The Winners – Speaking for Spot Be Kind to Animals Week Contest

I suspect that every week is a “Be Kind to Animals Week” in your household.  Nonetheless, the official “Be Kind to Animals Week” started this year on May third.  In honor of this special time, I held a contest via my website ( asking my readers to submit their favorite canine health tips.  I received dozens, put them all in a hat, and drew out two winners.  Tonya and Carolyn are the winners.  Not only will they receive an autographed copy of Speaking for Spot, I told them I would make their canine health tips “famous” by publishing them in my blog!  Thanks to all who participated.

Here is what Tonya had to say:  “With hot weather approaching and family dogs that want no part of swimming or the hose we have found a perfect solution.  We built our dogs a sand pit in a shady area.  We moisten the sand with water and the Boxers enjoy lying in the coolness.  In addition, our Danish/Swedish Farmdog loves to dig and has learned that the sand pit is his special digging spot.  At the end of the day, a quick squirt of the hose puts all the sand back in the pit, levels it and makes ready for the next day’s warm weather.  Any sand in the dogs’ coats dries quickly and drops off before entering the house.

Here is Carolyn’s health tip:  “it really pays off to spend a few minutes daily grooming your dog and teaching him/her to enjoy this time. I also brush teeth and do stretching exercises with my older dog.   Besides looking good and feeling good, the benefits are many: you can find any lumps or minor injuries and treat them before they grow worse, you can deal with fleas and ticks before they become established,you can brush out mats in long-haired dogs before they get out of control. Most important, you strengthen the bond between you and your dog and spend ‘quality time’ together.”

Dr. Nancy Kay

Specialist, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine

Please visit to read excerpts from Speaking for Spot. There you will also find “Advocacy Aids”- helpful health forms you can download and use for your own dog, and a collection of published articles on advocating for your pet’s health. SPEAKING FOR SPOT is available at, local bookstores, or your favorite online book seller.

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