The sun is so bright these days I can’t stop staring at it, but it hurts my eyes! I now understand why all the flies get stuck in lights! Is there any way I can look at the sun without whimpering?
– Violet, San Diego, CA
You know those big black circles that your parents wear on their faces? Well, sunglasses are used to protect their eyes from the sun’s UV rays, and also help their eyes from hurting while looking towards the sun. And great news! They make these contraptions for dogs too! They’re called Doggles, and they come in all sizes!
I fell in my parents’ new in ground pool and tore up the lining with my paws. My parents got really mad at me and I think I cost them a lot of money. How can I make it up to them?
– Bubbles, Linden, NJ
I tear stuff up all the time; it’s really nothing to beat yourself up about. You’re priceless and anything your parents pay for is replaceable with money. But, for now, try not to pee on the floor or jump on their guests. They’ll get over it.
I’m a cat that loves squirrels and I want to play with them, but they always run away when I get to the top of the tree. And to top it off, I always have trouble getting down! I’m so nervous, is there any easier way? Because, let’s face it, I don’t always land on my feet.
– Millie, Harrisonburg, VA
While I haven’t climbed many trees myself, I can imagine how scary that jump can be! If you continuously find yourself wanting to play with squirrels, you might want to convince your parents to put a ladder on the tree so you can descend safely.
I enjoy going to the beach and swimming in the ocean on a nice summer day. However, after I go swimming, I have the taste of salt in my mouth, seaweed in my fur, and sand stuck between my paws. I’m so uncomfortable for the rest of the beautiful day! How can I stay clean while also having fun?
– Shadow, Jamaica, NY
Getting sand everywhere is never a comfortable situation. Sometimes beaches have showers where you can rinse off. As for the taste of salt, stop drinking the ocean water! It causes dehydration, let alone all the possible bacteria caused by pollution found in some bodies of water.
I love going for walks in this beautiful summer weather, but the pavement burns my paws! It’s so hot I find myself acting like a fool jumping all over the place, and then finally relieving myself in a nearby stream. How can I avoid these paw-ful burns?
– Ranger, Boulder, CO
Having your paws burn is definitely not what walking on a nice day is all about. Burnt paws can be treated with moisturizing and conditioning Paw Balm. To avoid the burn all together, try a new pair of summer booties for the trip: comfortable and stylish at the same time!
Help! I met a male canine at the park the other day that I’m crushing on. Unfortunately our leashes got tied up and we got pulled apart by our parents. When will I see him again? Will I ever get another chance?
– Rosie, Fairfield, CT
Was it puppy love at first sight? Well, if so, try to head back to the park on the same day of the week and time that you saw him there last. Maybe his parents work on a schedule. Otherwise, keep your eyes open and don’t give up, and enjoy the weather during your search!
The summertime heat makes me cranky and unmotivated. I find myself panting and sprawled on the kitchen tiles just to keep cool. I want to go out and play, but I feel too exhausted from the heat. How can I be more productive and less grouchy during these dog days of summer?
– Patch, Baltimore, MD
Heat can cause exhaustion, and since we dogs only sweat through our paws, it’s sometimes difficult to cool down. Panting will help you, but make sure you drink a lot of water and try running through the sprinkler or jumping in a lake for relief. Try to relax by a fan too, but beware of your tongue!
I love the summer, but I hate when the fourth of July roles around. I’m so afraid of the fireworks, my whole body trembles and I cry like a puppy. Is there anything I can do to cure my fear?
– Curry, Stormville, NY
Being afraid is nothing to be ashamed of. When the fireworks are about to go off, distract yourself with a friendly game of Frisbee or run inside the house to a room that muffles the sound. Just remember, the fireworks won’t hurt you: the boom is louder than the bite.
My parents have been having a lot of cookouts by our pool with tons and people! It’s so much fun, and so exciting! But, when he puts the burgers on the grill I can’t help but want to jump on and grab one. He always catches me and pushes me away. Is it really that dangerous?
Definitely restrain yourself! That grill may smell delicious, but as soon as you jump on it, everyone will smell you cooking! It is very dangerous. If you really want a taste, sit patiently underneath it and wait for something to fall, or, if, you’re lucky, for someone to give you a treat.
This time of year, I wish I was a dog. I can’t swim, I can’t catch a Frisbee, and my parents can leave me at home to take care of myself when they go on vacation. I want to be part of everything fun that’s going on, but I can’t figure out how. Please help!
Jealous in Jersey
It’s not uncommon to be jealous of dogs, we are the superior species. But all that aside, felines are great, too. You can join in by bringing out your ball of yarn and, if you really want to get your paws wet, try a kitty pool with just a little water that you can walk around in. As for vacation, stop looking after yourself and make them take you with them!