The Dog Days of Summer

Story and photos by Kelly

One of my favorite things about living in Germany is how dog-friendly everything is. I take my Italian Greyhound just about everywhere I go. And now that the weather’s warm, I’m planning even more outdoor adventures together. Here are a few things to keep in mind for your four legged friend during the warmer months.

dog at fountainKelly

Don’t let Fido dehydrate in the summer sun. Most restaurants are more than willing to provide you with a bowl and tap water. Simply ask, “Haben Sie Wasser für meinen Hund, bitte?”


As I write, my small dog it sitting on my lap with her mouth swollen like a chipmunk after eating a bee. I wish I could say she learned a lesson from all of this. Seeing as this is the second time we’ve been through this, I doubt it.

One sting is generally not dangerous. But if you notice extreme swelling or trouble breathing, head to the vet ASAP (as soon as possible). If your dog has had multiple stings or had a bee in its mouth, call your vet. Bee stings in the mouth can be life threatening. It can cause swelling that can make it hard for the dog to breathe.


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Along with tick prevention, pet owners are encouraged to check their pets for ticks daily, especially after they spend time outdoors.

We love to take hikes in the many wooded trails in the area. Ticks also love grassy trails,  so it’s important to check your dog for them every day. You can buy inexpensive tick removal tools at the vet or online. One of our favorites is a tick remover.

dog rose geranium oilKelly

You’ve probably noticed that when you see a dog at a restaurant, they are quietly sitting under the table seeming not to care about the food on the table or the other patrons. Remember that in Germany, your dog is expected to behave as well as any other patron.

Author’s Profile: Kelly is a DOD wife, devoted dog-mom, a mediocre cook, a whiskey aficionado and an avid traveler who’s exploring the Kaiserslautern area with dog and husband in tow.

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