These days, my social life consists of periodic trips to Target to purchase skin care and cleaning products I probably don’t need, bantering and meme-sharing with my two besties in a group text, and watching sci-fi dramas on the couch with Andrew.
I know. I’m a wild man.
So when my dear friend Meredith invited me to join her at her home in Venice Beach for a socially distanced day of drinking on her rooftop, I was all in.
We spent the entire afternoon enjoying the beautiful weather, catching up on family and friends, laughing, and reminiscing about the good old days when masks were for Halloween and reality show stars didn’t run for public office.
Time flew by, and before we knew it, we polished off a bottle of prosecco, a giant cheese plate and were well into a pitcher of rose sangria. By the end of the afternoon, I was sleepy and sunburned (despite dousing myself in SPF) – but feeling so grateful I got to spend time with one of my favorite people.
When I got home, I felt really under the weather. I felt flushed and hot from getting a bit too much sun, and my head was pounding. So I did what anyone would do when they aren’t feeling well — I completely over reacted.
“What if I’m getting sick? I think I’m getting sick!” I proclaimed, somewhat dramatically. “I feel hot. Do I have a fever? I think I have a fever! Why aren’t you taking this more seriously??? Do I smell toast? Am I having a stroke?”
Andrew, in his infinite sarcasm-tainted wisdom, looked at me with that face he makes when he’s trying not to roll his eyes and said, “You spent the day out in the sun drinking prosecco. You’re not sick. You’re sunburned, hungover and dehydrated. Have you had much water today?”
I huffed and crossed my arms over my chest, the universal sign for, “I don’t like your tone.”
He smiled gently and kissed my forehead. “It’s OK. You’re delicate.”
“I don’t like your tone.” I stated flatly, just in case it wasn’t clear the first time.
Then I went to the kitchen and poured myself a giant glass of water. While I was at it, I refreshed the water in the dog’s bowl.
As we enter summer months, gorgeous weather and outdoor activities make it that much more difficult to stay hydrated, especially for our pets. And let’s face it, a water dish just isn’t as exciting as a treat or toy.
So if you want to make hydrating more fun for your furry friends, here are some fun alternatives to keep our pets slurping their way to wellness:
Make your own electrolyte water
Every athlete knows how helpful electrolytes are to staying hydrated, but our pets have a different makeup and the amount of sugar and sodium in the typical sports drink isn’t the best for their health.
This specially designed recipe is an easy way to optimize your pets water:
1 quart of purified water
1 tablespoon of sugar
1 teaspoon of salt.
Just dissolve into the water and serve!
Smoothies for dogs? Yes
Banana-berry frosties: Mashed banana and some chopped up berries (avoiding toxic fruits). Freeze overnight in an ice cube tray and enjoy.
Peanut butter chilly time for dogs: Put peanut butter inside your dog’s favorite puzzle toy and pop it in the freezer.
In the morning, your dog will have a challenging treat to keep them cool as well as occupied.
Veg-tastic treats for dogs: Chilled or frozen carrots or broccoli or banana make for a cheap and easy way to beat the heat. This is a great option for dogs who need to watch their weight.
Don’t forget the cats
Pate-pops for cats: Cool kitties will love small, frozen patties of their favorite wet food (smooth is best). Sprinkle catnip on top as an extra treat to get your cat engaged.
Tuna-rrific treats for cats: Freeze the fresh spring water (not brine or oil) from a tin of tuna. Pop it in a shallow bowl of water and watch your cat cool down playing with the frozen fishy cubes. For added entertainment, use an ice cube tray that makes fish shapes!
Ice ‘n easy
Fill a bowl with water and let it freeze overnight. Put it beside your pet’s regular water bowl and as the ice melts, they’ll have a second bowl of cool water during the day.
The health benefits of bone broth have been lauded, so this treat has added benefits for our pets. Joint, immune, and gut health make this simple recipe something you’ll reach for time and again.
Mix equal parts bone broth and coconut water. Pour liquid into Popsicle molds or ice cube trays. Place in the freezer until frozen solid.
Serve and enjoy.
Drinking plenty of water may not be as fun as sipping prosecco on a rooftop overlooking the ocean, but it is super important for my health. It’s just as important for your pets.
Don’t tell Andrew I said that though. He’s just insufferable when I admit he’s right about something.