We all love spending time in the sun with our four-legged friends, and there's no doubt they love running around outside for as long as we'll let them. It's important to keep our animals safe and healthy while frolicking during the summer months, though, and we start our journey with some facts and tips to help you do just that. Let's go!
The Sometimes Deadly Sun
Tips for Your Trips to the Beach
You Can Doggy Paddle, Right?
The term "dog paddle" is a bit deceptive, and it's important to remember that not all dogs are created equal when it comes to swimming. Some dog breeds just aren't cut out for the wet life, mainly due to their physical attributes. PawNation brings us the top ten poor swimmers among canines: Is your dog one? Link through the image to find out which breeds should be closely monitored near water, or kept away altogether. And if you're harboring a bad swimmer, heed the tips in the article to keep your best friend safe this summer.
NOW LET'S HAVE SOME FUN!
America's Best Dog Beaches
A Canino Resortist's Dream
Taste Vino with Your Canino
Rent a Bike. Rent a Jet-Ski. Rent a Dog?
If you're planning a tropical beach vacation and happen to be heading to Hawaii this summer, Kauai Humane Society will be happy to get you involved in their Shelter Dogs on Field Trips program. Rent one of their shelter dogs for the day while you're on vacation, and if you form a lasting bond, Kauai Humane Society would love to send your companion animal home with you! Click on the befuddled pooch at left to read the Huffington Post story about this great program.
If your travels take you to North Carolina (maybe after visiting one of the dog-loving Virginia wineries in the article linked above), you can check out a similar program - and "check out" a shelter dog - from the Durham County Animal Protection Society. LifeWithDogs wrote this great article about Durham's ingenious program that helps the animals get time outside interacting with people, and exposes potential adopters to the wonderful animals available from local shelters. Maybe you can encourage your local shelter to do the same!