Summer Pet Danger: Fidelco Guide Dogs with Important Safety Tips!
Renee DiNino chats with Eliot Russman, President and CEO of Fidelco Guide Dogs. Listen to the interview below, and please take a moment to reviews some important safety reminders provided here too!
The statistics are staggering… even with car windows partially open:
- On a 78° day, the temperature inside the car can soar between 100 and 120 in just minutes.
- On a 90° day, the temperature inside a car can reach 160° in just 10 minutes.
- It’s very serious…exposure to these temperatures can result in brain damage from heatstroke and even death from suffocation.
What can someone do if they see a pet in a locked car on a hot day? Don’t waste time…call the police or fire department immediately. Take appropriate action as required!
So…best advice is never, never leave your dog in the car! Not even for “one quick minute.”
- Plan outdoor activities for early morning or late evening…Fidelco Guide Dog trainers start their work days to start at 6am and are back inside before the noontime heat;
- Make sure plenty of water is available for dogs and cats and other critters. And remember that dogs will need to be relieved more often and cats’ litter boxes will need to be change frequently.
- If homes are not air conditioned or air conditioning is limited to a room or two, please share it with pets. Floor fans can also help provide cooling breezes.
And we want to remind everyone that in just a few weeks, on Sunday, July 22nd, it’s Fidelco Guide Dogs 8th Annual Ride for Independence motorcycle ride that supports the Fidelco Guide Dogs program for blind veterans and first responders. I’ll be there with another Grand Marshal, Rob Dibble & Jamie McDonald for this police-escorted ride through the beautiful Farmington Valley…followed by Jamie & Cheryl McDonald’s delicious Bear’s BBQ.
We’re inviting all listeners to visit fidelco.org for details and to register. That’s fidelco.org. And please “like” our new Ride for Independence Facebook page for regular updates. It’s a family-friendly event with Bear’s BBQ for lunch and everyone is invited to attend.
Join us for Fidelco’s 8th Annual Motorcycle Ride for Independence fundraiser!
Let's start this Puppy Up! Join us for a great ride and fabulous Bear's Smokehouse BBQ. Pre-register now for only $40 for you and a passenger! If you don't ride you can still join the festivities and enjoy lunch for $15.
This year the day begins and ends at Fidelco's Bloomfield campus where participants embark on a police-escorted ride through scenic Farmington Valley.
Enjoy entertainment all day. Live music before and after the ride, Bear's Smokehouse BBQ for lunch, vendors all day long, K9 demonstrations and more!
- Bring your bike, a friend, and enjoy our police-escorted ride through scenic Farmington Valley
- Join virtually from the comfort of your home as a “Ghost Rider”
Don’t have a motorcycle but want to join the fun? The more the merrier! Come indulge in some Bear's Smokehouse BBQ, try your luck with the raffles, visit Fidelco's gift shop and participating vendors, watch dog demonstrations, and swoon over our precious pups!
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FIELD OF FLAGS
Honor the hero in your life by placing an American flag at Fidelco's Field of Flags display located on our Bloomfield, CT campus. This enduring symbol of gratitude serves to recognize family members, first responders and military service members, including active-duty personnel, veterans, retired military, police officers, firefighters, border patrol agents, corrections staff, EMTS - whomever you wish to acknowledge. All donations directly support Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation's mission to partner exceptional men and women who are blind with elite German Shepherd guide dogs. Click here to dedicate a flag to someone special today.
Once you're registered, be sure to set up your fundraising page and share with friends and family!
- Raise $100 or more and receive an official 2018 Ride for Independence T-Shirt.
Pre-registration open through Thursday, July 19.
Now mark your calendars, share with your friends, and let’s start this puppy up!
New Fidelco swag coming soon!
- 2018 Ride for Independence T-Shirts
- Challenge Coins, Camo Hats, Water Bottles, & More.
Official event and other Fidelco merchandise available to the general public for purchase.