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Surf and Turf Issue

surf & turf (s rf ( )nd t rf) n.: the landscapes of our pets’ adventures, where furry friends can splash, dig, hike, paddle and play to their hearts’ content Author Jules Renard once said, “On earth, there is no heaven — but there are pieces of it.” If anyone on this planet can find the divine amid the land and water we inhabit, it is our canine and feline companions. And this is the perfect time of year to get out in the world and explore! For our “Surf & Turf” issue, we’re diving headfirst into ways pets can stay safe and healthy while enjoying their piece of heaven. Whether we’re in the surf or on the turf, there’s no greater feeling than the warmth of the sun on our skin. But while sunlight can brighten our moods and deliver valuable Vitamin D, there are some risks to remember when it comes to furry friends. In the following pages, we’ll illuminate the darker side of sun exposure (“Solar Power,” page 40), help you learn to spot early signs of skin cancer (“Saving Their Own Skin,” page 28) and warn you about the one place you should never leave an animal to beat the heat (In Plain English, page 56). Part of the fun of cavorting outdoors is meeting new friends to frolic with, but it’s important for pets to mind their manners to avoid inadvertently starting a turf war. We’ll dig into the hard and fast rules of outdoor pet-iquette in this issue (“Out and About,” page 58) as well as float some wisdom your way for quelling quarrels between four-legged siblings at home (Training 123s, page 32). And speaking of home, there’s no better place to turn a dirty dog into a perfect pooch than the humble bathtub. We’ll tell you how to work your pet into a lather and wash away the — ahem — smells of a day spent at play (“Scrubbing Bubbles,” page 44). Finally, we dip our toes into a pool of talent that truly deserves a round of applause: the amazing people who help keep our furry families’ health on solid ground. Paw through the pages for a peek at how Petplan fêtes veterinary professionals across the country at a very special awards dinner honoring the best of the best (“Putting on the Dog,” page 48). We hope this issue gives you the lay of the land and inspires you — and your four-legged family — to stretch your sea legs this summer! ‘Til next time, welcome from the editors Photo of Chris and Natasha by Peter Olson. Photo of Montgomery by Amanda Jones. Chris, Natasha Montgomery 6 the surf & turf issue


Surf and Turf Issue
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