Yes, Gertie and Pablo are still here.
Gertie really takes umbrage with the heat . She will go only the minimal distance out the back door, do her business, and immediately return to the comforts of air conditioning. Pretty soon, we’ll open the door, she will stick her butt out, do her thing, then go back down the hall, never actually leaving the house!
Even inside, she never seems to cool off. Tonight I took steps to make her more comfortable:
Gertie was pretty messy when Crabby cut her away from the tree she and Pablo were tied to. She had a bath that very same night, and I’ve been brushing her sporadically since. Hey, there are 14 (fourteen) dogs here right now, can you blame me for not brushing ‘regularly’?
Despite our efforts, we never could get all the mats out. Shaving her, even using a #9 blade, I couldn’t cut through some areas. Since the blade was getting hot, and I was working so close to the skin, I stopped. Another bath will help loosen up what’s left, and another cut will make her look a little more presentable.
Worry not you desert dwellers who know the dangers of shaving a dog. Gertie is never, even when we do our evening walks, outside long enough for the heat to get to her. If anything, the close shave might require a blanket for her when she’s inside.