The Unpredictable Summer

Once again I have hundreds of stories about my poodles. And every month I try to write about not just my brood but to share info that can pertain to you and your dogs. This month many of us have faced the worst that summer can bring. We have faced fires, floods, heat and bugs. One thing I think we have all learned is that we need to have an emergency plan for our dogs. And in addition to the emergency plan we should also have a pouch of emergency supplies at the ready. When the TV sounds that imminent severe weather beep on the TV, by nature, our ears perk up and we often times look outside to see just bad it really is. I don’t know about you, but sometimes my dogs run for cover. If this happens to you, when you grab your emergency pouches, grab some treats to help gather your buddy’s for their safe travel with you as you seek shelter.

The weather is one problem many of us have faced. We’ve also faced the heat! What a scorcher and here in Ohio, and we haven’t even reached our hottest month. Day after day we read about hair cutting for the dogs, the value or not of a summer hairdo. And sun screen? Should we use it, or is it toxic? My biggest concern is the heat and how quickly my buddy’s are affected by it. Always make sure that your dogs have ample shade outside. And water–how many times have we read about having fresh water for the dogs? And by fresh that means water that is not filled with bugs and hot to the touch. Sometimes I add ice cubes to the water dish that I keep by the back door. And I also have towels or thin rugs placed in shady spots. Concrete is hot and it can burn.

And those nasty bugs that hover around us and our pets during the warm months, are they a worry? I recently posted a question on Facebook about bees. Some are harmless and don’t sting, but I don’t want to get close enough to know if the bee my poodle is chasing is harmless. One recommendation was using a tennis or badminton racquet to bat the bugs away.

All of this writing is a reminder that summer can be brutal. It is important to be prepared for Mother Nature’s whims and have a plan for your pets. Also, stop and think about the effects of weather on your pets.

My general rule of thumb is “If I am uncomfortable, so are my pets.” And if I don’t like bees, probably my pets don’t want to be stung either.” Being a pet owner is all about common sense.

Enjoy the rest of summer with your buddies.


Jenet Mullins is a retired sales executive from the media industry. As a Poodle Parent she shares her experiences and true life situations as a rescue adopter. Find her at Mediagal on Twitter or Jenet Mullins on Facebook.

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