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Tips to beat the heat for your dog

Well I know we had a break from the heat but another round is coming up.  A couple of things I do for my Golden Boy Jigs:  First at a certain age he didn’t like ice cubes any more.  I guess they are just too hard as they get older.  So I began a couple years ago to fill an ice cube tray with yogurt, well two ice cube trays to be exact as one is not enough.  He loves them as the texture is like .  Only problem is every time I go to the fridge to get some ice guess who is standing beside or around me!  Even when he is sleeping and I try to be

Cool Coat available at WaterWorkz Paw Spa
Cool Coat available at WaterWorkz Paw Spa

yogurt frozen treats Frozen treat bowlquiet…but there he is!  That is why I do two trays!  Then I always have an old container that I put water in and some kibble and treats and put in the freezer.  Some float to the top and some sink to the bottom.  When frozen I run hot water over container till it falls out.  On a hot day I will give it to him outside and he is busy for a good 35 minutes, some times longer as it really depends on how many treats are in there.  It is comical to see him when he is just about able to get at the treat but can’t quite “get it”.  He licks like crazy! Then there is the fabulous Cool Coat and of course they are available at WaterWorkz Paw Spa!  I have to admit I brought one home for myself as well as Jigs.  We both love it!  Knowing it has gotten me through the heat wave I feel better about him.  I sometimes just put it on for an hour or so and when I feel his back it remains cool for about an hour.  When his back gets warm again back on goes the coat.  Hope this helps some or many!

Dog Tornado toy and Airedales

The Dog Tornado is an interactive toy that begins each and every session of our dogs’ happy experience when they come to WaterWorkz for their hydrotherapy…..  As soon as the door opens they go directly to where  we diligently always have it placed, loaded and waiting for them.  Then it’s off to Tornado land and fun fun fun!

This is Gator and Elliott who come every Thursday to our pool.  One comes for therapy and the other one for fun.   They happily swim together after their Tornado treats! The only problem is when they come for a massage or a chiropractic appointment they wonder “Hey where’s the Tornado?”

In addition to being fun the Dog Tornado toy is a slow feeder and interactive dog toy, many of our dogs have one at home and get dogs treats when their parents leave the house to distract them and it also keeps their mind busy.  My guy gets his dinner in it every night and it slows his eating time.   Keep in mind he is a Golden Retriever but I am happy to say he went from a 8 second meal to 8 or more minutes as he tends to keep at it making sure he got it all!  Then a little while later I hear the Tornado twirling.  My guess is he is thinking “The humans may have refilled it, you never know”  You can also freeze some peanut butter or yogurt in it for a cool time!  A product from Switzerland they are well made and very durable that makes our Pitbull parents very happy.

We always have them in stock in and the retail section of the spa and on-line store  so come on by and get one for your furry friend!  While you are here we welcome you to remind us to give you a tour of our facility and most importantly our beautiful Warm Water Salt based pool!


Erika and Red

Red, funny crazy old guy….he is a beautiful loving pit bull that Mum inherited after the passing of her son, Red’s human.  Not every older lady would take on a task like that but Red is a part of her son so she cherishes him and does the best she can for him.  A senior on a fixed and small income she does come weekly but I can see she is too proud to say it’s a financial challenge Hydrotherapy does help his mobility that in turn helps them both when walking their short walks.


This old soul is 15 years old and lives alone with Mum who has a mother with health issues and is on a fixed income.  Tyson is her world so she gathered her funds to try Hydrotherapy hoping insurance would refund her but that isnot to be.   After 5 sessions her boy Tyson has received amazing results and we are both pleased with the benefits he displayed for his age!   If she is not able to return and he will loose the benefits he received.


This spunky young girl came to us to learn to swim and get some exercise as Mum has disabilites that limit her activity with this little Dashund. The biggest surprise for both human and canine is the confidence she developed….running up to say to strangers instead of hiding behind her human! Aroo is her friend, confidant and loving support as we all know dogs are. Mum does her best but cannot afford even a bi weekly session schedule for little Miss Aroo.

B.V.L.E. Jr.

Hello Tanya VanderHammen,
I congratulate you with your opening of a first class Spa for dogs and availability to buy mobility carts. Dr.Sandhu from Sunshine Plaza Animal Hospital highly recommended one of my three Sheltie dogs, the youngest try it. Almost four months later, although high maintenance at home/in the pool she has come along way and with a lot of TLC, she is starting to walk with assistance. Thanks to all the support, prayers. In closing I would highly recommend your professional services with flexible hours.
B.V.L.E. Jr.
Vancouver, B.C.


Hey Tanya,
I think both Mick and I enjoyed it – though I think she was a little dazed and not certain what happened :). She made me walk around your entire parking lot with her before getting in the car – can’t say as I have seen her like that before – but maybe she was still warm and wanted to cool down, or simply didn’t know what to do with herself she was so relaxed :). Anyway looking forward to seeing you on Monday and we can see what goes on with her then :).


Good morning Tanya,
Thanks for your kindness, consideration and skill with Diesel. I just love your new business. I am most comfortable when I am able to observe. Both Mother and I enjoyed our session together with you on Tuesday. Thanks for your consideration to have us both sitting and watching. I was surprised to learn that when my Mother left for a few minutes Diesel stopped playing to see where she went. We now know that he keeps an eye out for her too. Watching Diesel learn to trust another individual in a water setting was terrific.

Diesel slept all afternoon once we arrived home. In fact he missed his 4:00 walk before dinner. A tired dog snoozing on his ottoman is a beautiful sight. Thanks again for your expertise with my dog. See you next on Tuesday December 1st at 11:00.
Have a great day.