Be the Change for Animals

Today is a very special day, it’s the quarterly Blog the Change for Animals event and today I’m excited to spread the word about a special online global event every year: Bloggers Unite for Dog Rescue. This event is all about stressing the importance of dog adoption.

picture of a pet and the humane societyRecently there was a story in the news about a Black Labrador that was rescued from a river in South Carolina after having it’s front and back legs duct taped together and being tossed into the river to die. Lucky for the lab it was discovered and rescued. The lab was taken to a humane society and after the news story ran, over 250 applications were received for the adoption of the dog. Wouldn’t it be great if we didn’t need a tragic story to spur the adoption of unwanted pets? (I can’t even begin to tell you how upset I was by this story . . .we can only hope that something good comes of Dara’s rescue and that her abusers are brought to justice.)

Millions of dogs are euthanized each year because not enough people are adopting dogs through local rescue groups and shelters. The shelter above stated that “if every person that submitted an adoption application for the dog that was rescued adopted one of the dogs in the shelter, they could close their doors”. So let’s spread the word. There are amazing dogs waiting for a second chance in shelters across the country. Purebreds, mixes, and mutts, they all deserve a family of their own.

The Oregon Humane Society has one of my favorite marketing campaigns: “End Petlessness – There is a furry soulmate for everyone“. They have done a great job of making the message positive. I enjoy focusing on the positive, instead of the negative. So every year I hope you will join us in taking a positive stance on dog adoption. Let’s share stories and happy endings and spread the word about adopting a shelter pet!

Oregon Humane Society

I’ve been tagged!

There’s a game of blog tag being played and I got tagged twice! In the spirit of keeping the game going, I thought I would answer immediately (that way I won’t forget, like I have for a couple of awards, which I promise to do this week!) I have to answer 10 questions and since I got tagged twice (by The Chronicles of Cardigan and The (mis)Adventures of Sage), I will answer the questions twice with the help of Cali.

1. Describe yourself in 7 words:
Cali: playful, sweet, lovable, relaxed, HUNGRY, patient, devoted!
Me: silly, chatty, creative, animal lover, loyal, happy, positive

picture of a dog with brown eyes

My mom says i have sweet eyes!

My mom says I have sweet eyes

2. What keeps you up at night?
Cali: Monkey! He kicks me out of my bed all the time!
Me: The to-do list that is constantly running thru my brain! (& sometimes . . Monkey!)

Picture of a cat with big whiskers

Who Me!? I’m completely innocent…

Who me? I’m completely innocent!

3. Who would you like to be?
Cali: I’m pretty happy being me!
Me: Just little ole me 🙂

4. What are you wearing right now?
Cali: Nothing but a smile!
Me: Jeans and a teal top with a gray sweater (brrr, it’s cold today!)

5. What scares you?
Cali: Thunder, fireworks, and hockey games (well, maybe it’s my dad yelling at the hockey games!)
Me: Spiders, mean people, driving in the snow (there is a threat of snow tonight, I already went out to get my groceries, yes . .I’m that girl!)

6. The best and worst of blogging.
Cali: I’m the center of attention (I like that) but sometimes I get tired of modeling!
Me: All of the great people that I meet virtually- YAY!! All of the spam comments I get- BOO! (thank you Akismet for making it easier to delete them!)

picture of a bored dog in a field of flowers and grass

How much longer do I have to stand here!? I’m hungry…

How much longer do I have to stand here? I’m hungry!

7. The last website I visited.
Cali: I watched a video yesterday: Cat vs. Dog – A trick contest
Me: The Chronicles of Cardigan (those corgi’s always make me smile!!!)

8. What is one thing I would change about myself.
Cali: Nothing!
Me: I wish I had inherited my grandmother’s cooking gene 🙂

9. Slankets yes or no.
Cali: I’m always warm, so no!
Me: I’m a fuzzy blanket girl, but I’m sure if I had a fuzzy Slanket, I’d be happy!

10. Tell us something about the dog(s) that tagged you.
Cali: My moms says that Sage LOVES the mud almost as much as I love puddles and she sleeps on the cat’s scratch post! (I could never get away with that in my house!) She also says that Dewi and Jon Farleigh are super cute corgis that make her laugh every day.

And now, I’m supposed to tag someone else! If you have already been tagged, just link to your questions in the comments! TAG- YOU’RE IT!

Holy crap! We have a puppy!

We debated for a few months about getting a puppy. It’s been almost 15 years since we got Cali as a 7 1/2 week old puppy. We knew absolutely NOTHING about raising a puppy when we got her, but we quickly read books, found a puppy class, learned how to use a clicker, and learned that a tired puppy is a good puppy. Somehow, we blocked out the first few weeks of crazy puppy, because we do NOT remember Cali ever being as wild as this one. This one is an adorable, stubborn, sharp toothed maniac.

We keep saying, “I don’t remember Cali being like this” . . .but we are starting to have flashbacks. “Oh yeah, I remember this!” It must be like childbirth – obviously you forget how painful it was, or else you would never have another baby! (purely speculation, since I’ve never had a baby!) We keep saying “good thing she is so stinkin’ cute . .but maybe we are biased, you judge for yourself!

picture of our puppy mackenzie resting

Here’s what we have learned so far:

Puppy teeth are sharp like little razor blades. Make sure you have plenty of chew toys on hand to replace your bloody fingers with. SERIOUSLY.

Puppies need LOTS of sleep. Like 20 hours a day of sleep. You know what happens when you don’t force allow them to sleep enough? They become tiny little uncontrollable maniacs with snapping jaws.

Puppies need a schedule. It was much easier when we weren’t working from home because we had more of a “real” schedule. We HAD to be somewhere every day at a certain time . . we didn’t get to stroll to our desk in the next room, check email, and then decide whether or not we should shower today. NO, we had to get up, shower, make breakfast, feed the dog, walk the dog and hit the road. The dog knew exactly what to expect every day. We need a schedule – a REAL schedule!

8 hours of interrupted sleep is not the same as 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep. It’s been two weeks and we are exhausted, but it will get better (right??)

You are responsible for potty training your puppy. If your puppy has an accident in the house, roll up a newspaper, go in the bathroom, look in the mirror, and whack yourself on the head (I read this somewhere, it made me laugh!). Take them to their potty area when they wake up, after they eat, after a play session, before you put them to bed – the more you take them out, the better! Kenzie has had two accidents and we have accepted full responsibility for them – bad humans!

Your puppy is going to cry for your attention. If you are certain that your puppy doesn’t need a potty break, you will have to learn to ignore them. We have a little playpen area for Kenzie with a few toys, a water bowl, and her bed. We put her in there for some independent play time because we want her to be an independent dog. Sometimes she whines, cries, and howls for attention (it’s SO CUTE), but we have to ignore it. It’s tough, but unless you want to entertain your dog 100% of the time, you will need to teach them that it’s okay to be separated from you.

Crate training is one of the most valuable things we ever did with Cali. She learned to relax and she never got into trouble while we weren’t home. She never counter surfed, destroyed household items, or raided the trash. We have been super lucky with Kenzie so far, when we put her in her crate for a nap or bedtime, she settles right in and goes to sleep. I know it’s not right for every dog, but it works for us.

You’ll want to get your puppy to the vet right away. My hubby had to go to the office every day the first week we had Kenzie (we only have one car), so we didn’t get her in until the following week. She got her first shots and we found out she had worms (EW!) as most puppies do. She had roundworms, which are transferable to humans (double EW). It would have been nice to know that sooner, than later!

This is a crucial time to socialize your puppy. Invite your friends, family, and neighbors over. People of all shapes, sizes, and colors. (If you introduce kids, make sure they are NICE kids that know how to behave around puppies!) Make sure everyone loves on your new puppy and gives it plenty of yummy treats. When your puppy has had some shots, start getting it out for walks so it can experience the world. Do NOT take your puppy to the dog park.

Sign up for a puppy class!! Even if you have had a puppy before and you “think” you know what you are doing – it’s a great bonding experience for you and your pup, and your pup will get to do some socializing with other puppies – they NEED that!!

That’s it for now. I know I’ve left lots of things out – I blame it on the sleep deprivation! Do you have any advice for new puppy owners? I hope you’ll share it in the comments! I’m off to wear her out!

Just me and the fur kids and a super Wordy Wednesday

The hubby has been out of town this week which means it has been very quiet around the house. I don’t know why the house feels so empty when he is gone, but it does! When you work from home and your office mate is away, it makes for a lonely day.

What do I do when the hubby is away (besides slave away on my computer)? I watch TV shows that he doesn’t like to watch . .like American Idol. Well, I read blogs and glance at the television occasionally. Unfortunately this time while he is away, there are no dancing shows!

Tonight is his third night out of town and FINALLY Ashley has decided that she would grace me with her presence on the sofa. She is a daddy’s girl and apparently daddy is the only one with an appropriate lap. (whatever!) Everyone just seems a little off their game while the hubby is away!

I’m feeling a lot of angst about my new job. I have to IM my “lead” when I get on the computer and they want to know what I am doing every second of the day. I hate it. If you give me a job to do, I will get it done, post haste – no need to worry! I am a deadline drive, self starter. She sent me a few emails last week and then IM’d me to ask if I had received them. Um, Yes – why wouldn’t I have received them? Then she asked that I always reply when I receive an email, so she knows that I received it. UGH.

It’s okay. I’m grateful to have some steady income and I know that I’ll find a way to make it work. I’m also doing some freelance work for my previous company doing their quarterly magazine design, at least that will be fun. Add in a website or two and I’m doing okay 🙂

I shared this link in a comment on Kristine’s blog yesterday (OMG, if you haven’t seen the adorable kittens she is fostering, you should head over there), and I thought I would share it here as well. I think it is pretty cute and an excellent reminder that we are always a little too hard on ourselves: Be Kind to Cute Animals and Yourself. So if you have been mean to yourself, remember that you are a soft and adorable creature!

Here’s a little baby Cali to remind you to be kind to yourself!

picture of dog with stick in his mouth

Is she adorable, or what? Hope you had a great Wednesday ! The hubby comes home tomorrow – YAY!!

Allergies be gone – a look back

picture of a dog and cat veterinarian service

I’m taking part in the Caring For Critters Round Robin hosted by Jodi from Heart Like A Dog. The Round Robin is like a relay race, each day a fellow blogger will share a post about a specify injury or illness they have experienced. Please keep in mind, I am not a vet and this is not advice on how to handle any illness your pet might have. This is just my experience. Always consult your veterinarian before choosing any course of treatment.

August, 2011:

My dog Cali has terrible allergies and she has had them since she was a young puppy (I always joke that she is allergic to the world!). It all started with little red bumps on her cute little puppy belly. She has always eaten a high quality food and we have tried EVERYTHING to ease the itch. Every year the itching seems to get worse, and the “off months” where she doesn’t chew on herself has gotten shorter and shorter!

We have tried antihistimines, allergy shots, a raw diet, topical skin treatments, fish oils . . . you name it, we’ve tried it. Two summers ago I worked with a very highly recommended Holistic vet. Cali ate a raw diet and took so many supplements that it was hard to keep track of. It got to the point that she decided that she just wouldn’t eat – she didn’t like having all of the pills tossed into her food, and she looked TERRIBLE! The vet said that she was just “detoxing”. One night we came home and she was in a panic – her face was swollen and she was covered with red welts (we still have no idea what caused it) and we had to take her to the emergency vet for a steroid shot and pills. About a week later she got a terrible bladder infection (it always happens on a Sunday too . .so off to the emergency vet we went again!). I spoke with the Holistic Vet the next day and she told me NOT to give her the antibiotic, that she was still just “detoxing”. I was angry – my dog was peeing blood (and if you’ve ever had a bladder infection you know how painful it is!) I was not about to make her suffer through it. Unfortunately, that was the last time I spoke to the Holistic Vet.

I truly believe in holistic health. I want my dog to be as healthy as possible, but I decided that I couldn’t rely on all natural solutions when my dog was in crisis. I thought we would try again when she wasn’t in full blown allergy mode, but that never happened. Last year, it seemed like her allergies lasted all year and when she got terribly uncomfortable I would take her in to get a shot of a slow release steroid. The shot gave us about three months of sanity and I decided that since she was 11 years old, I was going to do what I could to make her comfortable, even though steroids can have side effects and cause other problems.

A dog smiling

Six months ago we found another vet that has a theory that some dogs have problems producing the natural steroid in their body which is why their bodies overact to any allergen. (There is a much longer, much more eloquent explanation of this, I just thought I would keep it simple for this post!). We started giving her a very low dose steroid that is biologically similar to the steroid that she would naturally produce and so far we have gone the entire summer with NO ITCHING! I have to admit . . I have a little bit of guilt giving her a steroid. She takes 4 mg of methylprednosilone a day (she’s a 75 pound dog) and has had no typical side effects of steroid use (panting, drinking lots of water, hunger). She looks great, has lots of energy and shows no signs of any problems. Anyone that has had to deal with allergies knows how frustrating it can be. My last vet basically told me that we had tried everything in his bag of tricks and he didn’t know what else to do. 🙁

I can’t begin to tell you how nice it is to leave the house and not worry that when I get home, I’m going to have a bloody tail or paw to deal with. When Cali is itchy, she chews. Once she starts chewing, she can’t seem to stop and we end up at the vet. I love the fact that she has been so relaxed and happy this summer. I guess I feel guilty that I didn’t find a “natural” way to do it.

Regardless of my guilty feelings, Cali is enjoying her summer rolling in the grass, chewing on sticks, and swimming in the river! If you have a dog that suffers from allergies, don’t give up and don’t stop searching for a solution . . you never know what will work for your dog!

February 2013:

We started weaning Cali off of steroids because she was starting to have Cushings-like symptoms. As we weaned her off the steroids, she started having days where she would not eat and over the course of the next few months we discovered that she had cancer in her stomach. We lost Cali in May of 2013 at the age of 14 1/2.
We ALWAYS did what we thought was best for Cali and when we finally had to make the very difficult decision to end her suffering, I had so many questions. Did the steroids mask the symptoms of her stomach cancer? Did they cause them? Overall, we feel like we did everything we could to keep her comfortable and give her a pain free, happy life. If I had to do it all over again, I believe I would have done the same thing.
We do the best we can for our babies, right? This is a safe place to discuss what has worked for your pet. I know several people that cured their dogs allergies by going raw, and I really wish it would have worked for us. Does your dog have allergies? What has worked for you? Be sure to share your experiences in the comments – your comments may just help another blogger!

Tomorrow’s Caring For Critters Round Robin is going to be hosted by Kim of CindyLu’s Muse – be sure to check it out!

Kenzie’s 10 weeks old!

We went to our first training class tonight and she did really well! She was by far the most excited to be there – she really wanted to say hello to everyone and she couldn’t wait to play with the other puppies. During the first play session she was very submissive when approaching the other pups, but by the last play session, she was a little more confident. We practiced “sit” and “down” and then releasing to go play. It was a fun evening after a really good day!

She just keeps getting cuter every day (I don’t know, I might be biased . . what do you think??)

picture of a dog with toy in mouth photo of a dog looking up at its owner

Dear Kenzie

You have been with us for exactly one month today. We were so excited (and just a little nervous) to bring you home. We knew our life as we knew it would never be the same.

So far, it seems like we have done everything WRONG. We thought we knew what we were doing, after all, Cali was a GREAT dog and we thought we had something to do with it. Now we’re not so sure. Maybe she was just a great dog in spite of us. We bought you lots of toys, read Ian Dunbar’s book to “refresh our memory” and tried to put you on a schedule. We know we didn’t make sure you got enough sleep the first couple of days. We could tell because you acted like an overtired child; biting, doing zoomies, and pouncing on the cats. It’s okay, we know it’s not your fault, we accept total responsibility.

To remedy this, we decided to start putting you to bed at 8:30 pm and it really seemed to help. The best part was, after a couple of nights, you slept through the entire night and didn’t wake us up until 6:30 am. We cannot tell you how much we appreciate it!

You are always so sweet in the morning. You have no problem being in your pen and playing with your toys after breakfast – well . . until a few days ago. Suddenly you decided that barking and slamming your body against the side of the pen is more fun. Instead of going back to sleep in your crate at 9:00 am, you cried for FOUR ENTIRE HOURS until I finally gave in and let you out. (I know, I know . .you’re never supposed to let them win . .but I couldn’t take it any more!). It was a long, bad day. We tried to work with our headphones on to drown out the noise, but finally had to leave and take a walk. When we got home you were still screaming so I took you for a walk, but it was pouring down rain and it turns out that you don’t really like the rain (at least right now!) and you whined and chewed on the leash for most of the walk. You finally crashed around 4:00 pm. Like I said, it was a really long day.

photo of Cali the dog

We found a great website with some training videos and started feeling really stupid for a few of the mistakes we have been making. Yelling “OUCH” when you bite too hard. “ACK” to get you to stop doing something, and just generally allowing you to be too wild instead of teaching you to be calm. The videos make it look SO SIMPLE. But where are the videos that show the crazed puppy jumping on you with snapping shark teeth? Where are the videos that show you what to do when your “sweet” puppy sits barking at you bossing you around and ignoring treats and the clicker? What are we supposed to do when you start racing around the house like a little lunatic? Where are the videos for CRAZY puppies that don’t behave or care to listen?

We love you and think you are really smart, but we’re worried. (You should probably know, we are both BIG worriers!) What if you are just a naughty little puppy that’s going to grow into a really naughty dog? What if you are really Cali’s evil twin? You’ll have to forgive us – we really don’t remember Cali ever acting this way, but we are still hoping that we just blocked it out!

We love the fact that you really LOVE people. It’s so cute to see you get so excited when you meet someone and we know we have done a good job of socializing you with all types of humans. I can’t wait to see how you do in puppy class on Monday. We are hoping that you enjoy getting to meet other puppies and you burn off some of that puppy energy.

You have already gotten so much better about attacking our legs and hanging from our pants with your teeth. Thank you! It makes taking you outside so much easier 🙂 We plan on watching all of the videos and doing our best to use positive reinforcement. Occasionally, we might mess up and yell “NO!”, but don’t worry, we still love you tons.

Right now, we especially love how sweet and quiet you are when you’re sleeping. It’s so cute how you sleep upside down, halfway off the bed, you are absolutely adorable. Please forgive us for not being the smart humans we thought we were, we’re doing the best we can. We know you are too.

Love,

Your human mom & dad ♥

Pet Bloggers Challenge 2014!

Hooray! It’s time for the Fourth Annual Pet Blogger Challenge, hosted by our friends Amy Burkett from Go Pet Friendly and Edie Jarolim from Will My Dog Hate Me. All pet bloggers are invited to join in and take a few minutes to encourage, motivate, and support each other. Let’s celebrate the successes of 2013, share what we’ve learned this year, and outline our visions for our blogs in 2014! Are you ready? Let’s go!

1. How long have you been blogging? Please tell us why you started blogging, and, for anyone stopping by for the first time, give us a quick description of what your blog is about.
I started my blog in March of 2011. Wow! Almost three whole years ago! Mostly, I just write about my crazy life with my adorable fur-kids, and take as many pictures of them as possible! 🙂

2. Name one thing about your blog, or one blogging goal that you accomplished during 2013, that made you most proud.
We lost our sweet girl on May 8th and unfortunately, I lost my desire to blog for several months. I love my kitties, but they pretty much sleep all day and don’t give me much to write about! 2013 wasn’t my best year as far as blogging goes!

3. When you look at the post you wrote for last year’s Pet Blogger Challenge, or just think back over the past year, what about blogging has changed the most for you?
Our life really changed in ways we had not anticipated when we lost Cali. We had her for most of our almost 15 year marriage (her birthday was January 19th, our anniversary, January 20th!) and our entire routine suddenly changed. Now we are starting over with a strong spirited little girl named Kenzie, and doing our best not to compare her to Cali. We are taking it one day at a time. 🙂

4. What lessons have you learned this year – from other blogs, or through your own experience – that could help us all with our own sites?
The friends you develop through blogging are some of the best on the planet. SERIOUSLY. I wouldn’t trade them for anything. We shared too much loss in 2013, but together, we supported each other. Someday I hope we get to have a big party so we can all actually meet in PERSON! I think the best part of blogging, is this community.

If you could ask the pet blogging community for help with one challenge you’re having with your blog, what would it be?
Well, if you could add a few hours to each day, it would be very helpful! 🙂

5. What have you found to be the best ways to bring more traffic to your blog, other than by writing great content?
Participating in blog hops, following and commenting on other blogs, and responding to comments on my blog.

6. How much time to do you spend publicizing your blog, and do you think you should spend more or less in the coming year?
I don’t spend any time publicizing my blog, mostly because my blog is more about fun and community for me. I need to spend more time writing blog posts for my business website and promoting it via social media.

7. How do you gauge whether or not what you’re writing is appealing to your audience?
Hmmm, I have no idea. I try not to worry about it. I write for fun and people either like me or they don’t. If they like me, they will keep reading, if not, they won’t. I don’t think it’s something I should really spend time worrying about.

How do you know when it’s time to let go of a feature or theme that you’ve been writing about for a while?
If I’m not having any fun doing it, I stop.

8. When you’re visiting other blogs, what inspires you to comment on a post rather than just reading and moving on?
I’m drawn to blogs that share the experiences, trials and tribulations, and celebrations they face with the animals in their life. All of it, not just the good stuff. I like knowing that I am not alone in my challenges and love reading about people that are as committed to their fur kids as I am.

9. Do you do product reviews and/or giveaways?
No. I’m not consistent or organized enough about my blog to do them!

If not, is this something you’d like to do more of? What hurdle is getting in your way?
Time and consistency -it’s probably not going to happen!

10. When writer’s block strikes and you’re feeling dog-tired, how do you recharge?
I go for a nice long walk. Sometimes I wish there was a way to record all of the great posts I write in my head when I’m out for a walk – especially since it’s all usually lost by the time I get back to the computer!

11. Have you ever taken a break from your blog? How did that go?
I took a break this year after we lost Cali for about 7 months. I missed my blogging friends and tried to keep up by reading their blogs and commenting, but it didn’t always happen.

Have you ever thought about quitting your blog altogether? What makes you stay?
Yes, but I would miss all of my blogging friends too much!

12. What goals do you have for your blog in 2014?
I’m hoping to share the “joys” of raising a puppy. I wanted to try to post a picture a day of Mackenzie, but I guess I didn’t realize how exhausted I would be! Stay tuned . .hopefully I’ll get my act together SOON and kick that into gear!

So there it is, will you join the challenge too? My goals for 2014 are to let whatever happens be okay, to love myself more, and to have more fun. I hope to blog often, but if I don’t, that’s going to be okay too. I hope 2014 is a great year for all of my blogging friends!

Pet Bloggers Gift Exchange, Wag the Dog UK

I call myself a “deadline driven” girl. If I say I’m going to do something – I do it (even if it I get it done just under the wire!)

picture of pet bloggers gift exchange

This time, I really wish I had jumped in and got this done BEFORE we brought home a new little bundle of fur! Just about every single day for the last 3 weeks, I have written the Pet Blogg

 

ers Gift Exchange post as a “to do” on my daily list, but it never seemed to happen. SO, today I am delighted to introduce you to Wag the Dog UK (I don’t know how you could possibly NOT know about this amazing blog, but just in case, I will tell you all about it!)

First of all, there is an adorable Beagle named Maggie. Nothing melts my heart more than a sweet little Beagle face. But Maggie isn’t just any Beagle, she is a world traveling Beagle! This girl has traveled by Train, Plane, Automobile, Boat, Ferry, Bus, Taxi, and Limo on three continents!

Her website: Wag the Dog UK was started in February 2012 to share great stories, tips, and a few recipes with dog lovers like us! I am new to Wag the Dog UK and I am so

image of wag the dog UK

excited for this opportunity to share it with you!

First of all, if you are a sucker for adorable Beagles like I am, you should really follow Maggie’s Instagram feed. How is it that she always looks so adorable? She also has lots of great Pinterest boards, and an active Facebook page (go follow all of these, pronto!!)

 

photo of maggie and her dogMaggie’s human is also pretty amazing! An entrepreneur with a love of animals – a pawsome combination! Trina (or Dr. Doolittle as her friends like to call her) created this really cool product, The Wag N Go Bag for dogs on the go! Keep your eyes peeled for her Kickstarter project, coming soon – in fact, you can sign up on her website to get notified when the project starts!

What will you find on Wag the Dog UK, you might ask? Well, lots of amazing information about traveling with your dog, fun blog posts like this one, and this one (that I totally related to), lots of amazing guest posts, and even a place to shop for fun pet products!

If you haven’t had a chance to visit Wag the Dog UK, please head right on over, I can guarantee you won’t be disappointed! You are sure to fall in love with Maggie and her adventures!

No Dogs in Hot Cars! INFOGRAPHIC

I’ve read many posts recently about the frustrations and dangers around people leaving their dogs in hot cars. It simply doesn’t make any sense – I rarely take Cali anywhere in the car if the temperature is above 70 degrees. I don’t believe these people don’t love their animals. I think they just underestimate how long their “quick trip” might take, and don’t understand how quickly their car can heat up. The temperature can rise 30 degrees in just 10 minutes!

I recently read a post that described exactly what happens to a dog that dies in a hot car. It’s devastating, inhumane, and pointless. Over the weekend I kept wondering how we could educate more people. Every year I read a post or a news story about a dog or baby dying in a hot car and I it makes me angry.

Seeing people running in tank tops and short with their dogs in 80+ degree weather also gets my blood boiling. Sure, if you want to take the dog for a run when it’s warm, then you wear a fur coat, just like they do. They don’t have the ability to put on shorts and a tank top, or to sweat for that matter. They cool their bodies by panting. Have you ever seen a dog with it’s bright red GIANT tongue out for a run? That means they are overheated! But I digress, today I am writing specifically about dogs in hot cars.

I often wonder what I can do to help educate people that don’t understand how fast cars get hot, and so over the last couple of days I created this infographic. Maybe it will get passed around and printed out and hung on every bulletin board and telephone pole, and maybe someone will think twice about leaving their dog in a car. If one person decides they will never do it again after reading the flyer, then maybe one dog will be saved from an awful, unnecessary death.

So please, feel free to pass it around – tweet it, share it on facebook, pin it, do whatever you wish with it. If you feel like I need to add something more to it, let me know – I am totally open to suggestions! It was harder than I thought to organize it into some kind of cohesive “visual” message and I was trying to keep it as simple as possible.

an infographic with the message of no dogs in hot cars