2017-08-22 / Front Page

There is plenty of hot summer left

Imagine not being able to get to cool air conditioning on miserably hot days. If your dog lives outdoor, he must be provided with his necessities.

Dogs are decedents of the wolf, an animal who spends his days in the cool forest or in rock shelters. Just as the wolf seeks shelter from the sun, also, dogs need shade.

Rather than providing shade, a doghouse sitting in the sun quickly becomes an oven. Deprived of shade, a dog can die a slow and painful death from heat stroke.

Dog houses need to be placed under a large tree, or on a side porch.

Dogs need plenty of clean, fresh water every day. Water will stay cooler and cleaner if it is in a bucket, rather than a shallow bowl. Keeping a small scrub brush by the water spigot is a good reminder to keep the bucket clean.

It is also essential that cats and all animals have fresh water available at all times.

Care for creatures ought not to be entirely in the hands of a child. Adult supervision is needed.

Spend quality time each day with your animals. Pet them, talk to them, take them for a walk. Every creature deserves to be treated with kindness and respect.

Your questions can be answered by checking these websites: www.aspcabehavior, humanesociety.org or helping animals.org.

You can learn nationally, but always support efforts in your town to help the local animals.

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