This week we received our first snow and cold temperatures. It’s time for a winter reminder for you and your pets. Yes, animals have fur coats, but unless they are one of the few breeds that are used to cold temperatures you need to remember, if you’re cold, they’re cold.

Even for breeds such as Malamutes, Huskies, Great Pyrenees or St. Bernards, their paw pads, ears, and noses can freeze. Watch your pets when they are outside and limit exposure to the elements.

Puppies, kittens, and shorthaired pets are more susceptible to cold temperatures. Keep your pets on a leash. Early season ice can be deadly for you and your pets.

Honk your vehicles horn before starting it. Pets, especially cats, will climb into the engine compartment to find comfort near a warm engine.

Our Buddy is ready to find his furever home. This 4 to 5-year-old lab mix has tried twice to fit into a home, but he had an issue we didn’t know about. Buddy would get too excited and being a ‘mouthy’ dog, it was mistakenly taken as aggression. This super sweet pup finally showed us this side of his personality and we have been training him to be less mouthy and he has been placed on anti-anxiety medication to help him relax. At one time Buddy was afraid to go through a door. He got past that and being the good, smart pup he is, he has taken to his behavior modification training like a champion. Guidance will be provided to his new family to continue his training.

Buddy loves going for walks, getting belly rubs, and giving hugs. He rides in a car well, takes treats nicely, is good with other dogs and doesn’t show any interest in cats. If you give this guy a chance and the time to be a part of your family, you won’t be disappointed. He will surely live up to his name and become your buddy.

Our next fundraising event will be on Saturday, Dec. 4, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Shops at the Lodge in Siren. Our annual Holiday Bake Sale has been a favorite for years. If you would like to contribute freshly baked goodies you can contact Peggy at peggy.tolbert86@gmail.com for information. Since we receive no funding from the county, we rely on our donors and fundraisers to continue to serve the community.

HSBC information—7410 County Road D, PO Box 621, Webster, WI 54893. Telephone: 715-349-2368. Email: rescue.hsbc@gmail.com. Website: www.hsburnettcty.org. Facebook: www.facebook.com/humanesocietyburnettcounty. Public hours: Tuesday - Friday, 12 -5 p.m. and Saturday, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. by appointment.