Last Summer Day 2013

Kendall and I made it down to the coast for the very last weekend of summer 2013. It was a rainy weekend, but we woke up Saturday to some beautiful light. I grabbed the bike, loaded Kendall in the trailer, and we headed out to get some beautiful pictures.

Early Saturday morning
Early Saturday morning
Looking north
Looking north
Looking out at Tillamook Head
Looking out at Tillamook Head
Kendall in her trailer
Kendall in her trailer

We’re sure going to miss summer at the coast. We just had one of the rainiest and windiest weekends I’ve ever experienced there. Each new season brings its own adventures. The summer of 2013 sure was a fun one for us.





10 Fun Things to do with Your Dog During the Dog Days of Summer

For many of you summer has arrived. I can’t say that’s true here in the Pacific NW, though. We’re stuck in the throes of “June-uary”. The heat is still on, and we’re still wearing fleece. That doesn’t mean it’s too early to think about fun stuff to do with your dog during the hot days of summer. Here are some fun ideas:

1.  Run through the sprinklers
Dogs love to get wet. Well, most dogs love to get wet. Not Kendall, but that’s her being princesslike.

2.  Make dog popsicles
There are some great instructions on making frozen treats for your dog on eHow. Now, tuna and carrot popsicles don’t sound very appealing to me, but I bet your dog would love it. You can make your own frozen concoctions to eat alongside your pup.

3.  Soak your feet/paws in a kiddie pool
Those blue plastic pools from Kmart can be fun to soak your feet and paws in. Just be careful that your dog isn’t diving for toys in the bottom of the pool. They can inhale the water and get it into their lungs. Here are some pool safety tips.

4.  Laze inside in the air conditioning
This sounds like Kendall’s kind of activity. There’s nothing like curling up with your dog and reading a good book.

5.  Wear a cooling bandana
Cooling bandanas filled with polymer crystals and then soaked in cool water are a nice way to cool off. I’ve seen them for humans at places like REI or even a craft show, but now they even make them for dogs. Outward Hound makes one to help keep your dog cool. (We haven’t tried it, nor are we endorsing it. It’s just FYI.)

6.  Go for a walk
If you plan your walks for early in the morning and late in the evening, you can avoid the heat of the day while still getting that much-needed exercise. Notice I didn’t say OR. You could always join in the walking challenge over at Lessons From and For 4 Legs.

7.  Rent a dog movie to watch in your backyard theater
Summertime is great for outdoor movies in the back yard. All you need is a DLP or LCD projector and a bed sheet. Wait for the sun to go down and gather with your friends and your pup’s friends in the back yard. Here are some great ideas for outdoor setups.

8.  Share a bowl of strawberries
Strawberries are full of antioxidants and are generally safe for your dog. That being said, share one or two, not half the bowl. You want to make sure your dog stays fit as a fiddle from all of that exercise you got taking the walks mentioned previously and from the nutritious food you’re feeding him. Oh, and leave the ice cream for the humans.

9.  Go to an outdoor concert
This is where you’ll find us many evenings during the summer. We love to pack a picnic and head out to one of the many concerts available in the area. Our summers may be short, but we pack a lot into that time.

10.  What would you do?
Tell me your ideas for having fun with your dog this summer. Let’s see how long we can make the list.