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The good thing is, we discovered the best trick. His bed is covered with a bath towel. If I put an ice cube down on the towel, it freezes itself to the terrycloth and sticks, and he can lick it for as long as he likes without it scooting away from him. He doesn't drink water from a bowl, so this helps. We're supposed to be doing our exercises right now, but he needed to cool off.
I knew to be careful with him in August, and I was watching him like a hawk. I wasn't thinking of May.
I think he's OK now, we'll go try our ex-ies in a minute.
We're going to have this problem for the next 5-6 months and need to figure out how to continue rehab, while dealing with the thermoregulation issue.
I wish I could find a chart that gives official descriptions for levels of walking ability. You'd think there would be such a thing. He does necessary walking with mental confidence and moderate physical difficulty. Does not do unnecessary walking.
I want to continue daily exercises. We'll have to work around the heat somehow.
I'm being careful, though. When I open the enclosure at 10PM to bring Paddy in, I pick him up immediately and do not let him walk.
When I take Pip out at night, I look at the telephone wire, the neighbor's TV antenna, and the top of the telephone pole. Those are all places I've seen the owl sit. There may be more I don't know about, so I look all around. I hope he would stay away with a human in the yard, but I'm not making any assumptions. Therefore Pip doesn't get to run from the fence to the door after dark.