Hang’n@thedogpound with Kitty
Darlinks, Kitty here. And welcome to the dog pound.
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.
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.
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
- Stay on the
trails, we have a beautiful desert but it can be harmful off trail.
- 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.
- 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?
- Keep them
- 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
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
- If you are going
last thing about hydration. Many people have pools in there
and those with larger dogs need to remember that while
is O.K. For them to drink from the pool it is better if you
fresh water sources for them inside and out
our home there is water inside in a big bowl and then there are
and a small plastic kiddy pool that is kept filled with
(these have to be cleaned out at least once a week.
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 ?!.
time for my cat nap on the chair in the living room near the swamp
cooler in the sun.
next time Darlink’s
safe Keep Cool and Keep Adopting the life you rescue could end up
being your very own Darlink’s