Summertime heat and sheltering the strays

Hang’n@thedogpound with Kitty

 


 

Hello
Darlinks, Kitty here. And welcome to the dog pound.

 

Summer
has come and with that the Tics and Fleas are a lot more active now.
Here in the desert we don’t have to worry about fleas but elsewhere
fleas can be a very big problem. The best way to keep your pets
protected is with a monthly or semi regular flea and tic protection
like Frontline and others.

 

Summertime
Hiking.

 

We
Cats don’t hike and have no desire to meet our wild mountain cousins.
We do however understand that our counter parts, Dogs, love to go
hiking Why? I don’t know? For me a nice cool house with a fresh
litter box is what I like best but then that’s just me I’m not really
an outdoor kitty. Anwho, I digress. Summertime in the desert has
temperatures climbing on words of 116 like it did just the other day.

The
best time of day to take the puppers hiking is Morning. The earlier
the better. Sunrise is a Beautiful time for a hike I am told. Or How
about at dusk around 6 P.M.? Another lovely time Darlinks. Here are
four (4) key things to remember when hiking with your Poochie
Darlink.

 

 

 

  1. Stay on the
    trails, we have a beautiful desert but it can be harmful off trail.

     

  1. Keep Puppers on
    leash when that’s what the trail ask. Even if off leash walks are aloud
    I would think twice about it. Unless you have a dog that stays right
    near your side, keep them on leash as wondering dogs can not only find
    themselves in trouble but can hurt the deserts Eco-system as well.

 

    1. Keep them
      Hydrated. There are several different types of portable water bowl and
      bottle sets. Just as our human companions get dehydrated so do we. We
      may not show the signs like Humans do Puppers may just slow down his
      walk pace. This should be of great concern when this happens as
      Heatstroke can be a lot more life threatening to your
      pet then it is to you. Dogs with Shot noses like Pugs and Bulldogs have
      a much higher predisposition towards heatstroke.

       

      If Poochinella is
      showing signs of heat stroke the best thing you can do is to get him
      cooled down right away then get Pochinee to the vet right away. My rule
      of thumb on heatstroke is the smaller the body the quicker the reaction
      time. Makes sense Doesn’t it Darlink’s?

 

    1. If you are going
      to walk Poochella at dusk. Remember that the

      sun can go down
      quickly and all of a sudden it is dark and you can’t see Poochie
      Woochie Darlink and that’s not a good thing. The answer is to always
      have either a light that attaches to their collars or better yet a light up collar.
      LED lights are the best because you can see them from farther
      away,(Green LED’s are the brightest.) then non-LED lights. In our house
      each dog has his own light up collar and leash. They are all
      rechargeable right from the computers usb port and have they are all
      LED.

      These work well
      if you just want to walk Fido and Fida at night ( I hear a great many
      desert dwellers do that in the summertime, Myself I stay inside
      Darlink’s.)

 

One
last thing about hydration. Many people have pools in there

backyards
and those with larger dogs need to remember that while

it
is O.K. For them to drink from the pool it is better if you

have
fresh water sources for them inside and out

In
our home there is water inside in a big bowl and then there are

Fountains
and a small plastic kiddy pool that is kept filled with

water
(these have to be cleaned out at least once a week.

 

 

The
new animal shelter will be opening here soon. It is looking good from
the outside. I haven’t seen the inside ( I have no plans) I’ll leave
that to my human companions. I hear though that it will be nice. Here
are something that you can do to be a part of the success of the new
home for the lost and in need of love. 1. become
a friend
of The Palm
Springs Animal Shelter. 2. Donate a small kiddy pool they use them to
keep pets cool. (cost of a kiddy pool 5 bucks or so Life saved
priceless Darlink, priceless.) 3. Volunteer. One of my Human
Companions is going to Volunteer as a dog walker, but there are a
great many volunteer opportunities at the shelter and who know you
just might meet the love of your life,(That is where I found my Human
companions as did two of my Dog brothers.) and how great would that
be Darlink ?!.

Goodness,
time for my cat nap on the chair in the living room near the swamp
cooler in the sun.

 

Until
next time Darlink’s

Keep
safe Keep Cool and Keep Adopting the life you rescue could end up
being your very own Darlink’s

 

Ciao
Bella

Kitty

 

 

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