Vet’s Wife Blog
My dog LOVES to go in the vehicle. He MORE than loves it actually if that is possible. He will sit in there all day, and won’t come out—even if I’m bribing him with treats and Kongs. Titan just turns his head and pretends I’m not there. Titan was a police dog, and because of that (I think), he relates being in the car with being “on the job”. He will stay in a vehicle an entire day, and be happy—BUT when the summer weather is here—I leave my dog at home. Even cracking the windows a little won’t help the heat from building up and trapping a furry family member in an awful situation they can’t physically escape from.
One of my uncles sent me a link that I’m sure Dr. Ernie Ward wouldn’t mind me sharing. It’s a video that sits with Dr. Ward locked in a hot car with the windows open a crack “for air” the way we would if we were leaving our pets in the car. It’s time lapsed to show how hot it gets in 30 minutes, and how Dr. Ward is feeling as time goes by. Dr. Ward is a respected veterinarian who is hired to lecture to other veterinarians, and I was lucky enough to go out for dinner with him when he was in Toronto during a speaking tour a couple of years ago.
Click here and watch his video. Better yet, send it to everyone you know who has pets. I think the 5 minutes and 13 second video can show you, more than I could tell you in a long essay.
I did see a sign that was posted on a store door (on Facebook so it must be true 😉 that said:
YOU ARE WELCOME TO BRING YOUR
DOGS INTO THE STORE WITH YOU
PLEASE DO NOT LEAVE PETS IN VEHICLE
On that note, watch the video, be safe, leave your pet at home, or make alternate arrangements. Remember, I’m not a veterinarian—I’m his wife.