Woman creates makeshift dog hydration station
A Palmerston North business owner is helping out the city's thirsty dogs on hot summer days.
On one of the city's recent scorching days, Seida Hornby decided to put a water bowl outside her Drovers Motor Inn on Main St for any hot and bothered dogs.
In the past few weeks, as temperatures have skyrocketed in the region, Hornby's green bowl has attracted many thirsty customers.
"One day it was just really really hot and I thought 'well people don't just carry around bowls of water for their pets'."
Hornby said she often saw people walk their dogs along the busy street.
People often stop to get lunch and sometimes left their dogs in their cars briefly, she said.
"People don't necessarily think about how hot it is. I would hate to get hot and thirsty while out walking."
The mother of two said she was an animal lover and the dog hydration station came about out of her natural compassion for animals.
"It's an easy thing to do. It's just that little bit of extra help that people don't expect. It's no skin off my nose to do it."
She hoped it would also encourage people to think about the health of their animals during the summer months.
Manawatu Whanganui SPCA manager Danny Auger said it was the first time he had heard of someone in the community creating a communal dog bowl.
"It's the first time I've heard anything about it. It's quite quirky but I think it's a wonderful idea."
He said dogs especially had a low tolerance for heat. They sweat through their paws and needed a lot of water to keep hydrated.
He encouraged people to be to be mindful when walking their dogs in summer.
"The general rule is if you can't hold the back of your hand on concrete for more than five seconds, then it's too hot to walk your dog."