Wisdom From a Furry Friend: Willard, A Grand Looking Hound

Wisdom From a Furry Friend
Willard, A Grand Looking Hound

Hello. My name is Willard and I am a male American Foxhound. I am currently living at the Humane Society of Washington County. I have brown eyes, floppy ears, and a nice long tail. I am very sweet and I am good around kids. I am rather silly and I like to run and romp. I am only three years old and that means I have lots of energy. I would love to have a nice big yard to run around.
You know, dogs need exercise and a great way to provide us with that exercise is to take us for long walks. Another way is for us to have a nice, safe, fenced yard to run around in. The yard needs to have strong fencing that we cannot dig under or go over and the gates need to have secure latches on them. I was brought to the Humane Society because I was not safe inside a yard but was running loose. I was a stray.
When we are outside in our yards, we need to have access to water and shelter. The water needs to be fresh and in clean containers. Make sure we cannot kick over the container and spill the water because we need lots of water so we do not become dehydrated. The shelter needs to be large enough to protect us from the elements. It needs to keep us warm and dry in the winter and cool and dry in the summer.
Just like people, animals can get sick when we become too cold or too hot. When we get too cold and our body temperature drops it is called hypothermia. That happens in the winter. In the summer, we can get something called heat stroke. That happens when it is very hot outside and we cannot find any relief from the heat.
Heat stroke is very serious and can lead to death. Signs of a heat stroke are: excessive panting, heavy & labored breathing, whitening of the gums, excessive drooling and salivating, confusion, loss of balance, and weakness. If you see a dog exhibiting any of the signs of a heat stroke you need to get them out of the heat and into a cool place right away. You also need to contact a veterinarian immediately.
Please be aware of the signs of heat stroke and know that you are your pet's first line of defense for their good health. Always make sure your pet is in a safe, secure place with plenty of food, water and shelter and that they are updated on their shots and vaccinations. A healthy pet is a happy pet.
If you would like a happy pet to join your family come see me, Willard! I am very friendly, sweet and fun loving. I would really like to have a nice forever family to love me. I am at the Humane Society of Washington County at 13011 Maugansville Road in Hagerstown, MD. For directions, and times visit their website at www.hswcmd.org.

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.