Out and About – Week of July 19th

Next Tuesday, July 27, the US Department of Veterans Affairs in Battle Creek, will offer an informational meeting here in Three Rivers, at the Rivers Enrichment Center, 1200 West Broadway. If you are a veteran and have questions or issues, this would be the perfect time to have them answered. This session will run from 11:30 AM until 1 PM.

If you live at one of the many lakes here in St. Joe County, the chances are great that you have a dog. After all, dogs and cats are, or should be, a very important family member.

An easy cruise around Pleasant Lake usually takes about an hour. It’s amazing how many dogs you see playing in their yards or swimming around near shore. You don’t see many cats at the lake. One lake-dweller once said that they would keep any cat that would be able to swim from the boat launch all the way to the other side of the lake. Anyway, you might be surprised to know that not all dogs are natural swimmers and not all can or will swim. If they do swim, they will do the “Dog-Paddle”. Here are some water safety tips for Fido:

To check your dog’s swimming skills and introduce them to the water, you’ll want to do so in a shallow spot in the water. Keep a leash on your dog while they learn. Get into the water with them and don’t force them to get in. It won’t take long to find out if they enjoy the experience.
Whether you are in a river, lake or pond, get your dog a life jacket, especially if you take them out in a boat or on a dock. You’ll also want to keep your dog away from any fishing gear.

Here are some general safety rules:

Rinse the pet off after they have been in any type of water. Seawater minerals, salt, chlorine, algae, and pollution can irritate or damage their skin and fur.
Remove their flea collar before they swim. Water can wash off its active ingredients.
Dry you dog’s ears completely to prevent an infection.
Learn canine CPR. Mouth-to-nose resuscitation and chest compressions could save a dog’s life.
Like a small child, never leave your dog alone in the water.

I would like to thank Cindy Johnson for the above information. It was found in the July-August issue of Shoreline Magazine.

There are three interesting exhibits now on display at the Carnegie Center for the Arts, 107 North Main Street, in historic downtown Three Rivers. The Carnegie is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 AM until 5 PM. The exhibits include: “Covid Reunion”, “Time to Finish”, and “Like Mother, Like Daughter”. These three exhibits are available for viewing through September 10. Everyone is asked to enter and exit through the Portage Avenue door.

In case you weren’t aware, here are some manners to remember when dining out:

Don’t stretch across another’s plate in order to reach anything. Ask for the desired item to be passed, please.
Don’t finger articles, and don’t play with your napkin, goblet, fork or anything.
Don’t mop your face or beard with your napkin. Draw it across your lips neatly.
“It’s not toasted, it’s not dated, but look out – it’s imitated. Insist on BURMA SHAVE”

See you Out and About!

Submitted by Norm Stutesman

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