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It's officially the dog days of summer. One of the few things that can make the humid days and nights more tolerable? Here at Birchbox, it's our four-legged friends, from precocious Goldens to lovable mutts to feisty Morkies. Our staffers share how they're keeping cool with their pooches during the heat waves.
Senior Editor Cristina tries to get her chocolate lab, Gus, to the closest body of water so he can swim his favorite stroke (that would be the doggie paddle.)
Discovery Specialist Gabby’s Morkie Maddie likes to chill out by “plopping herself directly on top of the AC vents in our house… and taking long walks on the beach.” (Maddie, we like your style).
Bailey and his owner Doug wake up early and head to the dog park for the coolest part of the day. “I also prepare a dog water bottle so she can stay hydrated while running around,” says the Consumer Analytics Senior Manager.
“If it’s midday, Pixel runs from shadow to shadow,” says Senior Software Engineer Becky of her playful (and heat-averse) pup.
Director of Beauty Partnerships Rachel likes to lie on her wood floors and toss ice cubes back and forth with her dog, Cooper. “Then he bites my fingers because he is only 16 weeks old and teething.”
“Parker has always loved ice, so I freeze water and chicken broth with some toys in it and we go to the dog park nearby—then he goes to work,” says Discovery Specialist Courtney.
Our Director of Business Development, Nidhi, takes her puppy Jackson to the park to splash around in puddles.
“Walter loves to bask in his sun-kissed glory while floating in style,” says Merchandising and Marketing Associate Lauren.
Anna Wintour Johns, a rescue dog from Alabama, handles the heat much better than her owner, Merchandising and Marketing Manager Jamie, who cools down with ice cream.
Discovery Specialist Meghan takes her dog for an evening run—then rewards her with frozen apples.
Photography Manager Charlie sticks dog treats like Dr. Greenies Dental chews in the freezer for Riley, her Yorkie-Shih Tzu mix, so they get nice and cold. “It also takes her longer to eat them so it gives her a bit of a challenge,” she adds.
“Dora and I stay cool by walking on the shady side of the street,” says Merchandising and Marketing Manager Kara.
“We [eat] at outdoor restaurants on breezy afternoons,” says Brand Campaign Strategy Manager Shana, whose Yorkie-Poo, Philly, is tiny enough to fit on her lap.
Marketing Operations Coordinator Audrey’s pup, Ozzy, has a black coat, so he gets toasty easily! “I always carry a water bottle with me so I can give him a drink every 15 minutes,” she explains.