• Heather Armstrong

    I did that once. In Palm Springs. When it was 98 degrees outside. And not to scare anyone from doing that, the guy got back to his truck before the police got there, and when I told him I’d called the cops he almost punched me. I usually go looking for the person now, or talk to someone inside the establishment. And now I will post it to IG.

  • Angelina

    Yeah, as much as I love dogs. I probably wouldn’t confront the person I called the cops on (though I would always call). You are clearly braver than I am!

  • RzDrms

    Cannot tell you how nauseated this subject makes me. :,-(

  • bdc

    If you cannot find the owner quickly, always call the non-emergency police line! Heather, I love you, but this IG stuff makes me feel like people are just idly standing by – you’ve got to call the cops! Now, if you tell me you take a photo of someone’s license plate and post to IG in addition to calling the cops, then I’m all in!

  • Janey649

    I have read that cops will sometimes not respond to such calls. That you should call and say “I am about to commit a crime. There is a dog in a locked car and I am going to break the window!” Supposedly more effective ;)

  • Janey649

    And… This post SO makes me want to go back to Maui.

  • http://www.twitter.com/lovesmoose Carla

    Who cares if you think the owners could be seconds away from the car, or if you think the stupid police won’t show up because some woman is running naked through a middle school and threatening to do a sex show in the quad.

    You call the police. Several cities issue warnings about leaving dogs in cars. It’s bad publicity if they respond late. Give them the chance and just call.

    You have nothing to lose, unlike those poor dogs.

  • http://www.twitter.com/lovesmoose Carla

    Do what it takes to get them there.

    But first just give them a chance. There are plenty of examples of the police responding quickly and dogs barely surviving.

  • http://ferryfolk.com Danalan

    Check to be sure it isn’t a Tesla. The AC is powered by the battery, and the dog is probably better off in the car.

  • dc

    i broke out a car window during this scenario once. trust me…it’s not worth it. but i couldn’t just stand there and do nothing. after i got the dog out of the car she revived after drinking some cold water i had with me. the police were not happy and graciously offered to arrest me. the owner was less happy and graciously offered to beat the shit out of me. it wasn’t until an older, and much wiser, police supervisor arrived that things calmed down. the car owner calmed down after the police supervisor offered to issue him a citation and notify animal protection. i may, or may not, do this again depending on the condition of the dog.

  • http://www.pennyforyourshoes.com/ Daisy

    You are my hero of the day. People should realize that it’s not enough just to crack the window open a bit, as it doesn’t do **** to the temperature in the car.

  • Janie T

    Amen squared!

  • Elizabeth

    Importing Question Dooce: Did Piper’s dog return home safely?

  • Sara

    It’s also, at least in California, legal to break a car window to save a dog trapped in a hot car! And you wouldn’t get in trouble, the owners would. Animal cruelty.

  • Heather Armstrong


  • http://twohotpotates.com/ Sarah Kimes

    I like a good jerk off motion just as much as the next gal, but a loud phone talker in a small, crowded van would have definitely received a glare or two from me.
    But can we focus on the most important part of this whole post? Stacia’s amazing boat dancing. Fun, confident, with some super sweet booty shaking moves. I love it so much. I now strive to be Stacia on the boat.

  • Incredulous

    I have read your blog for– over a decade? However long you’ve been writing it. I love you. But you MUST call the police when you see a dog in a hot car! Who cares if someone got upset with you once in Palm Springs? Just call the police! As much as you love your own dogs, I’d think this would be obvious. You don’t have to tell the person you called the police, either. Posting on Instagram while the dogs are suffering– are you serious? Call the police! They take it seriously. This is a public service announcement on behalf of every dog who is quickly dying in a hot car in parking lots across America.