Wisdom from a Furry Friend: Scarlet a Chow mix

Wisdom from a Furry Friend
Scarlet a Chow mix

Hi, I'm Scarlet. People call me a Chow mix--probably has something to do with my tongue being partly black. But then again I'm all black so a little on the tongue won't hurt. I'm confused about why I'm here. My last owner found me about a year ago wandering the streets and now they said due to a job transfer they had to get rid of me. And I thought I had been doing everything right. I am house trained, already spayed, young--about 2-3 years old, walk well on a leash, will stay in a crate, have lived with other dogs, cats and children, and will let you clip my nails, brush me and even clean my ears. I really don't eat much as I'm trying to keep my slim figure around 45 pounds.
But here I am waiting for a new home. Staff put me through a behavioral assessment two weeks ago and found me to be wonderful also. They hugged me, tried to scare me, took my food away, played with me, fed me treats and walked me through the kennels to see my other friends. They said I could go to a new home with children of any age. I hope that people look beyond my all-dark exterior and see the inner peace, calm and love that I have to offer.
Speaking of my dark color I need to remind everyone about the summer heat and humidity. Boy when it's "cooking" outside you need to be concerned about your pets. And can you believe that some of my friends are taken along on rides to the store? And for what--to sit inside a car that in ten minutes can reach temperatures of over 120 degrees. A hot car is like an oven the temperature can rise an astounding 34_F per minute! That would make my normal body temperature of 101-102 to increase pretty quickly. Problem is that if dogs get hotter than 105-106 it can be considered heat stroke. That rise of three degrees to a temperature of 105_F is all it takes to send me into a dangerous situation. When I get to 108_F, my heart, brain, liver, kidneys, and intestinal tracts start to begin breaking down and the damage can progress at an alarming rate. Even immediate treatment and effective cooling to bring his temperature down can leave me with internal damage that may affect my health.
So... During these hot days of summer if your owner wants to take you for a ride, my advice would be to stay at home and stay safe.
But be sure not to forget to come to the Humane Society of Washington County to adopt me. Adoption kennels open at noon Tuesday through Friday and 10am on Saturdays. On Tuesdays and Thursdays they stay open to 7pm, Wednesday and Friday 'til 5pm and Saturdays 'til 4pm.
The fee is only $100, which includes spay/neuter, vaccinations, microchip, identification tag and worming.
See you soon.

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.