Dog Days – July
The dog days of summer have arrived. Enjoy the Garden with your pup for an entire weekend! Due to the Texas summer heat, this Dog Days weekend will be held 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. (although the Garden will remain open during regular hours for humans, until 6 p.m.). Hydration stations for dogs will be provided by the Garden across campus.
Cost: Regular admission for humans and an additional $5 per dog.
FWBG|BRIT members receive free admission and pay $5 per dog — with complimentary bandana(s).
Thank you to our sponsors!
To ensure the success of Dog Days and the safety of all participants, the Garden asks that guests and pets adhere to the following rules and etiquette:
- All dogs must be leashed, more than four months old and up to date on vaccinations.
- No dogs in heat allowed.
- Dogs are not allowed to stay in unattended vehicles.
- Waste must be bagged and placed in trash receptacles. The Garden will have bags available for use.
- Dogs are not permitted inside Rock Springs Café, in the Rainforest Conservatory or on trams.
- Dogs must be socialized and well-behaved. If dogs are seen acting aggressively, Garden staff reserves the right to ask owners to leave with their dogs.
- Humans and dogs must stay on trails, pathways and open lawn areas. This ensures the Garden and horticultural displays stay beautiful for all to enjoy!
- Dog owners are responsible for their pets. FWBG|BRIT is not responsible for any injury or illness.
- Guests should ask before approaching unknown dogs or allowing dogs to interact. Similarly, guests with dogs should control interactions with guests without dogs, especially when children are involved.
- Please leave the Garden as you found it. Collect all dog treats, waste, bags and anything else your pup might have left behind.
- As always, FWBG|BRIT staff recommends human guests wear sturdy walking shoes and protect themselves from the sun.
Summer Safety Tips for Pets, courtesy of Saving Hope Rescue:
- Simply touch the pavement with the back of your hand for seven seconds. If you can’t hold out for the full seven seconds because the surface is too hot, then it’s also too hot for your dog’s paws.
- Never leave pets in a hot car, not even for a minute! Not even with the car running and air conditioner on. On a warm day, temperatures inside a vehicle can rise rapidly to dangerous levels. On an 85-degree day, for example, the temperature inside a car with the windows opened slightly can reach 102 degrees within 10 minutes. After 30 minutes, the temperature will reach 120 degrees. Your pet may suffer irreversible organ damage or die.
- Watch the humidity. It is not just temperature, but also the humidity that can affect your animals. Animals pant to evaporate moisture from their lungs, which takes heat away from their body. If the humidity is too high, they are unable to cool themselves and their temperature will skyrocket to dangerous levels
- Limit exercise on hot days
- Always carry water with you to keep your dog from dehydrating.
- Pets respond differently to heat than humans do. (Dogs sweat primarily through their feet.)
- Fans don’t cool off pets as like they do people.
- Any time your pet is outside, make sure they have protection from heat and sun and plenty of fresh, cold water.
- In heat waves, add ice to water when possible.
- Tree shade and tarps are ideal because they don’t obstruct air flow. A doghouse does not provide relief from heat—it makes it worse.
- Keep your pet from overheating indoors or out with a cooling body wrap, vest or mat. Soak these products in cool water, and they’ll stay cool (but usually dry) for up to three days.
- Watch for signs of heatstroke. Signs of a heatstroke are heavy panting, glazed eyes, a rapid heartbeat, difficulty breathing, excessive thirst, lethargy, fever, dizziness, lack of coordination, profuse salivation, vomiting, a deep red or purple tongue, seizure and unconsciousness. Animals are at particular risk for heat stroke if they are very old, very young, overweight, not conditioned to prolonged exercise, or have heart or respiratory disease. Some breeds of dogs—like boxers, pugs, shih tzus and other dogs and cats with short muzzles—will have a much harder time breathing in extreme heat.