The Phoenix Dog Magazine


It is such a thrill to see each issue come together, and this one is no exception. There is a small army of people who make a big difference in the lives of some of the homeless pets facing their last days at our County shelters. We are excited to shine a light on some of the dedicated E-list rescuers and the network which is a piece of our rescue community generally out of the public view.

Radio host Johnjay Van Es joins us to talk about his family life with dogs and how his radio career has spawned a dog matchmaking project!

Our sweltering summer heat is here, so we have three cool dog hikes for you in the mountains and meadows of Flagstaff. If you like the K9 story in each issue, you should love the results of the Western Region K9 Trials held here in May.

We have fun, new advertising partners this issue. We appreciate you supporting our advertisers, as they make it possible to bring you Phoenix Dog Magazine!

As the seasons changed this past Spring, I witnessed a large, heavy coated dog go into seizures at an adoption event. The dog’s foster Mom said this was not his norm, it struck me that he was likely reacting to heat. Happily, the AHS heat safety tips we printed last year came to mind, and we took fast action to cool him down and get him to a vet. In hopes that this information will stick with you in case you need it, as I did, we bring it to you again! Keep in mind, it could be someone else’s dog you help!

Know the signs of a heatstroke and how to treat the symptoms:

Be sure and watch for signs of heat exhaustion which can include a dazed look, excessive thirst, heavy panting, excessive whining/agitation, labored breathing, lethargy, profuse salivation, and/or vomiting. Heat exhaustion can lead to heat stroke which is manifested by failure of the body, which can result in disorientation, seizure, coma and sadly, death.

If your pet exhibits signs of heat exhaustion, immediately call your veterinarian while attempting to cool him/her down. You can do so by:

  • placing him/her in a shaded area
  • apply small amounts of cool water to their body, especially head, feet and groin
  • give very small amounts of water to drink
  • never submerge in cold water as the dog will likely go into shock
  • Roxie reminds us to keep close watch on the short snouted dogs, they heat up fast!

Let’s keep ‘em cool this Summer!

Cathy Davila and Roxie,

Publisher and Best Friend


The Pet Poison Helpline is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. (855) 764-7661


Don’t Leave Me in the Car!

  • Never Leave Your Dog in a Parked Car
  • Parked cars quickly trap the sun’s heat. Even on a day when it’s 70 degrees outside, the temperature inside a car with all the windows closed can hit 90 degrees in just 10 minutes.
  • On a hot day, the temperature inside a closed car can shoot as high as 116 degrees in the same amount of time.
  • Leaving the windows open a crack doesn’t eliminate the danger of heatstroke or death.
  • Animals can sustain brain damage or even die from heatstroke in just 15 minutes.

If you see a dog in a hot car do this:

  • Stay with the dogs until help arrives
  • Record information about the vehicle (make, model. Color and license plate number)
  • Alert the management of the business
  • Call 911

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