June 3, 2013
I'm at the hair salon getting blonder, and eavesdropping on what women are talking about. To my left, the conversation is about sunscreen, and the need to find something just right for her face. This client proceeds to discuss every pore on her face, while her patient stylist continues to brush brown think goop on her hair while nodding. To my right, it's a woman telling of all her end-of-school-year woes with her two children, and how she is planning their summer. She seems overwhelmed. Again, her stylist paints goop in her hair, and nods understandingly. My stylist is great at telling me about her two sons and their accomplishments. I try to ask about her first, turning the table on who does the nodding. My stylist, Aleshia, announces that her oldest son just got married, so she now has a daughter for the first time. She's also loving seeing her son so happy. Her youngest is in the military; she bursts with pride while telling me of his brave service. She paints bleach my hair onto pieces of foil with every detail. So as I get blonder I also get the story. She's doing her job and I'm prepping for mine.
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She Could be
Painting her toe nails
Diapering a baby
Picking up her dry cleaning
Summer Pet Safety Tips
If your dog is outside on a hot day, make sure he has a shady spot to rest in. Doghouses are not good shelter during the summer as they can trap heat. You may want to fill a child's wading pool with fresh water for your dog to cool off in.
Never leave your dog in a closed vehicle on a hot day. The temperature inside a car can rise to over 100 degrees in a matter of minutes.
Always provide plenty of cool, fresh water.
Avoid strenuous exercise on extremely hot days. Take walks in the early mornings or evenings, when the sun's heat is less intense.
Try to avoid prolonged exposure to hot asphalt or sand, which can burn your dog's paws.
Dogs that are brachycephalic (short-faced), such as Bulldogs, Boxers, Japanese Chins, and Pekingese, have an especially hard time in the heat because they do not pant as efficiently as longer-faced dogs. Keep your brachycephalic dog inside with air-conditioning.
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