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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: How can I protect my dog's paws from hot pavement in the summer? Answer: This tip may seem obvious, but it's one that folks sometimes don't consider enough. Spring and summer, and even fall, are great seasons to take your dog out on a sunny walk. But be mindful of the tem- perature, and when and where you walk him. The best time to walk your dog is in the morning or late eve- ning, when the pavement is cool. Avoid walking your dog in the afternoon or early evening when the sun's out, because the pavement will be at its hottest. During the cool times of the day, you should walk your dog on pavement, because the hard and rough surface will toughen the pads on your dog's paws. This will help her develop a natural resistance to damage from hot surfaces. If you end up taking your dog out during the warm- WIN A SERESTO FLEA er times of the day, be sure to stay on the grass and stick to COLLAR FOR A SMALL DOG! shady areas. Stay away from sidewalks or any paved areas to avoid burning. A shady park can be a great place to take your Just fill in the entry form below and mail to: dog for a warm afternoon walk. You want your dog to have tough paws, but you don't want them to get too dry or they Paws Pets will be more susceptible to cracking, peeling, and cuts. These P.O. Box 999 dry signs in your dog's paws can also make them more prone McElhattan, PA 17748 to burns from hot pavement. Consider moisturizing your dog's Entry Deadline: 7/21/17. pads daily, especially in hot weather, to help prevent injuries and burns. Try products like Paw Nectar and Skin Works. Paw Name: _______________________________________ wax can easily be spread on your dog's paw pads prior to walking to protect them from rough or hot surfaces. Paw wax Address: ______________________________________ can also be used in the winter to protect your dog's feet from City/State/Zip: _________________________________ potentially harmful surfaces and chemicals, like road salt. Phone: ________________________________________ So let's have a great summer and enjoy walking with our Email: ________________________________________ dogs, but let's be careful to keep their paws safe from the summer's hot surfaces! Pawsitively Delicious! Watermelon Dog Treat Dogs love this healthy summer snack, too, and it's great for rehydrating after a romp in the sun! Ingredients: • Watermelon Chunks • Unsweetened Coco- nut Milk or Water • Honey 14 Pawsitively Pets -- July Instructions: 1) Puree ingredients in a blender or food processor. 2) Freeze until firm. 3) Serve! Use a watermelon or fun-shaped ice cube tray for extra cuteness! * Play around with ingredient amounts till you find the consistency you and your dog prefer! recipe from: rover.com