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dogs of summer


Summer: you can go barefoot, drive with the windows down and tan your skin. Although great for you, these may not be as appealing ideas of summer for dogs.

Bare Paws

While you're out there with the sand between your toes enjoying the warmth, your dog's paws could be getting burnt. Paws can get burnt on hot sand or asphalt, so avoid exposure when the ground may be too hot to handle.

Hot Cars


Photo from petfoodreport.blogspot.com

Driving with the nice summer breeze in your hair is great, but if you stop in somewhere and leave your dog in the car he's going to wonder where that summer breeze went. NEVER leave your dog in a closed vehicle on a hot day. The temperature in the car can rise to over 100 degrees in a matter of minutes; this can result in a heat stroke or death.

Sun Burns

When you're out there working on that tan, your dog could be getting a sunburn. Dogs do sunburn. The ones that are especially at risk are those with short, white fur and pink skin. So when you're lathering on that sunblock get some dog safe sunblock and apply it to your dog's ears and nose 30 minutes before going out.

Summer can be enjoyable for you and your dog, if you just take the proper precautions. So get out there and enjoy some summer weather!

Feature photo from betterbuddies.com



Home Alone, the Canine Version

Molly watching the world go by

Photo by Amy Houselog Turner

“I should set up a camera to see what my dogs do at home all day long.” I know I’m not alone in my thinking. We wave good-bye to our pups and shut the door behind us as we leave for the day. Will they be bored? Will they just sleep? Will they get into things they shouldn't?  For all we know, our dogs have thrown many a crazy puppy party in our absence. We want to know that our furry friends are unharmed and happy all day long. Luckily, Amy - my friend and the owner of True Dog Training - has several helpful tips to help ease our minds.

  1. Exercise your pup before you leave.  A tired dog is a happy dog. Take them on a run with you before work. Throw around the ball in your fenced-in yard. Get their blood pumping before you leave, so then they can crash and dream about how much fun their work-out with you was.
  2. Utilize food dispensing toys. Keep them busy! Stuff food dispensing toys with kibble, wet dog food, canned pumpkin/yogurt, apple sauce or bananas. Popular brands are Kong, Premier, and Busy Buddy.  You can create layers of dry kibble and mushy food and freeze the night before. Use your dog’s measured food and account for any extras by removing some kibble. Tug-A-Jug is another popular option.

home alone pic 1It is important to note that some dogs are resource guarders – they should not be allowed with other animals while eating. If you have multiple dogs, consider separating them with baby gates or crates if this is a concern.

  1. Leave out a basket of sturdy toys. A lot of dogs like to play and chew. Find some well-made tennis balls, antlers, or Nylabones. Never leave out toys that could be ingested or are a choking hazard.
  2. Play soft music or television.  Usually when you are home, dogs are used to the chatter of you and your family, or the television. Playing soothing music or keeping the tv on at a low volume could make them feel less alone when you are gone. Remember that dogs have very sensitive ears, so always test the volume and note their reaction.
  3. Leave the curtains or blinds open (…maybe). If the dog doesn't bark, growl, jump, or scratch the windows it should be fine for them to look out. If they stress in any way when you are home to sounds or sights, chances are they are doing it all day. This may make pups more edgy, grouchy and high-strung when you are home. Use baby gates, curtains or crates so they can't see those things (some dogs are truly more relaxed in a crate).

You know your dog(s) better than anyone. Be aware of their likes, dislikes, and what makes them uncomfortable. Make their time away from you a happy and safe one!


Say howdy to Gabe's Gang Pet Soup Kitchen in St. Clair Shores, Michigan

Here's a little blurb about Gabe's Gang Pet Soup Kitchen, right from the source:

Our pets are a part of our family. That’s why we want to make sure that these beloved creatures are never hungry and always happy and that every pet has a loving, caring family to snuggle up with each night.   

That's our mission - pretty simple, right?  

Well, it's not as easy as it sounds.   

The need is so great, and there are so many who need our help.   

Gabe's Gang Pet Soup Kitchen is a part of Lily's Love Foundation (a federally recognized 501c(3) nonprofit).  

Gabe’s Gang Pet Soup Kitchen offers free pet food to families in temporary financial crisis.       

We never want a family to have to surrender, or worse yet, abandon their cherished four-legged family member simply because there isn’t enough money to feed them.   

That said, we enlisted our canine cuisine expert, Gabe, to oversee the pet food bank. Nobody in our pack likes to eat as much as Mr. Gabe does, so he’s the perfect pooch to watch over “Gabe’s Gang Pet Soup Kitchen.”   

And there has been lots of watching over, too!  

Since starting this program in January of 2010, the response has been overwhelming (over 750,000 meals provided). The need in our community is so great.   

Folks from all areas, all backgrounds, all walks of life, have called upon Gabe’s Gang Pet Soup kitchen for help with dog and cat food. The downturn in the economy has hit everyone in some way, shape, or form, and the demand for Gabe’s Gang Pet Soup Kitchen is evidence of this.   

We’re proud to say, though, that we haven’t turned a single qualified request for a helping-paw down, and we never hope to. However, we need the help of caring and compassionate individuals such as yourself to be able to continue to meet this growing need. 

We are very pleased to be able to support the efforts of Gabe’s Gang Pet Soup Kitchen and hope you’ll help them, too!