It's been so hot this summer in Texas that we're all looking for ways to cool off, including the animals. One way animals keep cool is by splooting, but what is that actually?

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While many animals sploot, you're probably most familiar with dogs, cats, and even squirrels splooting.

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According to Dictionary.com, "splooting" is defined as "slang for the pose an animal, especially dogs, cats, and other four-legged pets, makes when it lies on its stomach with its hind legs stretched out back and flat. The term is especially associated with Welsh corgis and is used affectionately in the internet slang of DoggoLingo".

I've also heard splooting referred to as "frogging" as the animal looks like a frog (kinda) with the way its legs are stretched out.

While there really isn't a scientific explanation for animal splooting, some animal lovers claim that it's comfortable, they want to stretch out, and, most importantly, it enables the animal to cool down.

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So, next time you see your pet, or even a squirrel, splooting, then they may be hot - so leave them alone and let them cool off. These Texas summers are brutal on all of us, including our four-legged friends.

If you're looking for ways to keep cool this summer, without splooting, then grab a tube and go to the river.

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Better yet, skip the tube and just dive in to one of these beautiful swimming holes we have here in Texas.

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