It’s Damn Hot Outside and I’m Steaming Mad

Okay, so it would seem that I’ve disappeared off the face of the map for awhile, which is kind of true. I’ve been busy with lots of different projects and charity work and well, just plain life. But I promise, I’m back. Well, at least for a little bit.

So the Soapbox Topic of the Day is HEAT. Say this with me, boys and girls – Dogs and cars do not get along when it’s hot! It absolutely boggles my mind that after all the warnings and incidents that anyone would have to continue telling people – DO NOT LEAVE YOUR DOG ALONE IN THE CAR. Not for a minute. Not one minute. Not at all. Not even if you’re just running into the store quickly to grab just one thing, you’ll only be 2 seconds, that’s it. Not even if the windows are cracked. Not even if the car is parked in the shade. Repeat after me again: DO NOT LEAVE YOUR DOG ALONE IN THE CAR.

Okay, so you’re probably wondering about the source of my tirade. Well last week a couple of dumbasses (yes, I know – language, but like I said, I’m mad) decided to take their dog along with them while they went to shop at Vaughan Mills Mall and left the dog in the car. Somebody was good enough to call the police, but unfortunately it was too late for the poor dog to be saved.  The temperature was 28 degrees Celsius (almost 83 degrees F) when police arrived. I’m sure it was much hotter than that in the car. 

Thankfully, there appears to be justice in this world. The couple was arrested and face animal cruelty charges. They also may be charged with up to $60,000 in fines and up to 2 years in prison. They could also be banned from ever owning pets again. Let’s hope they get all three.

So this is a reminder, when it’s hot outside, leave your dog at home. Cars heat up incredibly quickly – within a matter of minutes and become even hotter than it is outside. Even when it doesn’t feel that hot outside, the sun beating down on the car heats it up pretty well. Cracking windows does nothing to help relieve the intense heat that can build up in a car. On top of that, don’t forget your dog is wearing a fur coat. It may not feel intensely hot to you, but you’re in light clothing. Try putting on a fur coat, then sitting in a locked car with the windows cracked a bit and see how you feel sitting there for the duration of a shopping trip. Now that I think about it, that should probably be the punishment of that couple who left their dog in the car.

And while we’re on the topic of heat, I’d just like to say that all you people who decide to take your dogs jogging/rollerblading/dog runs while you bike – you get my drift, during 33 degree (almost 92 F) are dumbasses too. You should be made to do those same activities in a fur coat as well.

So the moral of the story? Be careful with your dogs when it comes to the heat. Keep their activity to a minimum in extreme heat and make sure they stay well hydrated. Don’t leave them in the car. Don’t exercise them like crazy. It’s fine if you want to do that to yourself, but leave the dog at home where it’s cooler.

End Soapbox rant. For now.

– Denise

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