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Crazy “sauna dog” Hank. He loves it. He whines at the door til I let him in and leaves when we hit loyly.

Guest post from Norman:

Hank knows it is sauna time when he hears the crinkling of the dog-food bags I use to store kindling in, even if he is out in the woods, he comes running. Hank is excited a first, then calms down. Sauna gets him a little lethargic. I have to force him to get down off upper bench to the lower. He likes it up there.

Hank the Sauna Dog enjoying a round
Hank the Sauna Dog enjoying a round

What else? He has blue eyes that all the ladies adore.  We play kayak tag on wild lakes in Northern Wisconsin.  Hank runs along shoreline while I paddle. Hank is a great construction companion, especially masonry, and stays hyper alert whenever I run the bobcat. He is OSHA-approved.

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By the way, dogs can only thermo-regulate by panting. Even though he clearly enjoys the hell out of it, I keep a close eye on him and send him out for a drink and cool-down. After a while he stands at the door whining to come in again. He lays right under the woodstove in the house too.

EDITORS NOTE:  “sauna dog” Hank may appreciate sauna cat Spirit, shown here.

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6 thoughts on “Crazy “sauna dog” Hank. He loves it. He whines at the door til I let him in and leaves when we hit loyly.”

  1. It reminds me of when wife goes to airshows with me. She just wants to be with me rather than having a deep and abiding love of aviation.

  2. Hello, My boxer dog Lincoln who is about 8 loves to come into my sauna? I’m not sure if I should allow him too? He sits on the ground..I don’t allow him on the bench. My sauna is a barrel wooden sauna. I’m worried about it…I have no idea if I should continue to do this. Thank you
    Maria and Lincoln

  3. should be fine, the temp stratification in a sauna is pretty gnarly. while it may be 200+ at the ceiling, it should only be around 85 or so at the floor, no worse than a hot summer day. and it will be even cooler at the floor if there is a gap under the door for ventilation, with a fresh ‘breeze’ of outside air down at the floor.

  4. Just got an infrared sauna and my Shih Tzu, Henrí HAS to come in with me. It’s set at 140, but is way cooler on the floor. He seems to love it.

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