To the Editor

August 17, 2010

By Contributor

Summer heat

Don’t forget to keep the family pet safe as temperatures hit record highs

It’s a good time to think about our favorite companions, keeping in mind that summer can be an unusually dangerous time for dogs, cats and other animals.

A few important things to remember:

Dogs should only be walked when it’s cool outside. Concrete gets horribly hot, and can damage the soft pads on a dog’s feet. Early morning or late afternoon are the best times for exercise.

Save games of catch for cooler days, and don’t overexert your dog by playing catch — even in water. The temperature of the water may be too cold too fast, and may cause severe breathing problems — even drowning.

Never, ever leave your dog in the car — not even in the shade. Dogs’ body temperature is 101.5-102.2 degrees; they don’t perspire. The interior of your car can rapidly rise to a blistering 120 degrees, even in the shade with the windows partially open, potentially causing kidney failure, brain damage and death.

If your dog becomes overheated, apply cool cloths to its head and neck, to bring its temperature down and allow it to drink water. Don’t plunge it in an icy cold bath. Gradual is the key.

With severe signs of overheating, take your dog to a vet. A quick check can make a big difference in the recovery time for your dog.

If you see an animal in distress in a car, or a lost or abandoned animal, call 9-1-1.

Finally, keep in mind that humans don’t wear fur coats and walk barefoot on hot summer days. Dogs don’t have a choice. Help them have a cool summer.

Sheryl Lamb


Decision 2010

Vote for Peter Dunbar to bring new energy, innovation to Olympia

I am a precinct committee officer on Mercer Island and I have known Peter Dunbar for two years from Republican meetings.

Peter and I became friends and have had many discussions about what is wrong in Olympia. Peter and I agree the No. 1 problem is out-of-control government growth and spending that we can not afford.

Unlike his opponent, he would have voted no on the $800 million in new taxes. He will focus on creating jobs by reducing unnecessary government regulations and bureaucracies that restrict growth of private sector businesses and jobs.

Peter Dunbar will bring much-needed leadership, new energy and innovation to Olympia.

David Dykstra

Mercer Island


With smoking banned at restaurants and bars, why is it allowed around children?

It’s illegal to smoke in bars and restaurants and on the sidewalk outside. Why isn’t smoking with children in the car, in their parents’ arms or simply in close proximity, considered reckless endangerment, or child abuse, and punishable by law?

John Birrell-Levine


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