It is shorts and sandals time for us, but not your best friend. Imagine cooling yourself off only by panting, and imagine how hot your body temperature would be and how dehydrated you would become. For this reason, please carry water for your dog when you go on walks or the dog park. Leash on Life carries portable water bottles for your dog that hook on your belt for easy carrying. The Gulpy stores and serves water all in one easy-to-use bottle. The flip open/close design, also makes it very handy. If you plan on traveling or walking with your dog, H2O is one item you don’t want to be without, particularly in the summer heat. If you already have a water bottle we also have collapsible bowls.
Please remember, while your dog may enjoy an evening walk, most do not enjoy large summer festivals or firework displays. The pavement is hot on sensitive dog feet and the humidity effects them just as it does us. They may be better at home in the air conditioning.
You can learn more about heat and your dog by checking out the “Dog Day’s of Summer” on our new web site!
The term ‘dog days’ has nothing to do with dogs. It dates back to Roman times, when it was believed Sirius, the Dog Star, added its heat to that of the sun from July 3rd to August 11th, creating exceptionally high temperatures. The Romans called the period dies caniculares, literally ‘days of the dog.’ Not just a pretty light, the Dog Star is a symbol of power, will, and steadfastness of purpose, and exemplifies the One who has succeeded in bridging the lower and higher consciousness.
If you are planning on taking your dog on vacation (or anywhere), a car harness is a good safety idea. Not only does it help keep your dog from being thrown and injured if you were to be in an accident, it also keeps them restrained so they do not interfere with your driving. Not all of our pets are as good of a driver as Toonces was. Kennels also work well for safety for both dogs and cats.
Bump in the Night…
Summer has made her appearance and with her comes thunder and fireworks which frighten many dogs & cats. We have a variety of calming treats. All work by different natural, non-sedative methods to
assist anxious situations. Treatibles contain a blend of phytocannabinoid hemp including CBD. In addition to a calming effect there is anecdotal pet owner observations of help with pain and inflammation. Happy Traveler does more than make the ride go smoothly, it helps with any stressful situation. Herbal ingredients assist with stress and nervousness. Happy Traveler has the National Animal Supplements Council (NASC) seal of quality testing. Calming Treats from Vermont Pet Naturals are NASC approved as well. These treats focus on B Vitamins and Colostrum to help manage stress. An option other than treats are Thundershirts™. Eighty-five percent of dogs (satisfaction guaranteed) show significant improvement with their anxiety symptoms when wearing their Thundershirt™. Experts such as Dr. Temple Grandin believe the gentle constant pressure has a calming effect on the nervous system. We also carry Thunderspray and other pheromone sprays and collars. These work nicely in tandem when sprayed on the Thundershirt.
Adoptable Rabbit of the Month, Thumper…
Thumper is a cute 2 years old fellow. Thumper is available through the Iowa City Adoption Center, call (319) 356-5295 or visit www.icanimalcenter.org to learn more about all the animals at the Center.