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My dog, Rags, is part Jack Russel Terrier.

While we were at Medina Lake over Labor Day, I helped a dog that was suffering from heat prostration. It was a big beautiful black lab and I thought we were going to lose him! The owners had taken two dogs hiking (a golden retriever and the lab). It was close to 100 degrees and they did not take water on the hike. They barely got the black lab to the activity center. The golden was fine.

What you may do for heat prostration in dogs:

Give them tepid (NOT COLD) water to drink
Wet the dog down with tepid (NOT COLD) water
Put a fan on the dog so evaporation will help cool the dog
Give the dog a little salt in case his electrolytes are wacky
Take the dog to a vet as soon as you are able

Please share this post with your fellow dog lovers. If they are going to go hiking with dogs, the dogs need water too. The best way to handle this is to freeze a bottle of water and give the dog some as it melts. Be aware of how your dog breathes and pants.

Signs of heat prostration are rapid panting, lethargy, vomiting, and diarrhea. Death can occur within 20 minutes, so you do not have much time to wonder if it is a heat stroke or not. After the episode, I researched heat prostration in dogs and found some good information:

Heatstroke is most common in the large breeds and in dogs with short noses. . . We have seen heatstroke in dogs who were swimming or who were merely excited but not obviously exercising hard. . .

For emergency treatment:

Any time that heatstroke is suspected it is best to get an immediate rectal temperature reading and to begin treatment immediately if the body temperature is over 106 degrees Fahrenheit or to stop all activity and move indoors if the temperature is less than this but elevated above 103 degrees Fahrenheit. Body temperatures over 107 degrees Fahrenheit are a critical emergency because organ damage can occur at this temperature and at higher temperatures.

What do you do if you cannot get the animal to a veterinarian? Here is the treatment a vet might use. You would have to improvise.

Treatment consists of cool water (not cold water) bathes or rinses. The veterinarian may want to use cool water enemas, cool water gastric lavage (rinsing of the stomach), corticosteroids, and specialized intravenous fluid therapy using colloids to maintain blood pressure.

So you would need a rectal thermometer for sure and perhaps an enema bag and some way to push fluids into the dog, either IV or lavage. Scary thinking about it? What if it happens?

I think the best action in this case would be proactive.

Do not take your dog walking in the heat of the day.
Carry water for yourself and your dog.
If your dog is displaying one or more symptoms of heat prostration, take the dog inside or out of the direct sun, take a rectal temperature, and cool the dog with water.
Take the dog to the vet, the sooner the better.
Be prepared to help your dog and yourself during the dog days of summer.


For 20 years I have heard folk talk about dinosaur tracks in the Blanco River. Some people state they are downstream from Five Mile Dam outside of San Marcos. Others swear they are on the private property down river from Blanco State Park.

Following directions in the book, Roadside Geology of Texas (Spearing, 1996), we found the dinosaur tracks last weekend on our journey back from Fredericksburg.

The Sauropod tracks are in the Blanco River bed west of Blanco, Texas. To see the tracks, the water level must be low, so this summer is perfect for viewing!

Take US Highway 281 South from Austin to Blanco, turn right onto FM 1623, and look for County Road 103 on the left. Turn and park safely, at least 1500 feet from the low water crossing.

Stand on the low water crossing facing downstream. Walk to your left toward FM 1623 and enter the riverbed. Gingerly walk about 150 feet and you cannot miss these tracks! There are about 20 of them and they lead right into the water.

You must cross the river and walk quite a way to see the next sets of tracks. With the water low, there is a danger of slipping on algae-covered rocks, so walk carefully. It is better if you walk in the water rather than on the land. Snakes snooze on the rock ledges next to the river.

Look for the gravel bar that lies roughly in the middle of the river. You want to walk down the right side of this gravel bar.

You will know that you are heading toward the right place when you see the Cretaceous limestone outcropping depicted in the picture to the left.

Continue to walk toward the limestone overhang, looking toward the gravel bar. Soon you will spot tracks radiating from the gravel bar toward the bank and then curving back toward the sand bar.

While these tracks are not as numerous as the Theropod and Sauropod tracks in Dinosaur Valley State Park, these three Saurapod trackways in the Blanco River bed will amaze you.

Step into the footsteps of dinosaurs. Sit and ponder the time that has passed since these huge, herbivores walked the Earth.


Jefferson: The Most Haunted Town in Texas

In 1811 one of the most powerful earthquakes in recorded history changed the course of the Mississippi River, making the river run backward. Massive amounts of trees fell during the earthquake and the aftershocks.

On a creek tributary to Cedar Bayou, trees piled up against a beaver dam, creating a logjam several miles wide and several miles deep. Impounded by this logjam, the waters of Cedar Bayou eventually formed a vast shallow lake along the Texas- Oklahoma border. American settlers in the area named it Caddo Lake after the tribe native to the region.

Jefferson, Texas, the county seat of Marion County, lies at the junction of IH-59 and SH 49, on Big Cypress Creek and Caddo Lake. Named for Thomas Jefferson, the town was founded in the early 1840s.

The most famous haunted spaces in Jefferson are the Excelsior Hotel and the Jefferson Hotel, a private home named The Grove, and the Oak Grove Cemetery. However, there are also ghosts from a Civil War battle, ghosts from a steamship that blew up on Big Cypress Bayou, and ghosts of black men that were hanged by the KKK.

Jefferson Ghost Walk meets in front of the Jefferson Historical Society & Museum. Stop by the Chamber of Commerce for detailed information or call.

You will spend an hour and a half walking the streets of historic old Jefferson, lamp in hand, hearing about the spirits that haunt this famous town. You may possibly meet a few on the trip!

You will need to save the .wmv file to your desktop or
open it with Real Player to view it.

Here is a nonverified list of ghosts, haunts, and specters that are said to appear periodically in Jefferson:

* Ghost security guard with a bullet hole in his head watches TV in living room
* Male haunt, dressed as a steamship captain, hitchhikes to town.
* Man with the head of a pig smokes pipe under a streetlight.
* Woman with a knife in her chest walks Jefferson Street before sunrise.
* Skeleton clothed in dark robes sits at a table in a home.
* Headless man sits in a chair in a house.
* Specter carrying a bloody ax walks a dog late at night on a dark street.
* A lady carrying her head under her arm looks through the fridge in her house.
* An army uniform, sans body, walks around in a deserted area outside town.
* Ghost of a hobo roams a dark street around midnight.
* Teenager in bloody prom dress peeps through house windows late at night.
* Woman without head stands in the middle of the road outside Jefferson.
* Young woman haunt in maid uniform drinks gasoline from a gas pump.


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