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Re: Furry dogs/acclimation

Sugar hates the cold as much as mama does. In the cooler weather, she
lays I mean right in front of the gas heater (like a small fireplace) in
the living room at my feet. It's a miracle she doesn't fry. And if
there's even a hint of a chill in the house, she'll go sit in front the
heater, look at me, look at the long fireplace lighter and look back at
me like "hey stupid, what does a cat have to do to get some HEAT around
here?" If ignored at this point, usually because I'm laughing my head
off, she'll come head butt my leg until I get up and light it. It's
hysterical now....


---------- Original Message ----------------------------------
From: TeichFlora@aol.com
Reply-To: gardenchat@hort.net
Date:  Mon, 18 Aug 2003 09:08:47 EDT

>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.  
>zone 9
>Texas Gulf Coast
>In a message dated 8/17/2003 11:02:37 AM Central Standard Time, 
>gardenchat-owner@hort.net writes:
>> 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.........:)
>> Donna
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Pam Evans
Kemp TX/zone 8A


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