Hot doggie


Hot doggie

People love their pets like children. They buy them personalized collars, beds and blankets; they buy them strollers and sweaters; they take them everywhere they go and pick up their poop; some even purchase special doggie seat belts so Fido doesn’t fly through the windshield if they’re in an accident.

Strangely, some of these same people who take their dogs everywhere and pick up their poop also leave their dogs in hot cars in parking lots. According to, a Texas man has been arrested and charged with a misdemeanor for leaving his dog in his car while he bought groceries.

Investigators said a witness first noticed the dog inside the car at 5:10 p.m. The car was off and the windows were rolled up. The dog could be seen on the floorboard and looked to be distressed. The witness told the store manager, who then paged the owner of the car several times inside the store. No one answered the page. At 5:30 p.m. they called police.

It’s just as hard for me to imagine why this individual would leave his dog in the car on a hot Texas day as it is to imagine why he was arrested for it. The man said he forgot to crack the windows. He paid a $1,000 bond and will likely accrue heavy costs to defend his mistake.

I don’t have a dog, but if I did I don’t think I’d take it to the grocery store. I see dogs in cars often and most of them look distressed – most of them are barking their heads off and bouncing around the interior of the car trying to protect their territory from each window. Dogs don’t really travel well.

Read the article here.

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