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Baggins' Bites Keep Your Pet From Overheating
August 14, 2007
Dear Fellow Dog Lover,

Keep Your Pet Cool and Comfortable
in the Summer Heat

We’ve been having a spell of 90 degree days here in Philadelphia with little reprieve.

Aside from short walks and staying in the cool air-conditioning, I got Baggins a special cooling collar.

This collar maintains cool temperatures after soaked in cold water for a couple of hours. That helps a bit.

You can soak a bandanna in water and refrigerate it for a similar effect.

What else can you do to keep your pet comfortable in the summer heat?

· You can trim a heavy coat.

Your groomer can give a good bath and a “summer haircut” to a dog with a winter coat like Baggins. It happened by accident last summer but he seemed so happy with it, I did it again this year.

· Take your pet for short walks in the heat, save the marathons for early or late in the day or another day all together.

· Make sure your pet has plenty of cold, fresh drinking water and cool place to rest

· Do Not leave your pet in the car! Even for “five minutes” with the windows cracked. Dog’s body temperatures are already higher than ours-- 101 degrees F or 38 degrees C. And the inside of a car can become a furnace in a matter of minutes.

Car windows collect the sunlight and a car can heat up to 102 degrees in just 10 minutes—that’s on an 85 degree day. And we’ve had much hotter! So, leave Max at home on errand-filled days.

Reader’s Write

Reader’s Write

A lot of readers have been asking me how to store their freshly-baked dog treats to prevent mold.

I store mine in the refrigerator or the freezer and that works.

Leaving them on the counter for more than a day is likely to create mold on the muffin types. The harder, flatter ones can last longer outside the refrigerator.

Remember, the more moistness, the quicker the mold will grow. So, to be on the safe side, allow cooling on the countertop but then, put them in the refrigerator!

"Milkbone" Type Dog Treats

"Milkbone" Type Treats

  • 1 c. Whole Wheat Flour
  • 1 c. Regular Flour
  • ˝ c. Powdered milk
  • ˝ c. Wheat germ
  • 1 Egg slightly beaten
  • 1 tsp. Molasses
  • 6 Tbl. Shortening
  • ˝ C. Water
  • Directions: Preheat oven to 325. Mix dry ingredients and cut in the shortening.

    Add egg, molasses and water. Knead lightly on a floured surface.

    Roll dough out to ˝ inch and cut into fun shapes using cookie cutters. Bake for 30 minutes.

    Let cool in the oven overnight to harden more.

    "Milkbone" Type Dog Treats

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    Jennifer and Baggins

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