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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Feelin' Hot, Hot, Hot

It's hotter outside than a grilled habanero. My feet seem to sink into sticky asphalt as I plod from an air conditioned car to an air conditioned building. Is it supposed to be this hot in June?

The Midwest is sweating from record heat, so it's time for a reminder. NEVER leave a dog in a hot car. Even with windows open, a vehicle quickly becomes a deadly oven. It doesn't matter if you're "only going to be gone for a few seconds". That's all it takes for heat exhaustion to overcome an animal...or a person for that matter!

I know I'm preaching to the choir, but if each one of us educates at least 2 or 3 other people on the issue, think what a difference we could make! So let's get the word out.

And if you should notice any living being left in a hot car, don't hesitate. Call for help from animal control and/or the police. I've done it before and the authorities are most cooperative in providing assistance and making sure that the person responsible learns a valuable (and often expensive) lesson.

My Dog is Cool provided the above photo. Their site has great tips and interesting facts relevant to all dog owners. Check them out to learn more.

Stay cool!


Two French Bulldogs said...

we saved doggies in a hot car the other was not happeee
Benny & Lily

Cyndi and Stumpy said...

That's such an important reminder! We can't hear it, or say it too frequently!

Happy, Waggin' Tails, FUREVER!
Stumpy and me

Fireblossom said...

My dog stays in the a/c at home while I go work in the heat! "How ya like me now?" he says, as he dances.


Ann Summerville said...

I don't take my dogs out this time of year. People don't consider how hot the asphalt is on their paws. It never ceases to amaze me how thoughtless people can be. Good advice.

Sheltie Times said...

It is not so easy to be a dog in the summer.

Oskar said...

It's such a great reminder!

Nubbin wiggles,

Lisa Ricard Claro said...

It's too hot here, too, to leave our dogs in the car. Our yellow fella, Rigby, is so put out that we've been leaving him behind when we run errands, but there's no help for it. He loves riding in the front seat of the truck so much that we've talked about going for a ride just for him. LOL

Your reminder is timely. I'm always surprised by the folks who just don't seem to know any better; unfortunately, they are legion.

Arran, Arthur and Mum said...

A very timely reminder, it's just starting to get warm over here.

An English Shepherd said...

Great reminder :-)

CreekHiker / HollysFolly said...

Excellent point!!! I do my grocery shopping at night in the summer just so Mabel can still go!

Pup Fan said...

So important to remind people of this!