Dana Point'sOcean Institute
staff are not only dedicated to creatures of the sea, they're heroes to
land animals as well. On Wednesday morning, staff members rescued a
drowning dog from the frigid waters of the Dana Point Harbor.
Duke, a deaf 65-pound boxer, slipped while boarding his owners'
sailboat and became tangled in the boat's lines. Meredith McKenzie, one
of Duke's owners, hung off the boat to hold her pooch's head and chest
above water. Three Spirit of Dana Point staff members - Eric Martel,
Carly Rocha and Mary Elizabeth Portwood - heard Meredith's cries for
help around 9am and motored to the rescue on a dinghy.
Cold water immersion kills in several ways. The colder the water, the greater the chance of death. However, the initial reaction to cold water immersion can occur in water as warm as 77°F. By understanding how your body reacts to cold water, you can prepare for and be better able to respond appropriately, thus increasing your chance of survival. It's important to protect yourself, and your human and canine passengers.
There are four stages of cold water immersion.
Stage 1: Initial "cold shock"
Does your pooch bury his head into your side every time it thunders
out? Does he dive under the bed whenever rain starts to fall? From your
point of view, this may seem like cute and endearing behavior, but it's a
sign that your dog is terrified of storms. Some owners are willing to
simply put up with symptoms of storm phobias like hiding, trembling,
whining, drooling, and pacing. In more severe cases, however, panicking
dogs have been known to chew furniture, tear drapes, break windows, and
more during thunderstorms.
You Know Your Pet; Don't Wait to Call the Vet. This time of year our four-legged friends are spending more time outside with their humans doing all kinds of fun family things; hanging at the baseball field, roaming the sidelines of the lacrosse field, helping out at the boatyard, and walking the beach. Some dogs like to have their nose to the ground the whole time, while some like to stick their nose up high in the air to catch all the exciting smells as they drift by. I know now that the most disciplined dog can be tempted by a random object lying on the ground.
There in the summer the wind blows gently,
The lines dividing the sea and river.
The sun shining on the estuary,
To many people it doesn't differ.
But not me, I can tell the difference
Between the Merrimack and Atlantic.
The chilling blue mist, it will likely rinse
As I charge through the waves I am frantic.
In a good way though, I would hate to go
I couldn't part from this busy port.
With restaurants and boats on the tow,
So calming for me it provides a fresh start.
For anything from a new day at work,
people mistakenly believe that shaving or severely clipping their
golden is a wonderful way to keep the dog cool and comfortable in warm
weather. What they don't realize is that they're actually putting the
dog at greater risk of health problems like skin cancer. Here's why:
A golden's coat is made up of two parts -- the long and smooth outer coat
and the soft and fuzzy under coat. These two layers work together to
protect the skin from sun, heat, cold and moisture. The fur acts as an
insulator BOTH against the heat and cold.
It's 82 degrees and sunny in North Andover, MA, which is common in July and August, but did I mention it is March? Spring officially began two days ago, and the temps have been incredible. I love the heat, so for me I'm fine rolling right into Summer.
Don't forget to get the sunscreen out for both you and your dog. Although they do not sunburn as easily as people, dogs can suffer from sunburn. Most often, dogs sustain a superficial partial thickness burn. Only the top layer of skin is involved.
We're heading into town today for the New England Boat Show at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center. It's that time of year when boaters in New England are chomping at the bit to get their boats launched to start cruising! Some of us have that nasty bug that attacks your senses making you want to go bigger, and bigger. There's no cure on the horizon, you either ride it out until it passes onto the next poor soul, or succumb to the sickness. Maybe walking the Boat Show will help adjust the attitude enough to make it through to April.
Marley and Misty's boys both play and love lacrosse. You could call them official Laxbros. Check out the newest member of the US Lacrosse family, Bosley! Bosley will be tearing it up at the Baltimore, MD office. US Lacrosse, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, is the national
governing body for the sport of lacrosse. It is the largest lacrosse
organization in the world with nearly 375,000 members. If you play,
coach or officiate lacrosse, you are USL! www.uslacrosse.org
As my thirteen year old, hockey player son recovers from his concussion, I am reminded of how our dogs have the power to help us heal. A concussion is defined as a transient neurologic dysfunction resulting from a forceful impact. The Center for Disease Control estimates between 1.6 and 3.8 million concussions occur in sport annually, but the true incidence is likely much higher. Approximately 54% of concussed athletes fail to report their symptoms due to a lack of recognition or fear of losing playing time.