I am a firm believer that we can all do things in moderation rather than abstaining from them, and as such we find balance in life.
Let me start by giving you an idea about our morning routine, and it goes something like this:
- Morning walk/run
- Morning ablution: brush hair and wipe and inspect paws
- Breakfast for humans followed by breakfast for canine children
- Treats – I look at it as dessert. That is why Dexter is licking his lips
- Sunbathing – 5 minutes, by my watch, during the Summer. Longer during the rest of the year
- Nap time
Alex could sunbathe the entire day if I let her, and some pet parents have told me the same about their dogs, but letting dogs stay out in the sun for too long is dangerous, therefore I limit the time we are out on the deck to no more than 5 minutes in the morning during the Summer.
Alex is always the first one to fall asleep. Sarris looks like she is about to follow Alex to dreamland, but Dexter,
between you and me he thinks he is a guard dog, is still awake.
Alex and Dexter love to sunbathe while Sarris only prefers to do it for a couple of minutes. By the way, never leave your dog/s unattended anywhere and that includes your deck regardless of the time of day or season of the year.
Right after we come in, Sarris relaxes in the kitchen on top of these cool tiles while Alex and Dexter go to their bed. There are times when all 3 of them end up in the kitchen and those are the times when I am so glad that my kitchen is not small. Because our morning routine takes a while, I always tell pet parents that if they call me or text me I will return their inquiries after I am finished with our morning routine.
Let your canine companions enjoy being out sunbathing, but make sure that you are there to supervise and do it in moderation.