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PONs are often aware of changes coming in the weather before you will be.  Their intuition is strong and what you do may strongly affect them  Even if you are frightened yourself, it is best to remain calm, use a regular voice and do not baby them.Most PONS will not have problems if you do not show your fears..  Even if your PON is behaving strangely, do not become upset with him. The following are some suggestions during a storm:
     1.  Turn on a radio or a television acting as normal as you can.
     2.  Try some indoor play activities as a distraction--for example, playing a ball game
     3.   Build your PON a cave by moving your dog to a room with fewer windows, which is also more quiet, or by
            covering the crate or kennel with a sheet so that he feels he has a safe shelter.
     4.  I you live in part of the country where tornadoes and other very strong storms exist, train him ahead of time by 
           command to go where you would want him to go in case of sever weather...then it will seem normal to him.  More 
           than likely  the pON will want to be where you are...remember he is a herding dog and he wants to be with his



The following are suggestions to help prepare ourselves and our pets for the hurricanes or any storm where power and other problems may be an issue.   Make sure your PON and other animals are in the safest place they can be.  They no doubt will want to be with you.
      1.  Make sure your dog(s) is wearing tags or identification.
      2.  When stocking water ahead of a storm  remember to stock  enough for several days for your pets.  Flood water
            is not safe to drink.
      3.  Buy severak bags of ice ahead of time.  You may well be without power for several days and it can be used to
            help keep your PON cool.  Fill several bottles with water and freeze them.  This can be important with young
            pups  who cannot yet adjust to heat in extreme weather.  Keep an eye on this process so they do not become
            too chilled. You
            may want to wrap them in towels to prevent burn.
       4. PONs also love to eat ice cubes when hot
       5. Fill the bathtub with water which can be used to flush toilets and even drunk in an emergency if purified.
       6. Fill a kiddie pool with water to let the PON swim and cool down.
       7. If possible, purchase one battery pack that will run when charged without electricity and can run a small fan.  
       8. Remember to stock extra food in a safe, dry place, using a container which will keep the food dry if water 
            should get in.
       9.  Medications should be stored in a safe, dry place.
     10.  Keep a leash handy should you need to evacuate.  It will make it much easier to find and control your pet. 
CLICk on the  BOX below to read an excellent article by a PON owner who has ridden through many hurricanes with his PONs.



Your beloved PONs seeks out a new black and white play "friend."You may find the following very helpful. It was sent to us by Judith B. Jones whose beloved PON Mick seems to be drawn to the "wonderful scent" having had five or more encounters in his life.  Apply as soon as possible.
1 gallon water
2 cups of both white vinegar and hydrogen peroxide
Enough Dawn dishwashing liquid to make a foam


PONS like other dogs, absorb through their feet.It is important to you to keep them away from chemically treated yards, parks, fields, etc In their play area avoid toxic chemicals of any kind.  The following is a safe spraythat will kill most weeds, but be careful because it may kill healthy plants as well.  You many have to apply a couple times a season.
 1gallon cheap white vinegar
 1 pound salt
 1 tablespoon liquid dish detergent.
 Open vinegar and remove two cups. Place cap on and mix.  When the bubbles die down add back the vinegar you removed as much as you can.  Spray on the areas  where you want the weeds to die.  Works best on a hot sunny day!


Ingesting or obsorbing either
of these requires
 1. Do not allow them to drink from
      toilet bowls  if you use chemicals to
 2. Beware of cupboards that can be 
      opened making chemicals available
      including some including make up
 3. Do not allow them to walk on fields
      that have been recently sprayed.
 4. Beware of insecticides--toxic if
      ingested or allergic reaction
  5.Avoid carbaryl (also known as
      SEVIN)...not tolerated well 
      by many PONs
  6.  Click below for  plants that are


On hot days PONs should have a cool place to relax and plenty of cool water.   You can freeze pop bottles (wrap them to prevent freezer burn) and let them lay next to them.  PON's also love to lay directly in front of fans and love to cruch ice cubes. Of course air ondiditoning may be perfect for them.  

Under no circumstances Should dogs be left in a car when temperatures are warm.  Even in the shade a car will heat up faster than most people realize even if the windows are part way open.  Your PON will have no way to cool down and may quickly become the victim of heat stroke in five minutes or less.  It is best to leave them home when shopping...let them stay home and be safe and comfortable. 

The intial signs of heat stroke are the following:   1)frantic.   noisy breathing     2)  bright red tongues and mucous  membranes  3) thick and tenacious saliva   4) high rectal temperautre of over 104 degrees  (normal is 100-102.6)    5)  may eventually vomit, stagger,   6)  have diarrhea which may be bloody  7) coma and   8) eventuallyl die.
If you expect your dog is showing signs of heat stroke,,,take steps IMMEDIATELY  to cool him down.
     1,  If possible remove him to a cooler area.
     2.  Allow him to drink small amounts of water at first.
     3.  Cool the d og with water...if possible from a garden hose
     4.  Water should not be overly cold, not should you submerge the dog in water.
     5.  Pay attention to wetting extremties like paws, head and tail
     6.  You can wet towels and place them between his back legs and armpits. 
*NOTEBlack or other dark colored dogs because theyabsorb the heat are even more suseptible to heat stroke.  Save
 outdoor time and exercise for all puppies and adult dogs for cooler mornings or later evenings during the hot weather.  Also  keep in mind that nighttime terperatures may still put your dog at risk if it reamins high.



FLEAS AND TICKS can be a challenge if your PON spends time outdoors.  With increasing outbreaks of Lyme Disease in many areas, it is important to be diligent in routinely checking your dog for ticks if you liave in an area with any tick population.  Lately it has been learned a flea comb can be useful in doing this.

The following are two great resources about fleas and ticks. 

This first provides an overview of both.         FLEAS and TICKS

This link is a thorough  resource about ticks.        TICKS                                   

How to properly removed a tick already embedded in yo.ur dog
       1. With tweezers, grasp the parasite close to the skin and pull it straight out.
       2. If you must use your fingers rather than tweezers for this operation, cover them with a tissue during the procedure   
            and wash them after the tick has dispatched.
       3. Do not twist or jerk the tick; this could cause the creature's head to separate from its body, leaving its mouth parts
             lodged in the  skin.
        4. Was the bite with antiseptic and place the tick inside a plastic container marked with the date in case it is later
             needed for verification of illness.

Placing vaseline, soap, or any other ingredient on the tick to have it remove itself is an old wive's tale. It may mean the tick will just dump his saliva into you before departing increasing even more the possibility of disease. Ticks are not easily killed but can be killed by placing alcohol in the container. Throwing them out or into water more than likely will not do the trick. They are very hearty...best yet, stay away from areas where ticks hang out such as wooded areas , especially where deer roam and check yourself and your PON when you come in. They are especially bad this year.

HOLIDAY HAZARDS---   July 4, Halloween, December Holidays (the worst)

July 4  is not a good day for many pets.  In fact, it is the number 1 day when animals tend to break away and take off in a frenzied state.  It is a day when noise may hurt their ears, and the sounds of fireworks and  crowds  are no place for any PON to be.  Make sure if you go out to leave your pet in a safe, secure quiet place where he will feel safe and comfortable.  Also be careful about avoiding foods that are not good for them, If not toxic, many foods that are too rich or fatty   lead to pancreatitis.  Remember it is a day for celebration for you, but not necessarily for them. 

Halloween is a time of costumes, candy, trick or treat, etc,  But for our PONs it may be a time of strange behaviors, strange looking people, and an opportunity to indulge in goodies which can be even deadly.  To help keep your PON(s)and other pets save visit     HALLOWEEN PET HINTS

December Holidays --There are many celebrations during the month of December. Some are religious observances and some are get together with friends.  It is not a time to bring in a new puppy,  New puppies require training, socialization and most of all a lot of attention, none of which you have time for when you are entertaining. Holiday decorations and goodies can be toxic, even deadly to both puppies and adult dogs. Buying or selling a puppy for the holidays is not a good idea.  You are best to wait until there is more time and energy and the results will be much better. 

Need help for a PON in an emergency situation?  Hurricanes, thunder storms,extreme heat, and even tornadoes may be headed your way.  Is your PON having surgery and you need a surgical collar to prevent him from licking the wound or more?  Do you need a list of toxic plants?  Do you need emergency numbers after your vet closes where you might get help?  Did you know antifreeze can kill quickly and the injestion or absorbtion  is a true emergency?  Hopefully the suggestions  and information given will help you to know what to do in the event of  Polish Lowland Sheepdog emergencies.