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  • Animals were kept cool during holiday parade

  • The article in the Tribune featuring the Ashland Fourth of July parade was very nicely done. My concern is the picture of the little white dog riding in a wagon in the parade.
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  • The article in the Tribune featuring the Ashland Fourth of July parade was very nicely done. My concern is the picture of the little white dog riding in a wagon in the parade.
    To me it was quite upsetting to see this little dog with its tongue hanging out and curled up to try to cool off.
    Wasn't that day around 90? The parade lasted a couple hours. I believe you get what I'm trying to say here. It was a cruel thing to do putting that little dog out there in the heat with no type of shade.
    — Charlotte, email
    The dog you're speaking of is Teddy Bear, who rode with the Jackson County Animal Shelter entry in the parade.
    Teddy Bear was so photogenic she made it onto our front page the next day.
    Rest assured, Charlotte, that Teddy Bear, and the other animals walking or riding with the shelter, were being looked out for.
    We spoke with Barbara Talbert, shelter manager, who assured us that the volunteers were careful that the dogs did not get too hot.
    "We're very careful with the animals," Talbert said. "We make sure we have a spot reserved in the shade for them for before we start marching, and then as soon as the parade is over they're taken back to the shelter or to homes."
    Talbert said the volunteers marching in the parade also carried misters to refresh the dogs.
    Smaller dogs such as Teddy Bear were either pulled in wagons or held to make sure their paws wouldn't get burned on the ground. Larger dogs tend to have tougher paws and do fine walking on the pavement, she said.
    Teddy Bear also had a water bowl in front of her wagon, and her owner marched with her to make sure she was OK.
    Finally, while that day was around 90 degrees, the parade was over well before the hottest part of the day. Teddy Bear and the other dogs were in the sun for less than two hours, and returned to the shelter or their homes by the time it was around 75 degrees.
    "It is something our volunteers are very attuned to," Talbert said.
    Thanks for looking out for the animals, Charlotte!
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