Tracy Talks: On the dog days of summer
by Anne Marie Fuller
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Are you missing a pet because of last night’s fireworks festivities?

Sadly, this time of year is known for dogs bolting from the thundering explosions made by fireworks.

Animal shelters across the nation are overwhelmed with good Samaritans dropping off dogs found running the streets.

Brittany Pasquale, an animal services officer at Tracy Animal Shelter, said the shelter experiences an influx of animals July 5 to 14 each year.

“People sometimes forget to check the local animal shelter,” Pasquale said. “The unfortunate reality is that the law mandates us to hold the dogs for only five days. We still have to euthanize when we start to run out of space, and this time of year we are overwhelmed.”

Animal services encourages owners of missing pets to go to the shelter at 370 Arbor Ave. and fill out a “lost” report.

While you’re there, look at the dogs being housed on site.

It’s also a good idea to check with other animal shelters in neighboring cities. It is quite possible that some people might pick up a dog and drop it off in the city where they live, although the dog should be delivered to the local animal shelter where it was found.

If you find a lost dog and it seems friendly, consider offering to house it temporarily while the shelter staff seeks its owners.

“They can contact us about the dog and hold it till the owner is found,” Pasquale said. “This will greatly help with the space and euthanizing need for this time of year.”

Mountain House frontrunner for dog park

It’s the final month of the Bark for Your Park contest put on by PetSafe, and Mountain House is a top finalist in the nationwide contest for $100,000.

Local supporters recently filmed a 30-second video for the competition.

“Mountain House Dog Club is excited to come together and do this,” said Bryan Harrison, a member of the club. “Not only have dog owners come together, but we also have non-dog owners all coming together to unite in this effort.”

For more information on the Bark For Your Park contest, or to cast your vote, visit www.petsafe.net. Contest ends July 26.

Heat wave affects pets too

On a more serious note: Please remember not to take your dog for a walk during these triple-digit heat waves. Your dog’s paws can burn or peel on hot walking surfaces.

Last Saturday, after walking around on the asphalt at the airport in 107-degree heat, the bottoms of my shoes started to peel away. If that can happen to name-brand department store shoes — think what hot concrete can do to your dog’s paws. Ouch!

On a lighter note

The month of July hasn’t totally gone to the dogs — there are still great activities for local families. 

Have you checked out the annual Music in the Park summer concert series that takes place each Thursday evening at Lincoln Park in Tracy? This free concert series has been brought to the local community by the Tracy Arts Commission for well over a decade now. Each year offers a new lineup.

“We love the music here and the festival atmosphere,” said George Hickman, who attends the concerts with his wife, Sue Hickman. “The music has been top notch, and the bands seem to be eager to meet the fans during the break. We just really enjoy it.”

The series has three more concerts left, now through July 25. Music begins at 7 p.m. each Thursday. Take a picnic dinner and some lawn chairs and enjoy an evening at the park.

• Anne Marie Fuller is the television host of “Helpful Hints with Anne Marie” on Channel 26 at 7 p.m. Fridays. She is a Tracy arts commissioner and was named Mrs. California 2013 in May. Contact her at annemarie@columnist.com.
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