Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Back to School and Staying Cool

We are entering that time of the year when I see the parents are getting giddy about the school year starting back up.  They get to ship their kids off to a daily babysitter, the house gets quiet and they don’t come home to dishes piled up in the sink.  I get it, trust me there is a reason I am spayed, I don’t have time to be cleaning up after little fur balls that don’t respect a clean home.  During the hustle and bustle of school shopping and pulling your hair out looking for manila paper, don’t forget it is hot out there and us animals might need a little extra care.  Make sure the water bowls stay filled.  I am a glass half full kind of girl, but I have to say I prefer good fresh water filled to the brim. Be sure you don’t leave dogs out back too long because in these temperatures it doesn’t’ take long for a heat stroke to happen.  If you like to take your pups for a car ride be sure you do not leave them in the car unattended. Thank goodness I don’t have to do car rides!!!!  Sorry, got a little side tracked there, anyways, did you know that if you leave your dog in the car not running when it is 95 degrees outside it takes only 10 minutes to get up to 114 degrees and in 30 minutes it will be a whopping 129! Wheeewww that is too hot for this girl wearing a fur coat all year round! I have a tip for you guys walking your dogs during this summer heat.  If you press your hand on the concrete for 7 seconds and can’t stand it, neither can your dog paw pads.  Between 10am and 5pm it takes only 35 seconds to cause second degree burns on your pets paw pads during these summer months. When it is 87 degrees outside the asphalt will be 143 degrees.  I know here in Texas we see 87 degrees and we think “Yeah, a cold front just came through,” however to a dog’s paws, that is not the case.  So on a side note at the end of the summer you should call your local pools around town because many of them offer dog days of swimming.  Notice I said dog days, if someone tried to pack me up, put me in my two piece that I rock so well and took me to the pool, they might just walk away looking like a tiger after I leave stripes all up and down their arms with my claws.  I’m just saying I may or may not be scared of water and no floaties do not remedy the fear, just sayin’.  

So good luck to all you parents getting your kids school shopping done, may you find every school supply you are looking for at the first store and may you take solace in knowing peace is coming very soon.  My last bit of advice, when you look at that school list and you think to yourself, why am I buying the teacher copy paper, dry erase markers or paper towels, shouldn’t they buy these things themselves, just remember this is the woman/man who will teach your kids each day, but most importantly these are the people who will keep you from coming home to a dirty house and screaming kids.  See when you look at it that way you are probably thinking to yourself “Where can I buy a case of copy paper?”  So that’s all I got folks, time to fit in another cat nap.  Have a cat-fabulous day and I will talk to you soon.  

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