It was quite hot yesterday.
When I say it was quite hot, it wasn’t actually. The temperature was not all that high, but there was no wind and a high humidity. And when there is high humidity our sweat doesn’t evaporate so we feel hot and sticky.
I did a bit of gardening and then brought the paper out to read in the sun. The old sweat was pouring off me.
While I was sitting there trying to work obscene answers into the Simplex Crossword I noticed Sandy panting like mad. Now dogs aren’t affected so much by humidity as they don’t sweat. I began to wonder about how she will cope in France.
France tends to have higher temperatures and much lower humidity. We [Herself and I] therefore feel about the same as we did yesterday but without the stickiness. Sandy won’t have that equalisation. She will just feel hotter.
The first thing I thought of doing was to try to remove some of her under-fur. Now Sandy is a long haired dog. But under all that long hair there is an additional layer of very fine soft fur. By some method that leaves me baffled, this fur tends to migrate towards her arse, whereupon it falls out in fistfuls. So yesterday I got out her special grooming comb which is a lethal yoke with a load of very sharp blades. I combed her vigorously which she enjoyed immensely and got rakes of the fine fur out. I chucked it to the wind, but as there was no wind it just fell on the grass. Now our lawn looks like it’s infested with small rats.
I’m still not sure about France though and how Sandy will cope.
It will have to be a combination of hosing her down and chucking her in the swimming pool.
Sandy hates water.