Summer heat can at times be unbearable. It can even be dangerous if we do not stay hydrated. But the heat does not only affect us, but we should also be mindful of how it affects our fur babies.
On a hot summer day, Lexie Daniel went hiking with a group of friends. They went to the hills of Delaware Water Gap National Recreational Area to enjoy the view and the company of each other. As they hit the tracks, they saw a man worrying about his pup, who was struggling and overheating.
Lexie and his companions offered water for the pup to drink, but it didn’t completely cool the big pup. The owner of the pup was anxious since they were far up in the trail, and he could not carry his pup back down. Good thing, the group called the park service and asked for help.
Not too long after their call, Kris Salapek, A Supervisor Park Ranger, located them on Mt. Tammany and came to the dog’s rescue. Supervisor Park Ranger Kris Salapek lifted the struggling pup over his shoulders and started trekking down the hill. Kris endured the heavyweight on his shoulders for about an hour of hiking.
When they came across a river bed, Kris laid the pup down by the water to help him cool down. He wet the pup’s fur and mouth. This made a big difference on the pup; it made the pup feel better as they reached the parking lot down the hill.
The owner of the dog went ahead of the Ranger and his pup down the hill. He got his vehicle ready and waited to bring his pup immediately to a veterinary clinic. Lexie was concerned about the pup, so she got a hold of the owner and asked how the pup was. Lexie was very happy to learn that the pup recovered well.
Lexie even shared on Facebook how much she looked up to the Supervisor Park Ranger, who helped the pup. Lexie praised Kris Salapek and called him a hero. This story teaches us many lessons, but the most important one is that we should be keen on recognizing how dangerous hot temperatures can be for our pups. As a fur parent, make sure you always keep your pups hydrated.
Credits to Lexie Daniel