Water and Rufus
Rufus, our puppy joined us today.
The name Rufus is a boy’s name in Hindu meaning is “red haired” or in Latin “red-headed.” The decision to take on this new family member was not an easy one and I’m sure the sleepless nights for a while will make me ask – WHY?!
One thing I have learned while researching, is that dog owners tend to forget how important water is for a dog. Our dogs cannot live without water just as we can’t. When it comes to a dog’s nutrition, water is even more important than protein, fat, carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals. A dog’s body will naturally lose water all day. They lose water as they sweat through their paws and when they pant, and of course when the go to the loo. A dog that loses too much water — just 10% to 15% of the water in their body — can get very sick.
I learned that not all dogs are natural swimmers and the instinct to jump into the sea from a wall or pier, can be very dangerous. The recommendation is to ensure the dog wears a life jacket – if it is not a natural swimmer. I also wondered about how often to bath the puppy. Apparently a good rule of thumb is that you should bathe the dog once a month – unless he rolls around in the mud.
This new arrival won’t impact too much on our family water use, but water is an important consideration in terms of the dog’s health and safety.