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Ask the Groomer... Cindy Harkey is the owner of Cindy’s Smiling Sammy Boarding & Grooming in Avis for 25 years now. She is this area’s top breeder of Samoyeds. Cindy is a Master Groomer, and show handles multiple breeds. Question: Should I shave my double-coated dog in the warmer months? Answer: Double coats, also known as down hair, ground hairs, or undercoat, are the very fine, fluffy hairs closest to the skin on some dogs. Some breeds with undercoats include the German Shepherd, Chow, Pomeranian, Husky, Malamute, and Samoyed. The hairs are short and crimped, which make them highly efficient at trapping air and insulating the animal, keeping them warm in the winter and cool in the sum- mer. There is a myth about long-haired, double-coated dogs needing to be shaved in order to be cooler during the summer. Double-coated dogs are dogs that have a heavy undercoat. The lighter, softer coat that sheds naturally does not need to be shaved. Unless the dog has passed the point of no return in the matting department, the best type of grooming for these dogs is a vigorous undercoat raking with a special tool that helps remove the undercoat. This raking, followed by a warm bath and a blow dry, will help separate the hair so the groom- WIN A PUPPY TUG TOY er can get the rest of the undercoat. Once the undercoat has & A BAG OF TREATS! been thinned out, the dog does feel cooler. The guard hairs on Just fill in the entry form the top which do not shed out provide protection against the below and mail to: sun's rays, actually insulating the dog from the heat. If mats are a concern, have your dog professionally groomed by a Paws Pets groomer that specializes in these breeds. Another myth: Cut- P.O. Box 999 ting a dog's hair off will cause the dog to not shed. This is not McElhattan, PA 17748 necessarily true. Dogs with undercoats do shed. After a cut, it Entry Deadline: 5/21/17. may shed shorter hair, but is will still shed. Clipping down these breeds sometimes damages the coat, and the older the Name: _______________________________________ dog is, the less likely the dog's guard hairs will regrow. This Address: ______________________________________ gives the dog a patchy, scruffy, frizzy appearance, and the UV rays can damage the skin. This is painful, and can take a City/State/Zip: _________________________________ long time to heal. So, let's keep our furry pets safe from the Phone: ________________________________________ summer heat. And, if in doubt, talk to a professional, on how Email: ________________________________________ to groom your double-coated dog. Have a great summer! Pawsitively Delicious! Fresh Breath Dog Treats Ingredients: • 3 cups oat flour • 1 cup coconut flour • 2 eggs • 1/4 cup finely chopped mint • 1/4 cup finely chopped parsley • 1 cup water • 1/4 cup coconut oil Note: Do not use stems of mint and parsley - just the leafy parts. 14 Pawsitively Pets -- May Instructions: 1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 2) Combine oat and coconut flour in bowl. Add parsley and mint. Add coconut oil, cup of water, and 2 beaten eggs. Combine all the ingredients together. 3) Knead with your hands until a solid dough ball is shaped. If it is too crumbly, add a little water, 1 tablespoon at a time. 4) Roll the ball out to approximately 1/4 inch. Use a cookie cutter to cut out your shapes. 5) Place on baking sheet lined with parch- ment paper and bake for 20-25 minutes. 6) Turn off oven and let them cool in there so they continue to dry out. 7) Store in airtight container in fridge for up to 2 weeks or in freezer for up to 3 months. recipe from: prouddogmom.com