yesterday was, not to put too fine a point on it, bloody evil hot. it was NASTY. i had shoes on and my feet were uncomfortable walking on the river path. we went floating down the river and had to walk back up - it's only a 10min walk at the most and about halfway there, we switched to walking on the grass bec the balls of our feet and our toes were uncomfortably warm. so there's this guy coming along with two *lovely* lovely goldens - my favourite kind, the colour of heavy cream with long, long plumage. these poor dogs are limping like you wouldn't believe. they kept pulling toward the river and he kept checking them back even though they were wearing haltis (you do NOT use physical correction on a halti, that's supposed to be a totally separate leash to a collar!). i told the guy "your dogs should be on the grass - the pavement is way too hot". he looks down and says casually "they'll be fine." i said "you won't be saying that when the pads of their feet swell up and blister and cause them to overheat because they can no longer cool down!" i was SO incensed! he just scoffed and said "they're dogs - they're tough". we'll see what he has to say next time he takes his dog to the vet bec i reported his ass.