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cautiously holds back. Speaking of caution, despite the name of his breed, Mazzella's Portuguese Water Dog Figgy is actually afraid of the water. When Figgy followed her onto the dock at Nonesuch Pond (on the Natick/ Weston line) and realized that there was water was below him, he started to shake, went down on his belly, and crawled all the way off the dock in a prone position. Safety First Keeping dogs safe is a priority for animal control officers Richard Murray of Weston and Sue Webb of Wellesley. Webb cautions about leaving dogs in automobiles, as the inside of cars heats up very quickly and interferes with a dog's normal cooling process, evaporation through panting. She explains that on an 85-degree day, for example, even with windows cracked, the temperature inside a car can climb to 102 degrees in 10 minutes and 120 in 30 minutes. A dog's normal body temperature is 101.5 to 102.2 degrees and can only withstand a body temperature of 107 degrees for a short time before suffering irreparable brain damage or death. If a dog is overcome by heat exhaustion, Webb advises to immediately immerse or spray him or her with cool running water until the body tem- consult a veterinarian to determine if additional treatment is necessary. Murray includes a section titled "Pet Planning Tips" in the Community Emergency 145 s u m m e r 2 0 1 3 | We l l e s l e y We s t o n M a g a z i n e perature lowers, provide drinking water, and

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