Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Hot Dogs and a Scare

It is hot. And humid. Which is SO weird for our area. Hot is normal. But the humidity is something we are not at all used to around here. It has us begging for air conditioning and a little bit of rain...

These photos are from a walk on the weekend. I met Wendy and thought we'd have a nice walk in the coulee. Ha! We picked a great time. When it was hot and humid. The bugs were horrible and we had no bug spray. Our walk didn't last long...

Even Pixel was hot!

the longest tongue contest

easily won by Leo

Pixel rarely gets hot, so you know it's reallllly hot


Hot Dog Totem Pole



Brit had a scary episode on this walk. Heat Exhaustion, or maybe BCC (Border Collie Collapse). There is no firm answer, and it is a wait and see if it happens again sort of thing.
We weren't very far into our walk (maybe 15 minutes) and she started stumbling and acting weird. Head really low, couldn't walk in a straight line. Shuffling her feet. She didn't actually fall over- though it was close. She was a little "off" and couldn't really focus on me. It was very scary. The worst of it lasted only about 10 minutes. We walked (slowly) back to the car and then home where I gave her a cool bath. It's weird because she runs all the time in the heat. And leads an active lifestyle- I've never seen her do that before. So now I will always make sure to have water with me and keep a super close eye on her. I've done some reading about it and if it happens once it is likely to happen again. She is perfectly normal now, back to herself with no obvious ill effects. I'm more than a little paranoid now though....



4 comments:

Diana said...

That is scary. I hope it doesn't happen again.

BCLvr-Tucson said...

The same thing happened to my BC, Jackie Brown. Same symptoms. It never happened again but I really think that the high humidity is a game-changer with the heat. Fortunately, a little girl was watering her lawn - I grabbed the hose and immediately cooled her down. After about 15 minutes we were able to walk her home. Sooo scary and I, too, became vigilant for awhile. Glad to hear Brit is ok.

Lynn said...

This happened recently to a friend's BC (identicak symptoms) - it turned out to be Ehlichiosis (a tick-borne disease). I'd have a blood panel done.

Marcy said...

I hope its not BCC (same as EIC in labs). Fingers crossed for you. Keep me posted. Wouldn't hurt to have her tested for piece of mind.