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Pet Friendly Newsletter - July 2006


"I can't think of anything that brings me closer to tears than when my old dog, completely exhausted after a hard day in the field, limps away from her nice spot in front of the fire and comes over to where I'm sitting and puts her head in my lap, a paw over my knee, and closes her eyes and goes back to sleep. I don't know what I've done to deserve that kind of friend." (Gene Hill)

"The cat seldom interferes with other people's rights. His intelligence keeps him from doing many of the fool things that complicate life." (Carl Van Vechten)


"These are my two girls, Meimei (fawn) and Miko (black). They are absolute chaos! Meimei is almost 2 and hasn't slowed down a bit, Miko is 9 months and totally runs the show. Their favorite words to hear are cookies, dinner time, and walkies! Pugs are amazing animals and I have fun with them everyday." - Amanda C. of Calgary, Alberta

"'It's my turn to play the princess,' says Athena, a 6-month old German Shepherd pup, as she sits on her Frog Prince." - Val F. of Whitby, Ontario

"Bailee (a 2 year old Basset) and his sister Maggee (1 year old) are having a great time. Of course this is Maggee's idea of fun. Bailee's idea of a good time is laying out in the sun. In the second photo, Bailee has finally convinced his sister that sleeping is really what it's all about. Our beautiful Bassets live in Nipigon, Ontario." - Lesley Joy M.

"Here is a photo of Hope, my 1 year old 'Chiweenie' (Chihuahua/Daschund cross) camping with me at Sandbanks Provincial Park near Picton, Ontario. Sandbanks has a great 'doggie beach' at their Richardson's Campground area. Hope and I spent several days sunning ourselves and swimming in the beautiful, cool, clear water last August." - Lisa M.

"This is Tara, our 2-year-old Golden Retriever (from Surrey, B.C.) at Loon Lake, B.C. - the ducks kept quacking her into the water, then swam around with her - when she came to shore, they'd follow her onto land and keep quacking for her to come back in! Enjoy your newsletter every month, especially the pet-friendly accommodations." - Marlene W.


Water is a great temptation for many dogs, particularly when the weather is hot and the water presents a cool oasis. Pet owners, too, love to watch their dogs swim, play, and have fun. However, keep in mind a few things before you take your dog out for a day of play on or in the water:

  • When enjoying the outdoors, bring extra water for your dog as well as a portable pet travel bowl. Bacteria and parasites are common in natural water sources, particularly stagnant water (which may contain algae, some types of which are extremely dangerous to dogs, maybe even fatal). This can result in diarrhea, vomiting, and other symptoms and may require you to consult with your vet.

  • Don't let your dog drink from the pool. It may look clean & pure, but pool water is filled with chemicals that can cause your dog to get sick.

  • Don't assume that all dogs can swim (or like to swim). Don't throw your dog into the water, as he may panic and even drown before you can react.

  • Don't leave your dog unattended in the water. For most dogs, swimming is unaccustomed exercise and they may tire easily as they are using muscles they don't normally use. Also, steep banks or pool walls can make it hard for dogs to climb out on their own - they may need your help.

  • Carefully check your dog for skin irritations or for bites after he enjoys some water playtime. Bacteria or other microscopic organisms may cause irritation, or he could even have been stung by a jellyfish if he was romping about in the ocean. Take your dog to the vet if he's showing signs of pain or itchiness.

  • Rinse your pup off well with fresh water after he enjoys a romp in the ocean or in the pool. Salt water or pool water (which contains chemicals) may irritate his skin and eyes.

  • If you're taking your dog out boating, make sure you purchase specially made doggy lifejackets. You wear one, and so should your dog!

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