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The Best Way to Handle Winter Weather [The Atlantic]

Ability to tolerate cold is genetic; ethnic groups from cold weather climes, like Yakutsk in Siberia, are physiologically adapted to colder weather.

Also, men tolerate cold better than women – a fact which nobody told my body, because I don’t like cold and Julie does much better with it. About 30% of our conversations in summer is about me wanting to not turn on the ac.

Minnie gives us a scare

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.

Mitch

April 25, 2016

I’m keeping the door between my office and the yard closed because it is chilly today. Minnie is enjoying seeing how many times she can get me to open it.

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Minnie would like to come in.

Most days I leave my office door open and Minnie moves freely between my office and yard. But when it’s chilly, I close the door, which means I’m Minnie’s doorman.

I see this face a lot. She’s saying, “That’s all right. I know I’m not important compared to those other things you have to do. You know all I have to do is love you, right?”

Minnie is definitely Jewish. She’s got the guilt thing down.

How do you exercise your dog in bad weather?

With temps over 90 around here, we don’t want to subject Minnie’s paws to hot pavement, which means we’re skipping our one-hour brisk walk in the afternoon. I’m just going solo on that.

What do you do to exercise your dog when it’s too hot for her to walk?

I figure we can just reduce her exercise a few days until the heat breaks, then resume, but I’d like a better option. For one thing, unexercised Minnie is INTENSE in the living room after supper.