August 14, 2019

Tuesdays With Tag - Wednesday Public Service Announcement #8...

Brynwood Needleworks - Inspector Tag
Hi, Everybody!
It's me again. I guess Mom's feelin' really guilty (or lazy), so I get to visit again this week. So here's the deal...I'm back again to tell you about somethin' really important, in case you don't already know about it.

This is my Public Service Announcement #8, and it's a really big one.

Now, let me start by sayin' that if you don't have a pet of your own (and only visit me for my weekly, witty reparte') that's okay. You might want to share this information with any and all of your friends who do. It's that important.

Have you heard about toxic algae? When we lived in Florida, it (sometimes called "red tide") was in the news too often, and dependin' on the severity, it can kill off lots of sea life. After we moved back to Wisconsin, Mom would see pictures from her friends back in Florida. There were dead manatees, fish and dolphins. Everything was bein' affected by it. 

When Mom and Dad used to ride their Harleys out to Englewood Beach, they could tell right away when the red tide was around. Mom would start coughin' when they would get within about four blocks of the water. It was awful.

That's just one form of toxic algae. It seems that it's developin' in fresh water, too, but this time it's a blue-green version. I'm not gonna get real technical ('cuz I'm a Corgi and not real good at it), but Mom put a link on this post so you can read more about it.

As it says in the article, it's affectin'(killin'!) hundreds of dogs, along with other pets and wildlife. The first article we read was from a couple in North Carolina whose three dogs died within an hour of bein' in the toxic water. No one even knew about it, but now, all three of their pets are gone.

Then, Mom read an article to me about someone in another state who lost their dog after it went swimmin'. You can just imagine how Bella and I got real concerned. I mean, we love a good swim! The article we're linkin' is from Illinois, and even Lake Erie has this killin' muck in it! As if that weren't bad enough, we found out it's in the big lake right near where we live. (Lake Winnebago)

Please click HERE to read an in-depth article about toxic algae, and then share the information. We don't want one more pet, stray, or wild critter to die from this stuff, so we all need to try to find a solution.

In the meantime, if it's hot and you want to help your pet cool off, set up a hose and sprinkler in your back yard, and let your dogs and cats play in that. (I personally love the idea!) Or, take them to a pet wash and let 'em run around. Just, whatever you do, please...please...pleeeeeease...don't let them go swimmin' in toxic water. It's a good idea for you not to go in it, either. Nobody likes to puke, after all. 

Stay safe out there, 'cuz you and yours pets really matter to Mom, Bella and me.

 I'll see you again in seven six. 'til then...
"Live Like Someone Left The Gate Open".
 

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suz said...

well that's scary! We only had cats because we worked long hours and didn't have anyone to help with dogs, and cats don't really like to go swimming, but I have friends who own dogs so I'll certainly pass the word along. Thanks Tag!

Createology said...

I have been reading the reports of people’s beloved pets (dogs) dying just hours after swimming in a lake not knowing it was experiencing toxic algae. This is very sad and heartbreaking. I am thankful you are doing your PSA #8 to warn others Tag. I personally prefer the hose and sprinkler any day to a dirty scummy fish filled lake! YUCK! Actually I do not swim so a sprinkler is perfect for me...or the 3 foot kiddie wading pool. LOL Extra treats for you and Bella should be n order for the day Tag. Smooches <3

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