When it's too hot for planes to fly into Phoenix, it's time for some serious shades. Summer is officially upon us! The sidewalks are heating up and sunburnt shoulders can been seen on any street. If you are happy it's finally here but can only take so much of a great thing, here are seven cool ways for you and your pup to chill out in style!
Nothing is better than frozen treats on a hot day and the possibilities are endless. Both you and your dog can enjoy many different kinds of homemade treats together. There are tons of unique recipes out there but you just can't beat a classic. Simply fill ice cube trays with filtered water and healthy, dog-friendly fruits, such as blueberries or strawberries, and freeze. When frozen, give a few cubes to your pup to nibble on and put a few in your own glass!
You've heard it before but that's because it's important! Of course after a while, it feels like a chore. Use fruits and vegetables to liven it up! Toss in a handful of fresh berries or slices of cucumber into their water dish for some playfulness and put a few in your own glass as well.
Avoid the hottest parts of the day by having a spa day at home. Any quick Google search will show a myriad of all natural spa products for you and your dog. There are even videos about full-body and facial dog massages! However, an easy oatmeal shampoo recipe from Life Made Full can be made with simple pantry ingredients found in any home. Make sure to create a calming ambiance with soothing lighting and music and then feel free to relax right alongside your dog.
With the heat behind you, feel free to take walks and venture out later in the evening. Catch up with friends at a nearby park for an evening open cinema movie or bring your dog to a local pet-friendly bar or restaurant. It seems as though every day in major cities across the country a new dog-friendly establishment opens up down the street. See what new places are in your hometown. Your dog will enjoy stretching his or her legs and taking in the different sights and smells of the nocturnal city without the sizzling sun.
For dogs with longer hair, a shorter trim is what's in order come the summer months. Carrying all the extra weight of hair is uncomfortable and can even increase a dog's chances of overheating in some cases. The good news is there are lots of trendy hairdos for both of you. If you need inspiration, here is a cute list of some doggy haircut before and after shots. So either at home or with a professional, trim those locks so you both can enjoy a cool breeze on the back of your necks.
Learn about pet friendly places to cool off in your neighborhood. Shopping mall air conditioning is some of the coldest around and more and more major retailers have a dog-friendly policy. Here are some of the stores listed below.
Note** Even for these listed stores, the manager of each store has the final call in deciding if dogs are allowed or not. It's best to check before you go to your locale.
Go see what floats. Check out the swimming holes nearest you for a day at the lake or beach. Make sure to bring plenty of supplies for both of you to enjoy your day. I always make sure to pack water and snacks enough for both of us, a large towel, essential doggie supplies, sunglasses, umbrella for shade and a great book!
Keep it cool this summer and Stay Royal!