I am the owner of two playful and energetic black labs. No matter what the whether, you can bet that we are outside either playing fetch or taking a nice long walk. Without this playtime outside, my dogs catch cabin fever very quickly! I have learned to endure whatever Mother Nature throws at me in order to make my dogs happy. Winter playtime is just as important as summer playtime, but one thing is for sure – both can be, to an extent, dangerous for the dogs. My labs love the snow, but too much snow and coldness can hurt their paws. Too much sun and heat can make them very dehydrated and overheated. If it weren’t for my air conditioner, my dogs could have been in grave danger this past summer. My town had record-breaking high temperatures and everyone was cautioned to stay inside and to keep all pets inside as well, due to the dangers of the heat. However, since my dogs need their exercise, I needed to take them out for a walk after a couple of days of staying inside. Little did I know, it was not the best day for it, and I came home with two drained and dehydrated dogs. Since we have central air conditioning, our cool house was the reason my dogs were able to bounce back so quickly from what the heat outside had done to them. Without an air conditioner, my family and dogs would not be able to stay healthy all summer. Cooling systems are something that all dog owners should invest in. With the technology of today, there is no reason to make your dogs (and yourself) suffer through the long summer heat. Without an HVAC system, my dogs and I wouldn’t be able to get in our daily exercise safely!