Keeping Dogs Cool During a Summer Hike

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As I’ve mentioned, hiking with our dogs is one of our favorite activities. Even at 12 years old, Bear is an excellent hiking companion. He tires more quickly now, and sleeps like a log afterward, but still holds the same exuberance for getting out and exploring with us that he always has. We’re continually impressed with his excellent balance and agility!

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As he’s aged though, he’s started to struggle more during the hotter days. We quickly realized how important it was to be sure we were keeping our dogs cool during a summer hike  So we’ve come up with a solution that’s been working out well to keep him out of trouble on a hike. He loves wearing his green dog pack, it gives him a sense of purpose. We simply stick a few ice packs in each side and let him wear it. It’s his very own cooling jacket- and he loves it!

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Still doesn’t stop him from needing to take a splash in most every body of water we find. And show his gomer face to the world ;)

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Happy Happy Hiker ^

 

Do you and your dogs enjoy hiking together? Do you take any precautions against the heat? 


5 Tips for Going to the Beach with Dogs

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How many of you have had the opportunity to visit the beach with your dogs? 

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We never had until we moved to Oregon. Since relocating here, we’ve visited the coast several times, always with the dogs in tow. Oregon is known for it’s many dog friendly beaches, many of which are also off-leash-something our boys love! We’ve learned a lot with just a few trips under our belts, so today I’m sharing my tips for going to the beach with dogs!

1. Pack right: Make sure you have leashes, pick up bags, a few treats, and your dogs favorite toy at all times.

2. Give your pet time to adjust: Especially on a first visit, the beach and all that entails (wind, water, blowing sand, so many new smells, strangers everywhere, etc.) can be a bit overwhelming. Stick to the outskirts and let your pup relax and take it all in before moving on. The few minutes of patience will really pay off in the long run.

 

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 3. Be prepared for a little extra clean up: I’ll be honest, I live with a pomeranian, so I’m almost always prepared for a little extra clean up! We try to keep a few extra towels and our soggy doggy towel in the car to make for an easy clean up after we’ve had our fill of sun & sand.

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4. Keep them leashed when appropriate: The Oregon coast varies between sand and rocky coast lines. When we’re on a sandy beach, we’re much more free with the dogs being off leash than we are on the rocky coastline. It’s so much easier to slip, get stuck in a tide pool, and just has a lot more hazards in general.

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5. Bring your own water: Just as it’s not good for us, drinking sea water isn’t good for your dog either. He runs the risk of vomiting, diarrhea, and dehydrating if he consumes too much sea water, so pack your own, and offer it often and freely to your pup. We have two dog friendly water bottles and a collapsible water bowl that we always travel with. For long trips, we buy a gallon of water to keep in the car to have on hand for the boys- we’d rather have extra than not enough!

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We practices these 5 simple steps each time we take our boys to the beach and we’ve always had a great time!

If your dogs’ been to a beach before- did they enjoy themselves? If they’ve never been- do you think the beach experience is one your pup would enjoy? 

These photos were taken at Rockaway Beach, OR (sandy beach photos) & Yachats, OR (rocky coastline photos)


Fetch ID Microchip Registration Service

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How many of you have your pets microchipped?
We sure do! As a former shelter worker, I deeply understand the importance of microchipping our pets- even my pet rabbits have been microchipped-just in case. Microchipping is so important because obviously, if our pets are lost, they can’t just tell someone their moms phone #, or where they belong like a lost child might be able to- which means its up to US to do the ‘talking’ for them! Microchipping is an excellent way to have a constant form of ID on your pets, and it certainly provides me with a lot of peace of mind. That’s not to say collars with up to date tags aren’t important too- but collars can get lost or taken off of your dog-and then they’re literally no good to either of you.
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I have literally dozens of stories of pets being reunited with their owners thanks to microchips- situations I’ve experienced personally, with animals I knew (and sometimes helped to round up working animal control!). My favorite two stories are:
  • 12 year old German Shepherd comes into the shelter. No collar at all. Looks healthy- no one’s called missing him- but we knew the old boy belonged somewhere. We scan him, and find out that he’s microchipped- hooray! A bit of phone call time and contact info chasing later, and he’s reunited with his beloved family. He wasn’t wearing his collar because he’d just been bathed- and picked the worst moment to wander out of his families yard.
  • Then there was a 5 year old stray Siamese cat that we were processing for adoption. He gets scanned and has a microchip. Holy cow! It took several days of tracking down through the microchip company but we finally got ahold of his owners. He had been missing for THREE YEARS! Theirs was one of the happiest reunions I’ve seen :)

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In both of these cases though, a lot of work was needed to reunite pet and owner. First you must call the 800 number for the company who implanted the chip in the animal. Then the company must check their records to find contact information on the owner. Here’s the thing though- many pets are microchipped but NEVER registered- meaning there is no contact information on the owner of that animal. Occasionally- a pet has been registered in the name of the animal shelter, rescue organization, or vets office. Then that company or organization must be contacted, and they have to search their records to find a match on that Microchip ID (if they even keep them!) so you can see there is a lot of room for improvement in this current system. That’s where Fetch ID has stepped in to fill the gap.

Fetch ID is a new service that registers microchip #’s for all brands of microchips. This is a vitally important factor as there are several different companies that provide microchip services- as seen in the graphic below. Nowadays ‘universal microchip scanners’ exist, but back when microchips first hit the market- each company had their own scanner too- further muddling the process. Scooter has an Avid microchip, while Bear’s is Home Again- it’s so nice for a pet parent like me to be able to have a service that tracks and manages both of them!

“Fetch ID was created to streamline the process of reuniting pets and their owners. Once a pet is registered with Fetch ID, a rescuer only has to perform a quick Google search of the ID number to instantly retrieve an owner’s phone number or email
address to contact them directly and a picture of the pet for instant verification.”

-From FetchID.com

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As an awesome added bonus- Fetch ID also includes $500 for travel assistance, lost pet alerts, custom printable lost pet posters and your pet is also added to their Google-powered pet registration database. I love knowing exactly where to turn should one of my boys ever go missing- because IF that ever were to happen, I know my rational brain would not be guiding my choices at that time ;) Fetch ID offers all of this incredible service and protection for just a $9.99 ONE TIME fee!  There are never any renewal fees or hidden costs. Amazing right!?
As you can see from the screen shot below- the user profile is very simple, and only contains the information you’d need to update it, or to report your pet missing. Even the most panicked pet parent won’t miss the red ‘report lost pet’ button in case of an emergency.
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Here’s my favorite part, and the reason that Fetch ID is oh-so useful. You can do a GOOGLE SEARCH with the pets ID #, and will instantly have all the information needed to reunite the pet with their parent. It’s so so awesome you guys! Seriously- give it a go- take this ID # (900108000941405) and pop over to google and try it yourself. Here’s what you’ll find:
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If you’re interested in trying the service out yourself just visit www.fetch-id.com and register your dog(s) using the form on the website. You don’t even have to use your computer, registration is possible using a smartphone! If you’ve got more than one pet to register, just start with one pet and create your account. You’ll get an email prompting you to log-in where you can set a secondary contact, upload a photo, and ‘add a pet’ which is what you’ll need to do to add any additional microchipped members of your family to the database.
Connect with FetchID on facebook and twitter too!
So now that you’re on the up and up with how Fetch ID works to track microchip ID’s and to reunite pets and their parents in the event of a lost pet- I’m curious- is this service something you’d be interested in trying out with your pets?
Disclaimer: FetchID provided SheSpeaksBark with free microchip registrations through their service. SheSpeaksBark was not compensated to write this post. All thoughts and opinions are exclusively my own, and we only share products and services on SheSpeaksBark that we feel are relevant to our readers. As always, thank you for supporting brands that make SheSpeaksBark possible!