Hurri-Cats and Tropical Dogs

Alex, Bonnie and Colin have already come and gone and our next guests, Daniel, Earl and Fiona, could be much messier. Unwanted guest means storm season – and so far our early Hurricane visitors have served as just wet reminders of the potential of things to come. Are you ready? Are the pets ready? You are ultimately responsible for the safety of your pets in a tropical weather situation. So listen-up.


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Cookin’ Eggs and Killin’ Dog’s: A Lesson in Heatstroke in Animals

Living in a dirt poor neighborhood of Green Bay a time ago, I recall my income was so sparse that only Wal-Mart could satisfy my desire to have the only pool in my neighborhood.  Six bucks bought me eight-inches of water in a five-foot circle of plastic – essential to keep my German shepherd cool when the heat of summer settled over northern Wisconsin.  A collection of bare-chested boys in swimsuits – in oversized flippers, towels over shoulders, swim masks suctioned to their foreheads – gathered to stare longingly at the threatening dog as she held vigil over the pool.  Their wanting looks told you this was the country club to which they held no membership.

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