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June Letter from the Publisher

By Jenn Rich | Jun 15, 2021

Dear Dog News Readers,

As I am writing this, I am looking out my window and everything is looking so green. It is one of my favorite times of year with all the beautiful spring flowers and blooming trees. I have already mowed my lawn three times! Some might find it strange but I actually enjoy mowing. I have a riding lawn mower and I put on my headphones and crank up the tunes. It is like a form of meditation.

Of course, with the good weather also comes the pests. The black flies are crazy right now! Every spring I get so itchy between the black flies and the brown tail moth hairs. I am seriously considering a full body bug net once I plant my garden. I remember last year and not being sure if I could last long enough to get the garden watered sufficiently. The black flies were vicious! Sometimes they get Pepper right on the eye and the poor girl swells up and looks like someone punched her. We do use some herbal sprays to try and keep the bugs off.

We have seen some ticks, most of them have been dog ticks so far. I have been hearing some bad stories from others though who have had been pulling dozens of ticks off their dogs. That happened to us last year. We were so desperate to get out of the house in the spring and went for a walk on a trail in the woods and on the way home so many ticks keep crawling out of Pepper’s fur. It was a nightmare! She has yet to take a swim in the lake but I think that will happening very soon.

She has also been shedding up a storm! I have combed her twice and it felt like I could go on for days. I have also vacuumed up enough hair in the house to make a sweater for a small dog. At one point she was looking like she had gained some winter weight but now I am thinking it was just hair. She already looks trimmer and we haven’t changed much.

I think this summer is definitely going to be different than last year. We might even see some of our favorite pet events come back! Be safe and remember to be patient with one another. We have been experiencing many changes over the last year and I’m sure there will be more to come. It is much easier if we are kind to one another.

All the best,

Jenn and Pepper