Letters to the Editor

Responsible choices needed for furry friends

Re July 23 article, “Facebook reconnects dog, worried owner”

I’m glad that Facebook reunited Mr. Anderson and Beauregard. It is obvious that he cares about his dog by his actions (making fliers, etc). But here is a thought: don’t put your furry friend in that position in the first place. The Humane Society of United States estimates that 10,000 dogs die from falling or jumping from a pickup truck. Those who don’t die usually are injured either by the fall or by being hit by another vehicle.

The society does not know of a safe harness or restraint to use in the bed of a pickup. They could be strangled or dragged. Besides all the possible injuries if they fall out, there are other issues that can harm your furry friend: injury to their eyes from blowing objects, injury to the pads of their feet from the hot metal bed, and the potential of heatstroke due to no shade. For those who say that the dog loves to ride in the bed of the pickup; most of us love chocolate but don’t eat a steady diet of it.

While I have your attention, let’s not leave our furry friends inside an unattended vehicle even if the windows are down some. The temperature can reach 120 degrees in just a few minutes.

As pet guardians, it is our responsibility to educate ourselves to safeguard our furry friends from harm. This includes, but is not limited to, tags and collars, microchips, transporting, proper nutrition, current vaccinations, and most importantly having our furry friends spayed or neutered.

If you are looking for a furry friend, please check your local shelters. There are some wonderful furry friends waiting for their furever homes.

The writer lives in Conway.