Ice Bucket Challenge makes a return to social media in bid to raise vital funds for Dogs Trust

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The Ice Bucket Challenge has made a return to social media in a bid to raise vital funds for Dogs Trust Ireland.

The Ice Bucket Challenge, which took the Internet by storm in 2014, raised millions for the ALS Association, and now Dogs Trust are bringing back the paw-pular challenge with a twist.

The Ice Bath Challenge will take place on June 19, and it will see dog lovers take a brave leap towards helping abandoned and neglected dogs and pups all over Ireland by dunking themselves in a ice cold bath.

Anyone wishing to sign up is asked to join the Facebook Group then see the top pinned post from Katie O’Neill with the steps to get registered.

If you are not on Facebook you can email [email protected]

Everyone who signs up will be sent a t-shirt and a leaflet, with a few tips for the day.

Those who are taking part need to set up a Facebook Fundraiser so they can ask their friends and family to sponsor their challenge and to also post updates on the big day.

Participants should do the following:

  1. Fill a bathtub or paddling pool so that it covers your legs and waist, (or you can even get in the sea)

  2. Dump a couple of bags of ice into the tub

  3. Get in the water for as long as you can manage

And to make sure you stay safe during the challenge, you should follow these steps:

  1. If you have any underlying health conditions, check with your doctor before taking part in the challenge

  2. Wear a long sleeve shirt or sweatshirt under your Ice Bath Challenge t-shirt to help keep the top half of your body warm. You could also wear socks or sea booties

  3. Avoid taking a shower right after the ice bath. It is better to let the body warm up on its own instead of shocking it with hot water

  4. If after about 20 minutes you cannot seem to get warm on your own, take a warm shower to raise your internal body temperature

  5. Get out of the bath early if you feel too uncomfortable or feel like your heart is racing. Don’t push your body further than it’s ready to go



The Ice Bath Challenge will see dog lovers take a brave leap towards helping abandoned and neglected dogs

Dog lovers can find out more information about the challenge here.

Meanwhile, Dogs Trust is warning owners of the dangers hotter weather can have for dogs with temperatures expected to remain high across Ireland this weekend.

Sunny weather is such a treat for most in Ireland, and many will be making the most of the glorious sunshine with visits to their local park, beach or enjoying a backyard barbeque.

However, dogs cannot cool themselves down the same way as humans, so the charity is asking dog owners, especially those with young puppies, older dogs, overweight dogs or dogs with flatter faces, to be extra cautious as they are more prone to heatstroke.

Common signs of heatstroke to watch out for include uncoordinated movements or collapse, altered or loss of consciousness, loss of vision, vomiting, diarrhoea, seizures, coma or bleeding.

Owners are advised to seek immediate veterinary attention if heatstroke is suspected – the sooner this happens, the better chance the dog has of making a full recovery.

Ciara Byrne, head of communications, Dogs Trust Ireland, says: “While going out in the beautiful midday sun for a walk may seem like a great idea, we want to remind people to walk their dogs early in the morning or later in the evening when temperatures are lower.

“If you’re walking on tarmac, try the ‘seven-second test’; if it’s too hot for your hand, it’s too hot for your dog’s paws.

“Please also make sure you bring lots of cool, fresh water with you to keep your dog hydrated and if you’re stopping for a break, check that your dog has some shade to relax in.”

She continued: “The charity is also sharing a vital reminder to all dog owners; never ever leave your dog alone in a car on a warm day.

“Just a few minutes in a hot car can be fatal to your dog, with temperatures inside rising from 22 to 33 degrees in just 10 minutes.

“Even if the car is parked in the shade and the windows are left down, it does very little to help with the temperature inside the vehicle.”

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