(PAW)Print Newsletter Issue #2by Coach Lilly 8.24.15
From The Coach
Happy DAWG-ust! It’s truly re-bark-able that summer is almost over. I can’t believe how fast it’s gone by. My pawrents can’t either and as a thank you for all the dog-owning readers and fans out there, they asked me to write this whole article based on ideas to make the most of the summer we have left!
Well as a dog, besides digging up my human’s vegetable garden and chewing holes in my brand new fluffy bunny dog bed, I really like going on car rides. I think my humans can tell by the way I stick my head out the window and smile the whole time. I would advise all owners to bring their dogs along for a ride or two every now and then. I don’t like to go far, but the back seat and I are like two peas and a poodle (meaning, you can take me anywhere and I’ll be a happy camper).
Another fun idea is to invite me along for movie night. Treat yourself and your furry friends to a relaxing night just hanging out. We won’t complain if we don’t follow the plot completely but we sure would appreciate a dog bone or two in the meantime. My top suggestions are; Wizard of Paws, A Pug’s Life, Fifty Shades of Grey Hound or best of all; Hairy Paw-ter and The Mutt Prints.
– Coach Lilly
Last Chance Summer Fun
Take Me To The Beach ∙ Clean Up The Backyard ∙ Take A Hike
Take Me To The Beach
Make use of the warm weather while it lasts, fall will be here soon and beach days will be long gone. Take your dog along and if swimming is allowed and be sure to bring an old towel or blanket for the ride home.
Why is this a good idea? Your dog may be cooped up in the next few months and a trip to the beach is just what they need to burn off excess energy and get the exercise they need for a day or two. Plus it is a great excuse for you to pull out that new umbrella one last time and hone in on your Ultimate Frisbee skills.
- Clean Up The Backyard
This may not sound like the most enjoyable of activities, but I promise it will be rewarding after you see the results. Take an afternoon to rake up dried brush, dead flowers and loose debris. This will prime your yard for the colder season ahead and also give your canine companion a wonderful opportunity to spend quality time with you in his favorite setting.
- Take A Hike
Enjoy these last few weeks of warm weather exploring new sites and soaking up that pleasant sunshine. Your legs and pup will thank you after they both get the work out they should have. Hiking is a good cardio exercise but studies also show, getting outside and spending time in nature lowers stress and increases overall wellness.
Car Rides Do’s & Don’ts
Do: Bring a dish for your pup to drink out of, even if you don’t intend to be gone too long. Car’s heat up fast and you don’t want to get stuck unprepared with a dehydrated pup on your hands.
Don’t: Leave your windows closed if you have to leave your car unattended for any period of time.
Do: If you must leave your dog alone in the car, write a note that is clearly visible with your phone number in case there is an emergency.
Don’t: Assume your dog will not jump out of the window. Just because it hasn’t happened before doesn’t mean it won’t the first time he/she sees a deer on the side of the road.
Do: Keep your dog in the backseat with a divider to reduce distractions that could lead to an accident.
Don’t: Leave your windows unlocked. Forgetting to do so could be very bad for many reasons.
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This Newsletter is the second of a series which will be published on a monthly basis. Keep an eye out for upcoming issues!