Saturday, 26 May 2012

Don't Cook Your Dog

Don't Cook Your Dog sounds terrible doesn't it?

But people are still leaving dogs in boiling hot cars!

We have just had three very hot days, with more to come over the weekend. 

Cars get very hot, very quickly, and the effect on a dog trapped in a car is like putting your Sunday Roast in the oven. The dog is quite literally cooked alive, it is a horrific and painful way to die! 

There is a misconception that if you leave a window open then it's ok. It isn't, it makes no difference at all!


The car experiment was done by Kate Price, owner of the famous Olive the Pug, on a sunny Saturday in July. And the results are shocking! Obviously there is not a dog in the car!

11.15 AM

Car in sun front two windows open 

11.15 AM

Outside temperature: 29° Celsius

11.20 AM [in car]

31° Celsius / 2 front windows open

11.25 AM [in car]

40° Celsius / 2 front windows open

11.30 AM [in car]

40° Celsius / 2 front windows open

11.30 AM

Now opened 4 windows to typical height

11.40 AM [in car]

45° Celsius / 4 windows open
On back shelf of car in direct sun, all 4 windows open.  It only took a few minutes to reach over 50° Celsius

As you can see the temperature rises inside the car shockingly fast! 

When going out, please think seriously if you really need to take your dog with you. He would be so much happier at home in a nice cool house than trapped in a car being cooked alive.

Many years ago I witnessed a dog being removed from a hot car, sadly the dog died before it was rescued, it was the most horrific thing I'd ever seen, and I hate to think of the suffering it must have endured.

Ignorance is no excuse...

 I stopped a lady yesterday, as she was walking away from her car leaving a Collie type inside. I pointed out it was far too hot to leave the dog in the car, she had no idea that leaving the windows open wasn't enough. Luckily my car was nearby so I showed her my Don't Cook Your Dog sticker, so she got the dog out and took it with her.

If you want to order a lifesaver pack click on this link

If you see a dog in a car on a warm day the RSPCA advice is to call the Police on 999.
If the police are unable to attend, call the RSPCA 24-hour cruelty line on 0300 1234 999 or if you are in Scotland03000 999 999 for SSPCA
(Please store this number on your mobile phone!)

Please be vigilant, dogs are relying on you to educate their owners and save them!


  1. kayley madhead woodhouse26 May 2012 at 02:45

    wow thanks for this dawn amazed at how fast the heat risen, shocking glad you stopped that lady though :)

    1. I know Kayley, I was shocked myself when I read the original article in Dogs Today last year.

      We know it gets hot in cars, but it's not until you see it in front of your own eyes you realise just how hot it gets!

      The message needs to be spread far and wide, and this campaign is doing just that.

      D xxx

  2. Such an important message, Dawn. The Boxers are especially vulnerable to heat, What a horrible way to die. Good on you for being brave enough to approach that lady x.

    1. Thanks Lesley, I hate to see an animal suffering in any way.

      The message needs to be spread far and wide, and Dogs Today Magazine have made it possible with this fantastic campaign.

      I've made adjustments to Badgers exercise in this weather, early morning and late night walks only, it's the only way to keep him cool.

      We missed having him out and about with us this weekend, but it's a small price to pay for his well being.

      D xxx


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