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From the backseat of your car to the forefront of your mind!

Published 09/03/08
By Susan Trout, Program Assistant

Imagine this ... Timber, your big, lovable huskie dog is clamoring for your attention but you have a bank errand to run. You decide to let him come along because it will be quick. You park your car in a shadeless lot and wind down the windows two inches.

Inside the line is long. Minutes tick by — five, ten, fifteen. Finally, you reach the teller only to have her say, “Hold just a moment, I have to get a form.”

That moment turns into three minutes. She returns. You conduct your business but in the meantime, a security officer charges into the bank announcing there’s a dog in serious distress in a vehicle parked outside.

You feel the blood drain from your face as you rush outside and frantically open the door. Timber is panting and breathing heavily. Once outside the car, he collapses.

People nearby bring water and you pour water into his mouth and over his body. Desperate moments pass but he seems to be panting less and his breathing is less labored. He came close to dying. You ask yourself, “What was I thinking?”

The news frequently announces a forgotten child, senior citizen or an animal companion put in these dangerous life-or-death situations. Our world is full of distractions — most of which we can’t control — so why complicate a situation with a bad choice? Animals and kids should be left a home if at all possible.

Think about what is really important to you above all things before heading out with your children or companion animals. Once you establish your priorities, your decisions will be well thought out and in the best interest of everyone involved.

Learn more about what you can do to prevent hot car tragedies by clicking www.mydogiscool.com. It’s information well worth reading.

Till next time,

Susan

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