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It’s getting warm out there and we don’t want any hot dogs out there! Here are some tips to keep your canine companion cool this summer.

1. Keep their water bowl full at all times and even outside.

2. Take your dog out early in the morning before the sun comes out. This will also help out with their paws not being on the hot sidewalks.

3. Next, make sure you don’t exercise Fido too much during the summer.

4. Take them to the lake or even have a kiddy pool he can swim around in.

5. If your dog is going to be outside make sure that there is plenty of shade they can go under. And if they are inside you can spray them with a spray bottle to cool them off and keep the AC on.

6. Make sure to watch for signs of heat stroke. If they are panting excessively, have a hard time walking, and if their heart rate is fast take them to the vet as soon as possible.

7. And the last tip for keeping your dog cool this summer is to NEVER leave them in a car by themselves.

Follow these tips and you and your dog will have a cool summer!

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Welcome to Spot’s Spotlight where DooGooders features a family so you can learn more about our best friends.


Spot‘s Spotlight
Your dog(s) name(s) and age(s): Hank. Turning 4 on July 7th
Nickname(s): Hank The Tank
Breed: Yellow Lab
Favorite treat: Rawhide or bone with peanut butter inside.
Favorite toy: Any ball that someone will throw for him.
Funniest habit: Laying on the air vent when it’s hot outside.
Thing they love the most: Playing fetch with the neighbors. He will actually throw the ball over the fence so my neighbor has to get it and play with him.
Thing they dislike the most: G
etting wet. Strange for a lab, but he won’t even go outside to potty when its raining.
How they joined your family: He joined my family by my mom and friend searching the Internet until I said yes to the picture  they showed me of Hank!
If they had a million dollars, your pup would: He would build a doggy house where all his friends could come stay and play.
If your dog could take a trip anywhere, they would go: At Grandma’s place to play with her dogs.
Your pup’s favorite way to spend the dog days of summer: L
aying on the deck getting some sun and playing fetch with whomever is walking by and finish off the day by napping on the couch.
Favorite author/artists/TV show: He does watch a lot of tv since I keep it on all day for him. I have to say the only ones that keep his attention are ones with dogs running around like dogs 101.
Favorite team(s): He doesn’t have any favorite teams or sports. He likes them all.
Where did you get your name: I actually stole the name from my mother. She wanted to name her new puppy that, but I got Hank first. Sorry mom!

Becoming a foster parent for a dog is a rewarding experience. It gives you the chance to raise the puppy or dog in a good home temporarily. And sadly gives the shelter more dogs to put into the kennels. There are five steps that you will need to do first before your furry friend enters your home. First step is to make sure that there is nothing the dog can chew on and decide on where he or she will be sleeping. Make sure that there is nothing toxic that the dog can get into.  Second step is to call your local shelter and ask to become part of their foster program. They will have an application for you to fill out. Some shelters might want a fenced in yard or someone to be home at all times for the dog. Most shelters will likely come to your house for a visit. Third step is to meet with the rescue group and let them know what kind of dog you can handle. Also make sure to let the shelter know if you have any other pets in the house. Tell the shelter why you want to be part of a rescue group and let them know what you will get out of it. Fourth step is bringing your dog home. The dog will be scared and confused when he enters your house, so don’t get mad if he has an accident right away. It will take time for the dog to readjust. You will want to focus on training and showering them with love and remember that they are only there for a short period of time. The fifth and last step is to let them go to their new home when they are adopted. It will be hard to let them go, but there will be more dogs that you can rescue.

Those are the steps to successfuly become a foster parent for a dog. Shelters need as many helpers that they can get! Go out and save a dog’s life today!

Here is the website for Sioux Falls Humane Society and how to contact them.


Happy Monday everyone! This last weekend was suppose to be Bark For Life. But with all the rain we got it has been postponed. Once I know the rescheduled date I will post it. Thanks and have a great day!

Doggone Happy

DooGooders is proud to be part of this years Bark For Life. It takes place June 8th, 2013 at Spencer Dog Park at 9 a.m. Join us for all of the fun events and help support the fight against cancer! Come by our booth and say hi!

Thanks to the South Dakota Multi Housing Association for including DooGooders and PooPrints technology in its May/June 2013 issue of Rental Review!Rental Review PooPrints May June 2013 SD Multi-Family Housing Association

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