Summer Rules You Break

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  1. milos_mommy

    milos_mommy Active Member

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    If I saw a dog in a car that was parked in the shade with a sun screen and the windows notably rolled down, it'd be a different reaction to a dog in a regular car in the middle of a lot with the windows cracked an inch.
     
  2. Dizzy

    Dizzy Sit! Good dog.

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    Uuuuuuuurgh I HATE seeing dogs left in cars on hot days.

    How the hell am I supposed to know you'll only be a few minutes??

    How do I know you haven't been gone 30 already?????

    I will report every dog I see if the owner doesn't appear to be near by, or at LEAST leave a note in the car with an eta or something.

    It eats me up inside thinking that dog could have been there for ages, and might still be there for ages.

    The advice given here is to ring 999 every time.

    I saw a dog left in a car the other weekend, hottest weekend of the friggin YEAR. Black car, in the sun. In a forest park!!!

    I had no phone signal, so told staff in the near by cafe, and workman working in the car park. I could see a collie in the back in a crate. Window was cracked about 2cm on one side!!!

    Drives me batty. It's ok you all knowing how long you're going to be, but when you see a car with a dog on a hot day, how are you meant it judge whether that dog is ok, and how soon it's owners will be back??!

    I won't leave mine more than a couple of mins if I HAVE to get out the car. And we hardly get hot days here. My car gets hot sooooo quickly, I won't risk it. And I just think its a HORRID way to die!!!
     
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    I don't even remember how or why my friend got a puppy, but we had it in the car with us when we had to stop at a bar to speak to a friend that works there. We had a bowl of water from when we picked it up, it was like 10pm, and it was probably 75 degrees. Came back 10 minutes later to an angry woman and a cop that was threatening to write a citation and was very unhappy with me. :rolleyes: I don't even get it. I've never found the temperature in my car distressing at night, ever.
     
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    meepitsmeagan Meagan & The Cattle Dog Crew

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    Hot car/I'm going to be gone more than 20 minutes = dogs don't get to go on as many exciting car rides. Honestly, I worry more in the winter because Harlow gets cold. I always feel like I need to leave the heat on for her. :eek:
     
  5. *blackrose

    *blackrose "I'm kupo for kupo nuts!"

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    The dogs are left in the car during the summer, car is in the shade and the windows are down. If we have any doubts about how hot it will get in the car (aka, it would be even remotely uncomfortable for a person to sit in the car under the same conditions), someone stays in the car with them.

    Yesterday it was a lovely, breezy, sunny day, probably around 75*F. We left the dogs crated in the car with the windows all of the way down when we popped in to Walmart. It was no warmer in the car than it was outside the car, and the dogs routinely spend hours outside, so...they were just fine.

    And on that note, Cynder has already been outside for an hour this morning on her tether. Bad us.
     
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    JessLough Love My Mutt

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    I've always left a note on the window.. saying something like "Hey! I see you looking at me! My driver had to run into the store real quick, but I am fine in here alone. I'm not scared, I promise, I'm a big girl! However, if I do look sad, please let my driver know! She seems to respond to "Jess", and she can be reached at (cellphone number). Thank you for caring! Tail wags and kisses!"

    Never had an issue, and I have gotten one phone call which was actually helpful (Rosey decided to play in her water and then was upset when she had none to drink...)
     
  7. noludoru

    noludoru Bored Now.

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    I leave him in the passenger seat. . . with the top down. Anyone who wants to try to remove him can suck it.
     
  8. AdrianneIsabel

    AdrianneIsabel Glutton for Crazy

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    I actually will defriend people if they post those posters, it's a sign of ignorance.
     
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    ~Jessie~ Chihuahua Power!

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    Ones like this always irk me:

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    No, it's not like touching your hand or foot to the pavement. Human skin is NOTHING like a dog's paw pad. Dogs have thick, calloused pads that are meant for protection.
     
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    AdrianneIsabel Glutton for Crazy

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    Additionally I can stomach much hotter pavement than others. I walk barefoot a lot and just moved after 10 years in Las Vegas. Plus I'm a badass like my dogs, don't judge us on your wimpy standards.
     
  11. smkie

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    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.
     
  12. sillysally

    sillysally Obey the Toad.

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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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    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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    AdrianneIsabel Glutton for Crazy

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    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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    Dizzy Sit! Good dog.

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    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.

    Such is life.
     
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    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 :D), 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" :rolleyes:
     
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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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    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 :rofl1:

    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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    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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    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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