Re: Furry dogs/acclimation
Hi Donna....I have one red chow, one brown chow, and one pure black, the
other black with a white dove (or eagle according to dh) on her chest and white
"dalmation" paws. She's a chow mix. But it's cute. The German shepard died last
year of old age....right after my "heart", Flaksey the white Angora cat.
I do bring them in with temps over 90...especially with high humidity. Vet
told us about a man that shaved his dog (forgot the breed, but a very furry
large one too)...the dog ended up with heat stroke....due to his having done
this, there was no longer the insulation against the heat. Apparently it was like
thrusting the dog in an oven, after being acclimated to his fur, etc. then
all of a sudden not having that anymore.
Pam, interesting that your cat enjoys the heat....another case of
acclimation. My 4 cats are all indoor only, and are definitely not acclimated to heat or
cold. When temps get too high, they literally lay UNDER the A/C vents, and
in winter when it is too cold, they will lay under the same vent for the heat.
Funny to see a cluster of cats in one place. LOL Was worse when there were
7 of them.
Texas Gulf Coast
In a message dated 8/17/2003 11:02:37 AM Central Standard Time,
> Not debating you, but somehow it is hard to think about a big black chow
> with all that fur not being hot in 95+ weather. I can't even fathom me
> not being hot!:)
> A friend of mine has a chow which I dog sit when he is out of town. That
> dog sheds something terrible... does yours know the seasons and do the
> same? Just curious.
> And I do have a cocker spaniel and she was panting so bad with our heat
> waves even in the a/c house. DH took the shaver to her(poor thing) and
> she stopped. Seemed to appreciate having less (read no) hair, although
> if she ever seen herself in the mirror.........:)
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