Now is the time to check our dog houses, patching and repairing all cracks and leaks.
It is also time for new, clean bedding, and straw is the best. This bedding will need to be replaced often, putting a board along the bottom of the door opening will help keep the bedding inside the house. Also, turning the door away from the wind helps protect your dog from the cold.
For those who still have not built or purchased that dog house, here are some important things to remember.
The house should be only large enough for the dog to walk in, turn around and lay down. If the house is that size, the dog’s body heat can warm the interior somewhat. When a dog house is large than needed, you companion will suffer greatly from the cold weather this winter.
More ideas to help you dog: The door needs to be off-set to one side, giving the dog a wall to lie behind; an overlapping roof and small porch can also give your dog additional protection.
Cats also need a house, something they can get into — not just a box with a blanket in the garage or barn.
High quality food is very important and adding a tablespoon of corn oil can provide extra calories for warmth. Meat fat, drippings and bones are bad for dogs and cats, and should be put in the garbage — not in your animals.
The need for a constant supply of fresh water cannot be exaggerated. To insure that my dogs and cats have water at all time, I use heated bowls when possible. When that is not possible, I switch buckets frequently. When a bucket begins to freeze, I put it in the tub to thaw and put a fresh bucket outside. Insufficient water can lead to dehydration, hypothermia and death.
Even though the weather is harsh, take time each day to talk and play with your cats and dogs. They love you, and you are their whole world.
Once again I plead with you, please have your dogs and cats spayed and neutered. When you do you are eliminating the possibility of a number of different kinds of cancer. You are also taking a giant step towards ending animal suffering caused by overpopulation.
I was shopping in Long’s Pic-Pac on a Saturday, Nov. 9. It was very busy and the young man behind me came up and very fast emptied my cart. While I was fumbling around for some change, he came up with the quarter I needed.
It all happened so fast, I didn’t get to thank him. So, I’m taking this mean to say how very nice it was of him and how very much it was appreciated. I can only hope he sees and reads this.
American Rosie the Riveter Association is trying to locate women who worked on the homefront during World War II.
Thousands of women worked to support the war effort as riveters, welders, electricians, inspectors in plants, sewing clothing and parachutes for the military, ordinance workers, rolling bandages, clerical and many other jobs such as volunteer workers collecting scrap metals and other critical materials.
These women have stories of their World War II experiences that are historical value and perhaps have never been told.
American Rosie the Riveter Association would like to acknowledge these women with a certificate and have their stories placed in our archives.
American Rosie the Riveter Association is a patriotic/non-profit organization whose purpose is to recognize and preserve the history and legacy of working women during World War II.
This organization was founded in 1198 by Dr. Frances Carter, of Birmingham, Ala., and now has over 4,500 members nationwide.
Current elected officers from Oregon, Maryland, Georgia, Arizona and Alabama, all serve on a volunteer basis.
If you are a woman (or descendant of a woman) who worked during World War II, or if you are just interested in more information, call toll-free 888-557-6743 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. We can also be contact at American Rosie the Riveter, P.O. Box 188, Kimberly, Ala. 35091.
Mabel W. Myrick