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First Annual Made in the Shade Day

Welcome to the Dog Days of Summer! Within the past week, temperatures have reached a scorching 97 degrees, prompting people and their pets to seek relief in nearby shade. But some dogs are not so lucky – their dog days of summer consist of braving the heat outside all day with little or no shade. These conditions can be particularly dangerous to dogs since it can result in sunburns, heat exhaustion, and even death. The Middle Tennessee Pet Resource Center wants to give pet owners the resources required to prevent these tragedies, but they need our help!

On Saturday, June 25, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. MTPRC’s will host its First Annual Made in the Shade Day. Throughout the day, they will provide free tarps, bungee cords, and water bowls to pets at risk in the East and North Nashville areas. To make this event a success, MTPRC is asking for volunteers and donations – whether it’s just a couple of bucks or a tarp. To find out how you can volunteer or donate, please email

And also, make sure that your own pet isn’t at risk. Be aware of the length of time you leave your pet outdoors in extreme heat or how long your daily walks are during the summer. Most importantly, always provide ample amount of shade and easy access to water for your furry friend!

Caitlin is the studio manager for Adrian Hitt Photography. She keeps things running smoothly behind the scenes and frequents the blog with tips on what’s going on in the dog world. A recent graduate of Elon University, Caitlin holds degrees in both digital art and professional writing and rhetoric. In her spare time, she pens fiction novels, eats too many Twizzlers and sneaks down to the local animal shelter to snuggle with the all the playful dogs and puppies looking for a forever home.

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