Wednesday, July 22, 2015

4th of July Weekend at Silver Lake

As promised, some photos from our Holiday weekend at Silver Lake.

I would really like to go in one of these trucks at least once, it has to be so fun to just fly up and over those hills!

And this poor guy royally screwed up his back end when he landed. The amount of money that goes into a lot of these vehicles is just crazy, then to think they probably break 90% of the time you're doing these crazy things.

A sticker on the back of one of the vehicles read 'Wasted Wages' - Probably appropriate. :)

This was the view from our perch. We set up on top of a hill so we had a good view of everything going on in the dunes. Above is the drag strip- that grey truck was pretty fast. There were all sorts of vehicles racing, even snowmobiles. 

That's our tent up on top of the hill. We had it going on this year - a tent, chairs, and a grill full of lunch/dinner stuff.  

Above is a sandrail that caught on fire. Luckily, all four people were able to escape quickly before it was completely engulfed in flames. There aren't any fire trucks out here, although one did show up after about 20 minutes which, by that time, nothing was left but the charred carcass of the vehicle.

I forgot to take any pictures of our campsite this year, but our friends have a giant tent that we shared. We cooked meals on the grill and s'mores on the fire. We slept on the air mattress at night and it was nice and cold so we got to snuggle close :) 

Saturday night we went to Craig's Cruisers to ride the go-karts (I just watched) then had ice cream before watching the fireworks on the beach.

It was a pretty perfect weekend. Makes me wonder about next year, when our little one is 8 months old (crazy!). 

Until next time :) 

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Have a Safe & Happy Independence Day!

What are you up to this weekend? Cookouts? The beach? Fireworks?

We're finally heading up to Silver Lake! I can't believe that this was my first post, just about a year ago. My husband has been going there since he was about sixteen and now I get to be a part of his tradition. Love, love, love and it makes me all gooey inside. Puke, I know :)

Here are some links to kick start your weekend:

Search here to find a Michigan firework display going on near you this weekend.

Would you try this twist on spaghetti?

When Game of Thrones is over.

A beachy, mermaid waves hair tutorial.

Looks like Whole Foods is in some hot water.

Needing one of these for my car.

A few tips to paddleboard like a pro.

How did I miss take your dog to work day?!

Delicious recipes to try over a campfire (we're going to try the breakfast burritos!)

Have a great weekend everyone!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Recognizing Heat Stroke in Dogs

In case you missed it, here are some tips to keep your dogs safe this summer. Failure to keep your dog cool can result in heat stroke, which can be deadly for your pup. 

Normal body temperature in dogs ranges from 100 - 102.5 degrees. Heatstroke occurs in dogs when their body temperature reaches 104 degrees or higher. Above 106 degrees is considered severe and can be deadly, you need to seek immediate veterinary assistance.

Here are some signs of heatstroke to be wary of:

Early Stages:
  • Heavy panting or rapid breathing
  • Excessive drooling with thick, sticky saliva
  • Bright red gums and tongue
Advanced Stages:
  • White or blue gums
  • Lethargy, unwillingness to move
  • Vomiting
  • Uncontrollable urination or diarrhea
  • Labored, noisy breathing
  • Shock
  • Seizure

If your dog is showing early or moderate signs of heatstroke, take immediate action. Here are some tips to cool them down before or on your way to the vet: 
  • Apply rubbing alcohol to the dog's paw pads.
  • Apply ice packs or cold, wet towels to the groin area, neck and under forearms. 
  • Hose down with water. **Be sure not to use super cold water - cool water or, for small dogs, lukewarm water. 
  • If you have access, bring into the air conditioning and lay in front of a fan.
  • Allow the dog to lick ice chips or drink a small amount of water.
  • Offer Pedialyte or dillute gatorade in water to restore electrolytes. **Do not force dog to drink as they may inhale and choke. 

It's recommended to take your dog to the vet even after you've cooled them down to their normal body temperature. This is because the heatstroke could've done damage to internal organs, they could be dehydrated or have other complications. 

Dogs that suffer from heatstroke once are more susceptible to getting it again, so be cautious and take steps to prevent further issues.
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