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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 01-26-2013, 09:17 PM Thread Starter
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Offer to relocate to Las Vegas - would I be cruel to my poor puppy?

I have a beautiful 10 month old German Shepherd named Rommel. Rommel is gorgeous, friendly, and exceedingly huge. I live in Texas (which can get VERY hot) but an extremely lucrative opportunity has presented itself in Las Vegas. I've been to Vegas before. It isn't hot. It is the wrath of ****, come to visit the earth and seek its vengeance. 120+ Degrees in the summer.

I am worried about how this would affect Rommel if I tried to do it. Local vegas-ites say that he would be fine as long as I used a dog door and walked him early in the morning and late at night. Is this true or nonsense?
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Hopefully someone who used to live there, will answer. Though I can understand walking at night or in the early morning would be better. If Texas is like South Dakota, sure it gets hot in summer, but not that hot or that long as in Las Vegas. My other concern would be the big city, unless you are living in a city now. If Rommel has a big backyard or you live in the country, he has room to run and exercise where you are now.

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Hopefully someone who used to live there, will answer. Though I can understand walking at night or in the early morning would be better. If Texas is like South Dakota, sure it gets hot in summer, but not that hot or that long as in Las Vegas. My other concern would be the big city, unless you are living in a city now. If Rommel has a big backyard or you live in the country, he has room to run and exercise where you are now.
Texas gets pretty hot (hotter than South Dakota and nowhere near as cold in the winter). He does have a backyard, but he'd have a huge back yard there as well.
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They worked GSD in Iraq in 130 degree temperatures. But Las Vegas, my mom went there for a few days. She had dry eye. And it was horrible there in that respect.

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You can look up the climate data of Vegas. I think the census has a lot of other stats, too.
I know people with GSDs that live in Vegas. For the winter. They summer in Oregon.

However - You will probably have A.C., and in Vegas it will be a dry heat. Part of TX is damp heat, part dry. (east TX soggy; west TX dry). All of NV dry. Unless you fall in Lake Tahoe or one of the other lakes.
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Try sending Zeeva a pm, she is from Las Vegas, but recently moved to Chicago.
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Vegas to Chicago? I don't know what winters are like down there, but I think the windy city is kind of like us, and it is yucky cold and snowy and icy and well, it is time when layers are the way to survival.

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I can't say too much about Vegas weather. The best thing I can say is that, when I moved from a drier heat to the wet, sticky damp heat (110+ for weeks at a time with 90% humidity), it didn't seem to affect my pup too much. We didn't do too much outside and when we did, it was for very short periods of time; 10 minutes max. We did our daily walks early in the morning and late at night. We also had a kiddie pool outside that he loved as a good cool down and we bought another water dish and had it full of water and ice cubes. I think your boy will be fine. IMO.

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I lived in Las Vegas for 4 years with a purely out door husky and then a white gsd. We built them an air conditioned dog house but they never used it. Even in the dead of summer we would go out for walks at night. I lived in a good area so I was lucky. Your pup will be fine in the heat. If you have any other concerns let me know!!!

Also my house out there is rented to a family with 2 or 3 dogs and the tenant is a dog trainer. I knew a lot of people with dogs in Las Vegas. Most of the city is very dog friendly complete with potty bag dispensers at parks and on walking paths!!! I love Vegas. Good luck to you. You'll learn to endure the heat as will your pup, trust me! I worked as a conservation biologist and was in the field sometimes over 10 hours a day. Other than the dryness the heat never got to me...

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i doubt you will be the only gsd owner in vegas. just use common sense and let your pup acclimate to the temps. you will be be fine.
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