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Emergency crews were called at about 1pm at the Lost Dog Trail when that dog died. Between 9:30am and 1pm that day, the humidity never rose above 30%. As someone who grew up in Georgia where it averages 55-60% humidity all summer long, I'm gonna have to say that 30% humidity is not killing anything. Its the heat that kills dogs in Arizona.Widowmaker wrote:I really believe the humidity killed that dog and the people didn't prepare for it as it affected them as well.
Based on the endless number of pictures on HAZ of your dog hiding in the shade, maybe you should rethink his needs. Heat hits dogs from all directions. They get more exposure from above because they are horizontal animals. They get heat blasting up from the ground because they are so low. They pull heat directly in from their feet which by the way is the only place they have sweat glands-- so you're basically neutralizing one of only two ways they have to cool their body temperatures (the other way is panting).Widowmaker wrote:On every hike I take Rowdy on I do all my planing on his needs not mine.
I don't really understand how anyone thinks its a good idea to take their dogs out in the heat like that. When its above 80 I really start thinking about the type of hikes I take Lily on because I know even that temperature affects her and definitely affects her enjoyment level. 100+ seems absolutely insane and cruel to me. Even if you put boots and a cooling vest on your dog, I'm never going to believe he enjoys those conditions.Widowmaker wrote:I really don't understand how this happens.
Unless your dog is one-of-a-kind and is able to read a thermometer he has NO CLUE how hot it is outside, so of course he wants to go outside!Widowmaker wrote:And I take him out because he wants to go.
He may not die, but I'm sure he will happily suffer just to please you.Widowmaker wrote:Well Rowdy will never die because of me.