Russell’s Tips

Happy Summer 2016 Everyone !

Another year of homework, lunchboxes, and classrooms has come and gone and it is finally time for summer fun. No one is more excited for summer than me. My fellow courthouse dog Blake and I have been very busy supporting kids when they go to court, and hanging out with our friends at the Children’s Advocacy Center. We even had our big re-certification test this year, and after a lot of studying, we passed with flying colors.

After so much excitement this year I ‘m looking forward to some time to put my paws up and relax. But before I do here are a few things to keep in mind to help you stay safe :

If you have been outside lately I’m sure you have noticed it is really HOT ! When this time of year comes around it brings with it temperatures over 100 degrees! That’s why it is very important to stay hydrated. Experts say Humans like you should be drinking at least 8 cups of water which equals about a half gallon everyday. Try and make a plan so that you are not out and about in the hottest parts of the day. Mornings and evenings are the perfect time to have your summer time fun. Don’t forget that your K9 friends love summer too , but we also get hot. Especially our paws ! Pavement like the sidewalk or the street can get too hot for puppy feet, so unless your dog has shoes on, try and find some nice cool grass to walk on. And remember, an average dog needs to drink between 8.5 to 17 ounces of water per 10 pounds per day, so maybe leave an extra bowl around the house for us.

If you are planning on jumping in the swimming pool to beat the heat, don’t forget the ABC’s of pool safety: Adult supervision at all times.

Barriers around the water, and

Classes to keep your swimming skills sharp.

My friend Happy Bear and I are very excited to announce that our new 2016 posters have arrived! So keep an eye out for them when you go back to school in August. Happy Bear would also like to remind you to try and read for 20 minutes a day and keep a trusted adult in mind this summer.

As always, stay safe and have a great Summer Vacation !

Your Friend, Russell