Friday, May 7, 2010

SUMMER SAFETY - REMEMBER YOUR PET

Many of you know and love
our furiend, Stuart.
He is wise, as are most Scotties,
and quite the opinionated wordsmith.
We tend to agree and support him
on everything he says and does.

He owns some wise Peeps
and he had HER send our Mom
a personal email in response
to one of the comments
we left on his most informative blog
about leaving your dog at home.

Since the temperatures are rising
up into the mid - 80's and above,
it's very important to leave you pet at home
if you think you can not take it in
to the place you are visiting.
Stuart says it all so much more
eloquently than we do.
Please go by and check out his advice.



If you've been reading our blog
for the past year,
you might remember what a good time
Lilly and Mom had when they
went to the beach with our cousins
.

If you look at this picture,
it might appear that Lilly is just
sitting on Carolyn's lap.
But if you look closer
you will see that Lilly is wearing
a stylish blue harness
that is fitted with a leash
that hooks into the seat belt.

When you are traveling,
it is so important to secure
your pets in the seat
or in a crate.
If you have to come to a sudden stop,
your pet has no way to hold on
and could be seriously injured.

Harnesses and special pet seat belts
are the best way to secure your pet.
Hooking their collar to a seat belt
is a dangerous way to secure them
because a sudden stop could then
cause serious neck injury.


Identify your pet.
Our Mom is slightly anal retentive
on this subject, so if she gets on her soapbox,
we'll try to kick her off.

Microchipping is the best way
to identify your pet and is fairly inexpensive.
In addition to microchipping, we highly recommend
that your pet be identified by a tag on the collar.
And you've heard us say it before -
Boomerang tags are the best!
If you can't order from them,
stop by your local Walmart -
they usually have a machine
where tags can be made in minutes
for just a few bucks.

If your pet were to get separated from you,
the chances of someone
calling a telephone number
found on a collar tag are fairly high.
Many people would never think
to have it checked for a microchip
and that wouldn't happen unless
it was turned over to the authorities.

So we have both -
microchips and tags
and the only place we go without tags
is in the dreaded tub.
No puppy leaves our house
without being identified by a tag
with their name
and a telephone number on it.



Water safety
is another important issue,
especially in the warmer months.
Our little Scottie bodies aren't
designed for swimming,
but even if you are a dog that swims well,
it is important to wear your life-jacket,
especially if you are boating.
Check out Kira an Scampi's blog -
they boat a lot on the
Nauti-dog.

And you will see them practicing
safe habits by wearing their life-jackets
and being attached to a leash
while swimming in the ocean.


Last, but not least,
we've said it before and we'll say it again.
Sunscreen is most important for your dog,
especially if they are light colored dogs.
They can sunburn easily just like humans
and just like humans they can get skin cancer.


Have a fantastic day
and be safe.

XOXO
Lilly, Piper, Carrleigh and Ruairi

PS - we don't know how we forgot
this super important point.
Be sure do drink plenty of water
and stay hydrated -
a heat stroke can affect a dog
just like it can a person.

24 comments:

Remington said...

Great advice! Everyone needs reminding once in awhile! Thanks!

Kira The BeaWootiful said...

Woooos Scotties! Wonderful Summer tips! Mum feels the same way so woo dod not have to worry about soapboxes here, woo should hear her talking to the humans in puppy class, she is a tyrant!
~husky kisses~
- Kira The BeaWootiful

Bouncing Bertie said...

Or, to avoid all those warm weather, summer problems, you could just come and live in the North of Scotland!!
Toodle pip!
Bertie.

♥I am Holly♥ said...

Great advice! We always take lots of water on our little trips with a full load of stuff that might come in handy. Mom has me chipped and about 3 different ID tags on my collar in case I get away. Lots of love, Debbie and Holly

Samantha said...

All just fabulous tips for summer (and year-round!) Tags n chips, seatbelts, SPF, swimming vests and leashes (oops - don't do that - oops) - so a zillion thanks again!
Huggers xoxoxo
Sammie

The Strawberry Mallard said...

NOT anal retentive at all Lynn.....we do everything we can here to protect our furbabies...the neighbors may think we are a little TOO protective but...you cant be too careful...
"Hey Nancy, you're getting a new fence in front, how come?"...neighbor #1
Reply.......
"We have a new puppy coming, gotta keep her safe""
Neighbor # 1
Blank stare......
Oh well.......have a great weekend!!!!

Sue said...

Good advice. Our Mom does all those things, but she's always sad when she meets people who don't. Microchipping is so very important, yet so few doggies are chipped. It doesn't hurt, we all got chipped when we were little puppies, and Mom checks them every year at our vet appointment.

Jazzi said...

Good advice you guys!! Thanks for the reminder. I have my tags and dont worry I DONT go in the water!! bol

Love
snazzi

Lilo, The Great Rock Eater said...

Thanks so much for all the great safety tips!! Hope everyone takes them to heart and keeps their pups safe!!!

~Hugs~

Lilo

scotsmad said...

It's good to be reminded about the little things that'll keep us safe!

XXXOOO Daisy, Kendra & Bella

Maggie and Mitch said...

What a great post, guys! We can never be too safe!

Love ya lots
Maggie and Mitch

Eric said...

Perfect advice thank you. Please tell Miss merry and Bright she did a wagging postie this week and it made me smile and smile to see her wearing her Scruffs Trophy tag. I'll be keeping my pies on her. Mom put her pies on your Mom's brooch collection. beautiful and there are always a lot on the Ebay kennes site in the UK if she wants to add to it!

Wiry love Eric xx

Dory and the Mama said...

Very well pawed, thanks so much for the summer safety tips!!

Smileys!
Dory

Khyra The Siberian Husky And Sometimes Her Mom said...

Furry good advice!

Hugz&Khysses,
Khyra

BRUTUS said...

Lots of great advice there! You can rest assured that I wear a car harness, am microchipped, and even have my own life vest. Mom needs to do better with nametags, though - she changes my collar so often, the tag doesn't always make the switch (even though it's on a little clippy thing). Thanks for the reminder, she says she's going to buy more tags to make it easier to remember!

Snorts-
Brutus the Frenchie

Benny and Lily said...

What great advice and info. AND where did you get those cool life jackets?
Benny & Lily

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

Great advice for all. Thanks for spreading the word.

Have a great weekend.

Woos - Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

Wyatt said...

Good advice from some very smart dogs!
I love your life jackets....do they come in my size??

Wyatt

Stella, Gunther and Betty said...

This is a wonderful post! Mom tries to tell people about all those things.

Kisses,
Stella, Gunther and Betty

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

This is really terrific advice and good reminders!! THANKS!!! :-)

Mango said...

That is important information to be reminded of. My trips in the mastiff mobile are quite limited in the summer because I just get too hot. Momma often wears extra layers to simulate being a mastiff and determine if it is too hot for me.

Of course keeping fresh water around is very important too.

Slobbers,
Mango

YankeeQuilter said...

All great reminders! My scottie, Macbeth, is a non-swimmer. He wears a life-preserver when we go out or near the river. At the start of the summer we have a "practice" where he wears the device into the water and gets used to the feel of it...it isn't all that natural for him but eventually he gets used to floating and even likes it a bit....enough that he lets me put the darn thing on him without too much hassle!

scottiechronicles said...

AAARRRRoooooooooooooo! The best advice ever. Thanks for sharing so much good stuff you guys. And thanks for the mention of me and mine. We're such fans of yours. Here's to a safe summer for everyone. Rooooo! Stuart

Abigail said...

We have fans for Pippi in the cab of our truck.

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