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Pet Friendly Newsletter - August 2006


"A man's soul can be judged by the way he treats his dog." (Charles Doran)

"If man could be crossed with the cat it would improve man, but it would deteriorate the cat." (Mark Twain)


This is just one of many photos from previous PUGFEST events! Pugfest 2006 will be rockin' at Rotary Park on Sunday August 20, 2006 and help raise money for Pug Rescue. More info at

"When is lunch?" asks Cappy. - John M.

"Here is a photo of my English Pointer mix, Faith, eating one of her favourite treats (tomatoes), and a picture of Hope, my Dachshund/Chihuahua mix protecting her green bean. Other favorites include baby carrots, cheese, and oatmeal cookies!" - Lisa M.

"Here are two photos of my cat George and our dog Luna, a Small Munsterlander. The two are best buddies and will curl up together in Luna's crate. George even goes for walks with us in the morning. Here he looks particularly sleepy after a night of mouse hunting. And Luna as always loves to sit at the table pretending she is human, all the while seeing what we have left on the table for her to steal. She is a great food thief.

Love the website and newsletter, keep it coming." - Liane W. of Stouffville, Ontario


Those hot, lazy summer days are perfect for lounging around with our canine pals. Heatstroke, however, is a very real danger - here are a few tips on how to keep your canine cool & content:

  • Provide a cool, shady spot & fresh water when your dog is outside. Dogs get hot too (imagine what it would feel like to wear a fur coat all of the time!)!

  • Don't leave your dog unattended in the car, even if the windows are cracked and you're parked in the shade. The temperature inside a car can rise very quickly and cause heatstroke and can even be fatal. It's better to leave your dog at home where he can be comfortable, or use a doggy daycare or pet-sitter. It's best not to take the risk even if you think you'll be gone only a short time.

  • Don't overdo the exercise, as it can be dangerous on a hot day. Planning to hike with your dog? Hike early in the morning or later in the evening when temperatures are cooler. Always bring fresh water for both you and your dog - it's important for both of you to stay well hydrated.

  • Watch the paws! Avoid hot asphalt and sand (such as beach areas) which can be painful on your pooch's paws.

  • Swimming can help your dog stay cool (also see the article called "Dogs and Water Safety"). You can also help him to cool off by wetting him down.

  • If your dog doesn't tolerate heat very well or you don't have air-conditioning, try freezing bottles or bags of water. Wrap these frozen bottles & bags inside a layer of towels or place them underneath your dog's bedding and invite him to lay on (or against) it.

  • Always provide access to cool, fresh water.

Contact your veterinarian immediately for advice if you suspect your dog is suffering from heatstroke. Symptoms can include a bright red tongue, rapid panting (sometimes accompanied by thick saliva), overly-red or pale gums, vomiting, weakness, dizziness, and unresponsiveness.

Enjoy the summer - play safe!

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