Jagger and Kristi’s Kritter is “Pagoda”…..available for adoption at your Rancho Coastal Humane Society in Encinitas. He’s a 6 year old, 14 pound, male, Japanese Chin / Spaniel mix.

Japanese Chin is part of the “Toy” dog group. Pagoda has the black and white colors of a Chin, but a shorter, coarse, fur coat.

Pagoda was a stray in the Imperial Valley. He was transferred to Rancho Coastal Humane Society through the FOCAS (Friends of County Animal Shelters) program. He’s friendly, silly, and active. He can be “selective” of his friends.

The $145 adoption fee for Pagoda includes medical exams, vaccinations, neuter, and registered microchip. For more information call 760-753-6413, visit Rancho Coastal Humane Society at 389 Requeza Street in Encinitas, or log on to SDpets.org.
Kennels and Cattery open 11 AM to 5 PM every day but Tuesday.

It’s too doggone hot for dogs!

The temperature in a closed car can rise 30 degrees in less than 2 minutes. Less time than it takes to run into the store for milk and bread.

Owners don’t recognize the symptoms that their pets or human family members are overheating, and the longer they wait the higher the risk.

Dogs don’t sweat. When they can’t pant fast enough, and when the air in a car is hotter than their body temperature, panting doesn’t help. It can cause heat exhaustion. Symptoms include reddening of their gums and ears and vomiting. If this occurs, take your dog to a cool place and offer it sips (not drinks) of water. Dampen the dog with cool (not cold) water.

If you discover the symptoms too late your dog could suffer heat stroke. Organs will start shutting down.

What should you do if you see a dog or person in a closed car and they appear to be in heat distress?

Right to Rescue doesn’t mean Right to be Stupid.

  • Before you break a window or pry open a door….check to see if the door is unlocked.
  • Is the engine running and the air conditioner on?
  • Call out for the owner.
  • If you’re in a store parking lot, ask them to make an announcement.
  • Call 9-1-1.
  • Get witnesses.
  • Shoot video.
  • Then, do what you need to.

I read a story about a guy who broke a window on an unlocked car. Another one who broke a window on a car with the air conditioning running.

And a guy who used a pry bar to remove a door that was not locked.

Take it easy if you’re walking, hiking, running, or taking your dog for a run while you ride your bicycle on hot days.

Watch for overheating, burning paws, heat exhaustion, and thirst.

Your dog can’t tell you that he or she is too hot and they need to get in the shade and take a drink.

Your dog can’t tell you that the street or sidewalk is too hot for his paws.

Be an advocate for your dog.

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