WEATHER ALERT:  SUMMER HEAT AND YOUR DOG’S FEET
I live in Phoenix, AZ.  No getting around it, three to four months of the year, you need to adapt to the temperatures for the payoff of 7-8 months of glorious weather.  You run your errands early or late in the day, not during the hottest part of the day when the sun beats down on you brutally.
Now every year we read or hear about tragedies of someone leaving a child or animal in their car too long and they die from heat exhaustion.
There’s another thing that just rips my hide and that is seeing people walking dogs on the hot, hot, boiling pavement during the worst part of the day.  That is another tragedy suffered by pets in hot climates.
I just got back from running my Sunday errands.  I started pretty early and it took longer than I had anticipated.  I filled up the car with gas, I went to the dollar store to get some snacks for the office, the pharmacy for my monthly prescriptions, then to the grocery for chili makings. That will be dinner; chili, cheesy-green-chili corn bread, and cabbage and greens.
So I get home about 2:30, almost the hottest part of the day.  I am unloading groceries and while doing so, a young woman is coming down the sidewalk with her beautiful lab-shepherd mix.  He keeps pulling to the grass - and she allows this momentarily so he can have a sniff and yanks him forward again.  This happened repeatedly.  

I said don’t you think his little feet get hot?
She says, “I don’t think so.”
I told her, “I think they do.  Try going barefoot.”

 I wish I could have shown her this picture.  It is NO JOKE.
I know she didn’t like my intrusive comment, but she needs to be educated.  Pet owners need to stop and think about what they are doing to their animals, what they are asking them to do, what they are capable of realistically doing to adapt to YOU.  It is not all about YOU.
Dogs love to walk and move. Dogs love to be with their people. They may not think about the consequences. BUT YOU HAVE TO.
Be responsible pet owners.
Wild dogs (wolves and coyotes) are rarely out in the midday heat unless there is an emergency. They do their hunting and moving in the cooler hours.  Just because dogs have adapted to live with us does not mean it is without limit. Their little paws will burn and it is horrific for them when they do.
Please, please, remember your pet will do almost anything to please you, even if it means harming themselves.
And always carry water for them.  They overheat faster than we do sometimes and they cool themselves through their feet. Can you imagine trying to cool yourself through those blistered paws?
DO RIGHT BY YOUR PETS!! YOU ARE ALL THEY HAVE.

WEATHER ALERT:  SUMMER HEAT AND YOUR DOG’S FEET

I live in Phoenix, AZ.  No getting around it, three to four months of the year, you need to adapt to the temperatures for the payoff of 7-8 months of glorious weather.  You run your errands early or late in the day, not during the hottest part of the day when the sun beats down on you brutally.

Now every year we read or hear about tragedies of someone leaving a child or animal in their car too long and they die from heat exhaustion.

There’s another thing that just rips my hide and that is seeing people walking dogs on the hot, hot, boiling pavement during the worst part of the day.  That is another tragedy suffered by pets in hot climates.

I just got back from running my Sunday errands.  I started pretty early and it took longer than I had anticipated.  I filled up the car with gas, I went to the dollar store to get some snacks for the office, the pharmacy for my monthly prescriptions, then to the grocery for chili makings. That will be dinner; chili, cheesy-green-chili corn bread, and cabbage and greens.

So I get home about 2:30, almost the hottest part of the day.  I am unloading groceries and while doing so, a young woman is coming down the sidewalk with her beautiful lab-shepherd mix.  He keeps pulling to the grass - and she allows this momentarily so he can have a sniff and yanks him forward again.  This happened repeatedly.  

I said don’t you think his little feet get hot?

She says, “I don’t think so.”

I told her, “I think they do.  Try going barefoot.”

 I wish I could have shown her this picture.  It is NO JOKE.

I know she didn’t like my intrusive comment, but she needs to be educated.  Pet owners need to stop and think about what they are doing to their animals, what they are asking them to do, what they are capable of realistically doing to adapt to YOU.  It is not all about YOU.

Dogs love to walk and move. Dogs love to be with their people. They may not think about the consequences. BUT YOU HAVE TO.

Be responsible pet owners.

Wild dogs (wolves and coyotes) are rarely out in the midday heat unless there is an emergency. They do their hunting and moving in the cooler hours.  Just because dogs have adapted to live with us does not mean it is without limit. Their little paws will burn and it is horrific for them when they do.

Please, please, remember your pet will do almost anything to please you, even if it means harming themselves.

And always carry water for them.  They overheat faster than we do sometimes and they cool themselves through their feet. Can you imagine trying to cool yourself through those blistered paws?

DO RIGHT BY YOUR PETS!! YOU ARE ALL THEY HAVE.

Walking the Dogs - June 2013 Phoenix AZ
My crew sorted themselves by size this morning. It was already hot and we were out there early.

Walking the Dogs - June 2013 Phoenix AZ

My crew sorted themselves by size this morning. It was already hot and we were out there early.

Ice Cream Cone - every drop is precious
'My daughter stopping melting ice-cream from escaping'Photograph: Mike Jones

Ice Cream Cone - every drop is precious

'My daughter stopping melting ice-cream from escaping'Photograph: Mike Jones

Summer Treat for the 4th of July -
I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for Ice Cream!
    (Howard Johnson, Billy Moll, Robert A. K. King)
Transcribed from vocals by Tom Stacks performing with Harry Reser’s Six Jumping Jacks, recorded January 14, 1928; From Harry Reser’s Six Jumping Jacks, volume 2, The Old Masters, mb 128.
I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!
In the land of ice and snows Up among the Eskimos, There’s a college known as Ogiwawa! You should hear those college boys, Gee, they make an awful noise When they sing an Eskimo tra-la-la!
They’ve got a leader, big cheer leader, Oh, what a guy! He’s got a frozen face just like an Eskimo Pie! When he says, “Come on, let’s go!” Though it’s forty-five below, This is what the Eskimos all holler:
I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! Rah! Rah! Rah! Tuesdays, Mondays, we all scream for sundaes, Sis-boom-bah! Boola-boola, sarsaparoolla, If you got chocolate, we’ll take vanoola! I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! Rah! Rah! Rah!
I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! Rah! Rah! Rah! Frosts and malts that are peppered and salted, Sis-boom-bah! Oh, spumoni, oh, cartoni, And confidentially, we’ll take baloney, I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! Rah! Rah! Rah!
Rah! Rah! Rah! Rah! Rah!

Summer Treat for the 4th of July -

I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for Ice Cream!

    (Howard Johnson, Billy Moll, Robert A. K. King)

Transcribed from vocals by Tom Stacks performing with Harry Reser’s Six Jumping Jacks, recorded January 14, 1928;
From Harry Reser’s Six Jumping Jacks, volume 2, The Old Masters, mb 128.

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!

In the land of ice and snows
Up among the Eskimos,
There’s a college known as Ogiwawa!
You should hear those college boys,
Gee, they make an awful noise
When they sing an Eskimo tra-la-la!

They’ve got a leader, big cheer leader,
Oh, what a guy!
He’s got a frozen face just like an Eskimo Pie!
When he says, “Come on, let’s go!”
Though it’s forty-five below,
This is what the Eskimos all holler:

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!
Rah! Rah! Rah!
Tuesdays, Mondays, we all scream for sundaes,
Sis-boom-bah!
Boola-boola, sarsaparoolla,
If you got chocolate, we’ll take vanoola!
I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!
Rah! Rah! Rah!

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!
Rah! Rah! Rah!
Frosts and malts that are peppered and salted,
Sis-boom-bah!
Oh, spumoni, oh, cartoni,
And confidentially, we’ll take baloney,
I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!
Rah! Rah! Rah!

Rah! Rah! Rah! Rah! Rah!