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Sat., July 13, 2013, 9 to 11 a.m. -- Dog Beach Cleanup, with Friends of Dog Beach, in honor of San Diego River Days, at the pawprint entry to Dog Beach.  Bags & gloves, plus toys & treats will be provided for you and your friendly dogs


Spreckels Organ Festival
Mon., July 8 through Aug. 26, 2013, 7:30 p.m. -- 26th Annual Summer International Organ Festival, presented by the Spreckels Organ Society, featuring internationally celebrated organists playing free concerts each Mon. evening under the stars at the Spreckels Organ Pavilion in Balboa Park.  Children, as well as music loving pets on leash are invited.  Light snacks, beverages and unique gifts are available on the pavilion grounds to benefit the Organ Society

Homeward Bound
Sun., July 21, 2013, 6 to 9 p.m. -- Mutt Movie Night, sponsored by Furry Foster, featuring "Homeward Bound" under the stars with bottomless popcorn, and 20% off special menu items for you and your pet.  At Sally & Henry's Doghouse Bar & Grill, 3515 5th Ave., in Hillcrest.  Ticket donations are $10 for you and your pet

Sat., July 27, 2013, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. -- 5th Annual Doggie Street Festival, to celebrate our pet companions and promote dog & cat adoptions, with good eats, music and lots of pet products & prizes.  At Preble Field, Liberty Station in Point Loma

Hounds for Hope
Sat., Aug. 10, 2013, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. --
3rd Annual Hounds for Hope Walk, a canine cancer awareness & wellness festival, including a walk around Liberty Station at San Diego Bay, sponsored by Labrador Harbor to benefit
Labs in Need .

Dog Days of Summer
Sat., Aug. 10, 2013, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. -- 8th Annual Dog Days of Summer, presented by Cardiff 101 Mainstreet, with vendors, food, live music, contests, crafts, doggie photo booth, and pet adoptions. More than 10,000 attendees are expected.  At Aberdeen Dr. & Newcastle Ave. in Cardiff-by-the-Sea

 Dr. Dolittle movie poster
Sat., Aug. 10, 2013, dusk (about 7:30 p.m.) --
Free Movie Night, featuring "Dr. Doolittle," at Dusty Rhodes Park, sponsored by the OB Recreation Center and Dusty Rhodes Recreation Council.  Includes free popcorn, and dogs with 6' leashes are welcome

Bark For Life
Sat., Aug. 24, 2013, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. -- Bark For Life by the American Cancer Society, a noncompetitive walk event with demonstrations, contests and games to help fight cancer.  At Kate O. Sessions Memorial Park, off Soledad Rd. in Pacific Beach

Calif. Coastal Cleanup
Sat., Sept. 21, 2013, 9 a.m. to 12 Noon -- 29th Annual California Coastal Cleanup, sponsored by the California Coastal Commission and locally by I Love A Clean San Diego (and at Dog Beach by Friends of Dog Beach).  In San Diego, the cleanup involves more than 90 cleanup sites at coastal and inland sites, and 8,000 volunteers.  This cleanup day now takes place in all 50 states and 150 countries around the world.  See our next Newsletter for signup information

Sun., Oct. 27, 2013, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. --8th Annual "Howl-O-Ween" OB Canine Carnival, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Ocean Beach & Dog Beach Dog Wash, with costume contest and parade, vendors, food and games.    Registration from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. ($7 for single dog, $10 for groups of dogs, & $10 for floats).  Parade from 1:30 - 2:30 p.m., with Prizes at 3 p.m.  At Dusty Rhodes Park (2500 Sunset Cliffs Blvd. & West Pt. Loma Blvd).  Parking at Robb Field -- enter from Bacon St. off West Pt. Loma Blvd.
Keeping Your Dog Cool This Summer

    Despite San Diego's temperate climate, summer heat can present perils for your dogs.  Sand and asphalt can absorb enough heat to burn your pets' foot pads.  Take your dog on walks in the early morning or evening when surface temperatures are at their coolest.

Dog on sand

        It is against the law in California to leave your dog unattended in a parked car, even with the windows partially open.  The heat inside can reach lethal temperatures within minutes.  If you see an animal left alone in a parked vehicle, you should immediately try to contact the owner, or call animal control or the police.

    A dog's normal temperature is 101-102 degrees F., and if it reaches 106 or 109 degrees F. it will begin suffering from heat exhaustion or heat stroke which can be deadly.
    Dogs only have sweat glands on their nose and the pads of their feet.  They can only normalize their body temperature through panting, which isn't very efficient in extreme conditions.  In a short time, an overheated dog can suffer critical damage to their brain, heart, kidney, liver and nervous system.

    Symptoms of overheating in dogs include:

* Heavy panting 
* Excessive thirst
* Bright or dark red tongue, gums
* Excessive drooling
* Weakness, collapse
* Staggering
* Unconsciousness

    Some dogs are at higher risk for heat related illness than others, including brachycephalic breeds (dogs with flat faces and short noses), senior dogs, puppies, ill dogs, those that have a chronic health condition, or dogs allowed to overexert themselves outside in the heat. 


    If you suspect your dog is suffering from heat stroke, immediately move your dog to a cool area, air conditioned if possible, or at least to a shady spot.  If your dog is unable to stand, is unresponsive to your voice, or is having seizures, check for breathing and a heartbeat.  Call you veterinarian, or emergency animal hospital, and tell them you are on your way in.   


    If your dog can stand and is still conscious, give him/her small amounts of cool water (too much at once may cause vomiting and increase the risk of dehydration).  Begin cooling your dog down by soaking his/her body with cool (not cold) water -- with a hose, bucket or wet towels.  Concentrate on the head, neck and underneath the front and back legs.  After 10 minutes, if the dog's temperature is 104 degrees F. or below, stop the cooling and go to the vet clinic for further treatment.   


    To prevent overheating in your dog:


* Provide fresh, cool drinking water at all times


* If you give your dog a "summer haircut," leave at least 1" of hair to insulate the skin from the elements


* Keep your pet indoors if it's 90 degrees or more


* If you take your dog to the beach or park, make dogs under umbrella sure there is a shaded spot for resting


* Exercise your dog during the coolest part of the


Dog in kids wading pool


* Provide access to a kids wading pool, for cooling feet, or just lying in




*  If your dog has white hair or skin, use pet sunscreen, especially on the nose and top of the head.  Consider using dog visors, sunglasses, and booties for further protection if your dog is out in the sun

*  Teach your dogs to swim in the quiet waters of Mission Bay at Fiesta Island or the San Diego River at Dog Beach.  Wade out with them until they're comfortable in the water.  Provide a life jacket; while most dogs can stay afloat, many become tired or exhausted quickly.

*  If you or your neighbors have an in-ground pool, make sure your dog does not have access to it without your supervision.  And make sure your pets know how to get out of the pool.

A Skamper-Ramp Skamper-Ramp   
is essential if the dog can't walk out of the shallow end

Keep Your Dog's Ears Clean & Dry
    Your dogs' hearing is much more sensitive than yours.  Dogs' acute hearing has been essential for their survival for 10,000 years.  Humans hear a range of 64 to 23,000 Hertz, and dogs hear a range of 67 to 45,000 Hertz.  This is why dogs can hear a whistle (or the sound of the "Hear Doggy!" toys by Quaker Pet Group) that we humans can't hear.  It's also why the sound of sirens from a fire engine cause dogs to bark and howl -- it hurts their ears.

    Ear health in dogs is important, so we need to be aware when they increasingly shake their heads, scratch at their ears, flinch when their ears are touched, or when their ears have a strong odor. 

    An inflammation of the outer ear canal can be
caused by tumors, parasites (fleas, ticks or mites), allergies, swimming, a foreign object (foxtail), or Dog Ear
excessive wax.  If the surface of the ear canal is damaged, the bacteria and yeast that live in and around the canal can cause an infection, and these are often difficult to control.

    You can help maintain your dogs' ear health by keeping them clean and dry, and by seeing your veterinarian as soon as you sense your dog's discomfort, see an unusual discharge, or smell a foul odor.  You can maintain a healthy ear by regular cleaning with a mild cleaner using a cotton ball or washcloth.  Never use a Q-tip in the ear (it can push the source of the problem too far in).

    It's important to dry the ears thoroughly after swimming or a bath.  A simple home remedy is wiping the ear with a solution of 1/3 water, 1/3 hydrogen peroxide & 1/3 white vinegar (or use a commercial antimicrobial chlorhexidene flush) and then dry thoroughly. 
Have a Cool Summer!
Mindy & Jane (with Juno, Chipper & Zydeco)

"Newfoundland dogs are good to save children from drowning, but you must have a pond of water handy and a child, or else there will be no profit in boarding a Newfoundland." 
- Josh Billings
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