I have been suffering, as many of you no doubts have been as well, with the stifling heat we have had this summer. The heat takes the wind out of your sails. The best laid plans to get up an go are tossed out the window and we hunker down and stay cooped up in the house to avoid the heat. I came across this story that made me laugh. I could see one of my dogs trying to do this. Heck I might even lend a hand.
It’s been a hot summer in Lake Dallas, Texas, and trying to stay cool has been a top priority for both humans and animals.
While most have turned to air-conditioning or standing in front of the fridge, one dog named Baloo found a creative way to beat the heat: the backyard sprinkler.
Since the 5-month-old border collie joined Cara Wohr’s family, the young dog has proven himself to be just as clumsy and fun-loving as his “Jungle Book” namesake — but this attitude can get him into serious trouble.
Wohr was reading in her bedroom one morning last month when she heard some “banging around,” she told The Dodo. At first, she didn’t think anything of the ruckus — with five dogs in the house, she’s gotten used to a certain level of excitement. But when Baloo wouldn’t stop barking, Wohr went to investigate.
Years of dog hijinks couldn’t prepare her for what she found.
“That’s when I had that moment of shock and disbelief as I saw my living room being watered down with the sprinkler,” Wohr said. “Since I already had my phone in hand I got a burst shot of the situation before tossing the sprinkler back out through the doggy door.”
Baloo had dragged the sprinkler out of the backyard and through the doggy door. He had been playing with the sprinkler inside for at least a few minutes, and water was everywhere — soaking Wohr’s lamp, ceiling fan, TV, leather chair, coffee table and photo albums.
It took a combination of elbow grease and Mother Nature to get things back to normal in the household. “After about five big towels and leaving the back door open for an hour and a half with temperatures at 107 outside, things started drying up,” Wohr noted.
Baloo has been obsessed with sprinklers ever since temperatures started spiking in June, and since then Wohr has had trouble separating her playful dog from his favorite water toy.
“Trying to water my grass is a job because Baloo won’t stay off of it,” Wohr said. “He moves [the sprinkler], readjusts the settings and I have to constantly fix it. He absolutely loves it! The only way to get him off is to shut the sprinkler off. Then he paws at it and whimpers trying to restart it.”
Since the incident, Baloo’s love affair with the sprinkler has only heated up. He spends hours running through the streams of water, or just standing in its cooling spray.
“He is so funny and a joy to watch,” Wohr said. “I don’t think he’s going to get tired of the sprinkler anytime soon!”
Wohr posted the photo of Baloo’s sprinkler incident on Facebook, where the hilarious image has since gone viral.
“Good thing I was wearing waterproof mascara,” Wohr wrote in the caption.
But for Wohr, Baloo has brought her so much happiness that no amount of water can dampen their relationship.
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