Cavaliers as Companions
June / July 2021
Edited by Dennis & Tina Homes



Portrait of a lady with her spaniel by Sydney Percy Kendrick (1874–1955)
A Victorian painting of a young girl with a flute and a spaniel by Sydney Percy Kendrick (1874 – 1955)


SUMMER IS A COMING

May this year has been one of the very wettest and also rather cold. However, we can keep our fingers crossed and hope that we do get some nice warm summer days before autumn sets in. Hopefully with lockdown easing it will be great to share those lazy summer days with your pet, although it is wise to take a few precautions because hot weather can be extremely hazardous to dogs.

Never leave your dog in a car. Though it may seem cool outside, the sun can raise the temperature inside your car to 100 degrees Fahrenheit in a matter of minutes, even with the windows rolled down.

Whether you’re indoors or out, your pet needs access to lots of fresh water during the summer, so check their water bowl several times a day to be sure it’s full. If you and your dog venture out for the afternoon, bring plenty of water for the pair of you.

Keep a close eye on the humidity. Humidity interferes with animals’ ability to rid themselves of excess body heat. When we over-heat we sweat, and when the sweat dries it takes excess heat with it. Dogs only perspire around their paws, which is not enough to cool the body. To rid themselves of excess heat they pant. Air moves through the nasal passages, which picks up excess heat from the body. As it is expelled through the mouth, the extra heat leaves along with it. Although this is a very efficient way to control body heat, it is severely limited in areas of high humidity or when the animal is in close quarters.

Don’t allow your dog to overexert itself. Although exercise is an important part of keeping your dog fit and healthy, overdoing it in the hot weather can easily cause them to overheat. Keep the walks to a gentle pace and make sure they have plenty of water. If they are panting a lot or seems exhausted, it’s time to stop.

When taking dogs on a car journey many people keep them in a cage. On a warm day it’s a good idea to have a battery-operated cage fan attached. There are quite a few types available from larger pet stores or online such as these.

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It is also wise to cover the cage from direct sunlight. There are foil covered cage covers that reflect the sunlight away or you can simply cover the cage with a foil space blanket. There are also dog parasols available to help keep your pet cool in the summer.
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HAY FEVER IN DOGS
Can dogs suffer with hay fever? The answer is ‘Yes!’ Some of the symptoms are similar to those suffered by humans, but dogs also show some unique canine symptoms. Dogs with hay fever are often very itchy all over their bodies. The itching is sometimes followed by a rash on the dog’s face and feet. Over time, the hair over the dog’s eyes and on his feet may actually begin to thin because he’s scratched so much or chewed his feet so often. These symptoms indicate an atopic allergy, or one that is caused by an inhaled allergen that causes skin, rather than respiratory, problems.

In addition dogs with hay fever may also have watery eyes, runny noses and they may sneeze, but these symptoms are less common in dogs although they are probably more familiar to human hay fever sufferers than the skin problems. Hay fever is a seasonal allergy in both dogs and people, causing the greatest problems during the summer and early autumn. Although symptoms of canine hay fever can develop at any point in a dog’s life, they are most likely to begin when your pet is between one and three years old.

There are several simple steps that you can take at home to help alleviate the effect hay fever has on your pet, from grooming to limiting what they come into contact with. Firstly, if you have a dog that likes to run through flowerbeds or roll in the grass, consider keeping them on a lead as pollen can cling to their fur and cause irritation. Each time your dog has been outside it’s advisable to wipe their paws and face to help remove any pollen that is clinging to their fur. This can be done with ordinary baby wipes or specialist ones that can be bought at a variety of pet shops. It is also common practice to groom your pets with a specialist brush that helps to strip not only the top coat but also the under layers of fur that may hold pollen which could irritate them. You could also soak their feet in Epsom salt and water to relieve any itchy skin.

It is also important that pets are kept well-groomed throughout the pollen season and giving them a weekly bath to help get rid of any lingering pollen. Lastly, it is important that any bedding or surfaces that your pets come into regular contact with are cleaned to prevent the hard work spent ridding your pet of pollen going to waste. This can be done with sprays or simply a spin in the washing machine. If your pets suffer from severe hay fever there are medications designed specifically for pets. Before giving these to your pets however it is advisable to consult your vet.


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What do you get if you cross a cocker spaniel, a poodle and a rooster?
Cockerpoodledoo!

What do you get when you cross a Pitbull with a Collie?
A dog who bites you, and then goes for help!

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Matt Cartoon


DOGS LIFTING THEIR LEG
When a dog lifts its leg in act of scent marking it is not necessarily a toilet training issue but more of an instinctive way of marking its territory and making known his status. When out walking a dog, if he lifts his leg at a lamp post or tree trunk people tend to ignore it and simply regard it as doggy behaviour. However, if he starts to do it around the home then this is when it does become a problem. Dogs use urine marking as either a sign of dominance or simply to lay claim to an area that they regard as their own. They lift their leg to mark as high as possible so that their scent stays there for longer. Some bitches will scent mark, but usually this is when they are with other bitches and one will try to be the alpha bitch and urinate over the spot where another has urinated to show that she is the top ranking one.

Quite often vets advise having a dog castrated if he is a persistent marker around the house. Sometimes this does work, but unfortunately if the dog has already formed a habit of marking, then castration may not necessarily solve the problem. In the wild it’s the highest-ranking alpha wolf that marks the territory to define to the other members of the pack that he is in charge. With domesticated dogs this instinct is still prevalent but in the home environment some dogs are confused as to who is pack leader and they therefore try to establish their status by scent marking around the house. It is for this reason that firm ground rules must be established whenever a new puppy is introduced into your home. They must know that you are the pack leader. When you first start taking a puppy out for walks do not allow him to pull as letting him lead the way enforces the belief that he is pack leader. It is important that a puppy knows the hierarchy within the home environment, and in many ways if he knows that you are the pack leader and not him he becomes more secure and this can prevent a whole range of behavioural problems. Any dog that is left for a long time will need to relieve himself by urinating, but this is different from scent marking. With marking he doesn’t really need to pee, he just leaves a small amount of urine at strategic points. If you do have a dog that starts to scent mark it is important to act promptly. You will need to keep him confined to restricted areas and try to observe him as much as possible and give a firm "No" if he tries to mark an area indoors where it is not allowed. During this period it may be advisable to keep him in a crate or small pen when you are unable to watch him as they do not like to urinate in confined spaces. Then take him outside into your garden and then praise him when he urinates in an area that is OK. If he does mark somewhere indoors it is important that you clean that area as soon as possible and spray with some kind of deodorizer to get rid of any smell or else he may keep returning to this spot a re-mark it.

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What animal keeps the best time?
A watch dog!

Why don’t dogs make good dancers?
Because they have two left feet

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When visiting my house


A LOAN FROM GOD

God promised at the birth of time,
A special friend to give,
His time on earth is short, he said,
So love him while he lives.

It may be six or seven years,
Or twelve or then sixteen,
But will you, till I call him back,
Take care of him for me?

A wagging tail and cold wet nose,
And silken velvet ears,
A heart as big as all outdoors,
To love you through the years.

His puppy ways will gladden you,
And antics bring a smile,
As guardian or friend he will,
Be loyal all the while.

He’ll bring his charms to grace your life,
And though his stay be brief,
When he’s gone the memories,
Are solace for your grief.

I cannot promise he will stay,
Since all from earth return,
But lessons only a dog can teach,
I want you each to learn.

Whatever love you give to him,
Returns in triple measure,
Follow his lead and gain a life,
Brim full of simple pleasure.

Enjoy each day as it comes,
Allow your heart to guide,
Be loyal and steadfast in love,
As the dog there by your side.

Now will you give him all your love,
Nor think the labour vain,
Nor hate me when I come to call,
To take him back again?

I fancy each of us would say,
"Dear Lord, thy will be done,
For all the joy this dog shall bring,
The risk of grief we’ll run.

"We’ll shelter him with tenderness,
We’ll love him while we may,
And for the happiness we’ve known,
Forever grateful stay.

"But shall the angels call for him,
Much sooner than we’ve planned,
We’ll brave the bitter grief that comes,
And try to understand."

(Author unknown)

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When is a black dog not a black dog?
When it’s a greyhound!

What did the dog say when he sat on sandpaper?
Ruff!

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Frank Sinatra
The late, great singer Frank Sinatra with one of his pet Cavaliers.


PHOTO OF THE MONTH

Getting ready for the Canine Olympics
Getting ready for the Canine Olympics


THOUGHT FOR THE MONTH

"You can say any foolish thing to a dog, and the dog will give you a look that says, "Wow, you’re right! I never would’ve thought of that!"
Dave Barry



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QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

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