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August Letter from the Publisher

By Jenn Rich | Aug 02, 2021

Dear Dog News Readers,

What a bizarre summer for weather. One minute is super-hot and humid and another it is in the 60’s. I have to say I have really only enjoyed two dips in the lake aside from when we put the floats in the water. None of them were very warm. One of my favorite things to do is to relax on a raft and gaze at the trees and sky. This has not stopped Pepper though. A little cold water doesn’t keep her out. She got in the lake in October or November. She’s also working hard; this dog can swim! She goes so fast half of her body is sticking out of the water.

Despite the not so good weather on the 4th of the July, people still had their fireworks and in full force. They were coming from all around our house, and some continued for the entire week. The people down the street probably shoot some off every week, and it seems like at least one boom nearly every night. Poor Pepper is scared of them and starts breathing really fast. I tried turning on the dehumidifier and turning up the tv. It didn’t really help much. I know that they are pretty and that 2020 was a tough year, so perhaps people felt like celebrating even more. I also understand that it was the 4th of July, but when I see what it does to Pepper and I think of veterans and farm animals and so on, they are not so pretty anymore. I wish we had the silent fireworks.

In happier news, Pepper just had her annual exam and she left with a “gold star.” Other than a little tartar starting to form on one tooth and a bit of wear from chewing, everything else was pretty much perfect! Perfect weight, great flexibility in her back legs, muscular, and her liver and kidneys were great which is something we have kept a close eye on since that time years ago when things were a bit off. I was so happy! My previous lab, Reilly, died of liver failure at Pep’s age (7 years), and it was the worst day of my life (so far). We never really determined a cause, but I have learned so many things since then, and it is so great to leave the vet’s office with such positive news!

I hope you are having a great summer and enjoying some of your favorite things to do. One of mine is coming in September, Wienerfest in Belfast! If you have never been, you should check it out this year. It is truly adorable! I hope to see you there!

All the best,

Jenn and Pepper