Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Lake and a Lesson

My friend/co-worker has a lake place an hour from where we live.  She decided to have a girl’s lake trip and invited our dental team to spend Friday and Saturday at the lake.

We had a blast. 

This is the gang.


I have on the white hat and gray shirt.

We spent most of the day lounging on her big floaty that holds about 10 people easily.  It was a gorgeous day.  I wish I had a pic of us lounging.

We also rode on Super Mable.

Doesn’t the first group look kinda scared?



They decided bellies were better for riding Mable.



We also rode on the Gator.


Her lake house is fun and full of color.   Here are some of the fun stuff on the walls.

A chalkboard wall.


Everyone really should have a stuffed plush squirrel mounted and hung on the wall.


Some fun signs.



Here we are with our fish mascot from work.  His name is Fred.  He goes on all of our trips with us. 


And now to tell you about the lesson I learned.  DO NOT walk other people’s dogs.  Especially other people’s $1500 dogs. 

Tina who owns the lake house has a neighbor that is her friend as well.  The friend has a Bulldog that looks similar to this.

Saturday morning seemed like a good time to go for a walk and Duke the Bulldog was at Tina’s place visiting.  I thought it would be a great idea to take him on my walk.  NOT!!!

The Wikpedia has this to say about Bulldogs.

“Bulldogs are very sensitive to heat. Extra caution should be practiced in warmer climates and during summer months. Bulldogs must be given plenty of shade and water, and must be kept out of standing heat. Air conditioning and good ventilation is required to keep them healthy and safe. Bulldogs actually do most of their sweating through the pads on their feet. You will notice bulldogs really enjoy cool floors such as tile or cement. This helps keep them cool. Due to the very popular airway obstruction problem bulldogs may have, they can easily get overheated and even die from hyperthermia. They are big snorters and heavy breathers due to this obstruction and also tend to be loud snorers. These are all issues that are easy to keep under control as long as you stay aware and protect your bulldog from these unsafe conditions.”

So a one mile walk in the summer up a couple of hills was not a good idea.  The poor dog threw up about 20 times.  His tongue turned purple and his eyes were sunken and blood shot.  There was sticky sudsy spit all over his mouth.  I was worried I was gonna have to put that mouth on my mouth and give the dog CPR.  Luckily he finally got cooled off.  Scary.   



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