Never Leave Your Dog in a Hot Car

These are the dog days of summer and man and beast are at the mercy of the sweltering heat. The A/C in my car sucks, and in the summer I usually drive with the windows rolled down.

My pooch, Mandy, is my constant companion, and she loves to ride shotgun with me. I always roll the windows down when she rides we me, even in the winter, the look on her face as she sticks her head out the window, is the picture of contentment.

When I`m running errands with Mandy in the summer, I always roll the windows down, even when I make a quick stop at a convenience store. Mandy is more precious to me than anything that a thief can snatch from my vehicle, because I left the windows open.

Before you leave your dog in a hot automobile there are two things that you need to remember:

IT TAKES ONLY SIX MINUTES FOR A CANINE TO DIE IN A HOT CAR

It takes only six minutes for your pooch to die in a hot car, but it takes only a second to lower the windows.

“If a dog`s internal temperature goes above 41°C (105.8°F) it is at risk of heatstroke, which only 50% of dogs survive. Some breeds are more susceptible than others – large dogs, dogs with short faces such as bulldogs and boxers, and overweight or long-coated dogs are most at risk – but every dog has the potential to suffer from heatstroke. It doesn`t have to be boiling hot for this to happen either – when it`s 22°C, (71.6°F) outside, the inside of a car can easily reach 47°C within an hour(116.6°F).”

http://theconversation.com/it-takes-just-six-minutes-for-a-dog-to-die-in-a-hot-car-99692

DOGS CAN`T SWEAT

Dogs can`t sweat, let me repeat that, dogs can`t sweat.

“In humans, sweating is primarily a means of thermoregulation, which is achieved by the water-rich secretion of the eccrine glands. Maximum sweat rates of an adult can be up to 2-4 liters per hour or 10-14 liters per day (10-15 g/min·m2), but is less in children prior to puberty.[3][4][5] Evaporation of sweat from the skin surface has a cooling effect due to evaporative cooling. Hence, in hot weather, or when the individual`s muscles heat up due to exertion, more sweat is produced.”

Wikipedia

Imagine taking a jog in the heat of summer and not being able to sweat, even the healthiest athlete in the world would pass out from heat exhaustion after a few minutes.

A dog is man`s best friend, they provide us with companionship, protect our lives and property, and slobber us with love. The least we can do for them is to never leave them in a hot car without the windows rolled down.

Most of my readers are responsible dog owners and they would never leave their faithful pets in a hot car, but if you see a dog locked in a hot vehicle, call the police immediately, and break the damn window.

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When It’s 90+ Degrees, Asphalt Can Burn Your Dog’s Paws

It`s late June in Virginia, and that means that it`s sizzling outside, and most Virginians are cooling off in the comfort of their air-conditioned homes.

My dog, Mandy, loves to walk regardless if it`s snowing or sweltering outside, and I walk her almost every day of the year.

When I go walking with Mandy in the heat of the summer I keep in mind that dark colors absorb heat, thus I typically wear white shorts and white shirt.

But I`m also aware that the color black also applies to asphalt, and when it`s upwards of 90 degrees outside, asphalt can reach scorching temperatures of around 150 degrees. Needless say that can burn your doggie`s paws.

By all means walk your canine companion in the heat of the summer, but exercise caution by walking him on lawns as much as possible, and shortening your daily walk.

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Moose the Snoring Pooch is an Internet Sensation

When a human snores he is oblivious to the racket hes making, and he sleeps like a baby while waking up everyone in the household. The only cure for snoring is duct tape for the snoring son of a gun, or earplugs for his longsuffering partner.

Click the link at the bottom of the page to see a sleeping pooch wake himself up with his gentle snoring.

Moose, a mutt who happens to be an emotional support animal, sleeps with his owner, and I doubt he has ever woke her up with his soft snoring.

Moose has a smile on his face as he sleeps next to his owner, and his owner, Alexis Waclawski, is also smiling.

Waclawski rescued Moose from the humane society, and he is registered as an emotional support animal to aid her with anxiety and depression. The dog underwent six weeks of training before he was certified as a therapy animal. But truth be told from the moment a puppy is born he is an unofficial emotional support animal.

My pooch, Mandy, would probably flunk obedience school, but she`s been an excellent emotional support pet for the last decade.

There is an emotional support puppy waiting for you at your local animal shelter, he will help you deal with the trials and tribulations of life. What are you waiting for? Adopt a puppy today!

Moose, the snoring pooch, has become an Internet sensation garnering over a million views. Check out his video:

http://www.toledoblade.com/local/2018/03/20/Snoring-dog-Rossford-resident-reach-millions-on-Twitter.html

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Study: Dog Owners Would Rather Be With Pets Than Friends

“More than half of American dog owners admit they flake out on social events to hang out with their pet, according to new research.

The study of 2,000 dog owners found skipping out on human commitments specifically to get a bit of quality furry friend time is a common occurrence.

That bond is understandable given the way they aid our mental health – from their ability to lessen relationship stress to softening bad days at work and more, the average dog gets their owner through five (4.83) stressful events every week.

In fact, six in ten survey-takers said their dog often takes care of them in some way, shape or form, reinforcing the important two-way relationship between dogs and humans.”

Fox 10

I`m not surprised by the results of this study, I`d rather hang out with my pooch, Mandy, than engage in any social interaction with a friend, colleague or family member.

Of course I would rather spend quality time with my loyal and faithful canine companion than attend a social event where rats are scheming to climb the social ladder or flirting to find a rutting partner for the night.

Even innocuous small talk with a friend or coworker is like navigating a minefield, whereas walking or playing with Mandy is an oasis of peace and relaxation in a chaotic world.

Don`t feel guilty if you flaked out on attending a baby shower or a friend`s birthday party to hang out with your dog. That adorable baby will probably grow up to be an ungrateful spoiled brat, and your friend is probably bonking your girlfriend, whereas your pooch will remain faithful and loyal for the rest of his life.

Read More:

http://www.fox10phoenix.com/health/dog-owners-would-rather-be-with-pets-than-friends-study-suggests

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Study: People Are More Empathetic Towards Dogs Than Fellow Humans

“Some dog owners love their four-legged friends so much that they treat them like they would a child – and sometimes even say they prefer them to some friends and family.

And according to new research, there`s a scientific reason why.

A study published in the journal Society and Animals suggested that people are more empathetic towards dogs than fellow humans.”

Business Insider

I make no apologies over the fact that I prefer the company of canines over human beings.

If a virus wiped out the entire human population except for me, I wouldn`t be terribly distressed as long as animals, and especially my pooch, were immune to the deadly virus.

When I`m with a human being, whether it`s a close friend or a stranger, holding up my end of the conversation is tiresome, but when I`m with Mandy my dog, our conversation is almost telepathic, we communicate nonverbally with glances and facial expressions that speaks of our loving bond.

Of course I`m more empathetic with towards dogs than my fellow humans, dogs are guileless and trusting unlike deceitful and` treacherous humans.

Unfortunately, dogs can`t read my essays, but if you love dogs more than humans let me know.

Read More:

http://www.businessinsider.com/humans-love-dogs-more-than-other-humans-2017-11

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Fall is the Perfect Time to Walk Your Dog

The dog days of summer are finally over, your pooch survived the season of ticks and fleas and you made it through the cruel months of sweat, sunburns and humidity.

Many a summer day you stayed inside the confines of your air-conditioned home, sipping a cold one and watching TV while your faithful companion was begging to go outside for a walk.

Now that the temperatures and the leaves are falling, there`s no excuse not to walk your dog every day.

Fall is the perfect time to go on long hikes or leisurely walks with your canine buddy.

A dog isn`t a high-maintenance pet, all he requires is a little love, a few bones and a daily walk so he can bond with his owner.

Fall is also the perfect time to go camping, consider taking your pooch instead of your drama queen girlfriend who will go into hysterics if she sees a fox or a snake.

Many campgrounds are dog-friendly, enjoying the great outdoors with your best friend is heaven on Earth.

Fall was created for a man and his dog, get with the program and go enjoy a walk with your pet.

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Make a Bucket List for Your Pooch

“Mister Molson`s cancer diagnosis wasn`t going to stop his family from enjoying their last months with him. With the tumor in the golden retriever`s nose growing larger, his owners have been taking him on daily bucket list adventures.

Tim Griffin, Molson`s owner, posted the list on a blog and asked readers for suggestions. Since his March diagnosis, Molson, 12, has gone to the beach, ridden in police cars and fire trucks, gotten married, become a service dog and more.”

USA Today

I imagine that Mister Molson`s bucket list wouldn`t include any of the items on the list his owner made for him. I don`t think the pooch dreams about flying a helicopter or riding in a sidecar. But these are all activities that the dog would participate in with his owner, a canine is happy doing anything with his owner.

My pooch, Mandy, doesn`t have a green thumb, but she enjoys hanging out with me when I`m puttering around in my garden.

What would a dog`s bucket list look like?

Chew my owner`s new universal remote control.

Take a dump on that grouchy neighbor`s lawn.

Impregnate that cute poodle.

Urinate on every fire hydrant in the neighborhood.

Lick my ass one last time.

Find a decomposing bone to gnaw.

Don`t wait until your beloved animal companion is dying, show him some love now. All a pooch wants is to be with his master, include your dog in all of your favorite activities.

Read More:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/humankind/2017/06/30/dying-dogs-bucket-list-adventure-make-you-feel-better-world/440286001/

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Dad Kills Son Over Who Would Walk the Dog

“A family argument over who would walk the dog turned deadly when a dad shot and killed his son during a wild shootout Sunday in Chicago, police said.

Both men, whose identities were not immediately released, were shot multiple times and the father was critically injured.”

New York Post

Just another shooting in the crime-riddled city of Chicago, at least the pooch wasn`t collateral damage. I am so sick and tired of Chicagoans and their thirst for violence; I can honestly say that I care more about the dogs than the human beings of the Windy City.

Anybody who regards walking his dog as a chore instead of a pleasure doesn`t deserve to own a canine. The only way this story could have a happier ending would be if both morons had died.

Walking my pooch, Mandy, is the highlight of my day; I love walking around my neighborhood, greeting my neighbors, and letting the little kids pet my adorable pet. The fact that Mandy loves walking around the block as much as I do is just icing on the cake.

Animal control should take the dog away from the critically-inured survivor, that sorry excuse for a human being doesn`t deserve to have his dog waiting for him when he`s released from prison.

Read More:

http://nypost.com/2017/04/10/father-kills-son-in-shootout-over-who-would-walk-the-dog/

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Brewery Offers ‘Paw-ternity’ Leave for Employees with Puppies

 

“A Scottish brewery has instituted a new policy offering `puppy parental leave` for employees raising young dogs.

BrewDog brewery announced the paw-ternity policy that provides all employees with one week off when they bring home a new puppy.

`BrewDog was started by two men and one dog in 2007,` the brewery said in its announcement video. “And we now employ 1,000 people around the world.”

UPI

I commend BrewDog brewery for their dog-friendly workplace, and for their paw-ternity policy that provides all employees with one week off when they bring home a new puppy.

The brewery`s headquarters has 50 office dogs, what an awesome work environment; I can think of at least five co-workers that I wish I could replace with a puppy.

When I adopted a puppy, Mandy, from the Humane Society I took two weeks off from work. That gave my plenty of time to bond with Mandy and housetrain her. It would have been cruel to adopt a puppy, and then go to work, leaving her alone in a new and strange environment.

A paw-ternity policy is a good start, but an employer should also offer its employees pet bereavement leave. When Mandy dies and goes to the Big Dog Park in the Sky, I know I will be too devastated to go to work.

Pet lovers everywhere should support BrewDog Brewery by buying their beers.

Read More:

http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2017/02/17/Scottish-brewery-offers-paw-ternity-leave-for-employees-with-puppies/1981487353768/

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Dude Orders Flowers For His Pooch, Wife Not Upset

 

“With Valentine`s Day around the corner, many people are plotting displays of affection for their significant others. But is there any bond that can top the one we have with our pets?

Lily Cardone`s dad, for one, is celebrating the superlative connection he`s got with his dog Sebastian. When flowers arrived at their Florida house, his wife expected them to be for her, but she was sorely mistaken.

Instead, they were a get-well gift for Sebastian, who was recovering from ACL surgery. `Sebastian, Feel better, you`ll be back in the game very soon. Love, Daddy,` it read.”

Refinery 29

I love my pooch, Mandy, but if she was recovering from surgery I wouldn`t send her flowers, for one thing she doesn`t care for flowers judging by the way she tears up the flower bed in my backyard. For another I wouldn`t want my friends and family questioning my sanity.

When the flowers arrived the wife thought they were for her, but she wasn`t upset when she discovered they were for the canine, in fact she posted pics of the flowers and the family pooch on Facebook.

But if this dude ever forgets to send his wife flowers for her birthday or wedding anniversary, I`m sure he will be in the doghouse. I can imagine his wife`s reaction: You sent a flower arrangement to the dog when he was recovering from surgery, but you forgot to send me flowers for our anniversary? Get the hell out of my house, you can sleep in the doghouse the next couple of nights.

Valentine`s day is right around the corner, hmm what should I get Mandy?

http://www.refinery29.com/2017/02/139428/man-orders-dog-flowers

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