I wish I could start the weekend as I always do: happy, glad to be alive, lovin’ life, stalking chipmunks, chewing on cow toes. Hanging out with my Peeps. But I can’t. I’m too sad today.
Actually, I AM glad to be alive, but a dog left in a hot car for hours doesn’t stand a chance to share my enthusiasm.
Louie, the companion animal of my local SPCA’s CEO, was left in the car, according to news reports, for four hours last week before being discovered. Now, granted Louie was reported to be deaf and half blind, I think, and because of this, he was probably taking a quiet little snooze while she drove, but, it seems to me that if she often took him to the office with her, that she might have noticed he was there. Even if her husband forgot to tell her he put Louie in the car??? Even if she didn’t know he had been put in the car, wouldn’t she have noticed him in the back? Or wouldn’t someone else have noticed him when they walked by the car?? Apparently not.
Who am I to judge? No one I’m afraid. I’m sure They forget things all the time. I guess forgetting is an easy human thing to do.
Even so, Louie’s gone. Hope he didn’t suffer too much. His human family sure is. From embarrassment if nothing else.
What You Learned Today:
- How many times can I say this? “Do not leave animals in hot cars.” Now I guess I have to say, “do not forget you put your dog in your car when it’s 90+ degrees F outside.“
- Since repetition is the key to training, let’s go over this again: DO NOT LEAVE ANIMALS IN HOT CARS. (I don’t know anything about babies or children, but I wouldn’t do that to them either. Or old people for that matter.)
- Please keep Louie in your thoughts.
- Let’s all learn something from this tragedy.