Shawarma – The Food Of My Childhood Memories

One of the foods that I associate with my childhood and good times with family is shawarma. Kuboos, hummus, KFC as well but shawarama is up front and center in those memories. That with Coke or Pepsi and French fries. When I was growing up in Kuwait, my older sister, dad, mom would have family meals in front of the tv. Most weekends, my mom’s brother & his wife, and when my cousin was born, she too, would join us.

The exception was my aunt who has always been vegetarian. So she would have kuboos or buns with fallafel and French fries. We either sat around the table in our living room or at my uncle’s place. Meals times were special. We would usually watch a movie or some tv show that was fun at the time and enjoyed these special moments.

I remember when the shawarma craze first came to Cochin & Kerala. This was way back in the early 1990s and there was just that one place that served them – Kentucky Inn on the second floor of GCDA shopping complex on Marine Drive. They cost just Rs.10 and the portions were bigger. Pretty soon they were Rs.12 but the portions stayed the same. Then it was Rs.15, then Rs.20 and 3 or 4 years ago, when I started having them again, they were Rs.25. Smaller portions have been the norm since then but the price kept going up and now you can see them at Rs.120 to 190 depending on the place.

But they have never tasted any better than since my childhood.

Pets Are Family – No Questions About It

Do you think pets are part of a family? Why or why not?
What a question? Pets are family! They are part of your family, they are brought to your homes to make them even more loving and brighter. Well I suppose there are some people who do not consider pets to be family and are just animals you keep around because they entertain either you or the kids or maybe both. I do not want to see people in that camp. I want you to see pets as part of your family. They might not be related to you by blood but a cat or dog especially will make your family that much more loving. I also believe that it is very advisable and even sensible to have dogs or cats at home when you have kids. Like from the age of 8 or 9 atleast. The kids will grow up not just loving the pet but they also learn to take care of them, nurturing the caregiver instincts that are there in us humans.

I have had 2 cats for a while – Chocolate & Lollipop – and then ofcourse I had Shawny my golden Retriever for 11 years. You think I don’t miss them? The cats came into my life when I was 12 and died before I turned 17. I got Shawny when I was 18 and she passed away when I was about to turn 29. For a year at age 29-30 I also took care of Junior Shawny who was a black Labrador & Dalmatian mix, and who actually belonged to my sister & brother-in-law. That dog also passed away I think around 2013-2014. While I had restrictions for the dogs, the cats had the run of the house. Do you think a day goes by without me wishing I had those 4 back in my life and all at the same time? My life would be so much better.

In dreams – I can always dream of those futuristic dreams, can’t I – I have these 4 pets and a loving wife and 3 kids. 1 daughter who is about 12, fraternal twins who are a boy and a girl aged 9. And we have some robots to help us and who are part of the family as well. And in this futuristic world, my family and I are going off into deep space in a spaceship that kinda looks like a big home on the inside. After we take off, it’s bed time and I’m shooting a vlog about where the kids and animals sleep. Chocolate, the mostly ginger male cat, sleeps in the same room as my 12 year old daughter, right at the foot of her bed. Shawny Junior sleeps with my 9 year old daughter, while Lollipop the female mostly white sleeps in the bedroom of my son. And ofcourse, Shawny sleeps with me and my wife in our bedroom, snuggled up in the blankets at the end of our bed.

That’s family!

Prompt from Lalilo December ’21 Writing Prompt Calendar @ Lailo.com

The Bastard MotherFucker Is Dead & I Am Not Feeling Sorry

One of the biggest problems with our society in India is that they choose to ignore and keep quite about a disgusting human being (and I use those last two words lightly) and choose to bury your head in the sand about this things he has done, just to avoid bringing attention to it. Avoid the shame. How would you be able to show your face in public if people knew? So you push it to the back of your mind, ignore it and conveniently even treat it as if it was “normal”. And you adjusted to it – after all it didn’t happen to you or to your kid, right? It’s ok to forget. It’s easy. So you forgot.

This is because of the sense of “normalcy” about this vile excuse of a human being, who would abuse his wife and even once raped his own daughter, because it happened in the early 80s (81 or 82 I guess). At that time, until very recently, it was so common for such things to not go reported because “how on earth will we face the public? The shame that it will bring to our family when everyone will know.” Even when someone saw this man naked with his two young daughters (way too young for them to know) and reported it, due to the shame it might bring, charges were dropped. The mental abuse to his wife continued on for a while, until the children became bigger.

So now he is dead. After suffering a long time with an illness. But he flourished. Was a respected doctor. Most people who interacted with him outside the work place would get the feeling that something was off with him but he did well in life. Had 7 kids, controlled them (not raised, controlled) for as much as he could until 1 daughter told him to “fuck off” and she went to live her life the way she wanted to.

But generally now that he is dead in his late 70s, people want to forgive him. “Oh poor man, it is sad” Why? Because he prayed? He goes to temple or TEMBLE as the bastard used to say! He does pooja in his home to please the imaginary dieties who he feels has enabled him smug superiority and gave him what he wanted in life. Is that the reason he went scot-free?

Adopting A Senior Dog : Here Are Some Things To Consider

November is also considered ‘Adopt a Senior Pet’ month. What are some products that make caring for an older dog easier.

They say that adopting a senior dog and earning the love & trust of one is a truly wonderful thing. It grounds you and brings you down to earth and your life will be must more enriched due to that. It is true for any dog but if it came to it, try to adopt a senior pet and make the rest of their live as comfortable and love filled as possible.

Try to get a portable pet stairs for the pooch as it will be better on his/her aging joints. If possible a ramp as well and pee pads would be good for those accidents. A nutritional gel is any easy solution if your dog has become a pickier eater or started eating less as those product includes Omega-3 and Omega-6 essential fatty acids, which are key for joint health in senior dogs. Protect your old pal’s paws with a secret wax, which is made from 100% natural waxes. Whether your dog’s paws are irritated by ice in the winter or scalding sidewalks in the summer, the product will create a barrier to prevent cracked and painful paws and pads.

Even older dogs love to play with toys so get them a few comforting, soft toys. Elevate your senior pup’s snooze game with an orthopedic bed with bolstered sides that offers head and back support.  There are several chewy treats that provide your dog with vitamins, nutrients and supplements, claim to offer hip and joint support for old pups who have arthritis pain so get one that is recommended by your vet.

And finally give them lots of love and company. If you have small kids make sure that they are never too rough or forceful with the older dog. The dog may want to catch up or keep up as they might be young at heart but it might too much for them.

Prompt from 30 November Blog Post Ideas at The Frangipani Creative 

No Set Weekly Meal Plan But This Has been Consistent For A Month

Do you make a weekly meal plan? Share your plan (and recipes)!
Not really but as of recently I seem to have fallen into a semi-routine. This is only a month now, after I came back from the hospital and now that I had to give up on Keto. Breakfast is usually bread and eggless mayo with some cucumber or tomato slices. On a couple of days in the week I might instead off for a bowl of cornflakes with milk and a bit of sugar. Sometimes it’s an Indian breakfast item like upma or puttu.

The 5 days from Monday to Tuesday it is usually vegetarian meals for lunch and dinner – lunch is rice and curry with veggies but we buy a lot of fish. Either our maid, who is from the fishermen/fisherwoman community will bring us some from the fresh catch of the day – tuna, mackrel, basa or even prawns. Or I buy from an online store that delivers fish – yellow fin tuna or ordinary tuny, mackrel, sardine (which is like my fav), anchoovy, trevally, barracuda or seer fish.

If we buy and make fish, it usually lasts for dinner as well, with chapathi. Otherwise dinner is chapathi with a vegetable curry or maybe some upma or maybe eggs. Once a week I will buy some masala dosa or tomato uthapam with chutneys and sambhar for my mom & me and poori with channa for my dad. Weekend I tend to buy some frozen chicken but we also order in some food – like KFC grilled chicken legs like tonight or shawarma or some chicken curry.

Prompt from NOVEMBER BLOG PROMPTS {12 MONTHS OF WRITING IDEAS} #BLOGPROMPTS at Fun Food Family

A Life Threatening Moment You’ve Faced With Your Pet

This was around 1997 when I was 21. I was watching tv at around 1 am and my Golden Retriever, Shawny was sleeping on the front porch/veranda. The rest of the family were sleeping. I was sleepy and about to get up and switch the tv off and go to bed when I hear my dog barking like she was scared and angry at the same time. I thought nothing of it at first (must have been a cat passing outside our gate) but she kept at it. That woke up my dad and brother in law (my older sister had just given birth to her first son a few days ago).

I was the first to step out and check and heard the noise first before I saw the snake – it was a venomous small snake that was rare in this area and it was hissing at Shawny, who was scared. My dad, bro in law and I got whatever we could find – a field hockey stick, a cricket bat and some other sticks we had – and went towards the snake trying to get at it. Shawny had slinked away, towards the house at this point. At some point the snake hissed and made its way towards me and I back up a couple of steps – all of a sudden I hear this ferocious growl and barking as Shawny ran and placed herself between me and the snake. The snake must have been startled (truthfully we all were as I had never heard her barking this loudly before) and my brother in law and dad took this opportunity to hit the snake on its head.

All 3 of us hit it and the snake died and we used my hockey stick to pick the snake carcass and toss it outside the house. All of our hearts were beating so fast and we were still reeling from the experience. I turned towards my best friend only to see that she has brought her favourite ball to me and had that look in her eyes “Since we are all awake now, can we play fetch?”

As my dad and brother-in-law went to comfort my mother and sister, I played ball with Shawny until I was tired and sleepy. I will never forget that dog. She was my best friend and unfortunately, dogs don’t live long enough. She passed away in 2005 but not a day goes by without me thinking of her and wishing she were still with me.

Beach Times With The Cousins

I am not a good swimmer even if I have taken classes for while when I was 18. That was in a pool at the rooftop of the Abad Plaza hotel. I had booked a 2 month excercise, steaming, swimming and sauna for 3-4 months at the insistence of my parents and since there was a great deal of teens, I took it up. I enjoyed the steam room (it was a small room so you went in alone) and the sauna but I loved the swimming a lot.

Before that all my swimming was done in the Periyar River and the Fort Kochi beach. Well not so much swimming at the beach, more like walking in and getting wet and enjoying splashing water around. Also a few times we have been to the beach in Trivandrum as well. But in the Periyar river we would go swimming as lot. It has been ages ofcourse but I still remember the fun we had. Ofcourse it was us boys swimming but the girls would get knee deep and have their own fun as well.

I remember a couple of incidents we had at the Trivandrum beach. During one summer vacation (or was it Christmas) we were all at Trivandrum and staying at my mum’s eldest brother’s rented home. My cousins and I went to the beach almost every day and we also played frisbee at the beach. This one afternoon one of my cousins swung the frisbee hard and straight at the head of some man who was out with his family. We went over to apologize and he took it well. That was probably in 1991.

Second time was at Periyar river and I had borrowed my older cousin’s sports shorts which were too big for me, so I had to use a belt. A bunch of us went to the river to play and throw a beach ball. There were a bunch of young college girls from some other state in town for a trip. They were standing at the edge of the banks and us boys (I was 15 at the time) went closer to the banks to *ahem* pose for them. While we were standing around, I suddenly saw something floating near us and it looked familiar.

Yes! To my embarrassment it was my shorts! The girls didn’t notice but I did. I made my cousins stand in front of me so no one would see me put on the shorts and tighten the belt again. Travesty averted, we played some more and then went home.

Why Does One Select A Particular Breed Of Dog?

Write a blog about why you chose your specific breed of dog or if you’re a cat person or a reptile or pot belly pig person — blog about what drew you to the species and tout its benefits!

When I was a kid I really wanted a dog for our family. At the age of 11 my sister & dad went to get us a Pomeranian puppy, who we named Lassie. Now, I have never liked the breed much – still don’t – and it wasn’t my choice but hey! A puppy is a puppy. She unfortunately had some complications and died within 4 days. I was devastated and wasn’t sure about keeping pets for a while. But we had a stray cat deliver babies inside our house (she found an slightly open window) and my sister & I ended up taking care of the kittens for 2 weeks. The mamma cat came by when were in school and seemingly took all 4 kittens away.

That incident made my sister & me want to have cats as pets. We were at to our mom’s mother’s place for a few days and another stray cat had delivered babies in an old auto-rikshaw that was lying in the grounds next to the house. My sister & I took permission from our parents and took 2 of the kittens home with us. We named the girl kitten Lollipop – she was almost all white with just a couple of patches of ginger on her – and the boy kitten was called Chocolate – he was mostly ginger. They had such awesome personalities and were very loving to us. They both died within a year of each other, Chocolate by the time I was turning 16.

Even though I missed the cats, I really wanted a dog. So in 1994 I kept looking out for puppy sales in the newspaper. I really wanted either a Golden Retriever or a Labrador Retriever. It didn’t matter much to me at the time, I just liked both from what I had seen on some Discover shows. However the fact that the Goldens looked more prettier kinda won me over and since I was picking the breed, I choose Golden at the end. I found a breeder who had 2 pups left from a litter of 8 – 1 boy and 1 girl. My cousin & I went to pick out the dog and I wasn’t sure if I should get the girl or the boy.

The reason I picked the girl? The boy puppy wasn’t coming towards us while the girl puppy was very curious and playing with my shoe laces. So I told my cousin that this was the one I wanted and I went to pay the breeder as I was in love with the girl puppy. I brought her home and that dog is the legendry, illustrious and forever my best friend – Shawny!

Prompts from September Blogging Prompts For Pet Bloggers

8 Things Every Responsible Dog Owner Must Know

XX Things Every Responsible Dog Owners Knows (AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Month)

Having a dog in your life is one of the biggest joys you can have. The love of a dog is one of life’s greatest things ever and therefore we should give serious consideration to about the commitment that being a responsible dog owner entails.

Commit for the Long Haul – getting a dog is a commitment. You have to be sure you want a dog and can provide for him/her.

Make Time for Your Dog – dogs will love you no matter what. But they need and deserve that time and attention. Ensure to give it every day.

Provide Proper Identification – get your dog a collar with a name tag with your contact information. Consider micro-chipping your dog as well.

Spay and Neuter – If you do not have your dog spayed or neutered you may be contributing to the problem of millions of unwanted stray or pound dogs.

Don’t Be a Backyard Breeder – If you choose to breed your dog, be sure to follow the proper protocols and don’t just let the dogs birth in the backyard so you can make some money.

Keep Your Dog Healthy – regular vet visits and checkups. Stay off the foods that the vet says to keep them away from. Always provide plenty of fresh drinking water and an appropriate amount of quality nutrition for your dog. A place of shelter and comfort is also important for your dog’s physical and mental wellness, and exercise is a must.

Train Your Dog – some training is always good. Canine etiquette is not just for our benefit.  well-trained dogs are more content because they have been given a sense of structure. A well-behaved and properly socialized dog is less likely to upset people and pets in public places and will be more welcome at gatherings.

Respect Others – don’t let your dog bar throughout the day or worse at night. Pick up after your dog when you take him/her for a walk. Keep your dog on a leash or in a fenced-in yard when outdoors.

Prompt from 100+ Writing Prompts & Blog Post Ideas for September at Pretty Opinionated

The Family Nickname That Is My Cross To Bear

Do you have a nickname? How did you get it and who gave it to you?

My family has always been into giving nicknames to each other. I was no exception in that I have had a couple that has stuck around for a while. When I was 11 years old, my family including uncles, aunts and cousins took a month long trip through parts of South India on a sight seeing trip. When we made it to Kanyakumari, right at the end of India, we had to take a ferry to see the island on which there is a statue of Swami Vivekananda. Now everyone needed help to climb aboard the ferry and there were two men who were assisting people to get on board. But little roly poly, 11 year old me jumped on board and when we came back I did the same. So one of the guys said “Master chaddiyello!” meaning master – as in a young boy – has jumped!

My eldest cousin brother heard that and he started calling me “Master” and the name stuck. Pretty soon all my cousins were calling me that with a few “Masterjis” from the younger ones for added pleasure. Most of my aunts & uncles also acknowledged the nickname. As I became a teenager the guys would joke that “Master” was short for “Master of Masturbation” and the teasing would continue for ages. Till this day, 27 years later the name has not died and I am still Master for a few of my cousins. I doubt if it will ever get die out and I’m pretty sure that when I am like 90 years old I will still hear plenty of calls of “Master”. That will find itself into my obituary as well; lucky I won’t have a headstone!

I also was called “Sunny” for sometime but that never lasted for too long. I like Sunny as a nickname as it’s bright, airy and sunshiny(?). But it is way too late for me to change my cousins’ preferred nickname from me from “Master” to “Sunny”. Sigh! If only.

Prompt from 31 Days Of Writing Prompts For August at The SitsGirls

Special Traditions That You Have Shared With Your Kids

What special tradition from your childhood have you recreated with your own children?

I don’t have any kids of my own…..that I know of. But, a few things that I have asked my sister to share with her kids – my two nephews and niece – is mainly things that my sis and I enjoyed as kids. Like the cartoons that we watched and loved as kids. Tom & Jerry, Bugs Bunny, Droopy etc – those and more were the awesome cartoons of our childhood and which we still stop to watch when we see some on tv. I’ve even searched for them on Youtube so I could watch them and laugh for a few minutes.

I would have wanted to share my love for other things but I don’t see them all the time or spend too much time with them. Like music – hard rock & heavy metal -, horror movies, science fiction but I just haven’t been able to. One exception is my sister had once asked me to get her the episodes for the 90s scifi show V, which was a big favourite of ours when we were kids. My sister and I love the show and she wanted to show her kids the episodes. It was a big hit.

Other than that I don’t think I have managed to share any traditions. Once in a while we do gather at my home and order dinner just like what we used to when sis and I were kids. And especially when we order either fried chicken like KFC or shawarma, it reminds me of my childhood. I do like that.

Prompt from 31 Days Of Writing Prompts For August at The SitsGirls

Eight Tips For People Who Are Getting A Puppy

1. Make sure you have some toys for your new puppy. Puppies are a lot like small children and playing with a new toy both excites and stimulates their brain.

2.  Let your puppy sleep in your bedroom, at least for the first few nights. This whole experience is pretty scary for a pup, so it’s best not to make him sleep in the laundry room just yet. Put the crate next to your bed so you can reassure him.

3. Supervise! If you cannot watch him like a hawk, he needs to be in his crate or in his “room,” see below.  Set up a puppy room for when you can’t supervise. Pick a small area like the bathroom or kitchen, block it off with baby gates. Add a bed in one corner. And if you need to leave him home alone longer than he can hold it, put pee pads or a dog “toilet” in another.

4. Reward good behavior, don’t wait for bad behavior. Reward the puppy when you see him doing something you like. Don’t wait until he’s misbehaving to give him attention.

5. Start training early. The phrase, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks” exists for a reason. While it’s possible to train dogs as they age, it’s more difficult. Just like humans, the more we are used to certain ways of doing things, the harder it is for us to change. Reinforcing good habits, positive interactions and socialization at the youngest possible age will help your puppy thrive in his new environment and foster a strong and trusting relationship with you.

6. Buy a crate in advance and crate train your pup. A puppy needs a crate where they can rest, learn the house rules, and practice potty training (dogs don’t like to soil their sleeping space). Your puppy should sleep in their crate at night and be placed there when you’re not at home or able to supervise them. Dog toys are a necessary part of any new puppy checklist. Many young pets like to sleep with a plush toy when they curl up in bed, because it reminds them of their littermates. Other types of dog toys, such as chew toys, squeaky toys or rope toys, can keep your puppy mentally stimulated, which will prevent boredom, whining, barking and digging.

7. Check out puppy socialization classes in your area. Your pup will learn some basic obedience, but the real benefit of well-run puppy classes is socialization with other puppies and people.

8. Socialize, don’t traumatize. Introduce new experiences slowly and never let your puppy get overwhelmed. Other people slowly day by day and other puppies and dogs gradually.

Staying In Touch

How Do You Stay In touch with far-away friends?

You know it’s funny how despite us living in the best time to keep in touch with people who live far away from you. You have emails, Facebook – posts, messages text & face chat, cell phones, SMS, Whatsapp and other texting apps, FaceTime, Zoom calls, Webex and other conference options etc etc! But it is found that people still do not find the time to keep in touch with friends and/or family members.

I have many friends on Facebook who are from my childhood and later on – how often do you think we actually chat or speak to each other? Zero. Well there are a couple of them who I do chat with but even that is a very rare case. But I do have a couple of friends who I am in regular contact with. But just two out of all those hundreds. Well if your friends are like that, imagine your cousins and relatives?

I have some cousins who live abroad and who don’t seem to have the time for the rest of us. In the US & UK and I get the time difference but that is no excuse. I work nights as do a couple of the others in India but it does seem like they do not have the inclination to keep in touch. Even on a group chat in Whatsapp. They aren’t that busy and also you would think that during a pandemic where most people were inside their homes for the most part, they would reach out more. Nah!

I guess they still didn’t have the time. Or felt it was necessary.

Prompt from 31 Days Of July Writing Prompts at The SitsGirls

Treats We Enjoyed As Kids

Share your kid’s favourite summer treats.

Since I don’t have any kids of my own, I’m gonna share the summer treats that I enjoyed as a kid along with my sister and our cousins and what I am sure my cousins’ kids also do. One that is a rarity and I think is only really available in parts of India is the ice cream soda. Not the one that you are thinking of, but this is actually vanilla ice cream flavoured soda that you get in bottles. After a day of playing football or cricket with my cousins and sweating up a storm, going and get a few cold ice cream sodas to quench our thirsts was great.

We had these things called sip-ups – semi-frozen flavoured drink or cola in these plastic tubes that you buy from a street vendor or store and then proceed to suck up the juicy cold deliciousness. It was so popular at one time that they even sold it at my school’s cafeteria. Oh man, it’s so funny but I haven’t though about them in ages and this prompt suddenly brought back memories.

Ice cream floats. There was this one cafe at a hotel in Chullikal (near Mattancherry) that served them and I can’t think of any other place that’ve had it. It was basically a large scoop of vanilla ice cream placed inside a glass of Pepsi or Coca-Cola. I think mostly Pepsi as we had a problem with Coke until the late 90s. Those were the bomb and it was a huge treat for us.

Also near my grandmother’s house we had this small little joint called Cool Of Cools. It was an ice cream shop that specialized in these awesome sundaes and faloodas. Faloodas are basically a South Asian ice cream sundae or dish a South Asian with vermicelli noodles at the bottom along with rose syrup and sweet basil seeds with milk. When served cold ofcourse it is amazingly delicious, if you don’t mind the chewing of the basil seeds and vermicelli. Sure to cool you down.

Blog prompt from 30 Blog Post Ideas for June at The Frangipani Creative

What Is One Thing You Always Splurge On?

I don’t if you can call this an actual splurge but every Saturday I look at what is available on the delivery apps and then I order food for my parents and myself. On Saturday I do not usually bother to look for deals or different restaurants/cafes with  reduced prices for the same food item. That’s what I do on the weekdays if we want to buy meals or just some nice fish fry (like karimeen) or something like that. I look for coupons and/or discounts that either the restaurant or the delivery app provides.

But on Saturday night I don’t care! I look for something really good. It is usually a bucket of fried chicken or burgers or pizza or maybe I might shawarma or grilled chicken/al fahm or Indian food a la tandoori chicken or butter chicken with naan and the odd biryani. Maybe some Coke or 7up/Sprite with vodka or rum on the side to wash it down. I go all out and do not worry about the coupons or discounts. If it is there, I’ll take it but I usually look at the restaurant and or the dish that I feel like getting. I check with my parents to see if they want something in particular.

That is the one thing that I don’t really mind spending money on. It is food and it is good for you to go all out once a week. I can afford that. Also I like to do that for my folks. Seeing my dad happy with his drink in hand and good food on his plate and my mom not worrying about what to make for the night or get the maid to cook it before she leaves is all worth it.

Prompt from 30 Days Of Writing Prompts For June at The SitsGirls

The Boys & Girls Of Summer

My favorite childhood summer-time past-time was…

Just hanging out with my cousins in general. We used to spend our summers together at our grandmother’s place, which was pretty big. We played football & cricket during the day time in the front yard and, post showers and outfit changes, in the evening we would get snacks and cold drinks from nearby shops and spend our evenings listening to music. 80s & 90s pop and hard rock music.

We also watched a lot of music videos on tv and selected a couple of movies each night to watch as a group. We read books and played quizzes, Monopoly, Scrabble and card games. At night the boys all slept in sleeping bags on the floor and a couple of beds in one big room on the upper floor. The girls, who were lesser in number, slept in a smaller room on a couple of big beds.

That is what summer was all about and I miss those days.

Prompt from JUNE BLOG PROMPTS {12 MONTHS OF WRITING IDEAS} #BLOGPROMPTS at Fun Food Family

Can Your Dog Sleep In An AC Room?

Summertime pet safety is an important issue during the dog days of summer. When the temperature outside reaches 100 degrees it can have a real effect on your beloved cat or dog.

A dog or cat can’t take off their shirt and wear boxer shorts around the house to cool off like dad. Some dogs and cats have a big shaggy coat that keeps them warm in the winter but come summertime, that fur coat can’t be shed. The furrier the dog or cat, the hotter they’re gonna get.

So, should you leave the air conditioner on for your pet when you’re gone or at work? Most pet owners and veterinarians say “yes” you should leave your air conditioner on for your pet. It gives your dog or cat a sense of relief. Can Air Conditioners Make Your Cat or Dog Sick? Unfortunately, there is no magic number for an AC setting that will provide the ideal temperature for your cat or dog. If your air conditioning settings are too cold for your pet than yes, it can make them sick.

Can a puppy sleep in the ac room? Yes, puppies can and sometimes should sleep in AC room. Just as puppies have a harder time with very cold or very hot temperatures, little breed dogs like rat terries, Chihuahuas, and Shih Tzus need extra kindness when it comes to the temperature of their habitat. Make sure your puppy has a nice and cosy place to sleep. If you find your pup is shivering or curled tightly around herself, try providing a blanket for her. Try to keep her bed away from the direction of the air flow so it’s not blowing right on her.

Ways To Keep Your Dog Hydrated

Ways to keep your pet hydrated during summer.
I did not know that dogs and cats can get sunburned or that short-nosed dog breeds have more trouble cooling down through panting. And I recently found out that shaving your dog’s fur coat may be more harmful than not. However summer heat and sunshine is a serious issue for our dogs and cats, which depend on us to keep them protected.

Here are some recommended ways to keep your pooch cool and less troubled during the hot summer months in whichever place your live in.
How to keep dogs cool
  1. Encourage them to stay in shaded areas and away from direct sunlight.
  2. Put down damp towels for them to lie on.
  3. Fill a hot water bottle with cold water.
  4. Put the garden sprinkler on.
  5. Keep a paddling pool in the shade for them to splash about in.

Blog prompt from 30 Blog Post Ideas for June at The Frangipani Creative