Thursday, June 21, 2018

The Good Ol' Summertime

Bentley Basset Hound: “Hey, Pierre! Guess what day it is?”
Pierre Westie: “Let’s see…it’s not my birthday. Is it Westie Appreciation Day? Most importantly, does it involve cake?”
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Bentley: “I don’t smell cake and there is no such thing a Westie Appreciation Day. At least I’m pretty sure there isn’t. Anyway, today is the first day of summer! We need to remind our friends about some of our favorite safety warnings.”

Pierre: “I love everything about summer except the bugs. I am not a fan of fleas, ticks, mosquitos, or the dreaded no-see-ems. Those little monsters bite us and then we start scratching, then we get a sore which could get infected. It can just become a big bug thing that is easily avoided.
   Some dogs and cats use fleas/tick drops, others wear repellent collars, and some use all-natural sprays. Be sure that you are using something, so you are protected.”
Bentley: “Speaking of mosquitos and protection, we want to make sure if heartworms are a problem in your state, you need to get a heartworm test at the veterinarian. You can purchase a preventative at their office or have them write a prescription so you can buy them wherever you prefer.”
Pierre: “If you take your dog boating, be sure they wear a life vest. Even if they are an excellent swimmer, boating accidents can happen and dogs need to have their own floatation device. You might need to reassure them that their butts don't look big when they wear the vest. Some of us are sensitive.”
Bentley: “Don’t forget to bring some water and a bowl so they can have fresh water drink. They should be discouraged from drinking lake or pond water. You’ll also want to bring along puppy pads and poop bags. If your dog is shaved or short-haired, apply a pet-friendly sunscreen or put them in a tee shirt. Dogs get sunburned too.
Pierre: “Let’s discuss spending time in the sun. I cannot for the life of me understand how you can just lay out in the yard when it is 100°F. There are a few times that I glance over at you and could swear you had melted!”
Bentley: “Here’s the deal. You know how some dogs LOVE being out in the snow? It is the exact opposite of that. The sunshine is good for my soul and it feels so good. 
   The important thing with me is that I can always go inside where it is air-conditioned or I can choose to relax under the ceiling fan on the patio. Mom always makes sure we have plenty of fresh water both inside and out. No dog should be forced to stay outdoors without proper shelter from the sun. A backyard doggie pool is fun during the summer months and helps to keep your best friend super cool.”
  Pierre: “We still want to go for our walks during the summer months. It is important that we don’t burn our paw pads on the hot concrete. You can go on walks in the mornings or late evenings when the sidewalks have had a chance to cool down.”
Bentley: “If you decide to walk during the day, check for excessive heat by holding the back of your hand on the street/pavement for 5 seconds. If you can’t do it, the ground is too hot for your pup’s unprotected pads.
   We wear Pawz™ to keep our pads safe during summer walks. They are easy to put on and they didn’t make us walk goofy. Mom likes that you get several pairs in each container. She cuts a couple of small slits in the top of them to prevent us from sweating too much while we are wearing them. It amazes us how many dogs we see walking on the hot southern sidewalks without protecting their paws.”
  Summer weather is wonderful for spending time outdoors exploring with your best friend. A little precaution can go a long way in making it a summer to remember.
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  1. that are great tips to have a pawsome sum sum summertime!

  2. Are favorite part of this day is that it means we are headed back towards winter. Summer is a bummer most of the time because of all the heat and/or rain. We know most enjoy it, but we will take cold any day over heat unless we lived on a beach. Stay cool boys.

  3. These are great tips, boys! We always walk in the mornings when it's cooler (not that we've had very many hot days yet), and luckily we don't have to worry about hot pavement since we walk in the woods and on dirt roads.
    Sunning must be a hound dog thing, Cricket used to lay out in the sun until she was panting away! :)
    Jan, Wag 'n Woof Pets

  4. Great tips, guys! Happy first day of Summer!

  5. Some good summer advice! We usually go for walks after dark during the summer to avoid the heat.

  6. Wonderful has been miserable here all week. I'm having to make sure the peeps stay hydrated and for sure Mom needs to stay indoors after dusk...the 'skeeters absolutely love her.
    Hugs madi your bfff

  7. What a helpful post!!! We get our heartworm and tick prevention too. And we always have fresh water. We aren't much into the pool Mom tried to get us to go in, but we do enjoy being outside when it isn't too hot. And you know, we really do prefer the SNOW to the HEAT:)

    Woos - Lightning, Misty, and Timber

  8. Great tips. I'm with you, B. 100 degrees is perfect street nap weather. Or at the very least, perfect sidewalk nap weather.

    Love and licks,

  9. Mom is especially careful with us when it is hot due to our short noses
    Hazel & Mabel

  10. Great tips and I love the photo of you with your mom.

  11. Oh boyz, you look very happy walkin' with your Moms!!!! Ma's Old English Sheepdog used to LOVE baking in the hot sun too! I don't gets it either Pierre...sigh.
    Ruby ♥

  12. Pawsome summertime advice, boyz! Here's to a fun but safe summer.

  13. Thanks for all the great advice boyz!!
    Rosy, Jakey & Arty

  14. Wooftastic safety tips!
    3 bum swings! 3 more!

    Pawsitively clever idea with the Pawz.

    Nose nudges,
    CEO Olivia

  15. Such great tips, thanks for sharing.

  16. Good tips for outdoor Summer living. We love spending every day outside!
    Love & biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them


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