Our furry friends need to stay cool during heat waves just like we do. This summer, keep your pets cool, healthy, and happy with these tips and reminders:
- Keep pets from overheating by recognizing the symptoms. According to the ASPCA, “The symptoms of overheating in pets include excessive panting or difficulty breathing, increased heart and respiratory rate, drooling, mild weakness, seizures, and an elevated body temperature of over 104 degrees.” It’s a good idea to check in with your veterinarian, as some breeds of cats and dogs are more susceptible to heat exhaustion than others.
- Walk your dog when it’s cooler outside – in the morning and evening. Avoid walking your dog on the hot pavement. Remember that their bodies are closer to the ground, so they absorb more heat from the pavement, not to mention the asphalt can burn their paw pads. Grass and dirt trails are better for summer walks or try grassy bark parks. Pets will naturally seek shade and pant when they’re overheated, so if they are sprawled out on the kitchen floor while you’re trying to cook your lunch, that’s a good indication they’re trying to stay cool.
- Never leave pets in a hot car, even with the windows cracked. The internal temperature of a car can escalate very quickly and cause your pet to suffer a heat stroke. As fun as it is to include them in our outings, sometimes it’s better to leave them at home in the air-conditioned house on a hot day.
- Make sure they have plenty of water. While this may seem pretty basic, pets become dehydrated much faster on a hot day and might lap up their water faster than usual. Also, don’t forget to carry a portable water bowl with you on trips with plenty of extra water on hand for your pet. Amazon carries a variety of pet travel bowls.
- Do leave your air conditioning on for your pets. Domesticated pets rely on us to provide them with most of their comforts, including keeping your apartment cool. While they will naturally seek cooler places in the home to hang out in, they do need consistent temperatures. Extreme heat and cold can be challenging for inside pets and can cause discomfort.
- Don’t throw your pet in the water. Not every breed of pet acclimates to water the same way and throwing them in the water or chasing them down with a hose can cause undue stress. Consider filling up a kiddie pool with water and let them seek it out if they so desire. Of course, some breeds like Labs are a different story. Typically, a lab will lead you to the water and insist you stay there all day, no matter what the temperature outside is! In general, the better you know your pet’s style, breed, and unique needs, the better their health will be in any season.
- Trim, don’t shave fur – unless recommended by your veterinarian. The layers underneath a pet’s coat help protect them from extreme weather, including heat and sunburn. Keep their fur trimmed and groomed and brush them often, but shaving a pet won’t protect them from heat exposure.
- Counteract the heat blues with some new tricks! If the heat wave has your dog becoming lethargic from lack of exercise, try teaching them a new trick. Mental stimulation will help them from getting bored and can keep them from acting out. Check out these 33 Simple Ways to Keep Your Dog Busy Indoors!
We wish you and your furry friends a safe and happy summer. Stay cool out there!
-The Weidner Team
Summertime is among us and that means much more than warmer weather and longer days. It’s time to create your bucket list and get moving on checking things off. Get started on creating memories, trying something new, and being around the ones you love! Summer offers the opportunity to take part in tons of fun and exciting activities. If you’re not sure what you should venture into this summer don’t worry. We have tons of great summer bucket list ideas that we know you’ll love.
Take one! There is no better time to explore everything Minnesota has to offer than in the summertime. The Great River Road is along the Mississippi River and allows you to see the whole state! This is a 565-mile drive so there will be plenty of things to see and do. Make sure to prepare yourself (and your car) for this adventure. Start by taking your car in for a checkup. You want to be certain your car can handle the drive. Next, check the weather! You should have the necessary gear to handle cold, heat and wet-weather. Lastly, bring a camera to capture memories and plenty of snacks because that’s part of the fun while on the road!
Go Chasing Waterfalls
Hands down, one of the top things to do in Minnesota is chasing waterfalls. The one at the top of our list this summer is Minnehaha Falls! This beautiful waterfall is located in Minnehaha Park, one of Minneapolis’ most popular parks. This waterfall is a site to see and the hike with all its striking wilderness makes for a perfect summer afternoon adventure. It’s a summer bucket list must!
Become a Barbecue Master
As soon as summer hits you can literally smell the barbecue in the air. If you’re someone who enjoys good barbecue, learning some new recipes is a must-have on your summer bucket list. Barbecuing has come along way from just throwing meat on the grill and letting it char. If you want to impress the crowd, try something new and exciting next time you fire up the grill. The Food Network shares a number of tasty barbecue recipes you just have to try. Head to the nearest grill and take your skill to a new level. Your friends and family can be your food guinea pigs. We’re sure they won’t mind!
Head To A Concert/Festival
It’s summer so the chances that one of your favorite artists are performing in Minnesota via tour or festival is very high. There is an abundance of shows and performances going on during summer so you can fill your bucket list with as many of them as you would like. Surround yourself with the amazing energy of fellow fans and supporters while having the time of your life. Take tons of pictures and remember to enjoy yourself!
Change It Up A Bit
Summer is a great time to mix things up and redecorate around your home, so add it to your summer list. If you’re in an apartment you can change up your color theme by adding new decorative pieces. If you own your home, try painting an accent wall to accompany your new decor. The new look will bring in new energy and can even be therapeutic while you’re doing it. When you’re finished you can throw a nice party or get together and showcase your hard work. Enjoy as everyone gushes about your newly updated digs!
Summer is a time for fun, growth, and making fond memories and your summer bucket list should reflect that. Do the things that make you happy and make it a summer you won’t forget!
-The Weidner Team
Fireworks shows, parades, and the wafting smells of barbecues filling the air – the 4th of July is almost here! This year, instead of traveling to celebrate Independence Day, we thought we’d put together a few tips for hosting your own 4th of July in the comfort of your own home!
Décor: Red, White & Blue Everything
You can’t have enough red, white, and blue at a 4th of July party. For those of you who enjoy crafting, Martha Stewart has some great craft ideas ranging from colorful placemats to a “monument” cake stand. Even the dog gets to party in a festive, hand-made collar. For those of you who’d rather get your supplies in a ready-made package, try Party City, Amazon, or Target.
Festive Foods and Drinks
Nature gives us a little bit to work with for keeping up with the red, white and blue theme. Make a fruit salad out of red berries, watermelon, blueberries, and jicama. Or, get the food coloring out and try some of these festive recipes from Tablespoon, ranging from Firecracker Cake to American Style Italian Sodas.
Perhaps one of the most common traditions of 4th of July is the barbecue. The days of throwing a few slabs of meat on the grill are gone. Nowadays, there are cookbooks and entire cooking shows devoted to the art of grilling meats, vegetables, and even some fruits – to perfection. Test out some of these barbecue recipes from Chowhound or Southern Living. Southern Living, you had us at Barbecued Deviled Eggs!
From a game of tag to an Uncle Sam hat competition, to a good old-fashioned water balloon toss, here are 21 party games to choose from to keep you and your guests entertained. Or keep it simple, and opt for some laughs and conversation by the pool. Don’t forget the sunscreen!
A Friendly Reminder – Fireworks are Not Permitted on the Property!
As a friendly reminder, fireworks of any kind are not permitted at Weidner Apartment Home communities. Check your local listings for firework shows and events, arts and music festivals, parades and other festivities to round out your perfect 4th of July holiday.
From all of us at Weidner, have a safe and happy 4th of July!
-The Weidner Team