Canine Days of Summer in Midtown

By on 10 June, 2014 in Lynne Burford, Pets with 0 Comments

I once read what has become one of my favorite quotes: “My little dog – a heartbeat at my feet.” It is so true. Our pets are extensions of our families. Make sure yours is safe and happy as we head into the hottest season of the year.

The “dog days” of summer are fast approaching. In fact, we have had a few preview days already. As much as we all welcome warm sunshine and summer sun after a cold and rainy winter,  the heat of the season can prove dangerous for our four legged buddies. So let’s keep in mind that this is the time of year to really pay attention to the amount of heat your pet is exposed to. Always provide shade and if possible, a fan, if your pet is outside. And water. Cool clean water can save a pet’s life.

Inside a car on a 75 degree day, it only takes 15 minutes for the temperature to rise to 90 degrees. Running errands with your pets this time of year could prove fatal. Some cities even have laws prohibiting dogs and cats being left inside cars, even with the windows cracked. Dogs cannot sweat to cool themselves off, and quickly become overheated. So leave your dog at home if you need to make pit stops. You will be thanked with a wagging tail when you get home.

If you are looking for a way to spend some fun outside with your pup, there are some great options nearby. Our Hannah Daye Ridling Bark Park on Vaughn Road is a fabulous playtime venue, with shade, water and even wash stations. Divided into two sections – smalls and bigs – the park is a great place for owners to meet and for dogs to burn off energy with others. A bit further east in Auburn, Chewacla State Park offers great hiking trails for you and your four legged hiking partner, complete with creeks and streams. And in Pine Mountain, Georgia, you can spend a day at Big Bear Canine Activity Center. BBCAC offers classes designed specifically for dog age groups, from puppies on up; a wide range of “sport” classes focused on keeping your dog fit and frisky; and Dock Diving and other Activity classes. It’s only a little over an hour away … great fun for your dog and you!

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Traveling east on the Troy Highway, you might notice some new signs next to Tractor Supply. Drs. Phillips and Dunn have opened a brand new, state of the art veterinary  clinic, Phillips-Dunn Animal Clinic, and boarding facility, Cedar Kennels. This is a one-stop for all your veterinary, boarding and grooming needs. Prissy Paws Salon has relocated inside the facility offering grooming services to all breeds. The boarding kennel area is climate controlled and the largest in the city. Stop in for a tour! Their number is 281-8196.

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Summertime also means flea season, and it is so important that we keep our pets flea-free for their health and ours. The Barkalicious Bakery is a local supporter of dog rescue and bakes all-natural, wholesome dog treats (which in turn support rescue efforts). The Flea Terminator Treats have wholesome, organic ingredients that keep fleas from finding your dog’s blood tasty, and are a great way to provide non-chemical protection. Email them at run4droses@gmail.com, and find them on Facebook – help support rescue – and keep your pup healthy and happy. You will be doing a great thing! {Full disclosure: This company is run by a friend of mine and I take orders for her. The dog treats really are great though!}

If you find yourself with some time on your hands, this is a busy season at the Montgomery Humane Society. They would really appreciate some extra help giving dogs some much needed attention, collecting supplies, and doing other day to day tings that keep the shelter running. Donations of Clorox, paper towels, food and treats are always needed. Give them a call and ask how you can help! Teenagers are welcome too. 409-0622.

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If you are planning a vacation and would love for your pets to be able to stay in your home while you are gone, hire a pet sitter who will come to your house and feed, water, clean up after and love on your pets while you are away. This gives you the peace of mind that your pets stay in a familiar place and can sleep in their own beds – plus if you have more than one pet, it is a less expensive option than boarding. Little Star Pet Sitting is a great one – has excellent references – and offers once or twice daily home checks. Call 421-2261 for more information.

Hats off to sweet summertime for you and your fur kids!

Lynne Burford is a lifelong animal advocate who has been rescuing since she was a little girl. From birds and snakes to raccoons and foxes, she has rehabilitated and released back into the wild many orphaned and injured creatures. For the last ten years her focus has been on fostering and volunteering with rescues to place dogs into permanent and loving homes. Aside from various sizes of foster dogs, she owns a small pack of chihuahuas and a very tolerant greyhound named Anya.

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