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Pet Tip of the Week: The Making of a Hot Dog (

Dog-driving-carby Dawn Watson (

Spring has sprung, the grass is high, lock your dog in the car and say bye-bye! 

No matter how many times we read about a pet suffocating because the owner left him in the car “for a minute” we still need to talk about it. 

According to PETA, (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals),

“Every year, dogs suffer and die when their guardians make the mistake of leaving them in a parked car—even Banner for "just a minute"—while they run an errand. Parked cars are deathtraps for dogs: On a 78-degree day, the temperature inside a parked car can soar to between 100 to 120 degrees in just minutes, and on a 90-degree day, the interior temperature can reach as high as 160 degrees in less than 10 minutes.

Animals can suffer brain damage or death from heatstroke in just 15 minutes. Beating the heat is extra tough for dogs because they can only cool themselves by panting and by sweating through their paw pads.

If you see a dog left alone in a car, take down the car's color, model, make, and license plate number. Have the owner paged in the store, or call local humane authorities or police. Have someone keep an eye on the dog. Don't leave the scene until the situation has been resolved.

If police are unresponsive or too slow and the dog's life appears to be in imminent danger, find a witness (or several) who will back up your assessment, take steps to remove the suffering animal, and then wait for authorities to arrive.” 

I have rescued many dogs over the years and have gotten into a lot of trouble by doing so. But I would do it all over again, and will continue to speak up for humane treatment of animals until I die. 

If you see an animal being abused and do not wish to become involved please call me at 856.981.8957. I will help. 

Wado, udohiyu, (thank you very much, in the Cherokee language)

Dawn Watson

Brother of the Wolf, LLC

700 Market St, Gloucester City NJ 08030