Animals in Hot Cars – Extremely Important to Read and Share

Anyone who knows me knows that when it comes to animals, I have very strong opinions and will not hesitate to speak my mind.   Now that the weather is starting to get warmer,  I want to make sure people know how imperative it is that you do not leave your dog, or any other animal (or child for that matter) in the car alone.  Even if it is your intention to just “run into the store” to pick up something quickly, you never know what can happen to delay you.  You may bet caught up in a long line, or price check problems, or a multitude of circumstances that could delay your return to your fur friend locked in the car.  For this reason, I say that no length of time is alright.

This following picture is what sparked the debate on facebook.  It was posted on a the page of a radio station, I believe, with the caption of “What do you think, would you do the same thing?”

I was so infuriated by some of the comments on this site about this picture.  People were saying how this person should be arrested for breaking and entering, trespassing and larceny.  Are you kidding me?  This person should be commended and thanked and thought of as a hero who potentially saved this dog’s live, not a criminal.

Sometimes I have a hard time remembering that not everyone thinks the same way I do, or has the same compassion towards other living beings as I do.  But to me, this should be common sense.  How is it not?  How can anyone think it was okay to leave their companion animal alone in a hot car, for any amount of time?… An animal who you love and share your home and life with.

It is also very important to know what to do, as a citizen and compassionate person, if you see an animal alone in a car on a hot day.  Please do not turn the other cheek and walk away.  Please do the right thing.  If you are not comfortable  enough to do what the person above did then call the authorities.  Do not leave the dog alone.  Wait until help arrives before leaving.

Here is a link to a great, informative article.  Also, below I have copied and quoted it as well.  I feel the information is too important to try to rewrite so I am coping it word for word.

http://www.peta.org/issues/companion-animals/dog-hot-car.aspx

Dogs in Hot Cars

Every year, dogs suffer and die when their guardians make the mistake of leaving them in a parked car—even 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 and 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 sustain brain damage or even die 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 hot car, take down the car’s color, model, make, and license plate number. Have the owner paged in the nearest buildings, 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 the authorities 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 from the car, and then wait for authorities to arrive.

Watch for heatstroke symptoms such as restlessness, excessive thirst, thick saliva, heavy panting, lethargy, lack of appetite, dark tongue, rapid heartbeat, fever, vomiting, bloody diarrhea, and lack of coordination. If a dog shows any of these symptoms, get him or her out of the heat, preferably into an air-conditioned vehicle, and then to a veterinarian immediately. If you are unable to transport the dog yourself, take him or her into an air-conditioned building if possible and call animal control: Tell them it is an emergency.

Provide water to drink, and if possible spray the dog with a garden hose or immerse him or her in a tub of cool (but not iced) water for up to two minutes in order to lower the body temperature gradually. You can also place the dog in front of an electric fan. Applying cool, wet towels to the groin area, stomach, chest, and paws can also help. Be careful not to use ice or cold water, and don’t overcool the animal.

PETA offers leaflets that can be placed on vehicles to remind people never to leave unattended animals inside. For information on ordering PETA’s “Don’t Let Your Dog Get Hot Under the Collar” leaflet, please click here.

Simon Cowell stars in PETA’s public service announcement (PSA) informing viewers of the dangers of leaving dogs in hot cars. You can help spread the message by contacting us at ActionTeam@peta.org or 757-622-7382 for information on how to get the PSA aired on your local television stations.”

Do the right thing if you see this.  Read this and please pass it on.  This is something everyone should read and understand.  It is a matter of life or death.

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The Horrors of The Circus

When I was a little girl, I used to love everything about  the circus.  The lights, the trapeze, the loins and tigers, the snacks, the clowns, and especially the elephants.  I have been in love with elephants for as long as I can remember.  The giant gentle souls.  I was always excited when the circus would come to town.

Until… I learned of the horrors that goes on behind closed doors.  I am afraid that there are so many other people out there in the same position, parents, children, anyone…. who is in awe by the circus and the entertainment that it provides to the public – at a hefty price to the animals involved.  If you do not know what goes on, the inhumane treatment and neglect that these animals endure, then you go on thinking the circus is a happy place.  My goal with this writing today is to help spread some education and show you guys reasons why NOT to take your children to the circus.  Why NOT to buy those tickets for an evening of entertainment.

When you buy those tickets and support the circus… THIS is what you are truly supporting:

 

Norfolk City Council, Office of City Council, and Mayor Paul D. Fraim: Ban the use of bullhooks in the city of Norfolk, Va.

Baby elephants, so young that they should still be nursing, are ripped away from their mothers, screaming and crying.  This is just one picture of the many photos showing how Ringling Brothers tie down baby elephants by all four legs.  They are threatened with bullhooks and shocked with electric prods in order to break their spirits and force them to learn those unnatural tricks.  These violent training sessions last four or more hours a day and continue for up to a year… until they give up all hope and submit.  Needless to say, the abuse doesn’t stop there, they live their lives in fear of the bullhook.  The bullhook is a sharp hook at the end of a wooden handle that is used to inflict pain and fear in elephants.

Ringling Brothers has paid the USDA $270,000 for animal welfare violations!!  Over $270,000… which is the largest fine ever paid by an animal exhibitor.  How can something that cruel and wrong be “fun for the whole family”?

Tomorrow marks the opening night of the circus in Norfolk.  If you are planning on going this weekend, or any time in the future, please take a look at these websites and the photos.  Then tell me if you still want to go after learning the truth of what goes on behind closed doors.

www.ringlingbeatsanimals.com

http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.altdaily.com%2Ffeatures%2Fop-ed-ringling-is-hooked-on-cruelty.html&h=kAQEPg_-LAQF4CPdaD-S1Na1TYY9x7hqQWwN68YDJQ7IZ_Q&enc=AZNGsQsNIloVez9n6Cq3tdjmOJJCqyc5syZlkQPd8xNFjYrr68VL0CdIlW-qcEQY1RjdYf4u5huY9WMIA6BRVrpl

https://www.facebook.com/NorfolkBullhookBan

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Now that you have educated yourself of the horrors of the circus come out with me and my fellow activists tomorrow night, Thursday April 11th, 2013 for a peaceful protest during Ringling’s opening night at the Scope in Norfolk.  Information below:

https://www.facebook.com/events/425364814219964/

 

Stepping Out Of Introversion

Stepping Out Of Introversion

I have to say, I am really proud of myself. Growing up I was always very shy, introverted and timid. I still carry some of those qualities over into my adult life, but that is something that i battle with on a daily basis pretty much. Often times i have to physically and mentally talk myself into things, give myself a pep talk, and coerce myself into things.

I was always afraid to go anywhere alone, or to do something by myself. If there was something i wanted to do, but no one would do it with me, then i would just not do it. I had to have a friend someone with me. This didn’t change for me until well into my adult years, after getting married. For the longest time, i HAD someone to do everything with, and it didn’t matter. There was no real reason for me to change. Then came the time when i started to grow into myself and acquire new interests and desires. Once i started to broaden my horizons and step outside of the box, creating interests in things a little “less normal” than the ordinary, it was harder to find someone to participate in those things with. So i had to teach myself to do those things on my own, and i loved it. It was definitely stepping outside of my box of comfort but so much worth it. It helped me to grow my independence as well as to increase my knowledge and awareness other things. I started by going to the local Buddhist meditation meetings alone, which lead into this great love i have for all things Buddhism and a very big part of the way i live my life. Then i started going to yoga classes along, which lead into me becoming a yoga teacher. After that i started going to local rock shows along, which lead to me acknowledging the immense love i have for music… and lending a hand in me meeting my favorite musician of all! So as you see, many great things have come out of me winning that fight with myself!

Still to this day, i enjoy doing things alone. Before, i would have never dreamed of going out to dinner, or to a movie alone, and now those are things i have no problem at all doing… and quite enjoy it sometimes. But… there are still those things that make me nervous and feel anxiety about doing alone. Especially something new, or something where i do not know what to expect. Some of those times it is easier to just not do it, than to deal with the anxiety of it. However, with this being something that i still battle with daily… it is something i make myself do. Knowing i will thank myself for it after.

One example from this week, that made me extremely proud of myself and extremely happy about my decision just do it. Tuesday PETA was holding a demonstration to bring awareness of the cruelty of the circus, pre opening day. It was scheduled for 12:00pm. I asked my boss if he cared if i took a long lunch and went to participate. I had hoped that others from the office would go as well and we could car pool. With me still not being very familiar with the downtown Norfolk area and driving around, i really didn’t want to have to drive. So when time came, and i missed out on the office transportation, and no one else from the office was going, i contemplated just staying at work and getting caught up… but i really really wanted to go. I had this internal dialog with myself for about ten minutes before i finally stood up and decided to go. Step One. Jumped in my car… alone… and headed downtown, which is just right around the corner from my office. I found the intersection where the demo was being held. Now to find a parking spot. Oops… i realized that i didn’t have any cash at all for the parking garage, and no change in my car or my purse to feed the meter…. what now? Well on to step two. I saw my co workers at the intersection and wanted so bad to be there with them, to have that experience, to try something new i had never done before. But i once again had that argument with myself. I should just go back to the office. I don’t have any money for parking, i can’t find a parking spot, i am running out of gas, i should be catching up on my work instead. I pulled into a spot a few blocks away, then pulled back out because i didn’t have any change. My internal dialog was winning and i didn’t like that. Then while waiting at a red light at the EXACT intersection of the protest someone pulled out of a spot, right there. Once the light turned green i quickly pulled into the spot, even having to do a bit of a parallel park job to fit. I said to myself – you know what, i don’t care if i have any change to park or not, i am here and i want to do this, so I AM GOING TO DO IT!

Because i had that fight with myself, and won, i had the opportunity to participate in a pretty amazing event. I did end up getting a $15 parking ticket, but it was so worth it. I not only got to do something worthwhile, something to spread knowledge about the cruelty of the circus, something i am extremely passionate about… but i also, once again, conquered myself!

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Look at that smile on my face!  True, genuine, and right where i am suppose to be.

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Thanks to all of you amazing ladies for making this a successful afternoon for the animals, and for myself.