Blast furnace is the best way to describe the weather last weekend when we did FastCAT and Bailie did Nose Work. We all survived and it wasn’t all that bad. How do we do it?
The temperature did hit one hundred, but it was “only” ninety nine when we captured this screenshot. The winds were also super strong blowing the hot air all around.
On Saturday at the FastCAT trial the three of us went. Because of the extreme heat, we were allowed to set up our kennels in the swine barn. The roof kept the sun off of us, the walls were open allowing wind to come in, and we each have our own fan.
Fresh water that is kept cool is also important. Mom brings a cooler and water from home. You never know if there will be water or if it will taste different, so we bring our own. We also use a plastic bowl so it doesn’t get hot if it happens to be in the sun.
Sunday, Bailie had Nose Work and it was much hotter than the FastCAT trial because she was in the car on the asphalt parking lot. Asphalt radiates the heat like crazy. Mom covers the car in the aluminet shades and puts the cover in the windshield to keep the heat out.
Bailie, or whoever is in the car at the particular event is in the back seat. Mom hangs a fan from each window so there is a constant breeze on the dog. It feels pretty good. Unfortunately, Bailie didn’t have a good day, but she managed to stay fairly cool.
At FastCAT Mom was shocked that in five of our six runs we ran personal best times! Madison and I are getting close to our DCAT Titles, so fast times mean more points!
Amazingly, Madison runs like a mad dog! She is just around one second slower than I am and she is four inches shorter. She truly loves running fast cat which also helps with her speed.
Bailie did great on her first run. This time she didn’t even get sick. She is liking coming along with our pack and she knows we will not leave her behind. Her second run a stranger released her and she didn’t run nearly as fast on that run. No matter, she is working on getting her BCAT this summer and she has more points towards that.
We all prefer cooler temperatures for our sports, but we can definitely succeed in a blast furnace! If you are out and about with your pup in the heat, make sure and bring all the things along you might need to keep her cool!
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