Black Puppies and Animals
by Diane Knaus
A couple of years ago one of my friends had a black rotweiller. He and a friend went away from the house and left the dog tied in the back yard. When they came home a few hours later, the dog was dead of a heat stroke. Yes he was tied in the sun. Black animals need to have extra care taken with them especially in warm climates. They are susceptible to the heat of the sun, even in the United States. You have hear about black cars absorbing the heat! Well, Black puppies and animals also absorb the heat of the sun much faster than other colored animals.
Black animals need to have extra care taken with them especially in warm climates. They are susceptible to the heat of the sun, even in the United States. You have hear about black cars absorbing the heat! Well, Black puppies and animals also absorb the heat of the sun much faster than other colored animals.
Puppies need extra care to begin with and they are not usually house trained. There is a new product on the market that does make this training easier like puppy training pads which attract a puppy with its smell. There is a liquid solution that can be used to attract them to a certain spot where they can pee to their hearts content.
Many people are tempted to bathe they pets outside with their garden hose. Yes, summer is a good time to bathe them outdoors, however, you must use your common sense. Do not do this when they are overheatedwith a hose that has been laying out in the sun all day. Why you ask, because, the water gets really cold after a few minutes of being very hot from the hose laying in the sun. This can actually lead to shocking their system and put them in great harms way.
If you must cool them down, do it slowly and not with hot water from the garden hose, or cold water from the hose. Let them run in and out of a sprinkler, or put the hose on spray only so they can at least get away from the water when it gets to cold. Or you could just make them lie down and give them some water to drink.
When a pet is close to dying!
Today your pet is no longer eating meals, going outside to go, and won’t drink any water. Your worst fears are here now. It is time to make necessary and possibly drastic decisions.
You could take she/him to the vet, and probably will. If the veterinarian has already discussed with you and your family what can be done and you cannot do that then the best thing is euthanasia.
Make no mistake about it, this is a very difficult task for anyone. We bond very closely with our pets because they are there to greet you when no one else is. They have sat on your lap when you have not felt good, at the entrance to your bedroom door or lain by your side in times of despair. Sometimes these bonds are greater than those with family members because of the sheer dependence on you as your pets care giver. This bond also makes the grieving process difficult for us humans.
Some of us deny it quickly. We talk as if the animal is still here. There is anger,guilt, depression, resolution and acceptance. All are stages of grief. There is no shame in getting help with this by seeing a grief counselor. Support groups are available,as are your family veteriarian, clergymen, social workers, physicians, or psychologists who can help. Your feelings are real, and important, and you need to have closure in order to get on with things in your life.
The thought to replace a beloved pet can take time and should be a family decision. You can never replace an animal you have lost because of the times you have spent together will not happen again in most instances. If you don’t give yourself time to grieve, and get a pet the next week, that suggests that the animals life wasn’t very important and unworthy of the grief being felt. There will be a time when you will be ready for a new pet, but you need to know that feeling yourself and be able to express it to others.
You can always remember your pet by giving to a pet charity or rescue organization in their name.
I truly believe animals understand us better than other humans because they can sense our moods even though they might not understand them, they can feel our emotions and body functions. There are dogs who can tell when a person is going to have a seizure, and cats who cry before a fire when sensing the heat.