Parting is such sweet mercy

Editorial comment suggests that dogs would likely be better off with more time at home.

Cool Bassett

It’s purely coincidental that this comment shares a page with Karen Haviland’s column, based loosely on the same topic.

Karen focuses on pets that no one is likely to take along when they leave the house. Too many dogs would be better off if they could stay home more often.

The sad lot in life for a lot of pooch types is that their owners love them too much to go anywhere without them. But when the weather gets hot and a ride in a vehicle is on the itinerary, a death sentence can also be part of the deal. Dogs can easily have an incredibly tough time even going for long walks in scorching heat, or hanging out in shade-less truck boxes. The back of a truck, by the way, whatever the weather, is not the best place for a dog. Hopefully, sometime soon, more folks will get the message without getting an injured or killed pet.

How about Sunfest, Kootenay Festival, Bluegrass Festival, Canada Day, Fall Fair or any other public event scheduled for hot times of year? You can have a great time with human company and your dog won’t know what they missed when you leave home without them.

The more a message is heard, the more of an irritant it can become, but the important messages just keep being put out there. If you’re a dog owner, please consider leaving your best friend at home, if you don’t already. Your dog depends on you for everything, and you’re the one who’s supposed to know best.

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