Happy July 1st! Happy July 4th!

Happy July 1st! Happy July 4th!
June 30, 2012 by Connie Wilson


Here's Kaya a couple years ago, lounging on my beach towel, enjoying a hot summer seaside day. It was one of the last July long weekend holidays I had the privilege to share with her. Sure miss that crazy dog!


It's wonderful to have this stat holiday bringing us a day off to reflect on the great countries we live in and the freedoms we enjoy here. For many it also marks the official beginning of summer (which is unfortunately far too short here in the Pacific North West with this year's cool wet spring now turning into a cool wet summer... not complaining, really... well sort of!). I hope you'll also be able to take in some of the festivities the holiday commemorates, getting out enjoying and celebrating the day with your furry best friend, whether it's watching a parade or ballgame, cooking up some grub at a backyard barbeque or simply hanging out at the beach.


Please also be aware that not all dogs like crowds or fireworks. My girl Kaya lived for 16 years and never did outgrow her fright of either thunderstorms or fireworks. She would become crazed, panting and wild-eyed, as soon as she heard the first firework's crack or saw its flash in the sky. She'd wreak havoc in the house, clawing and chewing at the basement door if it happened to be closed, trying to get as far away as possible in order to escape the noise and perceived danger.  If your dog displays similar habits first of all be sure you keep her away from the commotion. You might also consider investing in a Thundershirt or Anxiety Wrap  compression-styled garment that the dog wears. It exudes constant gentle pressure thereby helping to relieve stress, making them feel more secure. I also recommend Rescue Remedy which I recently used on my Wirehaired Dachshund Penny who became upset upon sensing an impending thunder storm. It worked like a charm... a few drops on her tongue and she soon relaxed. Don't forget, too, that if it's hot out our dogs need to drink more water. I really like Popware for Pets collapsible travel cup with water bottle holder and carabiner that easily hooks onto your belt loop so it's easy to bring along. Troff's refillable water pouch is also a great invention... fill it up (you can also freeze it if you like so your dog has fresh cool water longer) and the top pulls open for easy dispensing/drinking and when empty it can be rolled up. It takes up hardly any room in your purse or pocket and can be refilled and re-used time and again.

Have a great holiday everyone!

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