June 9th 2006 7:07 am
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When the lazy days of barbecues and swimming pools roll around, you can make them even better by sharing them with your favorite pet. By following a few summer pet safety tips, you can keep your animal friends healthy and enjoy the months of sun and fun.
Never leave your pet in the car. Though it may seem cool outside, the sun can raise the temperature inside your car to 120 degrees Fahrenheit in a matter of minutes, even with the windows rolled down. If you need to run some errands, leave the furry ones at home.
As you're outside enjoying the warm weather, keep your pet leashed. It will keep her from getting lost, fighting other animals, and eating and drinking things that could make her sick. Need a leash for your pet visit: http://www.doggiekingdom.com
Water, water everywhere. Whether you're indoors or out, both you and your pet need access to lots of fresh water during the summer, so check her water bowl several times a day to be sure it's full. If you and your furry friend venture forth for the afternoon, bring plenty of water for both of you. For a Travel Food + Water Bowl visit http://www.doggiekingdom.com/inc/sdetail/3638.
Be cautious on humid days.Humidity interferes with animals' ability to rid themselves of excess body heat. When we overheat we sweat, and when the sweat dries it takes excess heat with it. Our four-legged friends only perspire around their paws, which is not enough to cool the body. To rid themselves of excess heat, animals pant. Air moves through the nasal passages, which picks up excess heat from the body. As it is expelled through the mouth, the extra heat leaves along with it. Although this is a very efficient way to control body heat, it is severely limited in areas of high humidity or when the animal is in close quarters.
Make sure your pet doesn't overexert herself. Though exercise is an important part of keeping your dog or cat at a healthy weight, which helps her body stay cool, overdoing it can cause her to overheat. Keep the walks to a gentle pace and make sure she has plenty of water. If she's panting a lot or seems exhausted, it's time to stop.
Bring them inside. Animals shouldn't be left outside unsupervised on long, hot days, even in the shade. Shade can move throughout the afternoon, and pets can become ill quickly if they overheat, so keep them inside as much as possible. If you must leave your pet in the backyard, keep a close eye on her and bring her in when you can.
Even with emergency treatment, heatstroke can be fatal. The best cure is prevention, and Fido and Fluffy are relying on you to keep them out of harm's way. Summer does not have to be fraught with peril--with ample precaution, both you and your furry friends can enjoy those long, hot dog-days of summer.
Signs of Heatstroke
Refusal to obey commands
Warm, dry skin
December 19th 2005 12:20 pm
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'Tis the day before Christmas, and all through the house
The puppies are squeaking an old rubber mouse.
The wreath which had merrily hung on the door
Is scattered in pieces all over the floor.
The stockings that hung in a neat little row,
Now boast a hole in each one of the toes.
The tree was subjected to bright-eyed whims,
And now, although splendid, it's missing some limbs.
I catch them and hold them, be good I insist.
They lick me, then run off to see what they've missed.
And now as I watch them, the thought comes to me,
That theirs is the spirit that Christmas should be.
Should Children and Puppies yet show us the way,
And teach us the joy that should come with this day?
Could they bring the message that's written above,
And tell us that, most of all, Christmas is love! "
December 9th 2005 11:24 am
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How are you? I realize it's been simply ages since we last spoke, darling, but you do know what it's like, I imagine -- busy beyond belief what with photo shoots, public appearances, toy testing, treat testing... why, if it wasn't for my strict beauty regimen and dedication to lounging, I'd be one haggard Bulldog!
At any rate, it's time to submit my final draft to you for my Christmas wish list. It was incredibly tough for me to choose this year, but I'm generally pleased with the items I've decided on.
First, as you know, a girl has got to have a signature color. Is there anyone left in the world who doesn't know that I've chosen pink? Not only because it attracts attention (though I do so love the attention) but because it looks simply smashing with my complexion. Tan and pink and black - oh, it gives me shivers just to think about it.
Agape Dog Sweater for Dogs
Crystal Ice Harness - (because you can never have too much bling)
Santa Clause dog toy
Kassandra Faux Fur Coat
Clara Remington-Bronze Dog Chair
(you of all people know how much I love to snuggle, Santa!)
Couch Dog bed
The Ruff Ruff Couture Pet Carrier
That's a good start of course, but to really flesh out the new red in my wardrobe, I'll also need:
Believe it or not, Santa, there are a few things I haven't mentioned here - typing this is just taking SO long, I really do need to get people who will take dictation for me - does anyone learn shorthand anymore? It's so tough to find someone with good office skills and the ability to translate barks...
Anyway, Santa, I've made a link where you and the elves can find the rest of the items I simply cannot live another minute without. There are new items for my grooming regimen and treats and a whole boatload of things I haven't had time to mention. See the entire wish list. http://www.doggiekingdom.com
The one thing you won't find on there is my biggest wish of all: more time with my Mommy. Please send her some help so that she can spend more time grooming me, fussing over me, playing with me, and letting me give her kisses. (Maybe you could sneak an elf or two into your sack Christmas eve?)
Oh. I almost forgot. Please bring my mommy a Solid Gold Channel Set Diamond Bone Bracelet in White Gold and a Bone and Heart Pendant Necklace with my name engraved on it - also in White Gold, because I love her and she deserves it. (Mommy is making me write this part. She also told me what to say. But don't tell her I told you.)
Santa, sweetheart, please give big kisses to Mrs. C. for me and thank the elves in advance for all their hard work in putting together my gift sack this year. Tell Rudolph and the others that I look forward to barking at them --er, welcoming them to our home Christmas Eve, and I'll be waiting to greet you with kisses as always...
Well, I have to run. Mommy is going to take me out to play in the snow =).
Have a wonderful holiday!