Monday, March 27, 2006

Beat the Summer Heat

Temperatures are rising fast and being in a tropical country, this is one matter to take seriously when it comes to our dogs' health. I found this helpful article online with tips on how to handle the summer heat:

Summer Tips for Dog Lovers

Summer is fun for humans and dogs alike but a few common sense suggestions may make yours a happier one. Some dog's are particularly sensitive to the heat regardless of breed or amount of fur, watch your dog closely to prevent heat stroke and make sure your companion lives to a ripe old age.

  1. Never leave your dog in a car in the summer even with the windows down or air conditioner running. Cars can stall or run out of gas.
  2. Never leave your dog tied outside unattended in summer. Leave him in the basement or in a crate with a fan or air conditioner.
  3. Don't walk or exercise your dog in the middle of the day. Go early in the morning or after the sun sets.
  4. Take your dog swimming instead of running.
  5. Buy a kiddie pool for your yard and put your dogs favorite toys in it. Teach your dog to play in the sprinkler or hose.
  6. Try not to take your dog from cool air conditioning to intense heat, the temperature change could make him collapse.
  7. Don't shave your dog down to the skin unless you have a breed you would do that with normally (like a cocker or a poodle). Less hair does not make the dog cooler. Nature has designed it so that dogs with a lot of fur (goldens, huskys, akitas) channel air to the skin to help cool them.
  8. Keep your dog's coat in good condition by brushing him regularly and removing trapped dead hair which will prevent air from reaching his skin to cool him.

If your dog does overheat:

  1. Get your dog to the vet fast !
  2. Cool him down slowly in lukewarm water not freezing cold water. An abrupt change in temperature could make his body go into shock.
  3. Put cotton soaked in rubbing alcohol between his toes.
  4. Take his temperature every few minutes to be sure it's going down. Normal for a dog is 101-102.5. A high temperature for a dog is considered 104 or higher.
  5. Wet a towel and wrap the dog in it.
  6. Take the dog to an air conditioned room or car or set up a fan.

The most important thing to remember if your dog overheats is to act fast. If a dog's temperature stays high for longer than a few minutes permanent brain damage can result. If you cool him down, do so slowly so as not to send him into shock. Even if the crisis passes don't take any chances get your dog to the vet immediately.


She has just been named "Snoopy"

This is Bea's female puppy at three weeks. She is incredibly cute. We named her Snoopy.

Buffy's Day Out

We took buffy out last saturday to see the dog show at Tiendesitas. Also, we pigged-out on yummy Bonnie's barbecue, bought Robin's favorite Tagaytay mountain coffee ground beans for the coffee maker, got buffy a snazzy new harness, and eavesdropped on the Animal Scene anniversary program.

All in all, Buffy thought it was a pretty fruitful day.

Monday, March 20, 2006

Pedigree Bench Show

Credits: PCCI online

Upcoming Show this March

Just a heads' up. PCCI All-Breeds dog show on March 25-26, 2006 at Tiendesitas Ortigas, Pasig City. Judges are Julie Franks (AUST) and Linda Buckley (AUST). We already missed the week-long Pet Expo in Tiendesitas that ended last March 19, 2006, hope we don't miss this coming dog show. I will bring Maguai, if ever. See you there!


A Pekingese, PHIL. GR CH DREAMVILLE BLACK CHERRY (owner: Christine Lo), won best in show in the 352nd PCCI all-breeds championship. The 351st and 352nd PCCI all-breeds championship dog show was held last February 25-26, 2006 at Starmall EDSA, Mandaluyong City.

Congratulations to all the winners!

Other winners are:
1. Best in Show Ring 1
Breed: Shih Tzu

Best in Show Ring 3
Breed: Siberian Husky

Best Baby Puppy in Show
Breed: Shih Tzu

Details at the PCCI website.

Sunday, March 19, 2006

Update on Dog Friendly Establishments

I have updated Tin's list on dog friendly establishments:

1. Baywalk (Roxas Boulevard, MM)
2. Blue wave (Macapagal Boulevard, MM)
3. Puerto Azul Beach resort (Cavite)
4. Gayuma (Katipunan, QC)
5. Tiendesitas (Ortigas, Pasig City)
6. Powerplant Mall, ground floor (Rockwell, Makati City)
7. Eastwood City (Libis, QC)
8. Powerstation Mall (Macapagal Boulevard behind the Shell Station, MM)

Taken Buffer (a.k.a Buffy) there twice and she seems to like it there enough. Manila seems like the most dog friendly spot. You can have breakfast a Powerstation, lunch at Blue Wave and watch the Sunset at Baywalk. All these locations are less than five (5) minutes from each other. I think you can probrably even walk your dog at PICC.

Buffy@home (unrelated shot)

Saturday, March 18, 2006

Bea's First Litter of Puppies

They were born 2:50 am of March 4, 2006.
2 boys and a girl.

Super cute puppies!