Golden Brodie gulps on canine water

Summertime and the living is…hot…dog days hot.  Sure, it affects me more than I’d like to admit.  I think my golden coat…which I happen to like…it defines me in many ways…but my thick undercoat keeps me boiling hot during the last summer months.  How do I deal with it…shade…lots of water and of course, air-conditioning…as do you.

My humans…I see you walking around with bottled water in hand…bottled water in the car cup-holder…water…water…water.  So, my dog self gets a fresh bowl of water each AM and replenished often… based on my needs.  Gotta stay hydrated!  I even have a “Chill out” collar to wear outside on these super steamy days.

Cool down Chill Out collar for dogs
Cool down Chill Out collar for dogs

When dunked in cold water, this collar cools my dog skin around my neck.  I like it, although blue is not my color.

Paws up for this yellow lab messing with the hose water…a canine cool down.

Golden Brodie chews on some grass

Sometimes a dog just gotta be a dog…you know eat things that humans find disgusting…like an old sock or a rank morsel out of the trash can or some strange thing lying along the sidewalk.  And yes, grass…green grass especially during the growing season.

Yes, I am golden guilty of munching on grass.  I really have no explanation…other than I like it…I guess.

But if you need a scientific reason why we canines eat grass, then read this article by the American Kennel Club.

And remember, safety first…so make sure those socks are not on the floor, close that trash can and keep an eye out for something weird your dog might want to grab and gobble on your walks.  Paws Up!

Photo by PEXELS

Brodie barks fire, fire save animals from fire

My golden self is always looking to share self-less moments…yeah…golden stuff…when folks set-up to help others in need…in harms-way…helping humans and yes, animals.

We’ll let’s paws (pause) and place a golden thank you spotlight on the firemen and women who put themselves in harms way…giving of themselves…devoting their training and skills to saving lives…of the four-legged.

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Brodie barks “Safety first for furry friends”

I’m a retriever…you know a lowland gun dog…a go get it and bring it back golden dude…noise does not phase me..however, there are those dogs among us…who are fearful of what the 4th of July and surrounding days brings…popping, loud sounds that are very out of the ordinary.

So, please follow some simple suggestions that will help keep my furry friends stress-free.

And remember my golden rule…safety first!  Now go chow down a hot-dog and finish it off with a piece of apple pie…that would be my choice anyway.

 

Brodie looks up for the HDD Drone

Acronyms are part of our world…so go retrieve this one that I created…HDD Drone..Hot Dog Delivery Drone…yeah Oscar Mayer Wiener is working on dropping you a dog…get on with yourself…watch this video and be sure to wait for the Wienerdrone…

Fireworks in blue and green tones

Remember safety first as you celebrate the coming 4th of July!

Dogs and ice cream…Golden Brodie gives the scoop

Hey, it’s summer and I need to keep my dog self cool…so there’s nothing like seeing a small scoop of Dog Paws ice cream hit my dog bowl. Talk about disappearing…I can get that gone real quick.
But seriously…some dogs can eat ice cream…just gotta do your homework.  Another cool treat is frozen blueberries…man those little things are heavenly. Stay cool and Dog Paws Up!

 

Photo credit: http://good.barkpost.com/discover/pup-cool-summer/

 

Golden Brodie barks “Give Your Dog a Job”

Ever since I was a pup…I have been working on being a  well-behaved dog…I’ve been at this for three years and it never ends. I’ve also learned to listen and follow my instincts…the retrieving part…so I get things…yes I do understand quite a bit…but I mean I go and “get things”…like my toys.

Golden Retriever Brodie with his white bunny toy
Brodie with bunny

She says “Go get your toy!”… and off I go…retrieve the toy and bring it for a playtime.  I’m also still working on calming down…goal in mind… become a Therapy Dog…so I’ve been practicing outside of my local hospital…learning to take my place…be calm…and just do nothing…that’s right nothing…just sit or lay down and accept the gentle hands that pet me…It’s my job…hey somebody has to do it.

We all need a job…yes even dogs…certain dogs are happiest when they have a purpose…consider teaching your dog how to help you with chores around the house…and of course…don’t forget the tricks!  

 

Golden Brodie Alert: Sometimes ice is not nice

Listen up! My golden retriever self adores crunching ice cubes…I get these treats when we’re outside…when I’m settled…when I’m lounging on the patio. If I’m overheated after a walk or a romp…my people lower my body temperature by pouring cool water on my head…my dog neck and belly…it’s such a relief…they never offer ice cubes at this time...because my body temp could drop too quickly shocking my system.  So, ice is nice at the right time. Cool paws!

Golden retriever with mouth open and tongue out
Golden retriever with mouth open and tongue out…panting but happy

More on ice and dogs…

Golden Brodie warns about hot summer surfaces and paws

Hot summer days are just around the corner..so look out for “man’s best friend” and their paws.

“Pavement, asphalt, wood, metal, sand and car or truck surfaces can become very hot during the summer months. These materials absorb heat from the sun and can stay hot for hours even after the sun has gone down. Temperatures on these surfaces can exceed 145° F!”

Check out these tips for keeping Fido’s paws cool.  Paws up!

 

Brodie shares with National Pride “Flags In”

My golden retriever heart has heaps of pride for the coming Memorial Day.  American flags are already flying in my neighborhood…the red, white and blue will wave in the breeze throughout my community…store fronts, restaurants, gas stations…lining the avenues and streets with the “stars and stripes.”

Arlington National Cemetery has already put “Flags In” honoring America’s fallen heroes.  Since 1948, The Old Guard has placed American flags at gravesites…this year more than 228,000 flags.

This is quite a sight to see…I am told.  Yeah, I can’t go there…but I understand..

German shepherd service dog
German shepherd service dog

only service dogs are permitted and yes…I will respect and honor these rules.  It’s my way of showing my respect to our honored fallen heroes.  Paws up with gratitude for those who gave it all to keep us safe and free.