Homeside Financial - August 2019

Staying ‘Cool’ With Your Canine ENJOY THE WEATHER WHILE KEEPING YOUR PUP COMFORTABLE

Jamie Harrington and the whole Homeside Financial team was incredible to work with. We’ve used Jamie and the Homes for Hero’s program for 2 home purchases now, and each time Jamie has made it an easy, stress-free process, answering all our questions along the way. The Homes for Hero’s program has saved us 1000s of dollars buying, selling and then buying again. I love that our local homes for hero’s program has an amazing lender and realtor, that truly put the heroes first. Thank you Jamie for helping us get into our dream home!

With all this late-summer sunshine, it’s the perfect time to take your dog out for some fun. And while spending time basking in nature’s beauty can be a great source of fun and exercise for you and your pets, it’s important to keep a careful watch on your dog’s core temperature to prevent heat exhaustion. There are several detectable signs of heat exhaustion that you can watch for, including abnormal lethargy, vomiting, or a brightly colored blue or red tongue. Here are some tips to keep your canine cool this summer. Water in All Its Forms While certain dog breeds thrive in hotter climates, all pups need a little extra care when it comes to staying hydrated during the summer. For starters, always make sure they have ready access to drinkable water. If you are going on an adventure, consider bringing a collapsible water bowl. If you are doing some backyard chilling, consider filling up a small wading pool with water for your pooch to splash or lounge in. Some Invaluable Inventions There are many contraptions to help you keep your canine cool in the summer heat. Booties to insulate their toes and protect their paw pads from the hot asphalt, cooling vests that reflect sunlight off darker fur, and pressure-activated cooling pads are just a few of the gizmos you can purchase to stave off those scorching temps. The Dog People, a website powered by Rover.com, also recommends making frozen “pupsicles,” a yogurt-based frozen treat that can satisfy doggy cravings while keeping them cool. Time Is of the Essence While fun water toys and helpful cooling inventions are great, the best thing you can do to keep your dog cool is be careful about when you decide to go outside. Taking your pup out in the early morning or later in the evening, when the sun isn’t at its highest point in the sky, will help keep them cooler in the long run. Additionally, keep in mind that some breeds deal with the heat better than others. If you’re unsure, do a little research to determine your dog’s susceptibility to heat exhaustion. Just because the heat is sizzling doesn’t mean your dog should be! Keep these tips in mind before taking your canine out in the summer sun. They will thank you for it!

-The Scotts

ys in Blue

he loved me. I enjoyed working with him, and I knew I wanted to do it again. Every K-9 is different, and each one becomes an invaluable asset to the department and the community. Now that I have Zip, I’m looking forward to building some memories.

-MPO C. Berry

Officers with their K-9 Partners: MPO J. Moore with K9 Shaggy, MPO C. Berry with K9 Zip, MPO C. Albrecht with K9 Riky, andMPO T. Rothlin with K9 Ninja. Photo credit Montana Canter Photography

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