Thursday, August 7, 2014

Hot Cars Are Not Cool

            If your email box is anything like mine, you are approached to sign petitions almost every single day.  I am very particular of the causes that I support.  I received one the other day that moved me to sign and to share with you here today.  Marianna Morris from PetPlan USA Pet Insurance sent me a letter asking me to help spread the word on a major problem.
            Leaving your pet in a hot car is not cool.  Each year, without fail, innocent pets die in cars due to heat stroke.  If you are lucky enough to live where you are getting temperatures in the low 70’s, the temperature in your car can rise to 106˚ in as little as thirty minutes.  That is about the time it takes to run into the store to pick up a few items or a restaurant for a quick bite.  If you live in a warmer climate, the heat in your car becomes a deathtrap in even less time.
            Although there has been a lot of attention and warnings about leaving your pet in the car, 70% of states don’t have any laws that prohibit this act.  That means that if you see a pet in a hot car and break the window to retrieve it, you are the one breaking the law!  Of course, you can call the police to report the suffering animal, but by the time they arrive on the scene, it may be too late.
            That is why PetPlan is petitioning the Obama Administration to encourage all states to enact laws prohibiting animals being left unattended in cars and being exposed to extreme hot or cold temperatures.  They have until September 2, 2014 to collect 100,000 signatures.  This is the amount needed to have it cross President Obama’s desk.  Yes, it is a daunting challenge, but with everyone’s help, it is attainable.  You can share the following link on social media, blogs, and word of mouth.  Please join me in being a voice for those who cannot speak for themselves.  Also, love your pet enough to leave them at home in the air conditioning.  It could mean the difference between life and death.
 Here are some great infographics that Marianna provided; please feel free to share them.







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We are joining Ruckus the Eskie and Love is being owned by a Husky for Thoughtless Thursday.  Stop by and say “hello” to them and these other ‘thoughtless” bloggers.







40 comments :

  1. We can't bark loud enough about that topic. It happens again and again. I hope all people will read and understand that it is dangerous to park a dog with the car. Thanks for this post!

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    1. It is such a dangerous thing to do, but people think their dog wants to go with them. Unless we are taking the boys somewhere they can join us, they stay home in the A.C.

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  2. BRAVO Here HERE. EXCELLENT POST... We agree with what Easy Rider said. THANKS fur getting the BARK out on this.

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    1. Thanks Frankie & Ernie! I'd imagine that your train engine room was hot! BOL!

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  3. Definitely an important topic! Love these graphics too.

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    1. It is such a horrible mistake and people just don't think about it. You are welcome to use any of the graphics. ☺

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  4. Interessting reading. Spreading the word hopefully prevent more dogs in warm cars.

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  5. So good to keep reminding people this time of year. Some people just don't know or just don't think. Have a tremendous Thursday.
    Best wishes Molly

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    1. It is something we see with dogs in our sweltering heat every year! Thanks for visiting. ☺

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  6. we carry posters in our car and leave them on cars when ever we see doggies left unattended. last year we called the police twice when we saw doggies in cars on hot days.

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    1. That is a great idea. I may have to join you in doing that. Thanks for the idea.

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  7. I am torn on this. I received the email too. I agree leaving a pet in a hot car is a bad idea. I looked and looked for language of what they wanted: ie how hot? how cold? are we going to have to worry about leaving our dogs in our open-doored van when we train? I could find nothing. I feel like this is a publicity stunt on behalf of PetPlan. I like specifics.

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    1. I understand your position. The way I understand the wording, it is for animals left without their owners in sight. It's not the situation with your dogs.

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  8. Same here every summer..people do not think.. I hope your government makes it law...even though it really needs to be common sense ad should be part of pet ownership programs in schools...start young....always start young ..hugs Fozziemum xx

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    1. You're right, it should be common sense. Unfortunately, we live where that is in short supply! LOL!

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  9. Such great tips and information! I love the infographics too!
    Thank you for sharing a very impawtant topic!
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

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    1. i know Canada has a special push going on with this topic. Feel free to use any of these graphics. ♥

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  10. OMD! We are so glad we stopped by today. We are doing a post 8/14 for safety week on Heat Safety and these graphics are PERFECT! It is alright if we use them in our post? this is such important information. And short nosed breeds like us have to be extra careful

    hugs
    Mr Bailey, Hazel & Greta
    B H & G Management
    Official Campaign Headquarters for Murphy & Stanley

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    1. I emailed you, but of course, anyone can use them!

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  11. Add this to our list of reasons why summer is our least favorite season. We hardly get to go anywhere because we can't wait in the car. Luckily, this summer isn't as warm as usual, which we definitely enjoy. Stay cool my friend! Emma

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    1. It is crazy hot here and humid. Bentley is an air conditioning hog in the car and the house!! LOL!

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  12. we are usually not in favor of more laws but this is important. People are not purposely trying to kill their pets, they just don't understand what can happen in a short period of time. Laws would bring awareness and do more to allow good Samaritans to do the rescue work.

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    1. I agree! I would certainly want to help a hot animal in a car, but I don't want to be arrested for it! ☺

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  13. Excellent petition. I will have to go and sign it. I'm careful about the petitions I sign too. Some of them don't look like they are more about people circulating drama than about actually making changes. I would like to see a petition like this enter each state individually.

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  14. Great info and so happy to see (and sign) the petition!! We are lucky to live in a state where it s against the law.

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    1. That's great! Thanks for your support. ☺

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  15. Mom wonders how people can be so stupid?? Not thoughtless but stupid!

    Your Candidates for Blogville Mayors 2014,

    Murphy & Stanley
    Mayorz For All Paws

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  16. I can not understand how anyone could leave a living thing in a hot parked car.

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    1. I don't like sitting in the car without the air running for even a few minutes.

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  17. This is our biggest pet peeve! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. I'm glad! Please feel free to share. ☺

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  18. Thank you for this great information and info graphic.

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    1. I hope that it helps raise awareness to this problem. ☺

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  19. Great post-- too many times I see this happen. I have called the police several times for this issue.

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    1. I wouldn't hesitate to report it. It could save a life. ☺

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  20. I love the infographic. I will sign the petition and share your post....this is so important!! I am happy to see my state on the list of those that prohibit it!
    Jan, Wag 'n Woof Pets

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  21. Valuable information and excellent design you got here! I would like to thank you for sharing your thoughts about cheap pet insurance into the stuff you post!!

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