FOR YOUR DOG
By Terri Estes
Let’s face it, our dogs love summer fun just as much as we do. The chance to get out and frolic in the sun and surf, or hike in the park is every dog’s dream. But there are always a few things to take into consideration when planning your canine play day. For instance, if you plan on spending time at the beach with your dog, be sure to bring along plenty of fresh water and a bowl for your pup to drink from. Ingesting too much salt water can be fatal to dogs. Another thing to consider is the temperature. Dogs can overheat quickly, especially in direct sunlight. Make sure you have access to a shady area if you are going on an extended outing with your dog. It is important to note that in Rockaway, dogs are only allowed on the beach from October 1 through May 1. Dogs must also be leashed at all times and the leash must not exceed six feet in length. In Breezy Point, dogs are allowed on the beach in the summertime, before 9 a.m. and after 6 p.m., but must be always leashed.
There are several dog parks in Rockaway Beach including the popular off-leash dog area located at Beach 86th Street and Shore Front Parkway. It is open year-round and offers plenty of space for dogs to run and play. There is also a website called BringFido that has a huge list of dog friendly hiking trails in New York. These kinds of activities can be so rewarding and fun for both owner and dog if proper planning takes place. Always avoid hot pavement, asphalt and sand. If it Is too hot for your bare feet, it is too hot for your dog’s paws. Try and plan your canine activity in the cooler hours of the day. This will be more comfortable for you as well as your dog. Be responsible dog owners. We should be mindful of those around us and keep our dogs under control at all times. I know it is hard to believe, but not everyone finds Sparky as cuddly and irresistible as you do. However, if you do allow your dog off leash while hiking, there are some great GPS tracking collars on the market so, if your dog gets lost, he can be easily located. One more thing – please, always clean up after your pets!
Now, get out there and enjoy the fresh air with your four-legged friends!
FUN ANIMAL FACT:
The Emperor Penguin is the largest of the penguins and one of the largest birds in the world. An adult can measure up to four feet tall and weigh 100 lbs.