To me, Easter has always signaled the official beginning of spring. Maybe it’s the message of renewal and rebirth, or just the timing of when it occurs (April), but it always feels like Easter is when all the tulips and daffodils start to bloom and the birds start singing their love songs. It’s usually around this time that the buds fall from the trees and fresh new green leaves start to unfurl. Suddenly, everywhere you look there is green!
Spring signals the coming of summer and more time outdoors. It means more hikes, hanging out with our friends (and dogs), camping, gardening, playing ball on the field and in the yard, and swimming. I think that is why I loved this video so much. It was taken last year, but it signals all the things I look forward to each and every spring. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
Happy Friday everyone!
We’re in the midst of the last days of summer. Days are getting shorter. We no longer wake up to the sun in the morning. There is a chill in the air that has not been there since spring. You can tell fall is just around the corner.
That’s why the dogs and I are trying to make the most of these last few nice days. We’re spending more time outside, either at the dog park or playing ball in the yard. Jasper is happiest when he has a ball to chase.
I think that’s why this video resonated with me this week. It has that end of summer feel to it. Jasper can relate to this Golden’s love of tennis balls.
Well, it seems the warm weather has finally arrived in Minnesota. It went above 90 degrees today AND I had to turn on the air.
The warm weather also meant I could finally open up the pool at Casa del Mel. Yay!
There is nothing Jasper and Daisy love more than being in the pool when it’s hot. Daisy loves dipping her whole snout in the water, while Jasper prefers to just drop his ball in it, over and over again.
Cupcake wouldn’t be caught dead hanging out by the pool. She might get her paws wet. 🙂
Given all the fun everyone was having with the pool and the warmer weather it almost seemed destined that I should find a video that captured the mood so perfectly.
Makes you want to jump right in, doesn’t it?
Happy Friday everyone!
Summer is just around the corner, but if the two 90+ degree days we had in Minnesota last week taught us anything it’s that summer heat can come at any time.
And, with hot summer temps comes the potential for dangerous situations. Walking and running with your dog can be fun for both of you, but in hot weather it can be dangerous. Leaving a dog in a hot car, even if just for a few minutes, can lead to irreversible consequences. Don’t believe it? Check out the website www.mydogiscool.com for information on how outside temps affect the temperature inside a hot car. It doesn’t take long before the heat in a car can harm your pet.
• Always carry a gallon thermos filled with cold, fresh water when traveling with your pet.
• The right time for playtime is in the cool of the early morning or evening, but never after a meal or when the weather is humid.
• Street smarts: When the temperature is very high, don’t let your dog stand on hot asphalt. His or her body can heat up quickly, and sensitive paw pads can burn. Keep walks during these times to a minimum.
• Provide fresh water and plenty of shade for animals kept outdoors. Bring your dog or cat inside during the heat of the day to rest in a cool part of the house.
• Be especially sensitive to older and overweight animals in hot weather. Brachycephalic or snub-nosed dogs such as Bulldogs, Pugs, Boston terriers, Lhasa Apsos and Shih Tzu’s, as well as those with heart or lung diseases, should be kept cool in air-conditioned rooms as much as possible.
PawLuxury Blog recently wrote about this same topic and included warning signs to watch for when you are out and about with your pet (see below).
What to watch for – The warning signs of heat stroke in pets.
Heavy panting, glazed eyes, a rapid pulse, unsteadiness, staggering walk, vomiting, or a deep red or purple tongue.
What to do if your dog suffers from signs of heat stress The first step is to lower your pets body temperature by doing the following:
1. Relocate your pet to a shady area out of the direct summer heat and pour cool (not cold) water over his or her coat to slowly lower their body temperature.
2. Apply ice packs or cold towels to your pet’s head, neck & chest only.
3. Let your pet lick ice cubes, but limit access to cold water.
4. Heat stroke is life threatening for animals. So consult your vet for emergency and get them to a vet IMMEDIATELY
Let’s have a great time with our pets this summer and keep them safe at the same time!