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Senior Scene® | March Issue
PAW’S CORNER
By Sam Mazzotta
Water Dog Isn’t a Fan of Snow
DEAR PAW’S CORNER: Do different types of dogs handle cold weather differently? My big Lab mix “Gertie” hates going out in the cold, even though she’s a good-sized dog (maybe
a little too much, if you know what I mean). A few days ago on a morning walk in near-zero degree temperatures, we met two of Gertie’s neighborhood buddies, both small dogs. They were having a great time with their owner, romping around in the snow, while Gertie was whimpering the whole time we were out. How can I get her to deal with the cold better? -- Paul in Burlington, Massachusetts
DEAR PAUL: Even though bigger dogs tend
to do better in cold weather, every pup is an individual and has its own preferences. Gertie
is clearly not a fan of cold weather, while her neighbors love being out in it and playing in the snow.
That said, she shouldn’t just stay inside all the time, and you’re not taking her outside for very long.
Try placing Gertie in a doggie sweater and booties anytime the temperature drops below 40 F. Take her for the usual walk -- no more and no less -- and give her lots of praise before and after going outside. She may do much better with the sweater, even if she doesn’t really need it.
If Gertie still doesn’t handle cold weather well, minimize her time in it. She still needs to get in some active time or she’ll gain more weight. Maybe she’d have fun spending a day or two each week at a doggie daycare that includes lots of time running and playing with other dogs in a common space.
Send your questions, comments and tips to ask@pawscorner.com. (c) 2018 King Features Synd., Inc. SS
ALL ABOARD!
PALM BAY LIBRARY’S KRITTERS ‘N KIDS OFFERS FREE TRAIN RIDES, PONY RIDES, GAMES & MORE
Would your kids enjoy free pony rides, face painting, street magic & balloon art, rides on Andretti Thrill Park’s train and outdoor games?
Then bring them to the Palm Bay Library’s Kritters ‘n Kids festival Saturday, March 3, 11 am - 2 pm to make them smile.
The Festival also offers arts & crafts for kids, a petting zoo, face painting, big trucks from Palm
Bay’s Fire + Rescue, safety tips from Palm Bay Police volunteers, cool recycling crafts and new this year, the Andretti Thrill Park train.
Food trucks from JR Foods and Island Creamery will sell tasty treats.
Snacks and popcorn will be sold by the Friends of the Palm Bay Libraries, the group that sponsors Kritters ‘n Kids. The Friends will raf e generously donated prizes and artwork: a one night stay from Marriott Hotels, a $100 Publix gift card and framed photographs of native wildlife. Raf e tickets are $1 each or six for $5. All proceeds go to the Friends of the Palm Bay Libraries.
“Kritters ‘n Kids is always a fun time for everyone. I can’t wait to ride the Andretti Thrill Park train,” said Josephine Negri, Palm Bay’s youth services librarian.
The Palm Bay Library’s address is 1520 Port Malabar Blvd in Palm Bay, next to Turkey Creek Sanctuary. Have a question about Kritters ‘n Kids? Call Josephine, 952- 4519. SS
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