I know, I know, we should aim to walk our dogs in the early morning and once it's cooled in this weather, but with Jasper unsettled with the roofing going on, and not being able to go out into the garden unless on lead, I need to weigh up what is best for him. So this afternoon we had a slow on-lead pootle, sticking to shade almost the whole way, to a nearby churchyard (checking online, 0.2 of a mile away) where we had a nice snooze in the shade of a tree before heading home again. I felt the pavements with my hand whenever about to move onto a sunny bit, and did change route once when I wasn't happy with the temperature. But what I'm wondering is, if I'm able to walk comfortably on a pavement, and stand on it for the length of time Jasper does, does that mean that it's also safe for him? I'm assuming his pads are tougher than the soles of my feet. I'd happily walk barefoot if it's the easiest way of making sure he's safe. It would probably look less odd than touching the ground every few yards.