Lucky me just happens to live in an area affected by the lovely heat wave. Physical temps are expected in the upper 90's, but with the humidity the indexes are expected well into the 100's. I just checked with two independent forcasts to be sure. Heat indexes are expected to be at the 106 mark. Highest since 1988. /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/hot.gif Now I know to make sure that our outside dog Rowdy and the 2 cats have plenty of water, and that there is shade for them. But is there some other tricks that can help keep them cool?? Thinking more of poor Rowdy here, he's old and has a very dense shaggy coat. I'd bring him inside into the air but we've already got the girls inside....with 3 big dogs underfoot I think I'd probably tear my hair out. Plus Rowdy doesn't like being indoors. It makes him uneasy if it isn't for just a few mins. He starts howling and whining and scratching at the door. The cats aren't much bother to just bring inside if necessary. I make sure Rowdy is out of his kennel, has plenty of cold water (refreshed every couple of hours), and he has the shade of a huge maple. His kennel is fairly hot during this type of weather. He's my older dog, and this year the heat seems to be really getting to him. Is there any other way to help make him less miserable in this heat?? Any ideas?