Summer

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Disasters Happen

There’s no telling what tomorrow will bring. For that matter, even one hour into the future is a mystery to us. We do know, though, that June is the beginning of the Atlantic hurricane season; the tornado season is already in full swing; earthquakes, severe weather, fires, floods—it seems there is always some potential disaster “in season.” There’s no getting around it: disasters happen.

But we human beings have the unique capability of imagining the future. Individually and as a species, we analyze our past experiences and use that information to imagine, and even plan for the future. We can, and do, prepare ourselves and our families to survive disasters.

Spring is a good season to review your family’s emergency plan. Remember to include your dog and other pets in your plan, because in a disaster, they face the same dangers as every other member of your family. Advance planning is the key to their safety in an emergency situation.

Here are five tips for emergency planning for your dog.
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Enjoy the Great Outdoors!

For those of you who are experiencing the change of seasons from the gray and white of winter to the verdant green of spring, you understand how good the transition feels. It’s a good bet that your pooch feels the same way.

Chances are you’re eyeing the flower bed and your garden patch and trying to remember where you last saw your good gardening gloves. The garden centers have stocked up on fertilizer, bags of mulch and those tempting little the seed packets that carry so much promise.

If your dog enjoys spending time outside, he may be happy to get his paws in there to ‘help’ with your gardening, but that might not work out so well for your garden . . .or for your dog. Your dog’s gardening penchant can be dangerous for him because many beautiful plants, and the fertilizers and mulches that we use to nurture a beautiful landscape, are toxic to dogs.
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DogWatch’s 2012 Reading List for the Dog Days of Summer

Every summer DogWatch brings you our list of summer reading suggestions to help you while away the hours spent lounging at the beach or by the pool, and we think this year’s list is our best yet. With a mix of lighthearted, comical, and emotional reads, there’s something on here for everyone. If you see a book you’d like to check out, just click on the title and it will take you directly to our Amazon store where you can purchase the book in print or Kindle (when available) versions. Also, we encourage you to share your dog-themed summer reading recommendations here on our blog, or via Facebook and Twitter.

Happy reading, and have a great summer!
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DogWatch Summer Reading List 2011

DogWatch’s 2011 Reading List for the Dog Days of Summer

It’s summer time, which (hopefully) means vacations and lazy days at the beach or in the hammock. Here’s DogWatch’s list of some dog-related summer reading to help you pass the time!
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