As you know, people sometimes take their dogs along on errands and then leave them in the car. But as the news repots show, this practice can turn deadly in a matter of minutes! The sun’s rays shining on a parked car (even in the shade) can quickly make it much hotter inside the car then it is on the outside. On a summer’s day of 85°F (30°C) , for example, even keeping the windows slightly open won’t stop the inside temperature from climbing to 102 degrees in 10 minutes, and to 120 degrees in 20 minutes. A dog whose body temperature rises to 107 degrees will, within a very short time, suffer irreparable brain damage — or even death. But a matter of minutes is also all that’s needed to stop these tragedies. Just take a “few minutes” to hand someone a hot car flyer or a few more minutes to talk to a business about posting a sign in their window or parking lot. There’s so much you can do to help keep dogs cool… read on.