We all know this already, yet we still see this all the time. When well meaning dog owners leave their dog in their car, just for a second while they run into the store. We all know that most of the time, it’s gonna take five or ten minutes at least. To walk in to the store, grab something , O-yea let me just look to see if they have ? Pay for it and walk back to the car.
That second can and usually does turn into fifteen or twenty minutes. And in a car in the summer, windows rolled down and parked in the shade, It’ still not a good idea. But, I’m not telling you anything you already don’t know.
Since we know that this is never going to stop. Here are some things that we can do to make your dog a little bit safer.
- Obviously, don’t leave your dog in the car.
- If you have to do it, Leave your car running with the AC on. Doors locked, windows opened just a little bit (in case you have a leaky muffler). You don’t want somebody stealing your dog or your car. Always have a spare set of keys. Even if you live in an area where you can leave your car unlocked, Odds are, your dog will lock your car doors. And put your emergency brake on. Fido might get tired of waiting for you.
- Water, I don’t care how big or small your dog is. Buy a big no-tip water bowl for him and fill it up. I don’t want you deciding how much water is enough for him, by only giving him a little bit and saying, that should be enough. Let your dog, decide how much water is enough. FILL IT UP.
- Time yourself. Give yourself two (2) minutes to get what you need, and get out. If your still waiting in line, LEAVE. If your not in good enough shape or athletic enough to run in and out, of the store real fast, please don’t do it.
All dogs are different, some will be able to take the heat a little bit better than others. Please don’t take any chances with your guy.
Have a great day
The Spirit Dog
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