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just wondering how your beagle stays cool in the hot weather.the a/c in our house is broken until tommorrow and sure can tell homer is feeling it.he does not like laying on anything but his pillows or a piece of carpet(he even has carpet samples to lay outside on)-for the past couple of days he just lays around on the wood floors or the concrete in the carport.poor guy is too hot to even play outside or with any toys inside.i soaked him with the house tonight which he hates but he needed a rinsing anyways and put his carpet in front of a fan so he was nice and cool but he still whined and rolled around like i beat him or something just cuz there was some water on him...lol.he won't touch his water unless i put ice in it now which i do all day long since he walks around with his mouth hanging open...lol.i feel so bad for him.lucky for him he is a really good dog and doesn't get into stuff he's not supposed to except for the occasional tissue in the garbage so he gets to sleep in our comp room where his crate is but with the doors open and a baby gate so he can sleep on the floor if he wants or his crate.he has proved to us he can be trusted loose for a night-we just forgot to close his door to his crate a few times
and we wake up and he is sleeping in his crate and nothing has been messed with-he is such a good boy!
 

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Our JRT/Min Mix, Miles, seems to have more heat issues than Vinny. When Miles is to hot, he will lay on the kitchen floor or entry way floor.
 

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We dont have air conditioning as the temp goes up to over 30C only for a couple of months a year. We then only walk the dogs early morning and late evening and the rest of the time they lay around in the house. With all our doors open we can usually create a draft.
If a dog really gets overheated it can kill it. A friend who worked for animal rescue told us that when they are called to an overheated dog, usually in a town or village, they throw the dog into the nearest water- often the local fountain.
The worst crime a dog owner can commit is to lock the dog in a car, even for a few minutes, when the temps go over 20 C . A dog boils alive and its terrible. The police break windows of cars to try and save dogs, buts its usually too late. I once rushed into a shop to find the owner of a car who had left a baby in the car!!! The child nearly died and the mother was only in the shop (doing Lotto) for a few minutes.
 

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Well as a former hvac contractor, our beags enjoy a heated &
cooled living space! (Just another way we spoil our beags)!
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We've had AC problems, too. The pan that collects condensation rusted out (the AC unit is 30 years old) and we've had water leaking all over our carpet for over a week. We finally got someone to come look at it on Tuesday. Yep, that's broken. I'll order a new part. That's $75. Doh. But our homeowner's insurance is paying for a new air conditioner (yay!) that will be installed next Monday (AAAAAHHH). For a few days there, before we knew where the leak was coming from and whether it would hurt the AC/do unknown electrical damage, we had to turn it off. It was just about then Texas summer decided to rear its ugly head. We put the pups' kennel in the kitchen on the linoleum and put a small fan blowing indirectly on them. They seemed to weather our few non-AC days better than we did ^_^ We've got a bucket solution going for us now until the new unit is installed, but we're still keeping the air a little bit warmer than is comfortable and the fan on the dogs in the kitchen. When we do have a fully functional air conditioner, they stay in the kennel room (the dining room we never use) where the ceiling fan is on 24/7/365. And we're going to have to go carpet shopping sometime in the near future... the leak gave us a serious mold situation in the hallway right by the AC unit.
 

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I don't have air conditioning either as it's not absolutely necessary, but we do have lovely cool tiled floors which Beaglina lies on when it's hot. I also take her swimming on an afternoon - she loves it and runs round like a mad thing once she's cooled off. She'll play with the hosepipe too and I have to admit that last summer when there were a couple of really hot days I soaked her towel in cold water and then put it over her - she did look pretty silly though!
 

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My two really slow down quick when it's hot outside. Fortunately our AC has been good to us so far, that and we have a basement that stays incredibly cool. While the dogs don't spend a lot of time down there, it does mean that the floors on the first level are nice and cold. The fur-darlings will stretch out on the kitchen floor to cool off. We keep them well watered (if we don't, the toilets will be pillaged) so they don't get dehydrated. I am confident that a dog that has shade and enough to drink can't go into hyperthermia, but then again I'm not a vet...
 

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I don't have A/C issues, thank god, but I don't leave it on all day. I open a window for some fresh air for Chloe. When I'm home I do turn on the AC, as it's just too stuffed. I'm going to buy a fan for her to have during the day, though.

What a sweet boy Homer is, for being so good outside the crate
 

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snoopy hates the heat! so far i've noticed she LOVES grass... especially if its in the shade.. she'll seek out the tiniest amount of shade and go lay down and stretch out her hind legs.. must feel great on her tummy!

also she likes to lay on the bottom of her crate without any blankets ..looks so uncomfortable...
and also carries ice cubes in her mouth hahahah
 

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We've never had problem's with our a/c (knock on wood) and it hasn't gotten too hot here yet. However, when Monty gets too cold, he burrows under the blankets by my feet. He just started doing this lately ( he's 2). Usually he sleeps above the covers, but he's been sleeping with his head and everything under blankets
 

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Dixie runs around the yard during the day when it's hot. So heat really don't effect her that much. At my parent's house she gets to play with 2 kids outside so she is always running around them. Here in Lubbock she lays around the floor or lays on the bed with me when i take a nap during the day. Plus we got 2 units on my little travel trailer so we stay nice and cool most of the time.
 

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We live in Florida so the air is on basically 24/7. Our air did go out one night and the dogs were pretty hot. But we had the fan on and it was night time so it was cooler. They survived.
 

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Li'l Girl doesn't like the heat at all. It's been hot here for the past several days, and she's gone from being outside for hours on end to staying in the house where she snoozes in A/C comfort.
 

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stupid a/c guy never showed up today.said he would be by in the evening.called and left a message and hopefully he will show up tommorrow as we are all miserable here-got to 91 in the house today and it will reach 101 this weekend.i've got every window open with a box fan pulling in the cool air and all ceiling fans on but dang it's still too hot!i worry about homer overheating-he is so lethargic,all he wants to do is lay around but i can't blame him-that's all we do.he is drinking his ice water like crazy thank goodness but can't think of anything else to help cool him off except using the hose on him and that's doesn't fly too well with him-i don't think he cares if he is hot,he'd rather be hot than wet silly dog.i'm so proud of him-last night he slept out of the crate and didn't mess with anything.woke up and found him laying in the middle of the room under the ceiling fan where the window fans blows the cool air in.
i just know when the a/c gets fixed he is gonna be running all over the house wanting to play like crazy-he's got alot of time to make up for!
 

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Spock, Bones, my boyfriend, and I feel the air conditioner drama pain. After an AC leak (rusted-out pan) that ruined our hallway carpet, our insurance company had a new AC unit installed on Wednesday of this past week. The air has not worked since
(meanwhile, the leakage had stopped and the house was nice and cool BEFORE we got the new unit installed).

We called Thursday to let the repairman know that the AC was not blowing cold air, or any air at all; he came by Saturday to fix everything, but as far as we can tell, fixed very little; sometimes you can feel a puff of cooled air if you put your hand to the vent, but it is clearly not helping, and the dogs wander around the house panting and looking at us dolefully.

It hasn't been fun for my boyfriend and me, either. We threw a birthday party (in the works for weeks) for a friend Saturday night; the afternoon before the party, I vacuumed, swept, and mopped the floors to get the house ready in the 85-degree heat (I would have done the brunt of the cleaning MUCH earlier in the week if I had known the AC was going to be taken away Wednesday). The party was short and mostly took place outside, and friends brought fans over to help keep the air moving. It's worse again today, and all fans in the house are going full-blast. We had planned on installing ceiling fans today and replace the one in the dogs' room to make sure next time the air broke down, we wouldn't be nearly so miserable, but we can't even do that thanks to the heat!

Our poor beagles are bearing the brunt of the AC drama, though it hasn't been easy on my boyfriend and me, either. It's 87 in the house right now; we just got back from PetSmart, where I took them to experience a half hour of AC in the car and in the store (and they picked out treats and two new toys, saw two other beagles, licked about 10 people, and wound their leash around mommy's legs as much as possible). When we got home, I filled up their water bowl with ice. At night, they are sleeping in their kennel without bedding in the kitchen with a fan blowing on their cage.

If the AC guy comes back this week and can't give us our cool house back, I'm going to cover him with peanut butter and tell the beagles to get him. Of course, I don't know how much torture being licked by two puppies can be unless you're allergic to dogs.
Let's hope guilt over their suffering will motivate him to finish the job this time!
 

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I'm in Texas also and the AC guy is suppose to come out mon. or tues. Our pan is almost rusted through....I go up to the attic and sponge the water into a bucket everyday.....but the AC is still working .....Thank the Lord.....
 

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Oh, we had the broken AC problem a few years back. Our ducts are all under the subfloor and we have floor vents and apparently, the ducting was collapsed at one point and all our air was cooling the underside of the house! It was ugly and since we regularly get 110+ here in the summer, we were miserable for a few days.

I learned years ago when we had that huge power outage on the West Coast that the best way to keep the pups cool is to wet towels for them to lay on. That really did a great job and when the labs had their babies, they got so used to the wet towels that they would cry when we took them out even with the AC working. They loved their wet towels.

Duke will lay on the floor vent when the AC is on to keep cool, smart beagle!
 

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We live in a house without A/C, although we have a couple of window units now. When it's moderately hot, the girls get ice cubes in their water dish. They really enjoy those. If it's incredibly hot, we'll let them in the bedroom with an A/C unit. This year, they might stay in the basement, where it's cooler, now that we have a proper (safe) floor down there.

I'm glad to be north enough that people are concerned that summer is never going to get here. I'm not looking forward to the heat, which will arrive eventually...

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There is really no reason to have air conditioning in Vancouver, but the place we bought came with it and so now we have become wimps and are totally reliant on it - and Booker as well! When it gets even the least bit warm she slows down to almost a crawl on our walks in the horrible un-airconditioned outside world (unless we are going towards a pet store where she has the prospect of a treat, then she runs...). The other two don't seem to be much different whatever the temperature, though.
 
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