Thursday, July 21, 2011
Kitty Cool-Down Strategies
When you're an outdoor feline roving reporter like moi, you learn how to beat the heat. With the local heat index reaching over 115 degrees Fahrenheit (46.11 degrees Celsius), and shade temperatures hitting the century mark (Fahrenheit; that's 37.77 degrees Celsius) or higher, you know it's time to find a cool patch and lounge around.
We kitties have various strategies to keep cool. We domestics don't usually like water all that much, but there are times (like now) that the heat is so oppressive that we have to choose between the lesser of two evils.
Pool Party! That is NOT Dog-Paddling, By the Way
Since my Library's Pool Party is fast approaching, a quick dip in the swimming pool sounds like a nice way to cool off.
Hang Ten, Little Furry Dude!
That's one brave kitten, let me tell you. I probably won't be hitting the surf anytime soon, because my Library won't pay my way to Maui. Cheapskates.
Even slobberdogs have sense enough to know when it's time to "pool the cool."
Swim Some Laps, Why Don't Ya? (Eye-Roll)
What if you don't happen to have a backyard pool handy, or what if the town swimming hole has a stupid rule prohibiting cats and slobberdogs from the premises? Well, there's always a nice cool glass of your favorite beverage.
Hey, Einstein! Use the Straw
Fortunately, my Library has lots of shaded areas with cool stone on which to stretch out and relax. Remember to change your kitty or slobberdog drinking water frequently in this horrible heat. Plant a palm tree for shade. We like shade.
Better With Cool Ocean Breezes Blowing In
Of course, now that my Library's air conditioning is fixed, it's quite cool inside. Time to let your roving reporter inside the building, Boss Lady. No duh.
Not Complaining About Winter Cold Again (Well, Until Six Months From Now),
Cauli Le Chat
MPL Roving Reporter
Meteorological News Beat
P.S. This heat can get you down, but a quiet beach can encourage you to lay down your troubles and bask in the peacefulness of incoming tides and breezes. The experience moved Bob Dylan to compose a folk spiritual, "Lay Down Your Weary Tune," performed here by The Byrds, from the album Turn! Turn! Turn! (1965).