Friday, June 15, 2007

Old Hot Dogs

Buddy at the LakeIn my travels around Texas I've had a chance to catch up with Buddy in Austin and Fred in Dallas. Buddy (pictured) is my (soon to be wed) sister-in-law's eight-year-old mystery mutt, and Uncle Fred is my mother-in-law's twelve-year-old poodly mutt.

The weather in Texas has taken the turn towards ungodly hot, and this doesn't mix well with older dogs. Buddy has been quite a little athlete in his day, and I tried to take him out on a run on an early morning. He started strong, but petered out to an ambling trot with frequent sniff breaks. The next morning at the lake I tried to run him off-leash, but he started out at the ambling trot, and then would stop each time I looked back. He was hoping it was time to turn around, so we did.

With Fred in Dallas, I was just taking him for a walk on a hot day. He was thrilled at the prospect. The spirit was willing, but the flesh had a tough time of it. His tongue was almost dragging on the ground, but he wouldn't drink anything. When we got home, he took a long nap on the cool floor.

I guess I should take a run in a fur coat to get some idea of what it's like.


Gus said...

Yup, and don't forget to leave your running shoes at home. I don't even go out to PEE between 11:00 am and 4:00 pm!

oh oh, muzzer says TMI! sorry

Frasypoo said...

I bet its as hot as Georgia !If (hyperactive)Frasier can peter to a slow walk on a 4 mile run then it must be summer in Georgia(hell has come to visit for a season)

3dogcache said...

Hmm, too bad you're down in Texas because back here at home it is sweet. Cooled off two days ago and the nights have been downright chilly.

Did you visit the LBJ Library? My favorite.

And one never knows what will set off a dog --- for the Maggot it seems to be dog's that are her color. Hmm, but then again, there is Toby, the golden-pit, whom she has a growling match with everytime she sees him.

Ahh, who knows.

Enjoy, 3dogs

Sweets-littlebigman said...

Aside from the 'bite' incident, sounds like your having fun in Texas. Have a great weekend, Pappy!


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Nugget said...

We are lucky, we are close to Seattle and get maybe a week of really hot weather and then it's fall.

Sophie Brador said...

Hey Pappy, Aren't you the famous holiday singing dog?

PerfectTosca said...

It's been pretty hot here in Upstate NY too but mom says you don't know hot till you been to Texas in August.

Pappy's Fella said...

Hey all,
Sorry to be unresponsive since posting. Computers were a little hard to come by on our trip down south. But now I'm back in the sweltering heat of DC. I'm not sure I see that much of a difference from TX.

Pappy is that dog.