Dog days of summer

Be kind to pets during this hot weather

Just when we thought it may never come, summer has seemingly settled into the Kootenay. Hiking and biking trails, beaches, parks and downtown streets are once again teeming with life thanks to sunny skies and balmy temperatures.

Like clockwork the summer sizzle has spurred press releases from the local SPCA and other animal advocates about proper pet managment during hot days. It seems ridiculous that pet owners need to be reminded about how to treat their companions when the mercury rises, but it happens.

Too often dogs will be left in blazing hot cars. Sure the window’s cracked, but the tongue hanging sadly out of a pooches mouth is a clear sign of distress.

Visitors from out of town might have an excuse for this type of cruelty. Our downtown dog ban catches many tourists off guard and leaves them in the uncomfortable position of having to make a choice between their pet’s comfort and an opportunity to check out this little gem in the mountains.

Locals have no excuse.

It’s understandable to want our four-legged friends to tag along during our summer outings, but pet owners need to think ahead. Leaving a dog in a hot car for even a couple minutes is torture. Anyting longer than that can be tragic.

Kootenay residents love summer and they love their pets. It’s okay to get excited about the true arrival of summer, but don’t get carried away and ensure the dogs enjoy the season in comfort too.

A shady yard, an air-conditioned home or even the cool basement are by far the better choice when you are heading out on your errands for the remainder of our hot weather.

 

 

 

 

Just Posted

‘If we do nothing, the herd will certainly be extirpated’: Caribou maternity pen proposed in Nakusp

The Arrow Lakes Caribou Society is waiting for a response from the province

Kalesnikoff CFO recognized as lumber industry leader

Krystle Seed recognized as one of the top ten people under 40 in the lumber industry.

Cops make fentanyl bust in Castlegar

Over 280 pills among drugs seized

Rossland introduces new traffic bylaw

Right now it costs more money to write a ticket than the city gets from the fine, says a councillor

Federal candidates debate environmental issues in Castlegar

Few sparks and much agreement between candidates that action is needed

VIDEO: Langley woman’s security camera records its own theft

Langley family discovers early morning grab was recorded

Share crash data, private insurers tell David Eby, ICBC

B.C. monopoly makes drivers retrieve their own records

B.C. VIEWS: Wolf kill, not backcountry bans, saving caribou

B.C.’s largest herds turn the corner from extinction

Pearson nets shootout winner as Canucks clip Flyers 3-2

Vancouver picks up second straight home win

Map on Elections Canada website sends Nanaimo-Ladysmith voters to landfill

Address for polling station correct, but Google Map address differs

BC Children’s Hospital launches 2 new virtual care sites bringing total to 19 across province

Provincial initiative allows pediatric patients to see health specialists through video

‘Wham-bam out the door’: Surrey man’s front yard left ruined by scamming landscaper

Resident warns neighbours to be careful of door-to-door salesmen

PHOTOS: Kipchoge becomes first runner to dip under 2 hours for marathon

Olympic champion and world record holder from Kenya clocks 1 hour, 59 minutes and 40 seconds

Most Read