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Hot Dogs Need Help to Stay Cool

Hot Dogs Need Help to Stay Cool

As temperatures continue (we hope) to rise here in Maine, consider your dog’s comfort and health in the summer heat.  Dogs’ systems are less efficient than humans at cooling, leaving them susceptible to overheating.  They have limited sweat glands in their noses and paw pads, and need our help in shaping their environment for comfort and safety.  Here are some tips to help with this:

Exercise your dog in the early a.m. or early p.m., avoiding the hottest hours of the day.  Sidewalks can heat up in the hot sun and be painful for paws, as can the sand on a hot beach.  

Provide shade in your yard if your dog is outside on hot days.  A strategically-placed umbrella or awning may be necessary if you don’t have shade trees to lie under.

Be sure water bowls are filled with cold water, as the day’s heat will quickly make the water warm up.  Clean bowls and change water frequently, adding a few ice cubes.

The Worst Start of the Season

On April 2 against Texas, Boston’s John Lackey gave up nine earned runs on ten hits and two walks in just 3 2/3 innings. Before hitting the disabled list, Lackey would throw just six more starts, the last of which was another nine run disaster, this time the result of nine hits and five walks in 6 2/3 innings against Toronto. Lackey’s teammate, Daisuke Matsuzaka, yielded seven runs in two innings in his second start of the season, a 15-6 drubbing at the hands of the then-hapless Rays.

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Matt Cutts Live, YouTube Live Streaming and Google Correlate

Matt Cutts Live, YouTube Live Streaming and Google Correlate

So there I was playing Farmville/Gagaville while tweeting and not doing any work and I saw this tweet from Matt Cutts.

 

Well hey… that sounds interesting. So I Skyped my search nerds, Alex and Monica, and we followed along for the hour and a half information fire hose from Google’s famous employee.

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Why Nursery School WORKS for Puppies

Why Nursery School WORKS for Puppies

Early socialization is an essential component of any new pup's training.  It helps them become well-balanced, allows them to practice pro-social behavior and exposes them to countless sights, sounds, people, places and things.  Finding places and events where groups of pups can be together for play can be challenging, as can figuring out what to do with your new pup while you're at work.  Five years ago, I designed a business plan to meet JUST those needs for pups and their owners!  Here at Dances With Dogs, we specialize in providing a host of important learning opportunities just for puppies during their first few months with their new families.  Watch the accompanying video for a taste of a typical day for the pups in our playground.

The Most Underrated Player in Baseball

No, this isn’t a post about Shin-Soo Choo. At least I don’t think it is. It’s probably not a post about Ryan Zimmerman or Kurt Suzuki or Kila Ka’aihue either. Scores of bloggers have weighed in on the subject of underratedness. We’ve heard about how Petco Park kept Adrian Gonzalez from putting up huge numbers and how Chase Utley, like Lou Whitaker and Bobby Grich before him, does everything so well without being the best at one particular thing that he’s easy to overlook. We’ve seen Derek Jeter so consistently overrated that he was probably underrated in the middle of his career by those of us calling him overrated.

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Who says dogs can't smile?

Who says dogs can't smile?

It's been a r-e-a-l-l-y long couple of weeks with all the rain, so I thought I'd bring a little sunshine to everyone's day with a few happy dog pics!  Enjoy!

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Jose Bautista's First Quarter

If you’ve been paying any attention this year, you don’t need me to introduce baseball’s best hitter with any kind of descriptor. He’s Jose F***ing Bautista. He’s Barry Bonds with a human-sized head. Babe Ruth facing modern pitching. Ted Williams with more power.  He’s the guy trying to make my generation forget about Albert Pujols.

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