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    Hi guys, just a reminder to make sure you keep your pets cool during this hot summer.

    I was at a dog show today and it was over 30 degrees, We had our gazebo up and the dogs were all in the shade all day (except when they went in the ring briefly) They were regularly watered and moved so they were in the breeze.

    I thought everything was fine but by the end of the day on my boys last run around the ring he started walking like he was drunk and his eyes rolled back in his head.
    I had to pick him up and run out of the ring (sorry judge) and douse him with cold water... He had heat stroke.

    I was lucky that I had such a helpful group of friends at the show who ran around providing me with wet towels and cold water or else things could have gone very bad.

    I know we all take care to keep our pets cool, but this scared the bejesus out of me considering I thought I had done everything to keep him comfortable.

    He is fine now (thought I'm sure had one heck of a headache) but things could have easily turned fatal had we not cooled him down so quickly.

    So please, be careful of the heat!

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    Good reminder CL!

    Glad it turned out ok for your boy!

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    Is your boy OK?.....That is a bit of a scare. People laugh at me at Obedience, because I take a pet pool along for my guys on hot evenings. Make them drop in the pool quite a few times. Not ideal at a show though

    I only show late Autumn, Winter and early Spring with my black bears.......same reason.

    It is a good reminder
    Pets are forever

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    A pool is a great idea. I will be carrying a large bucket to shows from now on so I can actually put him in the water to cool down rather than just wet towels. The good thing about a hairless dog is they don't take long to dry

    It was certainly frightening, but sadly I had several people comment to me how because I walked out the ring without asking the judge first I lost any points gained and I should have stayed in there... Ummm do you really think I care? All I cared about was getting my dog out of the sun! Some people take shows way too seriously.

    He is fine now, he is in front of the fan having a sleep.

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    I find that difficult to comprehend...i thought dog health and safety should come first and foremost. I would check that with Dogs NSW or Vic Dogs or whichever state you are in,

    I am glad your little one is OK
    Pets are forever

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    Thanks newfsie Either way the points would have been forfeit, I'd rather look rude with a healthy dog than polite with a dead one. I'm not sure what the judge thought, I'll probably try and talk to her after the shows are finished (4 days of showing, I'll be a spectator for the rest of them).

    It just astounds me how little some people care. Not just with my dog but with their own too, leaving them in crates in the sun, or locked in trailors. I don't want to give anyone the wrong idea about dog shows, the majority of the people there today were doing the right things by their dogs, but there were a few who disgusted me.

    On the up-side I got 3 orders to make trolley surrounds today.

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