Bake Your Dog

Bake Your Dog

Yes, many folks want to replace their form-fitted dog kennel tarp that tore up this past winter but the dealer who sold them their root kit does not sell replacements, so the search begins.

This may seem to be a good idea for the wintertime, may help keep some cold air out, or help a little to keep the rain out, and a few fall leaves from coming into the kennel, but kennel covers with the ends enclosed are made for people, not for pets. Heat can sicken or even kill a dog, whereas a few leaves or a little rain that gets in from the end will not endanger your dog at all.

Think about it; if you block all ways the hot air can escape from your attic, the hot air will radiate downward, making it rather toasty for those below. That is why there are vents on the ends or on the ridge of the roof of your home.  Airflow is vital; a parachute-type kennel cover will not only tend to fly away but will hold heat and radiate down to your dog.  Your pet cannot escape because he is confined to the space in the kennel.   So, give your pet a brake this summer. Do not Bake Your Dog.  Open up the ends of your kennel cover for the summer and let the airflow through.

Some of our customers who have turned their kennels into storage space buy a larger tarp and make a custom fitted cover with either tarp grabbers or ball bungees to keep things dry.


Hello! My name is Isabelle II, aka the Road Runner.  I live with my family of 2 humans, a short dog named Buster, and 3 other 4-legged critters called cats.  My Road Runner nickname comes from the fact that I love to race cars while inside my back yard fence.  I spot my next challenge from the back yard, and race it to the other side of the house, creating my very own race track!  It rained this morning and I was sure glad “dad” fixed up the tarp to cover my kennel.  Now I can lie here and clean up some of the mud from me peeling out on my race track!  By the way, I always win the race!

Summer Safety tip for outside pets

Summer Safety tip for outside pets

Our first plus 85 degree day brings to mind safety issues for our outside pets.

If your dog is kept outside on a hot day, make sure he has a shady spot to lie in. Kennel kept dogs should have a big tree over head or a sunblocker type kennel cover.  Dog houses are not good shelter during the summer as they can trap heat. Always provide plenty of cool, fresh water. You may want to fill a small child’s pool with fresh water for your dog to cool off in, or a misting system installed in your sunblocker covered kennel.

Short faced dogs such as Bulldogs, Boston terriers, Boxers, etc have an especially hard time in the heat because they do not pant as efficiently as longer-faced dogs.  If possible, keep your short faced dog inside with air-conditioning.

Keep dogs off lawns that have been chemically treated or fertilized for 24 hours or according to package instructions, and away from potentially toxic plants and flowers.

Dogs, especially those with short hair can sunburn. Limit your dog’s exposure.

Heatstroke- Can Be Fatal

Heatstroke can be the serious and often a fatal result of exposure to excessive heat. Watch for sign of dehydration. Dogs can’t sweat, they cool off by panting. Some signs your dog is overheating is excessive drooling, lethargy, bloodshot eyes and paleness.

Prevention – shade and water