Hot, hot dogs. Here's my trial and error recipe when you have hot dogs and you need cool dogs. There is no bun, mustard, onions or ketchup here, just a few ideas. If you have read my About page you probably know that my life is somewhat ruled by our father and son Weimaraners, Dexter and Grayson. Yes, one is named after a serial killer and one is named after a greedy, manipulative family. I think it's self explanatory! If you don't know the dogs well they can be quite formidable when you first meet them. At nearly 40 kg each they love to be active and we enjoy great walks in the woods and fields with them. Originally, these dogs were bred to hunt deer in the Weimar region of Germany and it's not unheard of for Gray to be hurtling towards us after a deer or hare. Luckily, he hasn't tried chasing the wild boar yet! At this time of year they are very protective of their young. Instead Gray is busy flushing out the pheasants and quails. Dex knows he is not quite fast enough but if it's a cat he will give it a go! So what happens when we hit the 'canicule' or heatwave as we know it? All of a sudden my little boys are very quiet. First off I tried soaking towels in cold water and draping them over the dogs in front of the fan. This was fine for a while but I had to follow them around adjusting it. I have since found out that it is advised not to wrap dogs up in wet towels as it tends to trap the heat in. It was time for a rethink. Apparently, ice cubes are not advised either, although you can put them in the water. Next my husband found a toddler paddling pool. Surely they would love to splash around in here? As typically suspicious Weims, they certainly were not going to put their feet in. They just about managed to nudge the ball. I started throwing in cucumber and pieces of bread. Food and dogs always go well together. Ok, so they ended up just drinking the water. Maybe a pink paddling pool is a bit optimistic for two, very male dogs! Then on Facebook I saw an advert for some cheap cooling mats. I looked on Zooplus and found some mats. Here's Dex. And here's Gray. So, on the face of it my recipe for 'cool dogs' is coming along. I forgot to say that the mats have to be right in the kitchen, under my feet, for them to relax. It's not relaxing for me, trying to cook. So much for my big brave boys. Water is just too scary for my hot dogs! How do you keep your pets cool?