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All my life I’ve had a pet growing up. I was taught from a very young age to be responsible for your pet and to care for your pet as if it were a member of your family. We recently traveled with our pup. He’s 7 now and we travel on the road with him quite a bit. This time we were headed up north. We had to stop at the grocery store on the way up north. It’s hard. I didn’t want to have to go back home and grab the dog, but in the end we ended up doing that. It was well over 90* F outside and there was no way I was leaving the dog in the truck, even with the windows down. We pulled up to the store and in the parking lot I see not 1 or 2, but several people who have locked animals in the vehicle. It breaks my heart. These are animals and they heat up just as fast as we do. Do you want to sit in the car in 90*+ weather with the windows up?
Of course, after we arrived up north Sparky wanted to head right into the lake. We drove up with the central air on and he sat on the seat with the air blowing in his face, which he loved. As soon as we arrived though, he knew the lake was there and he was off to inspect and take a plunge! He knows the lake and loves to take a swim. We keep him leashed while we are near the lake. There are many people that do not. As soon as he starts swimming we unhook him so we don’t pull him and he ends up sinking, but while he cruises the shoreline he is leashed. It bothers me that other dogs come running up and some jump. They are bigger. Dog should be leashed for their safety as well as everyone else’s. I have control of my dog on the leash. He also has identification tags on him. He is a rescue dog and there is no way after 7 years and him being a part of our family that we want to lose him. We worked hard to train him and we take good care of him. He’s a part of my family and I would not want him missing! Keeping him hydrated was a tough one this weekend. He, like other dogs, is curious and wants to take off and check things out. He doesn’t want to stop to eat or drink. We did stop a few times on the way up and gave him water. I forgot our dish, so the folks at McDonald’s gave us an empty cup so we could pour the water in. He didn’t mind and it kept him hydrated. He was so full of weekend that when we arrived home, he was knocked out for HOURS!
I thought it was funny to watch him SNORE and just relax. He was incredibly tired and got a lot of exercise. Dogs need exercise, just like humans. When it comes to pet ownership it’s actually really simple.. would you treat a member of your family that way? That’s how your pet should be treated. What are your pet peeves about neglectful actions by pet owners?