Wisdom From a Furry Friend: Samantha, A Very Sweet Young Lady

Wisdom From a Furry Friend
Samantha, A Very Sweet Young Lady

Hi. My name is Samantha. I am living at the Humane Society of Washington County until a family comes to adopt me. I am a very pretty young lady. The folks here think I am a Dogue de Bordeaux, which sounds very exotic. Just like other Dogue de Bordeaux, I am muscular and strong but not large. My coat is a shiny red and cream color and is nice and short so it is very easy to care for. My eyes are copper colored and, from what I have been told, exude warmth and sweetness. I love to cuddle and fit really well into anyone's lap. I really enjoy being loved and I have been known to give some very nice kisses. I adore children and would love to become part of a nice family where I could have a lot of attention showered on me.
I wanted to talk to you about pets and the weather. When the temperature drops outside and the wind blows the snow and cold rain we get cold just like people do. Please keep cats inside all of the time, even in nice weather. They live longer when they are kept inside. As for us dogs, we get cold just like people do. Short haired dogs get cold faster but even some of the longer haired get cold if they get soaked to the skin or if their feet get packed with snow and ice. That can also hurt the pads of their feet.
So don't leave us outside too long. If we have to stay out for any length of time make sure we have someplace to get out of the weather, like a nice dog house and put down bedding to help keep in the heat. And remember that we need water even when it is cold outside. Please get us a heated water bowl so the water doesn't freeze.
When you take us outside for a walk be sure to make sure the short haired dogs wear a coat. You wear a coat over your clothes, don't you? Remember that it's not just smaller short haired dogs but even big dogs with short hair get cold and need coats. And when we come in from our walk be sure to check our feet. Ice melting chemicals can get on our feet and if we lick our paws to clean them we can get sick. And speaking of getting chemicals making us sick, please be careful and put away all antifreeze. It smells so sweet that we might drink it and we can get sick and could even die from consuming antifreeze.
So please take care of us this winter. And don't forget to feed the wild birds that live outside. They will be so happy that they will sing for you in the spring!
Remember to come see me! I might be the perfect dog for your family. I promise to love you unconditionally.

The Humane Society of Washington County is located at 13011 Maugansville Road in Hagerstown www.hswcmd.org. Ph: 301-733-2060. Fax: 301-733-0248.