Reminder: Sign Up for 4th of July Parade (Meet at 9:30)

Don't forget TakomaDogs has a float in this year's Takoma Park 4th of July Parade to celebrate the opening of the dog park and we want YOU to join us.

We're meeting on South Manor Circle near the intersection of South Manor Circle & Carroll Avenue. We're assembling at 9:30 a.m. for the 10:00 parade start on July 4.

So we can get an estimate of how many people are walking with us, please sign up here or in the form, below.

Weather for the parade should be seasonable for this time of year.  Please bring a bottle of water for you and your pooch. We'll try to tweet more info on the weather as we get closer, so follow the TakomaDogs Twitter feed.

We want everyone to come out and celebrate the opening of the dog park with us whether you have a dog or not. Bring your kids, your friends, your parents, or anyone else. Never walked in the parade, now's your chance! You do NOT need a dog to walk with us.

This year we'll be joined by candidate for Ward 2 City Council Joe Edgell. Take the opportunity to share your thoughts on Ward 2 issues with Joe.

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July 4 Parade Float Coming Along Nicely!

This year's 4th of July float. What is it?

Can you guess what it is?

Work is proceeding nicely on this year's 4th of July Parade Float. But we need your committment to come walk with TakomaDogs or all this effort will be for nothing.

Sign up here to let us know you're coming.

Bring your dog, your kids, you spouse, parents, or friends. Dog not required. We need people!  

Still Looking for Grant Writer – June 30 Deadline Approaching

Please help bring water to the dog park!

Please help bring water to the dog park!

We mentioned on May 20 that we needed a grant writer for the PetSafe Brand grant to help us provide water at the dog park. But no one volunteered.

The deadline is fast approaching on June 30, so if you can help out, please contact us at info@takomadogs.org.

Here's the original post with a bit more info.

Grant Writer Needed

If you fancy yourself to be  a good, persuasive writer, we need someone to help with a grant application. We're seeking funding to install shade in the dog park and/or a water supply for the dogs. This year, PetSafe Brand will award 25 grants totaling $275,000 to help cities build new dog parks and provide makeovers or maintenance for existing parks. We think our shade and water projects make good candidates.

Please email info@takomadogs.org if you would like to volunteer to write this grant. Grant application deadline is June 30, 2017, but we would like to get our application in much sooner.

Mark Your Calendars for July 4 & Come Walk

Can you guess what we're working on for this year's 4th of July Parade float?

TakomaDogs is once again walking in the Takoma Park 4th of July Parade, and we need you!

Bring your dog, your kids, your parents, and anyone else and join us at 9:45 a.m. on July 4, 2017 for the 10:00 a.m. start. In past years, TakomaDogs met on Manor Circle near the intersection of South Manor Circle and Carroll Avenue.

Please sign up here to join us in the parade.

We're currently constructing this year's super-secret float (see photo). Last year's float took 2nd price in the parade and we hope this year's float will be in contention again. Float construction is again being led by Dr. Barbara Muhlbacher, TakomaDogs board member. If you would like to help her with the float, please email her at barbara@muhlbacher.us.

When you come to the parade, don't forget to wear your TakomaDogs t-shirt. If you do not have one, click this link to buy one now. We will also bring a few shirts that you can purchase at the parade, but it would be helpful if you would use the sign up form linked below and let us know what size you want. There are only limited numbers of shirts left, so get your collector's item now to show your support for the Takoma Park dog park.

Preventing, Recognizing, and Responding to Heatstroke

Image courtesy Nashville Paw.

Image courtesy Nashville Paw.

Sunday and into the week are supposed to be the warmest days we've had all year, with temperatures into the 80s. Since we're moving toward summer and the sun sits higher in the sky, the sun's intensity is increasing as well. And all of these increase the risk of heat stroke when you visit the dog park.

So we pulled aside Dr. Barbara Muhlbacher, a veterinarian at Georgia Crossing Veterinary Center to ask her how to prevent heat stroke.

Here are her thoughts:

Bring Water

While we and our four-legged friends are jumping for joy that the dog park is finally open, it is important to remember that there is currently no water available at the park. The city is planning on having a water source at the park at some point, but it probably won’t be anytime soon. Therefore it is imperative to bring plenty of water with you when you take your dog to the park. This applies even when it's not a super hot day. Dogs need water when they're exercising just like humans, even on cold days.

Heat Stroke Causes

Playing in warm and hot weather brings on the danger of heat stroke, especially when dogs don’t get sufficient water to drink during playtime. Temperatures will reach the 80s early next week, and the trees have not yet fully leafed out to provide any shade, which increases the risk of overheating. 

Make sure your dog takes regular breaks during playtime. Regular breaks also give them a chance to drink water. If your dog isn't visiting the water bowl on his/her own, take your dog to the water bowl.

Heat Stroke Symptoms

Heat stroke is not just being hot. It is an emergency condition that needs immediate care. Signs of heat stroke include heavy panting, labored breathing, sudden lethargy or weakness; pale, blue or bright red gums (they should be a rosy pink), wobbliness, tremors or seizures, and collapse.

A high body temperature caused by overheating can cause organ damage within minutes, so immediate veterinary care is crucial for survival.

Heat Stroke Care

If you notice any of the above signs, immediately provide shade and a cool place (for example in an air-conditioned car) and plenty of water. Also, try cooling the dog by pouring water on him/her, then head to the veterinary hospital.

If the dog is having a seizure or has collapsed, you will not be able to give your dog water. Immediate veterinary care is critical to save your dog's life. The veterinarian will most likely need to give you dogs fluids through an IV.

There's a fine line between just being hot and having heat stroke. Err on the side of caution, for if you wait, it might be too late. If you recognize any of the above signs, immediately take your dog to the nearest veterinary hospital for emergency care.

Which Dogs Get Heatstroke

Short-nosed breeds like pugs, Frenchies and or other bulldog-type breeds tend to overheat more easily and quickly. Also, breeds with heavy coats such as Huskies, Newfoundlands, Chows, and other heavy-coated breeds all are at higher risk. But remember, any dog can get heatstroke.

So remember to bring water with you when you visit this great new park with your pooch!

Dr. Barbara Muhlbacher
Georgia Crossing Veterinary Center
11414 Georgia Ave, Wheaton, MD 20902
(301) 962-1902
gcvetcenter.com

 

Llama Mediation

The pro- and anti-llama camps were out in force today at Historic Takoma in Takoma Park, to wrestle over whether llamas are appropriate in the dog park.

Mayor Kate Stewart, the star of the Llama mediation session was a great sport when she figured out that it was, in fact, an April Fool's joke. Be wary any time something happens on April 1, Kate!

Here are a few photos of the session: