July News Letter ---
It feels like we are in to the
"dog days" of summer with high temperatures along with
wilting humidity; there is extreme
heat in a lot of the country, here included, at 107 degrees this
afternoon and more to come, but also a slight cooling trend in the forecase!
Keeping cool water in the troughs is
a must, keeping cool water in the dog and cat bowls to encourage
them to drink enough has been an all day thing - keeping a fan on
in the barn to move the hot still air, and keeping fans going in
the house as well to try to keep it cool for the fur family members
I know I am having to keep my Border
Collie, Tucker, in more, because he runs himself to exhaustion in
the heat and then he will throw up even water, and in some cases
his evening dinner - he does not know how to pace himself!
mini Aussie is better about this and she lays in the shade and
drinks a lot of water, then when she comes in to the house finds
the coolest places to lay down to take a siesta!
In the high desert we have humidity
in the mornings and maybe late afternoon, but it is dry heat the
rest of the day, and not so hard to handle for the most part, today
though the horses were hosed 3 differnt
times, and brought in to the well ventilated barn which was 10
degrees cooler then being outside.
With the beginning of July upon us
and the 4th of July in the next few days, this is when I worry
about the puppy pals (not mine so much) but dogs around the country
who are so afraid of fireworks! If you have a dog like that,
it is best to keep them inside away for the noise and the flash,
close the blinds or curtains, have the TV going or a radio to drown
out the noise from outside, and if you can stay home and comfort
My Belle was one of those dogs - a
border collie mix, who came to me in late summer one year, from a
dog pound in LA, she had run away from her home scared, due to the
fire works and no one ever came to claim her! Every 4th of
July she would run and hide in the bathroom behind the toilet (as
best she could - she was not a small dog) until a couple hours
after the noise had past from the fireworks. The loud noise
with the flashes of the fire works would send her in to a panting
and shaking episode. Because we lived near the park where the
fireworks were held, I would choose to stay home with her.
Please do not take you dogs with you
in your vehicles during the heat of the summer unless you know you
have shade to park under, or you can leave your car/truck running
with the A/C on while you do your errands. So many dogs die
each year from owner's who roll the windows up and the temperatures
in the vehicles are too much, most do not even leave a bowl of
water for their dogs.
I do take my dogs everywhere with
me, except for during times of extreme heat, and I do my shopping
in the early morning in town, so it is still cool, and I have a
camper shell that stays cooler then in the truck iteself, I also have specially tinted window,
with the "metal film" which keeps the truck 20 degrees
cooler (I paid extra for that!).
I have wind chimes at the barn and
up on the deck and under the car port, I love to hear their sounds
and the energy that they give off as the chimes dance in the wind,
or gently waltz with one another in a gentle breeze sending out
their healing tones.
For the most part i have Woodstock
chimes, with my favorite being Amazing Grace down at the barn next
to the cottage, it is very soothing. Near my bedroom I have
the Tibetan Prayer Chimes, and around the deck various small chimes
for peace, one for love, and one is a daisy with a bright chime,
along with some belles too!
I would love to find some of the
glass chimes in the photo above, I remember my Aunt having those on
her patio and they would tinkle in the last afternoon breeze from
the Pacific Ocean!
My favorite times of day are in the
early morning hours to sit on the deck drinking my first cup of
coffee, with the horses watching me from the turn outs in their
barn stalls; enjoying the view of the mountains, seeing the morning
light dance across the fields and the shear face of the Chauilla mountain. In the morning there
is usually a light breeze that plays a soft and lilting tune on all
of the wind chimes as it dances through, and is a beautiful
beginning to any day!
i love the
very late afternoon, after the chores are done, the horses eating
their hay, as the sky turns a ripened apricot summer color as day
tries to turn in to night and the sun is setting to the north west
this time of year! The colors are beautiful in the sunsets,
there is a stillness to the air as the sun dips behind the hills to
the west, Lake Riverside turns a vey dark midnight blue, and from
the other side of those hills the sun seem seems to be swallowed up
as it goes to dip behind the Pacific Ocean only to return in the
morning to start all over again in the east!