Meet the Hydro-Haters: The People Who Refuse to Drink Water, No Matter What: I neither like nor dislike water. When I’m thirsty, I drink some water. When I’m not thirsty, I don’t. I generally like to have coffee or tea to sip when I’m working at my desk, and often when I’m just sitting around the house reading or watching TV. (MEL Magazine)
I was walking Minnie in the park Sunday like we do every day when I’m home. The temperature was in the mid-80s, which is not warm enough for me to bring water. It was a typical walk. We do about 3-1/4 miles at a moderate pace.
We had done three quarters of the route and were well on the way home when Minnie fell over while walking and struggled to get back to her feet. Once she got up she went over again. She was panting pretty hard too. It looked enough like heatstroke that I was quite concerned.
In the few seconds it took me to think that through, she’d regained the ability to stand and walk. I wanted to get some water in her but I had none and we weren’t near any. Fortunately, there was a couple picnicking nearby, and they gave me some cold water in a styrofoam cup. I brought Minnie to a shady spot and let her drink water at her own pace from my hand and the cup. When her breathing was regular again we continued the walk home, letting her set the pace. Nice and slow.
We’ve been keeping an eye on her and she’s back to her old self.
Lessons: Be careful about rushing Minnie while walking her. This will be tricky because if I let her set the pace she will stop and eat every damn thing.
And always bring water on our daytime walks, at least until November when the weather cools off.
We Stand on Guard: in 100 years, America seizes Canada for its water – Cory Doctorow, Boing Boing