I write romantic suspense and warm, family relationship type novels, often with a touch of humor. Many of my books have featured animals as key players--dogs, cats, llamas, cockatiels, horses...even our son's pet albino corn snake, Sssssid, who appeared in my first Superromance back in 1999.

Animals have been a big part of my life since I was a child. How about you? I hope you'll become a "blog follower" here (see the right-hand column for a place to click) and will come back often. So...let's talk about our pets!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Lazy, hazy summer days...death for kids and pets

How much do you love your pets...and your children? Beware!! Your car is no place for them, on a summer day.

We all know that, of course, but it can seem like "only a few minutes" when you have to run into the drugstore or a fast food place, or to pick up dry cleaning. But add in the patrons ahead of you, a slow cashier or other small delays, and those "few minutes" can be deadly. The heat of the sun can turn your car into an oven--and the windows act as an insulator to help it build.

"On a warm, sunny day, the temperature in a parked car can reach dangerous levels, 120ยบ in minutes, even with the car window partially open. A pet can quickly suffer brain damage or die from heatstroke when trapped in these high temperatures, " according to the Humane Society of the United States. Learn more at: http://www.hsus.org

The temperature in a car can rise to 200 degrees, depending on the outside temp, angle of the sun, and how long it sits there, and even parking in shady spot with the windows cracked isn’t safe. NEVER leave pets and small kids in the car. Passers-by probably won’t hear signs of distress, either...as the child or pet is likely to be quiet while being overcome and slipping toward death. Call 911 if you see a child or pet in this deadly situation!

And this is no time of the year to leave pets outside without shade and plenty of water, either. Today, the heat index is 100-105 where we live...which can also be deadly for a pet left tied out in the sun without the relief of shade and fresh water.

On nice days, our dogs often have the run of the deck that runs the length of our house, and though it offers shady spots, soft rugs--their "sleeping bags", my husband says :) --and I keep water out there for them, that deck is no place for them on a day like today, due to the "urban heat island effect." Just step out there in late morning through late afternoon, and the intense, radiating heat rising off the deck is evident.

The heat island effect refers to hard, modern surfaces like asphalt, shingles--and the dark wood of our deck--which absorb heat and can create an island of temperature 50-90 degrees hotter the current temperature that day. In contrast, damp earth and grass under shady places will be far cooler.

Hope you and your pets are all keeping cool!


  1. Hi Roxanne! I've only discovered your blog and I love it! I love pets and had a variety of them through my whole life. Your post is great, just today I saw a dog trapped in the car on the sun. Luckily I knew the owner and I called her and told her I'll look after the dog until she finishes shopping. It was good for me - I took a walk and for the dog because he didn't suffer in the sun.
    Have a great day!

  2. thanks so much for stopping by! That was one lucky dog--and you are a hero! Not everyone will stop to intercede, assuming "someone else will do it", but that doesn't necessarily happen. Bravo to you!

    So glad you like the blog. If you like, you can click a button to be a "follower" so you'll know when there are new posts.

    BTW--could you be the person who was at the Jaunty Quills blog when I blogged recently? I've tried to contact several of the winners of the books drawings and haven't heard back. And a Frana was one of them!

  3. Hi! Yes, that's me :) I'm sorry to inform you that my reply can't get through to you. I always get an automatic response that my e-mail was rejected for the safety reasons. I've sent you an e-mail on your yahoo address that I found on your web page. I don't know why the other address doesn't want to accept my mail, maybe the other winners have accoutred similar problems?
    Anyway, great blog, and I'll become a follower :)

  4. That's strange. Here's another address (scoot everything together so there aren't any spaces...and replace the slash with an "at" sign ) You can use it to send me your address, and some titles of books that you might like to receive. You can see the titles at my websites or at Shoutlife. I'll try to send the one that's your first choice, if possible.

    Thanks for trying...and thanks for becoming a follower here!!


    roxanne rustand / yahoo . com

  5. Hi! E-mail's gone - hope you'll receive it :)
    Have a great day,

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