Keep dogs out of hot cars

Not everyone has gotten the message. There is no safe way to ever leave an animal in a vehicle alone during warm weather, according to veterinarians.

One day last month I observed a large dog alone in a red Lexus. It was early in the afternoon, a sunny day, very warm and humid. The two rear windows were open several inches. The dog didn’t appear to be in any distress. Before I entered the supermarket, I left a “My Dog Is Cool” flyer with the vehicle. I didn’t feel the need to alert the store manager or summon the police. Also, I don’t know how long the vehicle was parked on the lot.

The human-animal bond is greater than ever. Pets hold a special place in human society. A 2011 Harris Poll revealed that 91 percent consider their pet to be a member of their family. About man’s best friend, the dog, Roger A. Caras, author of more than 70 books on animals said, “We are the focus of a dog’s love, faith and trust.” They look to us for good care and protection. Nothing should compromise their well-being.

Every summer I hear of tragedies that could have been prevented. People don’t realize how quickly animals left alone in hot vehicles can suffer brain damage or worse. Dogs are unable to regulate their body temperature when the air around them is too hot. Cracked windows don’t allow enough heat to escape, having almost no effect.

Dr. Todd Swanson, D.V.M. of Lakewood, N.Y. said it is a very short time before a hot vehicle can cause damage to a dog. Usually, he said, it’s about five to six minutes. Putting your dog in a potentially dangerous situation is no way to treat family.

I recently learned that two years ago, Brattleboro, Vt., began putting warnings on dog license applications and renewals. This is good. More awareness and preventive measures are needed.

Take heed. Don’t let your cherished family member become a statistic.

Bridget W. Irons

Chestnut Hill


Thank you, Thank you!

The Chestnut Hill Historical Society (CHHS) hosted a 20th Century Chestnut Hill Architecture house tour on June 1. The tour (and an exhibition), the brainchild of Andrea Niepold, was well received and successful. People came from as far as Boston, New York, DC, California and Oregon.

Elfant Wissahickon Realtors was the lead sponsor and made its offices available for the check-in and ticket sales on the event day. Valley Green Bank provided the “20th Century Chestnut Hill” maps that each tour participant received.

Additional sponsors included E.B. Mahoney Builders; Matthew Millan Architects, Inc.; McCoubrey/Overholser Building Construction; Nolan Painting; Runyan & Associates, Architects; and VSBA, LLC.

The owners of seven homes in Chestnut Hill graciously made their houses available to the tour.

Numerous docents and volunteers helped to keep the tour participants well informed and to make sure that the day went smoothly.

Andrea Niepold and her team – Carolyn Adams, Emily Cooperman, Patricia Cove, Nancy Evans, Jennifer Hawk , Monika Hemmers and Nancy Williams – worked tirelessly for month to make the event happen.

Many other board members and volunteers helped with preparation and execution of this event.

At the end of the day an additional homeowner not only made his house available for a Thank-You Party but also provided food and drinks for sponsors and some members of CHHS.

As President of the CHHS board I want to thank all of you for participating in this great event, including our guests who came from far and near.

Randi Williams


Chestnut Hill Historical Society


Thanks for feature on mom

I would like to thank the Chestnut Hill Local for running the story about my mother, Dr. Jean Brodey, and the publishing of her poetry book, “My Way To Anywhere.” At the end of the article, an e-mail address was given for anyone interested in more information about the book. There is no need to e-mail for information. The book can be purchased in both e-book and paperback editions at and

Thank you so much. My mother is very grateful for your interest in her and her work.

Lisette Brodey

Los Angeles, CA