We have had many really hot and humid days this month such that we are virtually hibernating during the day. Ray, however, does need to go out into the back garden periodically so of course we join him and have a little play (and clean up after him!).
We recently bought him a new, larger, pool* and so put some water in it with the hope that he would be interested in getting in and cooling off. Our experience up to this time was that he would walk into a pool only if there was an incentive (food in there!). Once he had walked in and retrieved the “incentive”, he would just step out.
This time was a little different. Whether it was the particularly high temperature, or simply the new pool, we will never know but he did actually walk right into it without a treat incentive. He then immediately stepped out and wandered around but there was certainly a desire to get in (and possibly cool his feet).
A few treats thrown into the pool gave him the motivation to get back in, at which time Carol had the hose on a fairly gentle spray setting and gave him a “misting”! He did not show any aversion to it so she eventually worked up to a direct spray on him!
Clearly he was not objecting, and soon we had one very wet dog who then decided that he would like to go back inside. I guess that was inevitable!
*See “Ray’s Pool” – July 8, 2015