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    Hi Pooch Lovers,

    Tis been a while since posting .. and only doing so because I saw something today which I felt was worthy of bringing to at least a couple of people's attention. It's not controversial, so no need to reply, just share or let people know if you see it happen (if you want) ...

    Pooches on bare-backed or galvonised or tin plated Ute Trays.
    Seems cool to see a pooch riding on the back of a ute and many people I know do it as a bit of a sign of 'cool' .. or taking their dog to work .. all cool things .. I do the same sometimes (with care). But what I am worried about is pooches standing on old style ute floorings which are just hotter than you can imagine. You couldn't put your foot on those floors for a second without pain. I saw 2 examples of it today and I was a bit over seeing pooches hurting or neglected etc etc so I mentioned it (politely) .. the first guy actually said he had never thought of it as he thought pooches had heat resistant pads - thanked me for mentioning it .. the 2nd told me to f*ck off as it was none of my business .. did a burn out and almost flung his Rottie off the back of his tray (what can i say?).

    Anyways, it's one of those small things that often goes unnoticed .. but worthy of a quick thread.

    Coooooooooooooooooooool paws,
    SH, Lola n' Zep

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    I've experienced "hot feet" in aluminum motor boats. And a lot of those guys get boat carpet or rubber to line the floors so you can stand on them bare foot.

    Equally bad - is bare metal in very cold weather - like Canberra gets. You get stuck to it. Beats me why they make seats out of it and put it out around the sports ovals. BYO blanket.

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    Thanks for responding Hyacinth.

    Yeah I didn't wanna make it too long - but yeah both rubber and carpet work well. I find rubber in a ute is good (clarkes rubber is good for this - and carpet too) - parking in the shade / rug with cool water if it's bad. Boat - just carpet can get pretty hot, but again a small rug with cool water on it is good. For the ute ride, not only does the rubber prevent burnt paws but stops them slipping and sliding around like maniacs in the tray! Canopies are good if you have them too.

    But I guess the biggest common sense exercise out of this ... is the health and safety of the pooch if they're in a vehicle - restrained for safety, cooled for heat and the common sense bit .. don't drive them for an hour up the road in the blazing sun on the back of a tray. 10 mins down the road, sunscreen, cool flooring, no dramas .. it's happy days.

    Everyone's climate conditions are different but up here in Nth QLD it gets pretty hot at times so a bit of common sense really comes in handy when you look at a dog, what you are doing and how he/she is going to react and feel to it.

    Hmmm, I guess the summer topics are starting ..

    Cool wishes,
    Me n the Air Con Lovin' Pooches

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    I know what you mean and see it so often. I'd like to see the owners stand on that type of floor. I also get cranky when I see dogs in the back of a ute, in the sun for hours and no sign of water anywhere....
    The more people I meet, the more I like my dogs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Southern Harmony View Post
    Hi Pooch Lovers,

    Tis been a while since posting .. and only doing so because I saw something today which I felt was worthy of bringing to at least a couple of people's attention. It's not controversial, so no need to reply, just share or let people know if you see it happen (if you want) ...

    Pooches on bare-backed or galvonised or tin plated Ute Trays.
    Seems cool to see a pooch riding on the back of a ute and many people I know do it as a bit of a sign of 'cool' .. or taking their dog to work .. all cool things .. I do the same sometimes (with care). But what I am worried about is pooches standing on old style ute floorings which are just hotter than you can imagine. You couldn't put your foot on those floors for a second without pain. I saw 2 examples of it today and I was a bit over seeing pooches hurting or neglected etc etc so I mentioned it (politely) .. the first guy actually said he had never thought of it as he thought pooches had heat resistant pads - thanked me for mentioning it .. the 2nd told me to f*ck off as it was none of my business .. did a burn out and almost flung his Rottie off the back of his tray (what can i say?).

    Anyways, it's one of those small things that often goes unnoticed .. but worthy of a quick thread.

    Coooooooooooooooooooool paws,
    SH, Lola n' Zep
    I'm with you 100%. This is something that really annoys me as well. There is simply no excuse for torturing dogs in this way.

    Like you I've pointed it out to people in the past. Mixed reactions. With one guy I actually pushed his hand onto the tray so he could feel the temperature for himself. He was an aquaintance with no imagination. Burning his own hand did the trick.

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    Hey SH,
    Good on you for confronting them.
    Some people just don't think.
    Last week when the temp. was over 35c, I saw a dog being driven around in a trailer. It had a cage around it-the sort you hire when moving. The poor dog ( looked like a Bernese Mountain dog) was unrestrained and looked boiling. I really wanted to say something but we were going in diff. directions...some people!

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    Luckily there are people around who DO actually think of this. We have a carpet shop, and get lots of people in looking for offcuts, for the back of their trucks or utes, cos they have dogs. I wish more people would do it too. Actually, you've given me an idea, SH. Our local paper has a "Dog's Life" page in it, with RSPCA dogs needing homes, the usual summer tips about not leaving dogs in parked cars etc. I'll give them a ring and see if they can include an article about this.

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    Cool guys, thanks!
    Hey Dede, well awesome .. glad to get the word out and make sure our pooches are safe and happy over Xmas. It always seems like common sense for the most part, but over time I have realised that there is no such thing for EVERYone! Reminders, reinforcement, over and over and ... yeah you get the idea. But if it does something good for at least one pooch, then it's all good!
    Very best wishes,
    SH, Lola n' Zep

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    I have a ute, but I only ever put my boy in the back if he really has to, if I have another passenger taking up his usual passenger seat. And thats only if it a coolish day. I generally just lay out a big rag or something from the car. If we are doing a longish trip I will chuck in an old foam matress I have laying in the shed for such occasions.

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