Editor Carol Bryant
A recent survey conducted on behalf of Beneful, of U.S. adult dog owners, it was revealed that 30 percent are more likely than non-dog owners to play several times a week or more. Another two-thirds, or 61 percent, of dog owners say they most like to play with their dog more than their spouse/significant other (48 percent) and friends (37 percent).
A startling 82 percent of adults surveyed feel Americans are not experiencing enough play. To help in changing this statistics, the team at Beneful brand dog food has enlisted the assistance of Eric Stonestreet, Emmy-award winning actor of television’s Modern Family.
A contest has been created for the third annual Beneful Dream Dog Park Contest. People may enter by answering the question, “If you had $500,000 to create a Dream Dog Park where you and your best buddy can play together, what would you do?” The Grand Prize winner’s idea will serve as catalyst for a $500,000 renovation of a dog park in their area. The person will also receive $10,000 cash and a year’s supply of Beneful dog food.
Dog owners can enter the contest through August 22, 2012 at the Beneful Dream Dog Park website by completing an online entry form. Entrants will be instructed to upload a photo with their dog and share a 250 word or less essay that describes what they would do if they could create a Dream Dog Park with $500,000.
Ken Wilhelm, Beneful brand director, said, “We understand the special relationship dog owners share with their best buddies and our goal is to help inspire more opportunities for them to play together in new and exciting ways. Our Dream Dog Park Contest has really resonated with dog owners across the country because it allows them to have fun dreaming up their ideal play destination and, if chosen as the Grand Prize Winner, their entry helps inspire a $500,000 gift their community will enjoy forever.”
Learn more about the contest and gain access by visiting BenefulDreamDogPark.com. Follow Twitter conversations about the contest at #DreamDogPark.
As we continue to experience record temperatures this summer, stay alert for signs of heat intolerance and heat stroke in your pet, especially in heavy coated or overweight dogs.
Labradors, for example, may not be comfortable in temperatures above 75 degrees Fahrenheit. This can also apply to older or overweight dogs. Heavy coated dogs such as huskies may be sensitive to temperatures above 60 degrees.
Here are a few ways to keep your furry friends cool:
· Keep them in a temperature controlled environment – such as an air conditioned room.
· Provide plenty of cool water access to a pond, wading pool or sprinkler so your pet can cool off quickly.
· Seek shade and avoid hot asphalt and pavement.
· Don’t overwork/over-exercise your dog. A 15 minute walk may even be too long. Watch for signs of heat intolerance.
· Use fans to keep the air moving and cool your pet. Angle them so they provide a breeze to your floor-level buddy.
· Provide a cool, damp towel for him/her to lie on.
· Provide plenty of cool drinking water. You could also give him/her store-bought “pupsicles”.
Some signs of heat stroke (hyperthermia) in dogs include heavy panting, drooling excessively, vomiting, not urinating, wobbly gait, muscle tremors, dehydration and a body temperature above 103 degrees.
If your dog is exhibiting symptoms of heat stroke, seek emergency treatment.
ZG pro team