First, happy birthday to the witty, beautiful, sarcastic Mr. Lady! I won’t tell her secrets by telling you how old she is, but it rhymes with shmirty-shmix. She’s one bad-ass Lady and one gorgeous Mister. Happy birthday, Shannon.
Second, and I think it’s ridiculous that I would have to mention this, but do NOT leave your dog in a car and run into the store. EVER.
I say this because yesterday, I stopped at Walgreens. A car pulled up beside me at the same time I got out. When I came out, about 5 minutes or so later, I realized that there was a small terrier sitting all the way in the back, behind the back seat, in the car next to me. All of the windows were rolled up. There was a slight breeze, but my phone said that the temperature was 80 degrees.
I told myself that I would give it five minutes, and if nobody had come to the car by then, I was going to go into Walgreens and have them make an announcement, and if that didn’t produce anyone, I would call the cops. If necessary, I was prepared to break one of his windows.
At this point, the dog was not panting, but I wasn’t willing to wait for it to become an emergency. Right as my self-imposed five minute deadline ended, an old man came out of the store and walked towards the car. I talked to him briefly and explained that he could cause serious injury to his dog if he had been in the store for longer than he expected, and that he needs to be careful not to do that ever again.
His response to me was curt: “I’ve been doing it for ten years and ain’t had no issues.”
I said, as he was getting into his car. “It only takes one time for it to become tragic.” He harumphed and started to pull the door shut, but I said, “One more thing.” He waited and looked at me. “I come here on a pretty frequent basis, and I’m going to guess that you shop here frequently, too (He had a prescription in his hand). I will make it a point to look for your car, and if I ever see your dog locked inside like that again, first I will break every single one of your windows, and secondly, I will come into Walgreens and drag you outside and hold you here until the cops arrive. Try me.”
This is common sense, yet animals die all the time due to overheating. Even if there’s a nice breeze out, the inside of your car can reach lethal temperatures for a dog within 30 minutes or less. Leaving a window cracked may provide a small amount of respite, but it will only prolong the inevitable and is NOT an acceptable solution. If you absolutely have to leave your dogasd in a car while you go into the store, there are a few things you can do:
1. Open the windows all the way. This will allow the dog to get out of the car if it gets too hot, where he or she can find shade and cool down.
2. Leave your car running with the AC on.
3. Make sure your dog has a large bowl of water in your car, and leave all of your windows open to a significant degree.
Even these options aren’t ideal, and they should only be used in case of an emergency.
Also, don’t leave your baby in a car. Because that’s even worse.