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    Posted July 24, 2014 by
    Abiquiu, New Mexico
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    Keeping Cool Company


    While many individuals and families flock to public and private beaches, pools and lakes during the heat of the summer, the family members most likely left out of the picture live in almost half of all American households.


    According to a recent study by the Humane Society of the United States there are 83 million dogs and 47% of all American household have at least one dog. 70% of those households have one dog, 20% have two dogs and 10% have three or more dogs.


    Generally speaking, as companion pets, dogs are not welcome in public or private swimming areas no matter how well behaved they are.


    The solution, particularly in the Western States or where public parks exist are the areas located along the nation's rivers. There, individuals or families can enjoy a peaceful time with their dog or dogs on a picnic or by just exploring the great outdoors by walking along a waterway and dipping toes and paws into the way to stay cool and refreshed.


    Lori Faye Bock an Abiquiu, New Mexico artist and long time advocate for the humane and kind treatment of animals, recently started to go down to the Chama River with her husband and their dog Patch, a Great Pyrenees/Maremma cross. The first two days the dog encountered the river, he was reluctant to stick his paw in the water. After some encouragement with a leash, Patch reluctantly went in the water.


    On the third day when Patch observed his pet guardians entering the water without him, he leaped into the water and stood waste high in the current before moving to an area of shallow water.


    Now, each day Patch looks forward to his time down on the river.


    If more families considered having that special time with their dog or dogs along a quiet waterway, whether that be a creek or river, they would soon find out it is a most enjoyable and inexpensive way to further bond and share memorable experiences with man's best friend and at the same time .... keeping cool company.

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