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Jan 02, 2011
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Great ideas
by: Lisa

Took me until now to see these comments. Thanks for the ideas. I had bought a cooling bed in May or June 2010 and it has worked real well for her. The only problem I had with it was draining it for the winter. I am going to try that frozen vest thing next summer. Thanks again

Sep 28, 2010
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I like those ideas
by: Lisa

We are talking about putting a mister on the new porch so she will benefit from that too.
Almost a year ago I bought a cooling pad for the house and she loves that. I had read a few bad reviews about the pad but so far it has worked out real well for us. It's like a water bed and it does keep cool! I heard that it leaks but so far ours has not.

Aug 15, 2010
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Great idea!
by: Viki Gentilman

The water bottles are a great idea! If you have a large enough freezer you could try an idea that I saw in a magazine...
you take a large container -- like an ice cream bucket you can get at Walmart (you eat the ice cream before you make the doggy treat...that is the BEST part!) and put some toys into it that your dog likes...then fill with water and freeze it. I would like to have two in the freezer but our freezer isn't that big. Anyway, before you leave in the morning you can turn the bucket over and leave the ice chunk for the dog...maybe in a "drip" pan so the water could be saved. The dog can lick the ice and find the treasures hidden inside. The ice lasts for a while...

Another idea, IF you have a place that is covered, would be a misting fan, which is basically a fan and a hose that blows cool air and water...in a fine mist. It feels good to dogs as well as humans.

I know when I am taking our dogs out for a walk on a hot Florida summer's day, they wear back packs with frozen water bottles in them as well as a collapsible bowl. As the water melts, they still have cool water to drink. One bottle for me, and one for them...works GREAT!

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