Tail Wagging Tips for Traveling Safe This Summer

In summer the temperatures rise, the days get longer, and what is more heartwarming than heading out on a sunny car ride with your furry best friend by your side?

*Note:  This article is a guest post by Kurgo writer Kaitlyn Manktelow.*

While this may trigger some fantasy of a trip with your dog happily slobbering along the side of the car; let’s take a paws on this daydream to make sure your perfect summer plan isn’t unsafe for both you and your pet.

Whether you are preparing for the ultimate cross country road trip or just planning a trip to your favorite ice cream stand, here are some tips on making this summer bark worthy for both you and your dog.

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How to Build Your Own Stock Tank Pool

In the heat of the summer, we all want a pool in stock to help keep us cool.

However, we’re all aware of the differences between expectation and reality, particularly with home improvement projects. Expectations for home pools usually look something like the below picture, and of course, in this ideal scenario, maintenance and upkeep takes very little time, effort, or money.

However, in-ground, Olympic size pools can cost upwards of $20,000.

The reality of owning a pool can end up looking more like the below, even after plenty of money and hours of upkeep are invested each week.

When faced with the reality of many expensive pool systems, it’s easy to feel like Bill Murray in Caddyshack:  “We have a pool and a pond. Pond’d be good for you.” Instead of forcing you to settle for a pond, we have a third option for you:  the stock tank pool.

The stock tank pool (aka hillbilly hot tub) happens to be this summer’s hottest trend. For around $500, you can install your own backyard pool! Let us help you build your own pool, just in time for 4th of July. Keep reading for all the instructions.

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How CCD Affects Pollinators

CCD, or Colony Collapse Disorder, causes an average loss of 30% of beehives annually since 2006.

Obviously, bees are not the only pollinators on earth. They are, however, the largest contributors to animal pollination. Other pollinators include bats, butterflies, insects, and birds. In honor of National Pollinator Week, June 19-25, 2017, we have the basic information you will need to join the fight to save our pollinators.

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First, Some Statistics

It’s important to understand just what pollinators do and why saving them has become so important. You can see the tremendous impact they have on our food supply and our economy in these statistics:

Pollinator Statistics

Also, according to a 2016 United Nations committee report, up to 16% of vertebrate pollinators, like birds and bats, and 9% of insect pollinators, such as bees and butterflies, are threatened with extinction. Keep reading for the causes and suggestions for what you can do to help pollinators in your area.

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