People who leave their dogs in hot cars is one of my biggest pet peeves.
Every year I go out of my mind when I see or hear of someone who left their dog in their car on a hot summer day to run into the store.
In the past I have been known to confront these complete strangers with a not so friendly greeting when they arrived back at their automobile that housed an overheated, panting dog, running around in their car.
Some of these conversations are more pleasant than others.
I have seen it in all different areas, Target being the biggest hot spot in my area. It never fails that I go into Target with no cars parked next to me and I come out to a mini van parked right next to me with a dog locked inside.
Seriously, it happened more than 4 times times last summer.
I finally decided to go to Walmart instead, where, if I might add, no one parked next to me with a dog locked in a hot car.
I’ve been reading a lot of post this summer where bloggers are trying to spread the word that this kind of behavior is just not cool. I love that we are spreading the word and trying to get the message across, but let’s face it, despite what I want to believe not everyone reads blogs.
However, almost everyone watches T.V. or listens to the radio, so I get excited when I see or hear about not leaving dogs in hot cars on one of those media outlets.
So why are people still doing it?
Based on the conversation that I had with a client at the vet the other day, I don’t think they understand what really happens to a dogs body when they are hot and locked in a car, and we need to paint them a picture.
My conversation went a little something like this:
Client: I left my dog in the car the other day when I ran into the mall. After all, the dog loves to lay in the sun, so he’s perfectly fine in the car for a few minutes, or twenty. Right?
Me:Um, no. Laying in the sun is totally different than being locked in a hot car.
Me:Your dog can get up and move when he gets hot laying in the sun. He can’t get out of a hot car: