Dog Days

No complaints about not having a summer this year; it is hot! Even when we have a bit of rain, the cooler temperatures don’t hang around for long. We find that we’re closing the shutters pretty early in the mornings and keep the rolling shutter on the skylight closed most of the time.

As hot as it is for us humans, we can sweat. I think there are some people who forget that dogs cannot. This was brought home to me this morning when I heard the sound of a dog barking in distress. I looked out the window and saw that there was a car parked in front of the house with a small poodle inside. The poor thing was clearly hot, as the temperature inside a car, even with the windows cracked a small amount, can heat up to 40 degrees (F) hotter than the outside temperature in less than an hour.

Recently, in the U.S., a professional dog handler came home at night with a car load of show dogs. She left them in her car, during the night with the windows open and a fan blowing and when she came out in the morning several of the dogs were dead and the others were close to death! This woman should have known better and she still did it.

So, when I saw this poor dog this morning I went outside and saw that there was a man sitting and talking on a bench. I told him that it was too hot to leave his dog in the car, but he didn’t care and acted as if it was nothing. He left about 10 minutes later, but I can’t believe this is the only time he has done this. I hope his poor dog survives the summer.

I know that my faithful readers would never do anything like this, but try to remind your friends that our four-footed companaions can’t always tell us when they’re suffering. They can’t open the door and let themselves out and need us to look out for their welfare.

Ciao for now.