A little personal back story. Frank here. My oldest child is a type 1 diabetic, and Major and Raven, Major a rescue from a very abusive situation, and Raven, a dog that was about to be washed out of a service dog program due to behavioral issues, are trained to smell and alert to blood sugar issues (high or low blood sugar) of a diabetic. We recently went out with a group of diabetics and their dogs for a fun day. This is a post about some of the ways we protect our dogs in the warm California summer.
"Oh my gosh, those dogs are wearing SHOES!". If I had a dollar for how many times I overheard that as we walked through the Orange County Fair, I'd be rich. We live in Southern California, where the summer months (which seem to blast from March until November ;) ) are often 90-100 degrees, and the asphalt gets hot enough to burn bare feet on humans, or paw pads on dogs. On a sunny day, even at 80 degrees, the asphalt can be upwards of 40 degrees hotter than the outside temperature.
Rescues rescue, fosters save lives. How our foster program works right here at Leave No Paws Behind, Inc: Due to the nature of our rescue, (seniors, special needs, severe medical cases, and end of life) we have a very unique and amazing network of fosters. We provide hospice care for those who are deemed terminally ill by the vet and shelter alike. These sweet animals remain in a loving long or short term hospice foster and continue to receive love, kindness, and medical care for as long as needed. We also have special needs seniors, blind, deaf, mobility issues, serious medical issues, and animals with heart conditions, and are between the ages of 13-17 years old. We also provide short term foster care for our rescues, who although may be seniors, are very highly adoptable and can go on to live a happy life in a forever home.