Yesterday started out like most days. We woke up to sunshine and greeted each other in our usual way. Then the afternoon rolled around I saw you get your keys. I jumped up and met you at the door, so excited to go. You didn’t disappoint me, although it appeared for a few seconds you were about to say “no,” but I jumped at the door and begged even more. I could tell you were concerned, but you gave in to my pleas and as we walked toward the car, I thought I heard you say something about the day.
Once down the road, you turned into a parking lot. You promised you would be only a few minutes and I was to wait in the car. You shut off the motor and left all four windows down a few inches. Then off you went. Immediately I feared it would be hot, as it had been so many times before when you left me for “only a few minutes.”
You never realized it, but often I’d become so hot, I felt sick and it usually took me a couple days to fully recover from the heat. You never knew because I never let it show when we were together. I did my best to appear as happy as ever. I didn’t want you to feel bad about my suffering, but to be honest you should have left me at home where it was safe.
Yesterday was worse then the previous times. Yesterday it felt hotter than before and although I am sure you hurried, I watched for you through the window for as long as I could. Some people passed by and I could tell by the look on their faces they were concerned for me. I looked at them and tried to tell them to go find you, that I was really hot this time and didn’t feel well, but they shook their heads and walked on, leaving me to suffer alone.
I tried to keep hope, but this time your, “only a few minutes” was too long. I was so hot and then a strange feeling came and darkness surrounded me. I couldn’t see anything, but I could still hear and I heard someone say, “Look at that poor dog inside that hot car.” It wasn’t your voice and I tried my best to hang on, hoping you would come, but I knew this time it was too late. My entire body ached and my head felt like it was about to explode. All I wanted was out of that car, some water, and you.
Yesterday I died, waiting “only a few minutes”.
FYI: A temperature of 109 degrees and over is considered lethal for any animal. On an 84-degree day, a closed vehicle, in the sun, can reach 132 degrees in only five minutes! That’s “only a few minutes.” Discover for yourself how your pet suffers by parking your car with the windows open a few inches. Stay in the car for “only a few minutes.” Be honest, take a watch and learn exactly how long it takes before you can no longer stay in that hot vehicle.
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