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Keep Your Pets Safe from Extreme Heat

Due to the forecasted heat advisory, DATCP is reminding pet and livestock owners this holiday weekend to take extra steps to protect their animals that may be exposed to extreme heat.

“People want to take their pets everywhere but keeping your pet at home in the shade, air conditioning, or a cool basement shows you care more about your pet than risking its welfare in the heat,” says Dr. Yvonne Bellay, Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) state humane veterinarian. “If you have livestock it is important to let them be when it’s this hot and make sure they have shade and water.”

Heat stroke is a threat for both pets and livestock, and can be fatal even with prompt treatment. Pets that have already suffered heat stroke once are more susceptible, as are animals that are very young or very old, have health problems, are overweight, or are snub-nosed.

Signs of heat stroke in small animals include panting, staring or stupor, breathing difficulty, an anxious expression, refusal to obey, warm dry skin, fever, rapid heartbeat, vomiting, diarrhea, seizures, and collapse.

In large animals, signs of heat stress and stroke may include restlessness, stumbling, increased heart rate and salivation, panting, collapse, and convulsions.

If you see any of these signs, call your veterinarian immediately.

For pets, get the animal out of direct heat and wet however you can – such as towels soaked in cool water, with a hose, or in a wading pool. If you use towels, it will be most effective on less hairy parts of the body, like a dog’s belly and legs. Even if the animal seems to revive after a few minutes, get it to a veterinarian, because its temperature may rise again or fall well below normal.

For cattle and other large animals, hosing them down may be effective until the veterinarian arrives.

Tips for pet owners:

  • Never leave an animal in a parked vehicle, even for a few minutes. Even with windows open a few inches, the temperature in a parked car may hit 120 degrees within minutes. When running errands, leave your dog home. When traveling, stop at places where your pet can get out of the vehicle.
  • Provide fresh, cool drinking water at all times – including in your vehicle when you are traveling.
  • Outdoor kennels must be well-ventilated and shaded, with water in bowls that will not tip.
  • Do not exercise pets on hot days or warm, humid nights.
  • Clip long coats to about an inch — shorter clips or shaving can leave dogs vulnerable to sunburn.

Tips for livestock owners:

  • Avoid transporting animals in heat over 80 degrees Fahrenheit with high humidity.
  • Park vehicles loaded with livestock in the shade.
  • Deliver animals at night or in early morning, and use wet bedding to transport hogs in hot weather.
  • Provide well-ventilated air space in farm trucks, barns, or any enclosure.
  • Provide fresh drinking water at all times, and provide shade in resting, eating, and watering areas.
  • Use a water sprinkling system to cool animals.

DATCP’s Division of Animal Health monitors animal health and disease threats, promotes humane treatment of animals, and provides licensing and registration regulation for animals in Wisconsin. For more information about how the weather may affect your pet or livestock, visit DATCP’s website.

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Stay Safe in Heat This Weekend

Once again, high temperatures are expected over much of Wisconsin in the next several days, and Brown County area health departments are reminding residents to take steps to stay cool during this heat wave.

“Hot temperatures and humidity can be dangerous and even deadly,” said local Brown County health officials. “During heat waves like this one, it’s important to stay cool, hydrated, and informed.”

Follow these tips to stay safe during extreme heat:

  • Stay in air conditioning. When possible, stay in air conditioning on hot days. If you don’t have air conditioning, head to libraries, malls, and other public spaces to keep cool.
  • Check on loved ones. Be sure to check on older friends and neighbors who live alone and don’t have air conditioning.
  • Avoid the hottest part of the day. If you have to be outside, stick to the cooler morning and evening hours. Wear light, loose clothing and take frequent, air conditioned breaks.
  • Beware of hot cars. Never leave a person or a pet in a parked car, even for a short time. On an 80 degree day, the temperature inside a car can reach 100 degrees in less than 10 minutes.
  • Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water on hot days. Avoid alcohol and hot, heavy meals.
  • Stay informed. Watch your local weather forecasts so you can plan outdoor activities safely. Pay attention to any extreme heat alerts.

If you start feeling overheated, weak, dizzy, nauseated, or have muscle cramps, you could be experiencing heat illness. Move to air conditioning, drink water, get under a fan, and put on cool washcloths. If your symptoms worsen or don’t improve, go to the emergency room or call 911.

For more information, visit the Wisconsin Department of Health Services’ heat safety webpage and watch their heat safety video.

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Discover the Art of Brewing Ginger Beer

gingerbeer.JPGOn July 21-22, fans of homebrewing will enjoy a weekend learning the art of brewing ginger beer, as practiced in the 1860’s! 

“Visitors will get a taste of the cool and pleasant summer beverage,” said David Warner, site director at Wade House.  “The ginger beer brewing process uses an original Victorian ginger beer recipe which will be available for guests to take home to practice brewing their own batch.”

Ginger beer is a soft drink that originated in Yorkshire, England, in the mid-18th century and was introduced in the United States in the mid-19th century. In “The American Frugal Housewife,” a popular 19th-century manual for homemakers, author Lydia Maria Child remarked that “Beer is a good family drink.”  Ginger beer is made by mixing ginger, cream of tartar, sugar, boiling water, lemon juice, and yeast.  Once all the ingredients are combined, the mixture will ferment over a few days, turning it into ginger beer, an excellent beverage with a fine flavor to savor on a hot summer day. 

Date: July 21-22

Time: Saturday: 10AM-4PM; Sunday: 11AM-4PM

Location: Wade House Historic Site (W7965 State Hwy 23 Greenbush, WI)

“Ginger Beer Making” will take place at the Wade House historic site in Greenbush on July 21-22 from 10AM-4PM on Saturday and 11AM-4PM on Sunday. Ginger beer activities are included in the cost of general admission to Wade House.  Admission is: adults – $12; children (5-17) – $6; students and senior citizens (65 and over) – $10; family (two adults and two or more dependent children 5-17) – $33.For more information about the event, please visit wadehouse.org or call (920) 526-3271.

Admission includes the Wesley W. Jung Carriage Museum, a horse-drawn vehicle ride to the historic area, and visits to the stately 27-room stagecoach hotel, Herrling water-powered sawmill, and Dockstader Blacksmith shop. 

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Reasons You Aren’t Rich

From TheStreet.com

• You Care What Your Neighbors Think — If you’re competing against them and their material possessions, you’re wasting your hard-earned money on toys to impress them instead of building your wealth.

• You Aren’t Patient — Until the era of credit cards, it was difficult to spend more than you had. That is not the case today. If you have credit card debt because you couldn’t wait until you had enough money to purchase something in cash, you are making others wealthy while keeping yourself in debt.

• You Have Bad Habits — Whether it’s smoking, drinking, gambling or some other bad habit, the habit is using up a lot of money that could go toward building wealth. Most people don’t realize that the cost of their bad habits extends far beyond the immediate cost. Take smoking, for example: It costs a lot more than the pack of cigarettes purchased. It also negatively affects your wealth in the form of higher insurance rates and decreased value of your home.

• You Have No Goals — It’s difficult to build wealth if you haven’t taken the time to know what you want. If you haven’t set wealth goals, you aren’t likely to attain them. You need to do more than state, “I want to be a millionaire.” You need to take the time to set saving and investing goals on a yearly basis and come up with a plan for how to achieve those goals.

• You Haven’t Prepared — Bad things happen to the best of people from time to time, and if you haven’t prepared for such a thing to happen to you through insurance, any wealth that you might have built can be gone in an instant.

• You Try to Make a Quick Buck — For the vast majority of us, wealth doesn’t come instantly. You may believe that people winning the lottery are a dime a dozen, but the truth is you’re far more likely to get struck by lightning than win the lottery. This desire to get rich quickly likely extends into the way you invest, with similar results.

• You Rely on Others to Take Care of Your Money — You believe that others have more knowledge about money matters, and you rely exclusively on their judgment when deciding where you should invest your money. Unfortunately, most people want to make money themselves, and this is their primary objective when they tell you how to invest your money. Listen to other people’s advice to get new ideas, but in the end you should know enough to make your own investing decisions.

• You Invest in Things You Don’t Understand — Your hear that Bob has made a lot of money doing it, and you want to get in on the gravy train. If Bob really did make money, he did so because he understood how the investment worked. Throwing in your money because someone else has made money without fully understanding how the investment works will keep you from being wealthy.

• You Ignore Your Finances — You take the attitude that if you make enough, the finances will take care of themselves. If you currently have debt, it will somehow resolve itself in the future. Unfortunately, it takes planning to become wealthy. It doesn’t magically happen to the vast majority of people.

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Ms. Space Debris Pageant-Call for Entries

The organizers of Sputnikfest are seeking contestants to vie for the title of Ms. Space Debris, Queen of all that is Sputnikfest—the glitteriest jewel in the tiara of what is arguably one of the top pageants in the entirety of Manitowoc County. Although the title is “Ms” Space Debris, contestants do not necessarily have to be of the female gender. All that is required is that they must be a “human life form.”

Like all pageants, Ms. Space Debris will be expected to exhibit talent, poise, grace, confidence and fashion sense above and beyond other members of the Galaxy.

The new Ms. Space Debris will receive a cash prize of $50 PLUS a prize package valued over $250, which consists of a flight lesson/instruction, courteously CAVU Flight Academy and one year of free haircuts, courtesy of Rose Colored Glasses Salon and Spa.

Ms. Space Debris will reign over Sputnikfest, faithfully executing the duties involved in being the monarch of an intergalactic festival, wearing a cosmic crown and wielding a space-age scepter, presiding over wacky, tacky events like the Sputnikfest costume contest and the alien pet competition, and participating in a handful of promotional events scattered throughout the following year.

This year’s pageant will be held on the night before Sputnikfest, September 7 at 8:30p, as part of Aliens in the Alley, and will consist of three (3) categories:

  • Space-Age evening attire
  • Display of talent (what is loosely referred to as talent)
  • A brief question-and-answer period (don’t worry…these questions were created in the spirit of Sputnikfest…wacky & tacky)

All interested parties should submit their candidacy to https://tinyurl.com/MsSpaceDebris. Paper registration forms are also available at the Rahr-West Art Museum.

This pageant is sponsored by Rose Colored Glasses Salon & Spa and CAVU Flight Academy.

 

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Lamest Things of All Time

Maxim magazine recently released a list of the lamest things of all time. The list includes:

• Dogs in handbags — The human body already carries around enough annoying little life forms, so don’t add another.

• Lottery winners with jobs — Let that oh-so-sweet Waffle House night manager gig go already.

• Vegan bacon — The key to good bacon is –– are you ready? — pork! And no matter how much you pretend you love soy, that won’t change.

• Cellphone/smarthphone holsters — Even on the heavy side a phone weighs almost nothing. You don’t need to holster it like a cop holsters a gun, okay?

• People who stop at the bottom of the escalator. The ride’s over. Please continue 20 more paces.

• Mandals (socks with sandals) — A crime against humanity.