I was at Peace Arch Hospital today for a mini photo shoot with the staff of Reid's Pharmasave. They're promoting their support of a healthy lifestyle by participating in events like the Pumpkin Run/Walk, which supports the hospital. It was a hot afternoon, but they were a fun group. The only challenge was that they kept laughing, which is not a bad problem to have!
The group looked great - but not far away, someone else's health was in question. As I was finishing, an RCMP officer asked if I would take a photo nearby, where she had found a dog sitting in a parked truck with all the windows rolled up. She had opened the truck so the dog wouldn't overheat, and thankfully the dog was in good spirits, although quiet. I was happy to oblige and promised to send the photo to the Peace Arch News, who hopefully will run it with a reminder to not leave animals or children in closed vehicles in hot weather!
I know we were in front of the ER, and so the offending person might be dealing with something big and honestly forgot about the dog, but it only takes minutes for animals to overheat in this weather. And it only takes a few seconds to lower a window. Or, better yet, don't take your pet if you know they will have to sit in the car. How sad would it be to have a good outcome in the ER, only to find your pet in distress (or worse)?
Okay, end of rant. Can you tell I'm an animal lover?