Dog saves his own life when locked in hot car

Posted By elaine on July 12, 2010

(WMFZ-TV)Even with all the warnings, this time of year many dogs end up dying in hot cars.  This could have been the fate of one dog in Pennsylvania, but he took it upon himself to get out alive.

One local Labrador helped himself get out of a scorching situation by taking matters into his own “paws.”   Eleven-year-old Max’  was forgotten in a hot car by his owner, and when it got too hot the dog stepped on the horn.

This is the story from WMFZ in Pennsylvania.

Max is not just a dog to Donna Gardner, he is like another member of the family.

“You have to know Max,”  said Donna.  “He’s a very smart dog and he just does things that I don’t think a normal dog does all the time.”

  The chocolate lab proved that a couple weeks ago.”

Donna ran an errand and took Max with her.  When she came home a short time later, she went inside the house, forgetting Max was still in the car.

“I came in and started cleaning and about an hour later I heard a horn blow,”   said Donna.”She went outside, but didn’t see anybody. So, I came back in the house and I started cleaning again and the horn blew again,”  said Donna.

This time, Donna saw Max sitting in her driver’s seat.

“I rushed over and got him out real fast and he was panting like crazy”, said Donna.  “I brought him in the house and he just dropped to the floor.”

Donna said she gave him water and cooled him down with cold, wet rags.  Her daughter called the vet, who tells us Max was a little weak, a little slow but otherwise okay.

“I don’t know whatever made me forget he was with me” , said Donna.  “I’ll never make that mistake again.”

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