As a pet owner I understand exactly what you are trying to say,but..."take car when walking your dog...."!?
I hope the Portuguese summer is better than the summer of 2014 we experienced. That year, we drove from Santander down to our beautiful country house in Central Portugal and for the first few days we had roasting-hot weather, blue skies and crisp mountain air. It was so beautiful. But then there were about three endless weeks of really unsettled, rainy and cool weather.
Villagers said it was the worst summer weather in 15 years! I have a photo of my little village in Central Portugal in July 2014.... rather than looking like the rural hillside oasis it really is, it looks like a little, foggy Welsh mountaintop settlement in the middle of December! That was our first summer in Portugal... what a disappointment.
Fingers crossed for a perfect summer this time round, then......