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A Dog's Day

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The term “dog days” refers to the time when  Sirius, or the Dog Star, rises and sets along with the sun in the late, sultry summer months of July and August. On the other hand, Dog Day Afternoon was an iconic film based on a true story. This 1975 classic starred Al Pacino as the man attempting to rob a bank to pay for his lover’s sex change operation. What should have lasted a few minutes turned into a media circus and hostage crisis that lasted for many hours.dog day 1

But the reality of a dog’s day is often much more ordinary compared to the train ride that was showcased in the movie. In a recent episode of  Family Feud, starring Steve Harvey, the question was, “If your dog could speak, what would they say?” I got all four answers correct in five seconds flat: feed me, pet me, love me, walk me.

I always say, if reincarnation and time travel are both possible, I’d like to come back as my own dog. Pampered and loved, happy and healthy, but still well disciplined – it would be a great life. Just for giggles, here’s a typical day in the life of a well-loved dog.

Good Morning!

First things first, we have to do our morning business. For most dogs that means a trip outside. Whether we’re going for a walk or allowing them to slip out into the backyard, our pooch needs to pee just as badly as we do first thing in the a.m. For hairier hounds, grooming might come along with the rising of the sun. After a nice brushing, breakfast is in order. It’s actually better to feed a dog smaller amounts of food more often  than one large meal at the end of the day. This practice is more nutritionally beneficial and can also help prevent intestinal issues like gastritis and bloat.

Off to Work

For most of us, we must go off to work so that we can afford all the pet food, toys, treats and veterinary care our four-legged friends require. While some dogs are crate trained to remain safely confined while their masters are away, others are content to nap on the couch awaiting our return. Dependent upon their age, the average dog will usually sleep 12–14 hours per day. Puppies and senior canines will require even more rest, just as younger adult dogs need more exercise and playtime.

The Triumphant Return

Once our furry friend has gotten over the excitement of our triumphant return from a long day at work, most pet owners will enjoy some quality playtime with their beloved pooch. Before you know it, dinner time has arrived and it’s time to feed Fido again. In my community, as the sun begins to set in the summer or it is already dusky during winter, most pet owners are  out walking their dogs. To prevent digestive issues, it’s best to wait at least an hour after feeding before exercising or walking your dog.

Veterinary Care

dog day 2Aside from regular check-ups and routine vaccinations, sometimes our dog needs more serious medical attention. It’s good to keep an eye out for unusual behaviour in our pets since they can’t communicate their symptoms to us and use our online symptoms checker. There are a variety of things to watch out for other than more obvious signs that something is amiss, like limping, bleeding or vomiting:

  • Excessive thirst
  • Changes in eating habits/loss of appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Lumps or swelling
  • Chewing, scratching or hair loss

These may be signs that something is wrong and a trip to the vet is needed to ensure nothing more serious is going on. For people with a newly acquired pet, taking them for unscheduled trips to the veterinary clinic will make them more comfortable with future visits.

Sleeping the day away and hanging out with our best friend is a great life for most dogs. As their faithful masters, we get their unconditional love and undying loyalty in return.

Posted August 25, 2015 by Amber Kingsley in Press

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