Summer is the time to spend with your jacks, dogs and family; but it is also a time of dog parents beware. Hot summer days means the pooch should stay home when running errands and not left in the car. Not only can a dog succumb in minutes in a hot car with the windows cracked or even open, but children do as well. It is already all over the news and summer has just begun.
Use common sense when doing things with your dog in the car in the warm temperature months, but also be aware of other cars with dogs in them and alert any authority if it looks like there is a problem. Our local MA paper, The Berkshire Eagle, had a very good front page article featured just the other day and it is a good column with smart advice that should be heeded!!
Stay safe this summer, leave the dogs at home where it is cool.
Summer also brings our 4th of July holiday celebration with bbqs, pool fun, and outdoor games, but our celebratory fireworks are not fun for the majority of dogs so beware here as well. More dogs are lost on this holiday than any other. A dog will try to outrun the noise and of course they cannot, so they keep running and get lost, or hit by a car, or gravely injured. This is the time to make sure your dog is safe and secure indoors, but then also be cautious, some dogs have been known to run through screen doors, jump out of open windows, anything to get away from the noise they cannot locate. The Bark, an amazing rescue related magazine has a very good article about this holiday food fest, so read up and take heed.
Happy summer one and all, enjoy the time we can spend outdoors with our jacks, the time when long lazy days allows us to enjoy the activity level our dogs so delight in, and most of all keep your pooches safe. Winter will be here soon enough. Dog days are here again.