Summertime in Florida is brutal at times and summer weather has already arrived here well in advance of the summer solstice. The heat is unbearable and just when it starts cooling down in the evening, mosquitoes show up and start biting. A good part of my day seems to be spent putting protective chemicals on my skin for one reason or another. Although I don’t particularly like heat that makes you feel as though your skin is melting off your body, I still prefer it to shoveling snow or having to bundle up in puffy layers just to get out of the house. Truthfully, the bottom line for me is this: when I’m feeling happy and relaxed I can tolerate heat, cold, wet, dry, or pretty much anything that comes my way. When I’m not feeling so great, even the smallest irritation can translate to something huge in my mind.
Happiness is an “inside job” and one of the best ways for me to remain happy and healthy is to surround myself with happy and positive people, eat right, and get enough sleep. Falling passionately in love with another is probably the absolute best way to keep most anyone smiling regardless of the season, geographical location, or temperature extremes, especially when that love is reciprocated. How do I know this? Let’s just say I recently met someone whom I love very much. Just the thought of her throughout the day immediately lifts the stress off my neck, instills peace to my chest, and fills my heart with love. But how do we help our pets cope with summer health hazards? Read More