The lazy days of summer are here. I hope all of you are getting outside to enjoy our pleasant coastal climate. Remember that if you are taking your dog inland to the river or the mountains you will want them to be protected against heartworms, a parasite that is spread by mosquitoes and is prevalent in Eastern and Southern Humboldt. Heartworm prevention is so much less expensive than heartworm treatment, which can run easily to a thousand dollars and requires months of restricted activity for the dog. Check with your veterinarian for more information about heartworm and its preventatives.
On a lighter note, here are some random fun facts to think about when you are out with your dog: Dogs’ ears are extremely expressive. It’s no wonder! There are at least 18 separate muscles that control a dog’s ear movements. Unlike humans who sweat everywhere, dogs only sweat through the pads of their feet. George Washington had a favorite fox hound named Sweetlips and a Dalmatian named Madame Moose. The reason dogs curl up is because of an age-old instinct to keep themselves warm and to protect vital organs while they sleep. You can lower your blood pressure just by petting your pup! Those born under the sign of the dog (a group which includes yours truly!) in Chinese astrology are considered to be loyal and discreet, though slightly temperamental. And lastly for this posting, a group of pugs is called a “grumble.”
If you are looking for a companion for your summer excursions, Trooper is the dog for you! Trooper is a one-and-a-half year old Boxer and Pit Bull Terrier mix. He walks very nicely on the leash and was our choice to be the first dog walked for one of our newest volunteers this week. He knows sit, down and shake and is very sweet and affectionate.
We have found Trooper easy to work with and train. He plays a good game of fetch and will drop the ball on command. In addition Trooper has a lovely dark brindle coat that draws admiring looks when he is out and about. Volunteers describe this dog as down-to-earth and eager to please. Trooper is patient and well-behaved with a variety of dogs and has been the go-to dog for testing dog-friendliness in others. He is neutered, microchipped and current on vaccinations. He is available at the Humboldt County Animal Shelter.
For a different kind of companion we have Rose, a five year old Bulldog mix. This dog will be perfectly happy in her own backyard (as long as it has a wading pool!) and will leave you laughing with her sweet and goofy personality. Rose was on TV as the shelter’s “Pet of the Week” and then had an outing to the Companion Animal Foundation’s Kids’ Camp last Monday. Rose loved the attention from the campers! She was disappointed that she couldn’t stay longer (like forever, I think) with the kids.
Rose came to the shelter with an untreated eye condition that cost her her left eye, but she is unfazed by that. She still plays a good game of ball, loves her time in the wading pool and is happy to go for walks. She would do best staying in the cooler regions of Humboldt for her optimum health. Rose is spayed, microchipped and vaccinated. This cutie is also available at the Humboldt County Animal Shelter, located at 980 Lycoming Ave. in McKinleyville near the airport.
More info on Rose, Trooper or other available cats and dogs is available at (707) 840-9132.