Hot dogs

Hot days are upon us.
This is a good reminder to look after our pets and keep them safe as well as cool

The Small Dog

Moving in slow motion,
Reluctant effort spawning sleep
Before midday.
Soporific humming
Through open windows
Signals summer.
Only the flies are happy,
Making friends with flesh
Ensuring wakefulness.
Cloistered madness yawns,
Stretching fur-clad limbs
This is the time
For tennis balls
And Hot Dogs…

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It is officially summer in the northern hemisphere. In England, the weather forecasters are predicting a heatwave. Every year many dogs die from heatstroke. They cannot regulate their body temperature in the same way a human can. Even just a ‘warm’ day can prove fatal… a parked car with an interior temperature of 22° C (71.6° F) may rise to 47° C ( 116.6° F) within an hour. Even with ventilation, dogs suffer and die.

It isn’t just dogs at risk. Protect your pets.

More info at the RSPCA website by clicking this link.

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I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have an elderly dog called Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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20 Responses to Hot dogs

  1. We never leave our dog in the car when its hot and hardly ever if its not hot. Just doesn’t feel right. Our greyhound is a little crazy 😁 she loves to crunch on an ice cube to cool herself down. 🙋‍♀️🐝

    • My parents dog loved to chomp on ice cubes too. Maggie comes with us these days as to leave her home on her own is stressful for her. We wouldn’t leave her in the car in this heat and always make sure we have plenty of water on board. We are lucky in that several shops or cafes let us take dogs in, though obviously supermarkets don’t so one of us stays in the car with her and have all the windows open.

  2. willowdot21 says:

    Such an important reblog 💜

  3. Sue Vincent says:

    Thanks for sharing, Di. Heatstroke ( and sunburn) can be so dangerous for our furry friends.

    • Maggie overheated a few years ago and it scared me a lot as she just collapsed. The title of my post then was Hot Dogs. We cooled her down slowly and gently and she was OK in a couple of hours but we took her to the vet for a check over the next day. You did a similar post last year which I reblogged too, and I am also reminded of hot pavements and blistered doggy feet.

      • Sue Vincent says:

        Yes, I remember reading about that. I tend to do a reminder every year… especially when you see so many dogs left in cars. It doesn’t tkae long for them to get into trouble.

      • I know. A car boot sale had about 6 dog deaths one weekend, and so they decided to charge 20p per vehicle and had someone patrolling the car park. There was an RSPCA a few hundred yards down the road. I found it all very upsetting as people didn’t seem to realise just how quickly vehicles get hot inside, even with windows open.

      • Sue Vincent says:

        That’s the problem, people are under the impression that an open window is enough.

  4. Annie stays home, because like you I would never leave any animal in a car alone for any period of time. We play outside early in the morning now because as the day goes on, even the grass is too hot to play on.

  5. murisopsis says:

    Hope the “dog days of summer” aren’t too stressful for Maggie or you! Stay cool!

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