Pause 4 Paws
Explorations & Explanations
from Mitzie Mae--the Texas Aussie
Hi! My name is Mitzie Mae, and I'm an Austrailian Shepherd. Now that my book is published, I'm excited to em-bark on new adventures, and I hope you'll journey with me!
Be sure to visit my puppy-sized blog at least once a week for p-updates!
Pet-Peeves: The Danger of Dehydration
Every day, Mom and I go for a two mile walk through the trails of Kingwood. For those of you who live in Texas like we do, you know just how hot it gets. In July and August we typically average in the 90’s, but occasionally experience 103º F. When you add in our constant humidity factor, you can another several degrees. We live and walk in a sauna every summer.
Now, add a fur coat to that equation. I’m not good at math, but I think it’s pretty obvious that we pups feel the heat even more than humans. Oh, and I haven’t even mentioned how much closer we are to the concrete sidewalk that’s been baking in the sun, or the fact that we don’t wear shoes. But still, we love walking with our pet parents.
We just have one request: Please pack some water—for both of us—because dehydration is a seriously dangerous problem. When thirst hits, it means you are ALREADY dehydrated—it’s one of the later symptoms. So think and drink before thirst hits or hurts.
A few other symptoms of dehydration include dry mouth, dizziness, cramping, heartburn, and headaches. Chronic dehydration causes different disorders like headaches, premature aging, and even obesity; it leads to all kinds of diseases like kidney and heart problems; and, it can cause death.
Always carry water with you, and if your furry baby lives outside, make sure they always have some fresh water to drink and some cool water to splash around in so they can cool down when you’re not around!
Pet-Peeves: Poop Patrol
It’s true! Kings Manor has its very own Poop Patrol! As far as I know, there have not been any arrests, but I’ve seen numerous crime scenes where our secret poop patrol person has circled the forbidden feces in chalk. They’ve even labeled several offending excrement samples for “DNA Testing”—though I seriously doubt anyone’s really that into dodo dropping examinations.
We don’t know who these poo-poo plop cops are because we’ve never caught them or any of our diabolical droppers in action, but they obviously detest the dung even more than we do. (No, my humans aren’t part of the Poop Patrol—just reporting the Poop Patrol progress as well as the Problem with Poop.)
Thanks for dropping in for my bite-size blog and helping with stopping the droppings in your own neighborhood.
Pet-Peeves: The Problem with Poop
Mom and I walk about two miles every day, and we always spot poop along the path, which is bad enough. But what’s worse are the sticky, stinky deposits on the sidewalk. Folks, that’s just plain rude! It’s even illegal in some places!
Humans should pick up after their pet pooches. Not just because it’s the right thing to do, or because it’s the polite thing to do, but because it’s the healthy thing to do. That’s right. Picking up the poo protects people, their pets, and even the environment!
How? Feces contain harmful bacteria like E. Coli, fecal coliform, and Salmonella, and it is often infested with parasites such as hookworms, ringworms, and tapeworms. These organisms often cause severe intestinal problems like cramps and diarrhea, but they can also seriously damage the eyes, kidneys, liver, lungs, heart, and brain—in humans as well as other animals.
So what; the rain will wash all of those poopy problems away, right? Wrong! While the waste will disintegrate over time, some of those pesky parasitic problems can literally last for years and end up in our water supply!
Don’t believe me? Click here and read this!
So, if you don’t scoop up the poop, you’re putting us all in a dangerous doghouse!