Posts Tagged ‘WCCO’

Little Lady Lost – First day home

December 1, 2011 33 comments

My apologies to all my readers for not updating you on how Little Lady Lost finally came home. It’s been a crazy day today.

I promise that I will share the full story with you Friday evening. But until then, I thought I would share a few pictures of my girl. She slept most of the morning and early afternoon (I can’t imagine how tired she must be after such a harrowing adventure) and spent most of the late afternoon and evening trying to figure out a way to get onto my bed so she could eat the cat’s food. She’s never had a problem with that before, but I am sure she’s still not at full strength yet. If there is one thing I know about Little Lady, she is not one to be deterred long!

A very tired girl

Can you please let me on the bed so I can get that cat food?

As an added note, Lady had an interview with a reporter from WCCO this evening. She was quite calm for being a TV star. Even I was amazed at her ability to take it all in stride. She also met her rescuer, Brad Wright, again tonight and seemed happy to just lie on the couch next to him. Go figure! She also had a visit from her other foster mom, Dawn. She knew who she was as soon as she sniffed her and immediately started wagging her scrawny little tail. That made my evening.

Thank you so much for all the prayers, good wishes, good thoughts and kind words. And to all of you who helped spread the word and hep in the search for Lady. Thank you.

2 Akitas+2 Kids=Dog Bites – What Would You Do?

November 14, 2010 19 comments

Last night our local TV station aired this story “Animal Control Investigates Burnsville Dog Attack” about two Akitas being investigated for biting two children (not the dog owner’s children). Immediately, I wondered about the circumstances. I can’t help it. Whenever I hear of a dog bite I wonder what really happened… what was the back story behind the bite, the dog’s bite history, the dog’s socialization, etc.

In this case, the children were visiting a family friend who was the owner of the Akitas. The kids were playing in the backyard with the Akitas, unaccompanied by an adult, when they were bit. The owner was clear – his dog never should have bitten her in any way, but he also wondered what the children might have done to cause it. He wants his dogs saved. The mother of the children said that her children “would never go up to a dog and aggravate it in any way”. She wants the dogs put down.

It seems like there is little information on either side of this story, since the only ones in the backyard with the dogs were the kids. No adults were even watching the dogs and kids when they were bit. So if you were Animal Control, what would you do?


September 2, 2010 13 comments


Two recent news items in Minnesota make it clear that it bears repeating… Hot cars are no place for a dog. Windows cracked, windows open, sunroof open, shady spot, checking on dog occasionally – none of these will save your dog if you choose to leave it in a hot car.

I watched this on the evening news Tuesday night and was shocked, appalled, and… MAD. Here was a guy who left his four month old Akita in the car while he went to the state fair for 4 hours (in 90+ degree heat) and he was outraged that animal control confiscated the dog. Really?

Then there is our own Democratic gubernatorial candidate, Mark Dayton, who left his two black German Shepherds in his hot car for 40 minutes (in the shade) while he conducted business at the state capitol. The temp that day was in the 90’s and it was humid. Luckily, the dogs were okay. Sadly, the media wasted a real chance to educate people on the dangers of dogs in hot cars.

So I thought maybe if people understood what really happens to a dog when it is locked in a hot car they will change their ways. So here goes…If you leave your dog in a hot car, here is what will happen:

– First, your dog will develop hyperthermia. Hyperthermia occurs when your dog’s body temperature elevates above the generally accepted normal range (body temperatures above 103° F/39° C are abnormal) – like what occurs when you dog is left in a hot car.

-As your dog’s body temperature rises, he will begin to pant heavily and he will start to sweat through the pads of his feet This is his body’s attempt to get his core body temp back to a normal range (100-102.5°F).

If he is left to wait in your hot car:

– His body will then start to direct his blood to his core organs (guts, heart, lungs, liver, kidneys) and away from outside (brain, limbs, etc.) in an attempt to help him. At this point your dog is in heat stress. He is getting weak and possibly dizzy. He may start to vomit. His body is starting to go into shock.

If your dog remains in your hot car at this point, he will go into heat stroke:

– Now his internal organs are starting to cook. He may start having convulsions. He may also start jumping around the car as if he is happy. He is not. He is in a panic. This is his last ditch effort to save himself, because his body is starting to shut down.

– Lastly, fluid will fill his lungs causing him to have trouble breathing. He will start to gasp for air as his body shuts down.

– He is dead.

– Time all of this took to happen? 10 minutes. That’s it. 10 MINUTESin a hot car.

– When your dog goes into heat stroke, you are past the point of no return. There is very little a vet or anyone else can do to save him.

– Sadly, you could have saved him by not leaving him in a hot car. But, you didn’t. Now you not only have to live with the guilt of leaving your dog in your hot car, but also the knowledge of how your dog died. It was painful. It was lonely. It was unnecessary.


Don’t leave your dog in a hot car.


10 minutes is not a long time.

Your decision may save your dog’s life.

For more information, go to My Dog Is Cool. This website has lots of good information and links to data demonstrating how quickly a car heats up whether you have the windows down or windows cracked open.

Share it with your friends. Maybe it will save one dog’s life.

Note: A personal thank you to Dr. Shawn Finch, D.V.M. and Dr. Daniel Beatty, D.V.M for their time and assistance in making sure the description of what happens in a hot car was medically accurate. I am indebted to you for your help!

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