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One glimpse of a pup fetching FrisbeesTM or sprinting through surf and it's easy to see why summer days are named for dogs. Who better to express our unbridled enthusiasm for the season than four-legged friends? But even the brightest day can darken from an unexpected illness or injury — and since there’s no cure for the summertime blues (at least according to Eddie Cochran), our “Fun in the Sun” issue is all about safety. One of the best things about summer is all the extra daylight, but did you know the sun alters your pet’s physiology? In the following pages, we’ll shed light on how longer days change behavior (“The Secrets of Sunshine,” page 38) and illuminate facts about a vital vitamin (“Sunny D,” page 30). Sun exposure does have its benefits, but if you’re not careful, furry friends can get burned. Our experts talk heat tolerance (Health Tips, page 12), photosensitivity (Ask Our Experts, page 44) and melanoma (Ruff Guide, page 25), and one doc dishes an important warning about a preventable condition that can quickly turn tragic (Accidents Happen, page 16). Staying sun-safe doesn’t have to mean foregoing fun — we’ve got the recipe for glee by land and sea! Dive into our feature all about water (“Sink or Swim,” page 52), then flip to page 48 for your roadmap to summer festivals and fairs (“Fair Game”). We’ve even got a plan for a pet-friendly BBQ feast (Chow Down, page 43)! To round out our issue, we give a few deserving pet people their day in the sun. Keep reading to go behind the scenes at our annual Veterinary Excellence Awards and see which nominees took home all the bones (Paws on the Prize, page 56), then point your paws to page 60 for an affable chat with morning radio star Elvis Duran (Pet People). We wish you a summer full of barbecues and belly rubs, and we hope this issue helps you make the most of your days having fun in the sun! ‘Til next time, welcome from the editors Photo of Chris and Natasha by Peter Olson. Photo of Montgomery by Amanda Jones. Chris, Natasha Montgomery adj.: sweet summer memories with furry friends, whether making a splash or taking afternoon naps FUN IN THE SUN 6 fun in the sun issue


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