These way-cool products will help your furry friends beat the heat.
Relax and chill
The new Cool Pet Bed is the perfect antidote to August in Texas. Fill the inner core with water, and the bed will absorb body heat and create a cushion for your pooch. The covers are removable and come in three colors: Granite, Sangria and Tidewater. They are machine washable and fade resistant. Order the perfect size, small (up to 25 pounds), medium (25-50 pounds), or large (50-85 pounds) to accommodate your dog. On sale at press time, $49.95-$99.95. From Frontgate. www.frontgate.com.
The KoolCollar Cooling Dog Collar holds ice in a KoolTube that is placed around the dog's neck, and as the ice melts, the collar "sweats" onto the dog and the moisture evaporates. (Since dogs don't really sweat, it's easy for them to overheat.) The collar comes in a variety of colors and sizes: neon orange, red, blue or black, and small (11-18 inches), medium (18-24 inches), or large (24-31 inches). Price range is $15.50-$25.50. From Frontgate. www.frontgate.com.
Like to take your dog on long walks and runs? Take along Handi-Drink. This portable bottle is a fold-out water dish for on-the-go walks, hikes, vacations and events. Fill the bottle with water, and when it's time for a pit stop, convert the bottle into a dish with just one snap. No spills or wasted water. There's also a sport belt clip to keep it handily attached to your clothing. The bottle comes in small, $5.99, and large. $6.99. From PetSmart, multiple locations. www.petsmart.com.
Who says dogs can't wear shoes? Or boots? Ruffwear Bark N Boots is a breathable and lightweight boot that protects sensitive paws from rough, hot surfaces or water. It has a pliable sole and a stretch gaiter cuff to keep your dog comfortable. Not only will your dog be protected, but we tend to think he'll enjoy showing off his new kicks. Built-in Velcro straps ensure a nice fit. $49.95. Available at Backwoods, 2727 W. Seventh St., Fort Worth. 817-332-2423; www.backwoods.com
For the camping canine
Pack for a camping trip with the Portable Pet Cot from Target. The bed pops open in just a few seconds, and a mesh surface allows rain drainage and air flow for a breezy stay at the campsite. Comes in two sizes (medium and large) and in two colors (sky blue and moss green). Prices are $29.99 and $39.99. From Target, multiple locations. www.target.com
A fast and easy way to cool down your hot dog is the Chilly Bone. This durable, freezable, water-absorbent sponge is reusable. The multifaceted toy not only gives your pet something cool to chew on, but also soothes and cleans teeth and gums. The bone comes in two sizes: Small, $6.97, and large, $7.47. Available at Petco, multiple locations. www.petco.com