Tuesday, 10 April 2012
Zuma's loving the Sun
My new life in Portugal is turning out to be the best decision Mummy ever made. I am very comfortable in my new Zuma the Dog Headquarters, with my old beanbag bed from England and a new bed for the front room. I’ve done a lot of digging in the new garden and made myself perfectly at home. I get to go out for lots more walkies and the beach is only a short walk from Zuma the Dog HQ. I go there every day. Power walking Mummy down the hill into the sand dunes and straight onto the white sand. At first it was an odd feeling between my paws and running on it was difficult, but it didn’t take long before I was running faster than everyone else. You’ll find all the doggies walking their owners at the beach and I’ve even heard a story about a lady who lives near the beach who owns 15 Jack Russell’s. Can you imagine that?! 15 of me running around your house!! You’d love it!
I’m not sure if dogs can catch the sun, but it’s been super hot and as much as Mummy tries to keep me in the shade at home, I love to crash out in the sun. My under belly was pink, but now it’s a lovely shade of brown. I think I’m going to have to be careful as I’ve also noticed a few more black spots appear on my back.
This raises the point about sun safety. Mummy has been putting sun factor 30 on my nose, which is a really great idea. You can never be too careful with the sun and here at Zuma the Dog we know the importance of protecting ourselves from the sun’s harmful rays. We also believe that getting some sun is important with many health benefits. Not only does it make you feel happier and lift your mood, but it is also the best source of vitamin D. Recent studies have shown that many children are not getting enough sunlight into their system. For many years, as a parent you have been told to cover your child in the highest factor sun block possible to protect them from sunburn and skin cancer. I have seen Mummy cover Master C from head to toe in the past with factor 30 then jeans and a t-shirt on the beach. This religious sun worshiping ritual is actually stopping the Vitamin D getting into our children’s system, which can cause, in extreme cases rickets. This disease in most cases is caused by malnutrition, but a Vitamin D deficiency is not helping.
It is important that our children get the benefits from the sun without having to suffer the consequences, so perhaps consider what Mummy has been doing lately and let Master C play in the sun for an hour and then cover him in sun block.
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Play safe in the sun.