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Texas: Rummy’s Beach Club Upcoming Events for Dogs

Friday, August 19th, 2011

Every Day Swim With Your Dog – 7am-7pm, 7 Days a Week @ Rummy’s
Sundays Water Yoga / Water Pilates Class for People @ Rummy’s
Aug 26-28 Dock Dogs – Texas Hunting & Outdoor Classic, San Antonio, TX
Sep 3 Dock Jumping Class, Saturdays, 4-6pm @ Rummy’s
Sep 4 Astros Dog Day, Minute Maid Park – Bring Your Dog!
Sep 18 Dock Jumping Class, Sundays, 9:30-11:30am @ Rummy’s
Sep 23-24 THLN Annual Conference, Hotel Derek, Houston, TX
Oct 22-23 DockDogs – PetFest in Old Town Spring, TX
Oct 29-30 Splash Dogs – Bridgeland’s Howl-o-Ween, Cypress, TX
Nov 12 Barktoberfest, Kingwood

Rummy’s Beach Club
22111 Fields Ln., Spring, TX 77389
713-446-3805

Tips On How To Survive Summer Heat with your Dog

Sunday, July 31st, 2011

SEAACA (Southeast Area Animal Control Authority; www.seaaca.org) is helping pet owners and animal lovers with useful tips on how to survive the summer’s high temperatures. In the summer heat, many cats, dogs, and other pets can suffer from a wide variety of ailments, including dehydration, exhaustion, heat stroke, and more. With a few preventive measures and safety precautions, however, pet owners can protect their beloved animals and help them enjoy these fun months.

Here are some important tips:

1. Drink Up. Ensure your pets always have cool, clean water that is easily accessible. Drinking water is the best way for pets to avoid dehydration. Plus, remember that water warms up fast, so replace water dishes frequently to keep them cool and clean.

2. Keep It Cool. Make sure your air conditioning is on, or that your windows and doors are open. Cross-ventilate to keep air moving through your home. You can also cover windows by using shades, blinds, and curtains to block the hot sunlight during the day.

3. Not In the Car. Never, under any circumstances, leave your pet in a car. Within just a few minutes of being trapped in a hot car, your pet’s temperature can rise to dangerous and lethal levels. And remember, rolling down the windows or parking in the shade while your animal is in a car is not acceptable.

4. Take It Easy. Too much exercise, particularly in the middle of the day, can exhaust your pet during the hot summer months (especially for older pets, short-nosed dogs, and pets with thick coats). Try to take walks and exercise with your pet in the morning or evening, when the temperature is cooler. Also, avoid walking on hot concrete or asphalt and instead use soft grass areas if possible.

5. Don’t Get Buggy. Fleas and ticks can be extra problematic during the summer. Make sure to use flea and tick treatments recommended by your veterinarian, as over-the-counter products can be toxic to some animals.

6. Apply the Lotion. Some pets can get sunburned, especially if they have light-skinned and exposed flesh on their noses, ears, and other body parts. Talk to your veterinarian and apply appropriate sunscreen to your pet’s vulnerable areas.

7. Watch It. Pets can’t tell you they’re stressed by the heat, but you can notice multiple telltale signs. These include heavy panting, constant thirst, dizziness, lethargy, unusual clumsiness, fast heartbeats, glazed or unresponsive eyes, vomiting, excessive salivation, and deep red or purple tongue color. If your pet exhibits any of these characteristics or behaviors, contact your veterinarian or animal hospital immediately.

8. Take Action. If your pet is succumbing to the heat, here are actions you can take before seeking professional medical assistance: move your pet into a shaded or cooler area; place your pet in cool (not ice cold) water; apply cold towels or ice packs to your pet’s head, neck and chest; help your pet suck on ice cubes or drink water.

“The summer is a time to play and have fun, but it also unfortunately can be a dangerous period for our favorite pets,” noted SEAACA Executive Director, Dan Morrison. “We are here to spread the word and give pet owners tips on how to help animals survive the heat. A few precautions can save a pet’s life,” he added.

For more information about SEAACA, please visit www.seaaca.org.

Record set for most dogs in a costume parade at a San Diego Padres Game

Sunday, July 31st, 2011

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PETCO(TM) and the San Diego Padres are excited to announce they have set a Guinness World Record(R) for most dogs in a pet costume parade. Guinness World Record officials were at PETCO Park’s annual “Dog Days of Summer” event, along with 337 history-making dogs, to verify that the world record was set. The annual infield costume parade was lead by Tillman, the world famous skateboarding dog, as dogs paraded around showing off their Padres spirit. The record setting took place during the Wednesday, July 27, 2011 7:05 pm game as the San Diego Padres took on the Arizona Diamondbacks.

“It has been an amazing record attempt and I’m happy to say it was successful,” said Freddie Hoff, adjudicator for Guinness World Records. “The 337 dogs in the costume parade was way above the set amount and on behalf of Guinness World Records, I’d like to say congratulations.”

“At PETCO we are passionate about having dogs active in all aspects of our life and thanks to our partnership with the San Diego Padres, this includes inviting hundreds of dogs out to the ballpark every year,” says Greg Seremetis, Vice President of Marketing for PETCO. “We were happy to sponsor tickets for two pet parents per dog in hopes of getting the community rallied behind the Guinness World Record attempt and we are thankful to all who participated.”

Dogs also had the opportunity to participate in a pre-game “tail” gate party and prior to the on-field pet parade prizes were awarded to the costumed dogs in a variety of categories. In the spirit of PETCO’s commitment to “Think Adoption First,” a local PETCO adoption partner was in attendance to educate the public on the importance of pet adoption and help find pets a loving home.

For more information, please visit www.petco.com/petcopark