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Old 05-15-2013, 02:33 PM
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So with all those fun pictures and things floating around Facebook lately (since it is that time of year again) saying things like:

"If you leave your dog in the car for five seconds on a hot day it's blood will boil, it's brain will fry and it will combust into flames and DIE."

Along with:

"If your dog goes outside when it's over 80 degrees and isn't immediately exposed to shade and water it will suddenly get heat stroke and DIE."

Paired with:

"If you even think about taking your dog on a walk when it's warm out it's feet will blister, bake and then your dog will DIE."

Got me thinking about what "rules" us crazy DOG people people break like that during summer. So share, what is going to get you screamed at by the picture reposting FB crowd
I know of a dog that died in a car and it was ghastly. So ghastly that I could not ever ride in that truck again and it is still something that haunts me. I don't care how much they float those things around if it saves one dog they can do it forever for all I care. I don't break the rules..I don't take my dogs in a car when it is over 70 unless it is an emergency, or we have ac. I don't leave the dog in the car period if I am not in it. And I always put my hand on the pavement first. Some dogs like Pepper can roast themselves in the sun like a baking potato, others like my Bronki were stressed in no time flat, he had that very white fur, and very pink skin, the sun was uncomfortable for him. I don't leave anything out there alone in the first place, and if we are out, they must have access to shade, and more than dappled.
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Old 05-15-2013, 04:27 PM
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I guess I don't see what's so horrible about checking to see if the pavement is super hot?
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Old 05-15-2013, 04:53 PM
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I guess I don't see what's so horrible about checking to see if the pavement is super hot?
This.

I'm not gonna be a super freak, and I 1000% aware that paw pads are completely different from human feet, but sometimes it IS really really hot. One summer, I was walking Jackson and a Rottie that I used to watch. He was freaking out, lifting his legs up and whining and I couldn't figure out why... ended up his feet were hot! Jackson had been walking on the grass. It was probably a 90 degree day outside + humidity. I'm not claiming he was going to keel over, die, and burn off his paw pads from this, but clearly he was uncomfortable and thankfully let me know.

But I think it's okay to worry sometimes. I mean, I guess I'm somewhere in the middle. Yes, I think some of those graphics are completely over the top and I think people can be WAY too crazy about it. But on the other hand, I think encouraging being AWARE is not always a bad thing. What one dog can handle easily, another may not. I don't think people should be criticized or judged for thinking one way. Just different strokes for different folks.
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Old 05-15-2013, 04:55 PM
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I guess I don't see what's so horrible about checking to see if the pavement is super hot?
That's not the point, the point is the judgments being made of those who walk their hots when it's hot out.

Additionally knee jerk judgments of those who leave dogs in cars such as I have had the cops called on my AC blasting Prius because some well meaning idiot didn't hear the battery over the dogs thirsting for their blood for getting too close to my car.

I guarantee if you broke my window my dogs would attack you and I am not sure how much damage would ensue before I called them out. Because of this I have considered a police k9 cage for the windows but for now we just have a sign that says in kinder words to back the heck off, my dogs are fine and they will hurt you.

Normal people shouldn't need to fear an over zealous animal freak bashing in their windows because they worry the dogs are too warm, because most people who'll threaten property damage are rarely sensible enough to have a realistic understanding of too hot.
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Old 05-15-2013, 05:03 PM
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I don't care how much they float those things around if it saves one dog they can do it forever for all I care.
This X a million billion.

I'd rather see propaganda that helps one life than live in some nancy pansy zomg leave me be world. I'm free to do whatever I want waaah waaah waaaaaah.

My stance is, the world is ignorant, and I'm not past treating it as such.

I do what I want anyway, so those posters don't offend me at all, but I do do my own research.

I've done more illegal things than most people have had hot dinners, and I don't mind being preached at. It keeps me thinking. It keeps me on my toes.

Yet I will still and will always preach to save innocents from harm, because ill never assume people know better. And I WANT to be kept on my toes. I even advice people against STUFF I HAVE DONE MYSELF. AND WILL CONTINUE TO DO. Because I know the risks. When they want to educate themselves, then cool.

Complacency is utter rubbish and helps no one.

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Old 05-15-2013, 05:07 PM
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we just have a sign that says in kinder words to back the heck off, my dogs are fine and they will hurt you.
Quick question - did you make your own sign or is there somewhere I could buy a sticker/sign for the car? I've always been worried about people breaking our car windows and never thought of getting a sign before.

We leave Trent in the car all the time. When we're grocery shopping, when we're at the mall, when we're heading home from the beach and want to eat out for dinner, etc. He likes car rides, he's happy hanging out in the car, and I like having him with me. He's not good with the heat so we never take him with us when it's 80 degrees and up (too hot for Trent and too hot for me ), but otherwise I don't really think twice about it. And we only keep the windows open a crack, too, just to discourage anyone from reaching in to pet him.

Most recently we were at a mall by the beach, sometime during the evening. It must have been 60 degrees at most?? We left each window open just a bit and had Trent wait in the car, but a nearby couple kept peering into the car and asking everyone if they knew about the "poor dog"
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Old 05-15-2013, 05:13 PM
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Around the city there's really no reason for me to take the dogs with me anywhere they can't accompany me, so they don't really get left in the car. When I'm up North, I do it frequently.

But it's cooler up there, you have to drive 45 minutes into town for groceries and I'm not leaving them alone at a campsite or even in a rental cabin for a couple hours, even crated... we bring the travel crates so they're not exactly super secure. Or if I'm at a campground alone, I'll pop them in the car while I run to go take a shower or to the bathroom or something. Plus it's a different culture up there, anyway, people don't view it the same as people in the city do.
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Old 05-15-2013, 05:19 PM
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I also will add - I don't like to leave him in the car for long periods of time due to theft. There was a news report recently that was local where a Yorkie was stolen out of a car. Now, Jackson is definitely not the 'desired' or 'sellable' Yorkie that most would seek - but it still makes me somewhat paranoid.

If I had a bigger dog, I don't think I'd worry about it as much because, well, what idiot is going to go and try to break into a car with a GSD? Even if they're the friendliest dog in the world, lol, I would think most would be somewhat intimidated?

Especially because like I said, he's utterly obnoxious and draws attention to himself when I leave him in the car. So people are most likely going to assume he's either A) dying or B) being tortured

And I do worry about the people who are the crazy type who WOULD break a window. Like I said, I don't think I've ever left him in the car for more than 10 minutes at a time anyway, and even less if it's hotter outside. He pants a lot anyway, so I'd just prefer him not to be uncomfortable. But I always think that some person is going to see him and be all OMFG poor dog... even when he's only been in there for 3 minutes. So in that regard, yes, I 'get' it - it's annoying, people shouldn't judge and I certainly don't think encouraging breaking windows is 'okay'.
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Old 05-15-2013, 05:22 PM
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Around the city there's really no reason for me to take the dogs with me anywhere they can't accompany me, so they don't really get left in the car. When I'm up North, I do it frequently.

But it's cooler up there, you have to drive 45 minutes into town for groceries and I'm not leaving them alone at a campsite or even in a rental cabin for a couple hours, even crated... we bring the travel crates so they're not exactly super secure. Or if I'm at a campground alone, I'll pop them in the car while I run to go take a shower or to the bathroom or something. Plus it's a different culture up there, anyway, people don't view it the same as people in the city do.
This is very true too. It highly depends IMO on the environment and culture. I go into downtown Annapolis, I'd never leave him in the car. Way too many people, busy, a ton of dog lovers. If I go over to the Eastern Shore of MD, full of country folk and rednecks, lol, I don't worry nearly as much that someone will judge me for leaving him for 3 minutes OR even care enough to ever think about breaking a window.

I also will purposely go to certain places if I have him with me, like there's two Subway's near my house, but I always go to the one that's in an older shopping center, where you bark right next to the window so I can see my car the whole time, and it's less crowded vs. going to the new one in the newer larger shopping center where I have to park further away.
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Old 05-15-2013, 05:27 PM
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Oh I'll be honest, I've never given much thought to theft. I tie Trent up in front of coffee shops and grocery stores when I'm on a quick coffee/breakfast or grocery run. But I also don't think someone would have a very easy time leading him away - he stays great in the car or tied to a lamp post , but walk one step with him and he'd probably be barreling towards me (wherever I am). He can be a mini freight train when he really puts his mind to it!
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