As grateful as I am for central air conditioning, I still like to get out for our long walks. In order to manage the heat we go for our walk to the dog park early in the morning and I bring cold water along for Willow. They have a tap at the park that Willow likes to drink from and where we replenish her bottle. She's full of energy on the walk there and ready to play with her friends when she arrives. Lately, I've been pouring water on her when we get to the park and that gives her extra playtime by keeping her cooler. As soon as she finishes running with her friends and settles down in the grass under the big shady trees we get ready to head home as I know then she's had enough. This morning a new playmate showed up, a big black Newf puppy. Willow doesn't care what size her playmates are. She loves to be chased and delights in leading them a merry hunt all through the park. Catch me if you can! https://photos.smugmug.com/Animals/...9452891-4006715591387881145-IMG_2875-1280.mp4 https://photos.smugmug.com/Animals/...425796--2302815184856350822-IMG_2876-1280.mp4 On the walk home, Willow will lie down in every shady patch. I allow some of the breaks but not all. If she doesn't want to move on, she'll roll onto her back. She's a complete con artist, worse than the fake injuries you see in soccer where players fall down with the least touch from an opponent. Now, I know it's fake because if I reach in my treat pocket she undergoes a miraculous recovery and comes straight over with a wagging tail and bright eyes. She also leaps onto every bench without prompting to get a piece of kibble. It takes us a bit longer to get home with all the breaks but I find them funny and Willow enjoys pulling the wool over my eyes. Once we get home it's normally time for her favorite activity of the day, watering the garden. Here you can see my "exhausted" dog and the watering wand. https://photos.smugmug.com/Animals/...0231117--974864839276661914-IMG_2880-1280.mp4 https://photos.smugmug.com/Animals/...125068--5859870120489018852-IMG_2878-1280.mp4 https://photos.smugmug.com/Animals/...243818--7939636329481110957-IMG_2879-1280.mp4 Now she's lying down inside with the important job of the day done.