For the past few years I've ginned up a swamp cooler of sorts - it works! Here's how I set it up:
I freeze (or if I'm traveling I pack frozen) water jugs - the 3 liter bottles from poland spring are the perfect size to stay frozen in my large 5-day cooler and then thaw slowly over a few hours out of the cooler. Yes, they take 2-3 days to freeze completely in my large dog food freezer, but its long been my habit to fill any empty freezer space with water bottles so I have plenty ready for the purpose.
In front of each dog (Murphy and Teller anyway) I put down a layer of paper towels to catch the condensation from the bottle, place the bottle on the paper towels, then wrap a ball bungee around the water bottle. I run the bungee under the crate door and secure it to the outside of the crate with a caribeaner. This keeps the ice in place.
Next, I position a fan* to blow over the ice bottle (I use a crate bowl holder for this purpose). Ideally, I want the center of the fan to be about 3" above the top of the bottle.
Are you comfy Woo?
|I've found that after an agility run (warm-up, run, cool-down), Teller will go from panting to completely comfortable after about 10 minutes of fan time. He'll come out for his second run fresh and rested.|
*I love these fans! They were actually a Walmart special - they run on AC or DC power (so I can plug them into my car outlet) and they have internal rechargeable batteries that charge on AC or DC. They also can run on 4 DD batteries when you're off-grid and the internal batteries run down.
NOTE: Kipling is 'special' and will drape himself over the frozen bottle - happy as a lark like a mother hen with her eggs. I have not found the need to put a fan over his bottle. Teller...as much as he likes cold (or dislikes heat) he will go out of his way to put distance between himself and a frozen bottle so the 'swamp cooler' is perfect for him..