Can Pets Sweat?

do pets sweat
Good morning Calgary Humane Society supporters!

We hope you had a great summer full of sun, heat and all the other great things that summer brings!

Today we bring you an interesting question that we hear from time to time at Calgary Humane Society: Can our pets sweat? If not, how do they beat the heat?

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 “But I’ll only be 5 minutes!”

I'll only be 5 min

We get it! It’s a perfect day for a picnic. Pack up the dog, head out in the car and just pit stop at the grocery store on the way, right?

Unfortunately, there is no such thing as “only” 5 minutes when it comes to a pet in a hot car.

Things happen. Maybe there was a line-up, maybe you realized you needed ‘just one more thing’, maybe you ran in to an old friend. Pretty soon “only” 5 minutes becomes 10, 15 or 30 minutes. In the air conditioned store, you may not even realize how fast time has passed, but for a dog in a hot car, even 5 minutes can feel like an eternity. (more…)

Safety for your furry friend: Water Edition!

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Happy summer, Calgary Humane Society Supporters! It’s time for some fun at the sun!

We have been loving the great summer weather here at the shelter! Summer also marks summer camp season at CHS, meaning that hundreds of animal-loving kids have been attending the shelter to learn more about what we do and how we help animals in Calgary. If you are coming to the shelter on a weekday, keep an eye out for these young learners and give them a wave!

Waves are also the topic of today’s blog (how’s that for a flawless transition!). That’s right, fun in the sun often means lakes, rivers and swimming pools! Today on the blog we bring you some water safety tips for pets. (more…)

Become a Canine Good Neighbour with the Canine Challenge!

Canine NeighbourHello CHS Supporters!

We are loving the weather here at the shelter! If you enjoyed some fun in the sun with your pet this weekend, share a picture on our Facebook page with the #yychumane!

Today on the blog we have a quick shout out to one of the awesome programs we offer here at CHS: The Canine Challenge! (more…)

Preparing for the worst: Storing your pet’s information.

 

 

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Good morning CHS supporters!

Today on the blog, we’re bringing you some important information that we hope you’ll never need. Spring always marks an increase in the number of lost reports received by our animal admissions team and today we are bringing you the inside scoop on the kind of information you will want to store in a safe place in the event your pet goes missing. (more…)

Wiggles + Co: Week 8

Wiggles & Co

Wiggles came into the CHS as a transfer from a rescue in the Yukon – young, scared and pregnant. Knowing the best environment for a mama dog to give birth and raise puppies is in a home situation, our Foster Coordinator quickly began her search for the perfect temporary home for the small white dog. Long-time foster parent Susan (and occasional CHS blog contributor!) offered her home and will be caring for the pooch family for the next several weeks. She will be documenting her foster adventure in a weekly series, Wiggles & Co. Check out Wiggle’s firstsecondthird, fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh weeks in foster!

 

The tears fell……

Wiggles struggled more each day – she wanted her babies to be playmates and they just were not big enough so she was getting a little too rough.  She wanted more attention and would insert herself between me and whatever puppy I was playing with or holding at the time. Even worse was how much they were actually hurting her when they nursed.  She was weaning them slowly but when she had to feed them she would whimper while they suckled.

As the puppies were getting bigger and moving around so much they also needed more daily socialization than I could give them as a single person.  (more…)

Wiggles + Co: Week 6

Wiggles & Co

Wiggles came into the CHS as a transfer from a rescue in the Yukon – young, scared and pregnant. Knowing the best environment for a mama dog to give birth and raise puppies is in a home situation, our Foster Coordinator quickly began her search for the perfect temporary home for the small white dog. Long-time foster parent Susan (and occasional CHS blog contributor!) offered her home and will be caring for the pooch family for the next several weeks. She will be documenting her foster adventure in a weekly series, Wiggles & Co. Check out Wiggle’s first, second, third, fourth and fifth weeks in foster!

The puppies were changing almost daily – their motor skills improved, their vocal range grew, their colors changed and some personality traits started to develop.  They began to wrestle with each other and chew on some of their toys, each other’s faces and limbs.  Wiggles got excited a few times and would join them to engage in what I believed was play: rolling them around and “nibbling” on them – sometimes they would squeak but mostly they would just start crawling over her.  (more…)

April Volunteer Spotlight: Dog Walking Edition!

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Good morning CHS supporters! Welcome to April!

We hope you enjoyed the long weekend and had lots of fun with both two- and four-legged friends and family members!

April is volunteer month here on the blog, so we will be bringing you a sneak peek behind the scenes of some of our volunteer roles. If there is a volunteer role or something related to volunteering that you would like to have us cover, please email community@calgaryhumane.ca or share it in our Facebook group! We will try to cover as many of your ideas as we can!

Today we are looking at one of our most popular volunteer roles: Dog Walking! (more…)

Wiggles & Co: Week 4

Wiggles & Co

Wiggles came into the CHS as a transfer from a rescue in the Yukon – young, scared and pregnant. Knowing the best environment for a mama dog to give birth and raise puppies is in a home situation, our Foster Coordinator quickly began her search for the perfect temporary home for the small white dog. Long-time foster parent Susan (and occasional CHS blog contributor!) offered her home and will be caring for the pooch family for the next several weeks. She will be documenting her foster adventure in a weekly series, Wiggles & Co. Check out Wiggle’s first, second and third weeks in foster!

While the new babies continued on in their boring daily routine (eat, sleep, grow) a ‘new’ puppy was emerging:  Wiggles was suddenly embracing her true puppy self.  She started spending a little more time cuddling in bed with me morning and night and was always by my side if I was doing something “interesting”.  She will run to her babes if they squeak but she is starting to have more “mom” time and enjoying all the toys here for her.

We are working on ignoring the ‘other’ dogs that live in my home:  the one behind the glass of the fireplace, the one she sees in the oven, there are more she can see at the back of the curio cabinets, television stand and the full length mirror in my bedroom. (more…)

Kids and Petsitting Part 1: Considerations

 

Kids and Petsitting Part 1 Considerations

Happy Wednesday, CHS Supporters!

Also, welcome to spring!! WOOHOO! Here at the shelter our furry residents are overjoyed to hear that summer is well on the way. In fact, I saw quite a few shelter dogs carefully inspecting the grass by our fire hydrants for signs of turning green… at least that’s what they told me they were doing (I have my doubts).

Today on the blog, we’re talking about childhood entrepreneurship… the ins and outs of kids and petsitting!

If you are like many of our shelter staff, you probably remember starting some sort of a business as a child. For many of the staff at CHS (and we’re guessing our supporters too) that childhood business involved petsitting. Who doesn’t want to get paid to play with some adorable dogs and cats?! (On a related note – we are currently hiring adults who would like to get paid to care for some adorable dogs and cats, so check out our postings if you want to keep that childhood dream alive!)

While petsitting can be a great way for children to learn responsibility (and make a few extra dollars), there are definitely some considerations to make before putting up the posters…

 

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