Because You Love Your “Best Friend”

“A dog’s age and health can also be a factor in how well he handles extreme temps. When the outside temperature is 70 degrees, a car can heat up to 89 degrees in just 10 minutes, and to 104 in 30 minutes. At 80 degrees outside, you’re looking at 99 degrees inside a vehicle in 10 minutes and 114 in 30 minutes.Aug 15, 2016” Google Search

Today’s post inspired by a recent true event I witnessed:

Thursday, June 26, 5 pm, the temperature was 25 C. A couple parked their SUV in the sun, facing the sun, as I was looking at outdoor displays of merchandise. Concerned because of their lack of consideration for their dog, I set my phone’s timer. After 5 minutes I went into the store and requested to speak with the manager, hoping he would announce on the PA that there was a dog in distress in the car. By this time, I was back outside and the dog’s distress level was escalating. I went back in and discovered the store manager had not made an announcement. So I watched and fretted and grew angrier. Finally, 11 minutes later the owners returned to their vehicle … the temperature I now know would have been about 100 degrees, so next time I won’t wait so long. Next time I will call the police just before I intervene on the animal’s behalf.

Show your furry friends how much you love and value them by leaving them in a safe place rather than take them with you when you do errands. If you’re travelling with your furry friend, until you get to your destination, here are some suggestions:

  1. Park in the shade
  2. Pour a bowl of water for them
  3. Leave the windows open several inches
  4. Rather than eat in a restaurant, take out your food and picnic with furry friends inside or outside of the car
  5. Leave someone in the car with the animals when shopping needs to be done or take the animals to your destination such as the cottage and go shopping afterwards
  6. Be respectfully innovative about how you take care of your “best friend”

P.S. Unlike humans, dogs can’t sweat to cool down their bodies, so imagine how it would feel to you if you couldn’t escape the heat, experienced heat stroke, or even died because the one who loves you didn’t take enough care.

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June 29, 2019