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Wisdom From a Furry Friend: Lovely Amelia

Wisdom From a Furry Friend
Lovely Amelia

Hello. My name is Amelia. I live at the Humane Society of Washington County. I have overheard people saying I am beautiful. I am white and gray, I am 41/2 years and I am very affectionate. I love kids but it is better that I be around children that are 8 years or older because I am very playful and strong and I might bump into a younger child when we are playing. I don't mean to do that but I forget how strong I am. I love to give kisses and I know how to sit.
I really would like to have a permanent home where I can live with my new family. If you think I would fit in with your family please come to the Humane Society of Washington County and meet me. I would love to go home with you for the holiday.
Before I go I would like to talk to you about taking care of your pets when the weather gets cold. Here are a few reminders for the colder months ahead:
* Keep us inside when the temperatures drop.
* Be sure to clean up antifreeze and any chemicals that are spilled in the garage or around your house. They can kill not only your pets but small children as well. Call the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center's 24-hour emergency hotline at 1-888-426-4435 if you think your pet has ingested chemicals.
* Before you start your engine, bang on the hood of your car to frighten out any animals that may be keeping warm and sleeping there.
* If your dog is an outside dog make sure he or she has:
1. A dry, draft-free doghouse that is raised a couple of inches off the ground.
2. The doghouse should face away from the wind to keep the cold air out.
3. Make sure it is large enough for them to sit and lie down comfortably but small enough to help keep their body heat in.
4. Make sure he/she has sufficient bedding to help keep the heat in.
5. Use a plastic NOT a metal bow to keep your dog's tongue from becoming stuck on the bowl. Heated water bowls are inexpensive and will ensure your dog's water does not freeze.
6. Contact the HSWC if you need help finding a doghouse. Also, the HSWC has bales of straw available for $3.00 per bale.
7. Clean your pet's feet after they have been outside. Be aware that salts that are dispensed to dissolve ice and snow can irritate your pet's feet. Wipe your pet's feet with a damp towel to remove salt and chemical residue after walking outside.
8. If you are feeding the birds outside be sure to remember to refill the feeders and make sure their water source is clean and filled.
9. Remember that our pets depend on us to take care of them. Make sure they are warm, fed and happy this winter! And come see me, Amelia. I am waiting to go home with you.

The Humane Society of Washington County exists to improve the quality of life for all animals. Through education, legislation, action and leadership, we strive to eliminate overpopulation and to foster an environment of respect, responsibility and compassion. 301-733-2060.

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