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It's a potty break, not a lunch break lol! We have a home in the desert and have experienced this several times. The dog will be fine.
exactly.... when it is super hot here we go to the drive through if we need to stop to eat... and we sit in the car with the AC on... but for bathroom breaks and to get gas we just stop... park in the shade if possible... close up the sunroof if its open and hurry....

I have never heard of a dog dying in a hot car because he was left while the owner went to the bathroom or got gas and was paying....

That having been said if you are paying and there is a long line just keep your car in sight... you will be able to see if your dog is having a problem... gas stations are designed so that the attendant can see all the cars at the pumps and those pumps are generally covered so they are in the shade of sorts...

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I suspect that dogs and humans can withstand ridiculous high and low temps for short periods of time.
I well understand this, as I have to go into homes (for work) for hour long home visits where the interior of the home is hotter than the 100 degrees it is outside. Then after the visit, when I go out to my car, it is even hotter.
The reason I posted this is that I was trying to say that I realized that there are times when dog does have to be left in the car when it is hot outside (and as I was driving with Brooks, I realized I was experiencing just that event).
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I'd be looking for gas stations with the bathrooms on the outside (and pay at the pump) so you can take Brooks in with you, though you might need to leave him in the car to get the key to the bathroom. Those bathrooms are usually nasty though

or you could borrow from the example of the Nasa astronaut who drove from Houston to Florida to murder her ex-boyfriend's new love and wear a diaper

Another option--finding a desolate area and going "camping" to take care of nature.
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Never thought about what I would do traveling by myself with Tucker. I would find a gas station with a bathroom and just take him in with me. I bet a small gas station would not care. Their bathrooms are nasty anyways.


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When it's this hot, I pull as far away from the pumps as possible, under the shade if there is any. I leave the car running, emergency brake on, AC on, and take care of business as quickly as possible. We're in the high 90's this week, w/the heat index at 103-105.

Even with the rescue transports, I never turn the car off, and leave the AC running until all of the dogs have been transferred. It's just too hot.

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I think if the A/C has been running full tilt (which of course it is all the time when I drive due to our heat and humidity) that the car windows should be kept closed when I stop and run in to use the bathroom. By cracking the windows, I would immediately allow the hot humid air to enter the vehicle.
I have now made a three trips alone with Brooks since I started this thread (I am going back and forth from home to a place we are renting) and have made note of the fact that after coming back from the bathroom, the car is a bit stuffy but not by any means uncomfortable.
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Never thought about what I would do traveling by myself with Tucker. I would find a gas station with a bathroom and just take him in with me. I bet a small gas station would not care. Their bathrooms are nasty anyways.


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Ew. I don't want mine walking in a nasty bathroom and then getting back into my car.

I would live the dog in the car, tell the attendant you are going to the bathroom, and then hurry

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Ew. I don't want mine walking in a nasty bathroom and then getting back into my car.
Think of our own shoes, and all the places we walk and then bring whatever is on our shoe bottoms into our car. On the other hand, I guess that is what our immune systems are for
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Think of our own shoes, and all the places we walk and then bring whatever is on our shoe bottoms into our car. On the other hand, I guess that is what our immune systems are for
But my shoes don't got on my seats, all over the house, or on my bed. My shoes stay on the floor of the car and the back door or floor of the closet at home. My nursing shoes get wiped down with bleach wipes daily when worn.

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I think if the A/C has been running full tilt (which of course it is all the time when I drive due to our heat and humidity) that the car windows should be kept closed when I stop and run in to use the bathroom. By cracking the windows, I would immediately allow the hot humid air to enter the vehicle.
I have now made a three trips alone with Brooks since I started this thread (I am going back and forth from home to a place we are renting) and have made note of the fact that after coming back from the bathroom, the car is a bit stuffy but not by any means uncomfortable.
Great idea! For some peace of mind, how about buying a thermometer, and doing some actual tests on your car to see how fast it heats up. That way you know exactly what the temperature is inside the car. You could test with the windows closed or open. You can also figure out a maximum time away for a certain temperature. Also, they make portable fans that run off drill batteries. Perhaps one of those would help. I will see if I can find you a link.


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Ew. I don't want mine walking in a nasty bathroom and then getting back into my car.

I would live the dog in the car, tell the attendant you are going to the bathroom, and then hurry

'Zactly my reaction!!!

I won't even go into gas station bathrooms - no way I'm letting my dog walk in that nastiness!!

I take off my shoes when I walk into my house. My dog doesn't.

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