9 Summer Tips for Your K9

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It’s hot this summer so be sure to keep cool but don’t forget about your furry best friend during your dip in the pool. Here are some tips brought to you by dog experts Cesar Milan and Tamar Geller on how to care for your hot dog this summer!

 

1. Exercise at sunrise or sunset- Are you an Early Bird? Night Owl? Use it to your advantage and sneak in a walk either early morning or late at night to avoid the scorching heat of mid-day.

2. Use doggie boots- As the sidewalk can be hot, be sure to protect your dog’s paws with boots. Were lovin’ these kicks- and they’re a fashion statement too! 

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3. Beware of dog dehydration- Dogs cool themselves by panting so be sure to check for signs of panting hard, staggering gait, rapid heartbeat, dazed look, restlessness, dark red or purple gums and/or tongue, vomiting, excessive drool, bloodshot eyes, and lethargic behavior- these are all signs of dehydration.

4. Have water handy- Throw us a bone here, or just a drop of H2O every so often. Make sure to carry a water bottle while on your walk. You can even strap it onto a doggy vest which can double to cool down your pup.

p-3605-73758K_005 5. Keep it shady- Be sure to take breaks in the shade if your dog has been out in the sun for a while. Set up a fan or sprinkler to allow your dog a bit of relief from the rays. If theres no shade in sight, create some with this handy pet canopy.

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6. Start from the bottom- Dogs cool from the bottom up so be sure to spray from underneath when rinsing off. Try laying down a cool wet towel for your canine pal to lay on and rest.

7. Let em’ dig- By nature, dogs dig to keep cool so if they start digging at the ground, let em’ go!

8. Let them test the weather- Let them out for a bit before your walk to feel the weather for themselves. They will understand better why they are going for a shorter walk than usual if they assess the weather beforehand.

9. Dogs can swim too- Next time you go for a dip to cool off, bring your pup. Swimming can be another great form of exercise for dogs if they are comfortable in pools. Keep it safe with a flotation device!

Click here to read more from our experts Cesar Milan and Tamar Geller!

Comment below how you’re keeping your dog cool this summer:

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 Love, devotion and loyalty. The heartwarming stories of some amazing dogs

During our launch event we were surprised by the number of people who came and asked us where we got the idea for our name Hachiko.

The story of Hachiko is one of enduring loyalty and we could not think of a better name to show the connection between dog and human.

Hachiko

Hachiko was an Akita dog born in 1923 in Japan who was adopted by Hidesaburō Ueno, a professor in the agriculture department at the University of Tokyo. Hachiko used to accompany his owner everyday to the Shibuya train station, to see him off to work. At the end of the day Hachiko would come back and wait for his owner at the station. One day Hidesaburō Ueno passed away while at work. Hachiko waited for hours for his owner to return though he never did. Every day for 9 years Hachiko would go back to the station at the end of the day to wait for his owner to come home. In time commuters knew Hachiko and would feed him as he waited for the master that would never return. When Hachiko died in 1935 his story turned to legend that symbolizes the loyalty and enduring connection between human and dog.

We don’t think this story surprises any dog parent, though we still goosebumps whenever we tell it. And we’ve heard of more and more stories similar to Hachiko.

Capitan

Capitán was a German Shepherd from Argentina who ran away from home after his owner Miguel Guzmán passed away in the hospital in 2006. He was found a few days later sitting vigil at his owners grave, despite never having been at the hospital or graveyard. Though he would leave to spend time with his family he returned every night for 6 years to the grave.

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Fido was living in Italy during WWII and was adopted by a kiln worker named Carlo Soriani. Every day Fido would wait by the bus station for his owner to return, not leaving until he was off the bus (and mind you this was during a time when Italy was bombed daily). One day his owner was killed in an air raid. And Fido spent the next 14 years waiting for his owner. His story gained media attention and crowds would come to watch Fido. He would wait, look at all the people coming of the bus and when he would not come out he would walk away dejected. Fido passed away waiting for Soriani and was buried next to his master outside the cemetery of Luco di Mugello.

These dogs and their devotion are amazing and touching, but after let’s also celebrate the happy reunions.. this should cheer you up.

Tell us your favorite stories that symbolize this bond!