A Dog in a Hot Car Equals Death

We are having record setting temperatures in Atlanta. Today the high will be 105 degrees. It is too hot for me to be outside very long. I can only imagine how my poor dogs feel in their fur coats.dog in oven

Of course, they don’t really have to worry because they are spoiled rotten and not really interested in staying out for very long. They basically go potty and hurry back inside.

This time of year it is mandatory that you do not leave any furry creature in a car…whether windows are up or down…doesn’t matter…DON’T DO IT!

I work with a local dog rescue group called Little Nuggets Rescue out of Snellville, Georgia. Lynne is the owner and called me with some very disturbing news just the other day.

She and her son went to her vet to pick up a dog that was to be transported. Another rescue asked her to do this as a favor, but she didn’t know why.

As she entered the vet’s office she happened to notice a dog transport van parked with windows rolled down approximately 4 inches. She also noticed that some of the dogs were not able to stand or turnaround in their crates.

She found out later that the rescue did not want the dog released to this particular dog transport…Kats Waggin Train out of Tennessee.

She proceeded into the office and inquired to whom the van belonged. The vet tech pointed her to the van driver. She tried to speak to the driver but basically was ignored as the person was submerged in their phone call. This was around 1:00pm and the temperature was approximately 106 degrees outside. Lynne later found out that the driver had been in there for approximately 30 minutes.

She left the office stressing over these poor animals and called the police and the Department of Agriculture, but nothing could be done. The van was already gone.

car interior heat chart

Credit: Journal of the Louisiana State Medical Society

Do I even need to remind anyone that it takes only minutes for the inside of a vehicle to heat up to kill a dog from heat exhaustion?

A person responsible for transporting animals should know this better than anyone.

Please, please…a note to all dog and animal rescues. Be very careful whom you choose to take responsibility for these precious living creatures.

Mere minutes can mean life or death for a dog in a car on a hot summer day.

I am so grateful that there are legitimate organizations out there to transport rescue dogs to a happy destination. I hope and pray that they all arrive safely.

“D” for Dream | Hound dog’s Dreams Come True

Months ago I spoke of a Montana artist, Glenn Swanson that rescued a hound dog from a deserted logging road in Montana.

These pictures are worth a thousand words.
hounddog and artist

Up on that lonely, cold, snowy logging road…Ginger (the hound dog) could only dream of the life in store for her. I would say that Glenn rescued Ginger that day, but if the truth be known, I am sure that it was the other way around. Life seems to bring us what we need when we need it.

hounddog watches tv

Glenn suffered the loss of his beloved “Buster” last year. And nothing is more healing than to allow another fur baby into your heart. Time really does heal.

There are stray and homeless dogs everywhere. The shelters here in Georgia are full of them.

My dream would be that the shelters were empty because everyone took the responsibility to spay or neuter their dog. Such a small thing to do that would impact our society tremendously.

Please don’t buy while shelter dogs die…

I am grateful for the organizations and veterinarians that offer discount spay/neuter to slow the overpopulation of our furry friends.

Hound Dog finds Heaven

Two Montana artists, Margaret Graziano and Glenn Swanson (very dear friends of mine) live in Columbia Falls Montana and were up in the woods on a cross country skiing adventure. They were going back to their car when they noticed a logging road with the gate left open. They decided to venture up the road. As they started up the road, they came across a female hound dog that had obviously not eaten in a very long while. She appeared to have had babies from the looks of her breasts, so they looked around, but did not see any signs of puppies. They pulled up beside the dog and opened the door and lo and behold the hound dog jumped in the truck. hound dog

They took the dog home with them and immediately had her checked out at the vet. The vet said that it had been quite awhile since she had her puppies. I am sure this put their minds at ease knowing that they had not left little baby hound dogs up in the woods.

They have been checking around to see if anyone is missing a dog and, of course, no one will claim this poor dog. There is no doubt that someone dropped this dog off.

How could you abandon an innocent living creature that depends on you and think that is O.K. Well, it is not. You do not domesticate a dog and think that when you drop it in the middle of the woods that it will be able to fend for itself. This poor dog was probably in the same vicinity that she was dropped thinking that her human would come back. It is heartbreaking! starved hound dog

This story has a happy ending because two people care so deeply for animals.

What on earth has happened to our morals when we can dump man’s best friend in the woods and sleep with a clear conscience?

I am so grateful for people in the world that go the extra mile to help one of God’s creatures.