Bluebonnet Animal Hospital Animal of the Week: Meet APA’s Clover!

Austin Animals Alive! is featured for Clover for Bluebonnet Animal Hospital “Pet of the Week” Segment.

Clover is about 6 years old, weighs 50 pounds, and she looks like a (very cute) German Shepherd mix.

Volunteers say, “Clover is a curious, affectionate and loyal dog. She likes to snuggle up to you on the couch to watch a movie. She also enjoys swimming in the lake and enjoys being active outdoors. She loves chasing balls and sticks in the lake – she’s always working to get the sticks back completely! She also loves chasing balls and toys around the house and will bring them back to you to throw them back.

“She loves to chew on harder toys like antlers, but will crush a stuffed toy in less than a minute! She’s not very food oriented, but loves to sit down for pleasure. She can be shy and shy when she first meets people, but warms up quickly and wants to cuddle She understands “sit” and “stay” and knows that “no” means she shouldn’t do something. She’s a home-trained girl who loves her cage, sleeping in it, and does just fine when she’s home alone. She’s still learning to roam freely when she’s home alone .

“Clover will love a home with parents who can take him for walks and throw him lots and lots of balls. She has lived with dogs, but lately prefers to be the only puppy, so she should be the only pet in the house. Clover is an adorable girl who will always be happy to see you and tell you how much she loves you! Come meet this little lady today!

Austin Animals Alive! also provides quick tips for dog owners to remember this summer:

  1. Exercise your pet lightly in the early morning and late evening and stay in shaded areas.
  2. Keep your dog home and out of the elements between about 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. Don’t take your dog for a run during this time – it’s just too dangerous.
  3. Never leave your dog in a car without the air conditioning. They can die very quickly.
  4. Include water in your dog’s play routine. Paddling pools, baby pools, lakes and rivers are all great ways to help your dog have fun and stay cool. However, in the heat of the day, even water won’t keep your dog cool enough, so save these activities for the morning and evening.

“Every summer when temperatures get this high, dogs in our community die of heat-related illnesses,” warns Dr. Ellen Jefferson, President and CEO of Austin Pets Alive! “It’s tragic and preventable. We can’t say it enough. Keep your pets home and indoors when it’s this hot.

Want to help walk dogs early in the morning or later in the day at the nonprofit animal shelter? Austin Animals Alive! is always looking for volunteers! Just go to their website:

Austin Animals Alive! wants to get pets out of kennels and into your home’s air conditioning! Valid until June 16, they run a special “Heat Waive” adoption and waive traditional adoption fees (except for surgery deposits). The non-profit shelter asks people to name their own adoption fees for all animals at Austin Pets Alive! You can name your own price for adopting a pet in foster care or one currently in APA! The refuge is open on Saturday, Sunday and every day from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Learn more about volunteering, promoting, adopting and donating to Austin Pets Alive! at

Pet of the Week is brought to you by Bluebonnet Animal Hospital, your animal health experts. Visit them at any of their 3 locations on South Lamar, Riverside or Circle C. You can find out more online at

This segment is paid for by Bluebonnet Animal Hospital and is intended as an advertisement. The views expressed by guests on this program are solely those of the guests and are not endorsed by this television channel.

Benjamin M. Yerger