It’s LR’s first summer and with that beautiful silky coat of hers we thought we’d install a small pool to help cool things down. Well, it’s less of an ‘installation’ and more of a big bowl. But it does the job.
When the big day came, everyone was a little puzzled about the new delivery. We unwrapped it when daddy got home.
As she’s never been allowed close to a pool, we took some baby steps to get her involved. We only filled it up a few inches deep. Here’s what worked for us:
- I threw in a tennis ball to get her focused. Then took it out so that she could see it was wet (that’s what happens to things go in the pool)
- I threw it in again and added a frozen carrot or so to the mix. The carrots sink to the bottom and provide a new kind of challenge. A bit of frustrated barking followed.
- Finally, to make getting in irresistible, I floated her silicon travel bowl on the water with a few yummy treats inside. This did the trick.
It turned out to be a great idea and I’ve seen lots of pics recently on Instagram with other poo parents doing the same (follow LR on @lillyrosecockapoo).
The best five things we’ve found about having this little pool around:
- Cooling LR down when the thermometer hits the twenty-somethings
- Teaching her not to be scared of water
- KEEPING HER BUSY (AKA out of mischief)
- Helping us clean her dirty paws without her even knowing it’s happening
- Cooling our feet while we sip our wine (oh, yes that’s more of a benefit for us 🙂
It’s just marvellous! Simply the best thing for tired, hot paws (and feet).