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Truckee Tales: Keeping Her Safe, Cool, and Protected This Summer

Now that summer is upon us, hello 90+ degree Arkansas days, Adam and I have to think about Truckee a little differently. We can’t just take her out to play at noon on a hot sunny day without thinking about our game plan first. She’s a big girl, and unlike us, she also carries with her a thick, BLACK coat of fur that is anything but cool in the heat.

It’s no secret that Truckee will always be our “first born.” We seriously love that doofy dog so much, and want to make sure we don’t forget about her needs as well as our own. We love including her in our summer activities, and anything we can do to help take the edge off the heat is a must!

Let’s take a walk down memory lane and remember a few of Truckee’s favorite summer moments thus far. Activities such as swimming, running, bumper toss, and hiking are always at the top of her priority list.

1. Truckee swimming in the pool for the first time. Her take away? Her butt is WAY heavier wet than dry.


2. Bumper toss. In the summer. She lasted all of 5 minutes.

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3. Sunset run. Less hot, but that tongue says it all.


4. Hiking up Pinnacle Mountain.

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5. We didn’t actually make it to the top…hiking pinnacle mountain with a dog

6. Playing at the river with my family. She loved exploring the creek!


7. Her first time swimming in the river, upon which we discovered she is actually a dolphin who can hold her breathe for way too long.


As a contributing author on mode.com, I rounded up a handful of products that I so wish we had invested in earlier on! Hopefully this list helps you and your dog have a cooler, easier, and more fun summer!

Check out Must Try Products For Your Active Pet This Summer

by Sarah Ingle at Mode

Ah, the sign of a successful summer day!

hot black lab

How do you help your dog enjoy summer more? How do you keep them cool? Is your dog a water dog?

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  • Reply
    Sabrina Alexandra
    June 19, 2015 at 1:36 pm

    Truckee is beautiful! But I am biased when it comes to labs and retrievers. 😉

    My Golden Retriever passed last fall, but she always loved the water. Even at 12 years old she would love nothing more than to sit on the steps of our pool or lay and soak if I filled up a kiddie pool. Evening walks around the pond to chase off the ducks was always another favorite.
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      Sweet Miles
      July 1, 2015 at 3:50 pm

      Thank you!! Don’t tell her that 😉 Aww I’m so sorry to hear that!! That is so sweet though that she loved chasing ducks, Truckee won’t even go near the ducks!

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    Jana @ Happy Wife Healthy Life
    June 19, 2015 at 3:21 pm

    Love love love this! One of my favorite things to do with Tebow in the summer is to attend ‘Dogs Night Out’ at our local ice cream shop, Graeter’s. They give dogs a free Frosty Paw with the purchase of a human dip the first Thursday of every month in the summer. Tebow loves it!
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      Sweet Miles
      July 1, 2015 at 3:50 pm

      I WISH we had a Graeter’s!! Truckee would love a frosty paw!!!

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    Janelle @ Wholly Healthy
    June 20, 2015 at 2:24 am

    I have a yellow lab who is almost 13. Since she is older, she seems to have more trouble with the heat. I bought her this thing called a Kool Kollar last year that is like an ice pack that goes in a collar – she loves it! She definitely enjoys the summer weather, as long as I walk her later in the day, and often spends the evening lounging and chewing sticks in the yard. She also loves camping and cries to go down to the lake to swim
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      Sweet Miles
      June 23, 2015 at 10:59 am

      A Kool Kollar? That sounds genius! I’m seriously going to look that up for Truckee!

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