Ray has never been a “high energy” dog. Perhaps his Rottweiler genes have contributed to that, or perhaps simply having a thick fur double coat in our hot and humid Summers is the cause. Given that he had Stage 2 Heart-worm when we adopted him, perhaps there is some residual internal organ damage from that period in his life that makes vigorous activity unpleasant in some manner. I don’t suppose that being on prozak-type meds is helping either!
Like life in general, it is so often unrealistic to pin an incident or condition down to a single event. Circumstances are generally more complex than that and, in this Ray situation, the cause could be any one, or all, of the suggestions noted.
What we do know is that heat is certainly a factor. Our temperatures are falling now; the resulting humidity is of little consequence, and he is a lot happier on his walks.
He is even happier if his walk takes him to the lake, or to a creek. Ray is an interesting dog because he has no interest in a child’s wading pool, and will avoid puddles. Trying to get him outside to “do his business” when it is raining, is a major coaxing job … and yet he will exert all the muscle he has to walk into Lake Ontario, or to splash around in a creek! Rotti genes again perhaps?
While we are pleased to be out of the heat and humidity, we are really not quite ready to welcome the snow just yet but, in reality, it is not that far away. Ray, in contrast, will probably be ecstatic when he sees a white blanket covering our back garden, and we will look forward to seeing him chase down his tennis balls again. Before all that happens, I will be raking up leaves into large piles, and then watch Ray leap in and out of them!
Yes … I am pleased to see the heat and humidity go away, but I am also excited about the Fall and the Winter. We have a wonderfully varied climate here, and watching Ray adjust to it is both fascinating and just plain fun!
I think Ray would agree that, in general. it is good to be cool!!!