Judge Rinder’s dog talks heat survival and shunning pooch shows in summer

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Judge Rinder’s dog talks heat survival and shunning pooch shows in summer

If anyone knows how to stay cool it's Rocco the French bulldog

Judge Rinder and his French bulldog Rocco
Judge Rinder and his French bulldog Rocco

C’est tellement chaud! as they say in my old country – and so it was, for
several days and again now. Humidity doesn’t do much for a hound, but I’m not quite sure why there were so many weather warnings, as surely a panting dog is enough of a reliable indicator when temperatures soar. I could barely muster the energy to go outside to tinkle without a parasol, so I had huge sympathy for Prince George being forced to sit through the Wimbledon in those tennis times.

Prince George schvitzing at Wimbledon


When we saw him in a jacket and tie for the final, every dog in a fur coat felt his pain. As a rule, we of the four-legged persuasion don’t sunbathe out of choice, but if you’re the kind of owner who rudely leaves a dog waiting by the back door , invest in some high-factor protection or put your canine in a hat. Preferably a stylish one.

Dog in suitably stylish sunhat

The Judge looks good with a tan – it brings out his eyes – but like most French (that’s women and bulldogs ) I don’t want to look like a field labourer and keep BeLoved BeSunsafe Protection zinc-free balm close to paw. I don’t want to age prematurely like those dogs who insist on running about in fields. They are always the first to take part in dog shows, which are currently happening all over the country. I recently spotted a flyer for Bark in the Park  on 21 August, which was appealing to dogs of all shapes and sizes to schlep to Haywards Heath to take part in ‘have-a-go activities’ such as the ‘Waggy Tail’ competition. As one with a modest tail, I found this vaguely insulting, but those with Rapunzel-like shaggy tails will no doubt take part. I will be at home staying calm, collected and cool- which is what I always try to be.

Enjoy your summer

Love Rocco

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