Friday, August 9, 2019

What Should the Penalty Be for Leaving a Dog in a Hot Car?

After rescuing a few dozen dogs, I have learned how to talk dog.  
It is an easy language to understand because dogs are commutative.  
All you have to do is to observe and listen.  They understand when you 
are sad, happy, or silly.  And they certainly know when you are planning 
on going out and leaving them alone.

Packing your suitcase for a trip is a sure trigger.  
You can hear them say, "Don't you realize that you 
will be leaving me behind?

Why can't I come with you?"

Dogs read humans effortlessly.  They learn to understand our moods and the tones
in our voice.  They can differentiate between a smile and a scowl.

Sitting next to you they love to press their body close to yours or put their paw 
on your arm or leg.  This way they can safely sleep knowing that if you change 
positions, they will wake up.  It is especially interesting to observe this with dogs 
who are rescues.  They need that assurance.

Talking to a dog is a conversation -- not a one-way street.  They want you to 
understand them as much as you want to understand what they are saying to 
you.  Isn't it funny that most of us raise our voices or speak baby-talk to our dog
no matter if he is a senior or a puppy?



One of my pet peeves is when people leave their dogs in a hot car.  Not only is it 
stupid, but dangerous.  Unless it is absolutely necessary to take your dog with you, 
leave them home on a hot day.  We've all been there -- walking through a parking 
lot and seeing a dog panting in car.  Upon observation, you may see the window 
cracked a of couple inches. I realize that might be the two inches between life and
death but it certainly does not render a comfortable atmosphere for a dog.  Ever 
try sitting in a hot car for a few minutes or worse yet -- an hour or more -- with 
the window cracked open a couple of inches?

Walking by, you can read it on their distressed faces.  They are begging you 
to rescue them from the insane heat.  I am thrilled that a law has been passed 
in many states which allows you to smash a car window to save a dog's life.

I don't like much about summer because I hate temperatures above 70 degrees, 
but I can't imagine what it would be like to be wearing a fur coat in hot weather.  
Notice that Rocky is in the SHADE - by choice.

Have you ever saved a dog in distress?  Would you hesitate to rescue one even 
if it meant breaking a car window?

My Secret Subject this month was submitted by 
asking the question:  Tell us about a hot summer day from a dog's perspective.

Here are the other bloggers who shared their secret questions and answers this month - 
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Much appreciated.

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  1. Fortunately you don't see dogs or kids in hot cars around here, but I do feel strongly about the topic. Just the other day I heard about this Dad of twins who went to work and "forgot" his babies were in the back seat. How on earth...? He's a social worker, he should be caring for others all the time. To make matters worse it looks as if he might get away with his "honest mistake".

    1. That is disgusting. Unfortunately you here of these situations too often. How can anyone forget someone is in the car

  2. Incredibly sad situation. I don't think people should have a dog if they're unable to understand what is or isn't safe for them. I don't know if I'd break a window, but I would call the police or the humane society.

    1. I have considered calling the police but the response time is not fast enough. It only takes a few minutes for an animal to die, sadly.

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  4. I get very upset watching the news and hearing of another child who has died because someone "forgot" they were in the car. BS if you are so busy and your mind is so cluttered that you forget your child you shouldn't be driving either. I will save my rant...
    As for dogs left in cars, tied up outside in the sun with no water or shade, these so called humans need to have it done to them. I will bust out a window in a heart beat to save a child or pet. Then call the cops.
    If I see you neglect your child or dog, beware, I will be on you like white on rice as my daddy used to say.
    We are the voice for those who have no voice.

    1. You preach it. Shout it. I totally agree. We are the VOICE for those who have none.

  5. Dogs should be protected just the same as children are. They are God's creatures, too. Makes me sick to my stomach every time I hear of another hot car death. :(

    1. And it never ends. When will people learn? I don't get it. We need stricter laws.

  6. Okay, inadvertently sent a message instead of posting a comment...argh! Too busy this morning doing book

    We have two black Goldendoodles and they can't take much heat at all, especially the one that is 3/4 poodle. We are currently planning a cross-country RV trip for 2021 and our biggest concern is being sure we can run our A/C units for them when we are out sight-seeing.

    1. My daughter left her three little dogs in the car one day when she was in the grocery store. She left the AC running and they were sleeping soundly. When she returned to her car, there was a crowd of people standing around it, and started yelling at her. They were trying to bring awareness that the dogs were locked inside without realizing the car was running and they were content until the people woke them up!

  7. I think dog or child either one should be a jail sentence. We've seen time and time again just how dangerous this is but people still keep doing it. It's crazy! (Rena)

    1. And I will never be able to figure out why people do it or how stupid they must be