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Another week has gone by, and that means that another weekend has arrived!  While there is definitely going to be a lot going on in our incredible city this weekend, there is one particular event we would really like you and your dog to check out.  We also would love for you to spread the word on this event if you know of anyone who might be interested.

Adopt NY, a coalition of New York-based rescue groups working together to raise awareness about the unfortunate reality of kill shelters in the area, as well as the benefits of adopting a dog from a shelter or rescue, is holding its first adoption event.

What: Adopt NY First Adoption Event

More than a dozen cat and dog rescues from all over New York will be there, with many incredible and beautiful animals that are available for adoption.

When: Sunday, July 1, 2012 – 12-4 p.m.

Where: Tompkins Square Park, East Village, NYC

If there is only one thing you do this weekend, we hope that you will at the very least check out this awesome event.

For more information, check out the Adopt NY website, the Adopt NY Facebook page, or the event page.

From all of us at Union Square Dog Walker, have a great weekend.  And we hope to see you there!

 

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Sidney’s glare says it all.  She is not impressed, and might even be a bit suspicious of something you’re doing.

Taken in the garden patio behind Sidney’s owner’s apartment, by the talented Laura, we knew this had to be our photo of the week.

And from Amanda, our manager: “Sidney is a rescue from the Bronx and she’s a Union Square Dog Walker favorite!”

So, if you needed another reason to adopt a dog from a shelter/rescue, just look at the picture above.

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Previous topics include why it’s important to never leave your dog in the car and heatstroke and heat exhaustion signs and prevention.

Today’s topic involves something that most people generally forget about when they think of keeping their dogs safe in the heat.  As you might have already guessed from the title of today’s post, we are talking about sunburn and protecting your dog’s paws.

Most people choose to wear sunscreen to prevent getting sunburn, but what about your dog?  It may seem like a crazy idea, but it’s possible for dogs to get sunburn too, especially for breeds that have shorter or lighter fur, or for dogs that have recently had their coat trimmed.

(click image for source)

Though keeping your dog in the shade can help, we still recommend getting some doggy sunscreen to put onto your dog’s nose and ears, and anywhere else that you think might be exposed.  Just keep in mind that if you put it somewhere like on your dog’s stomach, it’s likely it will just be licked off.  If you click the link we provided (or we will link it again, here), you’ll see that there are plenty of options on Amazon.com.  We’re making it easy for you (because really, we just posted the link three times), so there’s no excuse on not making this very important purchase.

Additionally, please make sure to keep an eye on your dog’s paws.  A lot of dog owners invest in boots in the winter to protect their dog’s paws from the salt and sand, and protecting your dog’s paws in the summer is just as important.  While boots aren’t really an option in the summer, you should check the sidewalks (and sand, if you’re at the beach) before going out to see how hot they are.  If the surface is too hot to touch, then it is definitely too hot for your dog to walk on.  (If you don’t believe us, try walking barefoot on hot asphalt for 10-15 minutes, and then make note of the huge blisters that literally cover the entire bottom of your foot.  Yeah, it happens, and might’ve happened to one of us.)  We recommend taking your dog out early in the morning or in the evening if the asphalt is too hot.

Finally, please check out this article on WebMD about dogs getting skin cancer and what to look out for.  And once again, don’t forget to get your dog some sunscreen!

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This is a photo of Maggie, a 5 1/2 month Golden Doodle, taken just after jumping in the pool and realizing how effective it is at cooling her off.

Feel free to check out more of our dog’s at Laura’s Facebook page, Dogs of New York.  Union Square Dog Walker is lucky to have such a talented and passionate photographer!

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Drumroll, please.  It’s another weekend in the greatest city in the world, and Union Square Dog Walker is going to fill you in (yet again) on what you can do with your dog this weekend to take it all in.

Coney Island Mermaid Parade
Coney Island?  Mermaids?  A parade?  All of the above, please.  And the picture to the left is evidence that your dog agrees.  Starting at 2 p.m. on Saturday, head on over to Coney Island in Brooklyn to see this ridiculous parade featuring real mermaids*, people wearing little clothing, and fun for everyone, including your dog.  Check out the Coney Island website for more information.

Discovery Tours
Head on over to Prospect Park in Brooklyn at 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday to experience a side of New York you’ve never seen before.  Beginning at the Audubon Center, you will get to see birds and other kinds of wildlife that call Prospect Park home.  To be honest, we’re not sure if dogs are allowed, but we say bring yours anyway, and if you can’t do the tour then you can at least hang around the Park with your dog.

Grand Army Greenmarket
If the Discovery Tour doesn’t work out on Saturday (or you just want to get some fresh, local produce), get you and your dog over to the northwest corner of Prospect Park in Brooklyn to experience New York City’s second-largest open-air farmers market.  The market is open all day from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., but you may want to get there early for the best selection.  For more information, see the GrowNYC website.

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It’s the last weekend in June, so get out there an enjoy the sun while you still can.  From all of as at USDW, have a wonderful and safe weekend!

*Mermaids aren’t real.  Or are they?

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So we’ve already covered why it’s important to never leave your dog in the car, but with temperatures rising, we also wanted to touch upon how to keep your dog safe in the heat.

As we pointed out in the aforementioned post, dogs are far less efficient at cooling their bodies than humans are.  They release heat from their body through panting and through their paws, while we tend to use our whole body to cool off.

Over the next few weeks, we are going to do a weekly post on one cause of concern in the summer for your dog.  Some of them are less obvious, while some of them you might already be aware of, like today’s topic.

Similar to people, dogs are at risk for heatstoke or heat exhaustion, which is a result from too much exertion in the heat or dehydration.

According to this article, signs of heatstroke in your dog include the following:

Increased heart rate
Excessive panting
Increased salivation
Bright red tongue
Red or pale gums
Thick, sticky saliva
Depression
Weakness
Dizziness
Vomiting (sometimes with blood)
Diarrhea

And as heatstroke becomes more severe, your dog can suffer from seizures, a coma, cardiac arrest, and even death.

If you notice your dog is developing any of these symptoms, make sure you give it small amounts of water, move it to a cool and comfortable place, and/or give it a cool bath.  Then take your dog to the vet as soon as you can.  Even if it seems like it may be too much, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

(click image for source, which also has some great information on water safety for your dog)

At this point, you’re probably asking yourself: “What can I do, as an owner, to prevent this problem?”

There are a few obvious answers to this question, such as making sure you don’t leave your dog in the car (or hot apartment without water or a cooling system in place), allowing your dog access to water at all times, and making sure your dog has adequate shade if you tend to leave it outside a lot.

Finally, even if your dog is incredibly fit and runs with you every single day, give your dog a break and limit exercise.  If you think your dog can handle it, trying going for a run in a fur coat over the next couple of days and let us know how that turns out for you.

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Courtesy of KrazyPic.com.

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