Recently my entire parking facility was abuzz with activity from a very large consumer event at the convention center. I was puttering along in my trusty golf kart (the Batmobile), surveying one of the parking lots. Suddenly, I heard a faint yelp coming from a blue SUV. I kicked the Batmobile into reverse and headed back to investigate. As I approached the parked vehicle I found that the yelping sound was actually the bark of a small white poodle mix dog locked in a pet carrier in the back seat. The windows of the vehicle were cracked about two inches and the owner was nowhere to be found.

The good news is that the authorities were called and the pooch was rescued and given water and a much-needed potty break. So here is the bad news… there are still pet owners among us who care enough for their pets to buy them designer collars, fancy pet carriers, and ride them around everywhere they go, but are still willing to leave their pets in lock vehicles on a sunny afternoon for hours. I confess that I was naïve enough to think that no one did this anymore, but I was wrong. This is a public service announcement; the next time you’re perusing your parking facility make sure that your parking is not barking.