Hot Cars make for Hotter Dogs.....

I don't know about your dog but my Diva Dane LOVES to ride in the car! So I take her every chance I get... the highlight of her day is school carpool! At the moment she is not to happy with me.... because school is out (no twice a day carpool) and it is just too hot and the car heats up way too fast! I still take her if dropping off kids or picking up when I know I do not have to get out of the car but I leave her home if I have to make even a short stop......

In minutes a pet can suffer heatstroke or suffocate! Most people don't realize how hot it can get in a parked car on a balmy day. However, on a 78 degree day, temperatures in a car parked in the shade can exceed 90 degrees -- and hit a scorching 160 degrees if parked in the sun! Just imagine how hot it could get in the Texas Summer 100 degree days! When it is 85 F outside, your car will heat to 102 F in only 10 minutes, and to 120 F in 20 minutes.... YIKES

It is also against the law in most jurisdictions to leave a pet unattended in a standing or parked motor vehicle in a manner that endangers the health or safety of the animal. If you see a pet in a car, follow these suggestions:

Write down a description of the pet, the car, and the license plate number.

If the owner of the pet is not located or does not return to the vehicle, and the pet is in distress, call 911. Provide the description of the pet, the car, and the license plate number and explain that there is a pet in a car that is in eminent danger and distress from heat. Dispatch will send an animal control officer or local law enforcement to the location.

Stay in the area to help them more easily identify the location of the animal. However, refrain from engaging the owner. Often officers called out to help a distressed animal must first deal with altercations between guardians and concerned citizens. For your own safety and that of the pet, report the situation, be available for locating the animal, and avoid confrontation with the guardian.