bowl
1) Ask your human to put small dog treats, or bits of broken dog biscuit, into ice cube trays. Top up with water and freeze. You can then nibble on the treat-filled ice cubes. You’ll be so focused on the treat you won’t notice that you hydrated yourself!
2) “Meat water”. Simply get your human to add a tiny bit of juice from a packet of meat (fish water also works well) into a bowl of water. Yum yum! It’s kind of like watery gravy, but has excellent hydrationalisating properties. I like using Meat Water from my Kezie Foods raw dog food for this recipe.
3) Drink from the canal. Nic says “No! No! Stop it!” and adds “please do not do this one, you will wake your human up four times in the night needing a sh*t”. I still say it’s a fine idea.
4) Ditto ^^^ the garden pond.
Well, that’s all from me! Stay cool everyone and remember: don’t jump into the canal unless you’re prepared to be shampooed under the garden hose afterwards!
TheFitDog’s top tip for getting through the heatwave is a post from the Fit Writer blog.
Nicola Joyce – the Fit Writer – is a freelance copywriter and journalist who writes for the sport and fitness industry. Her main website is here.