Timothy Moore

Check Out IKEA’s Solution to Dogs Left in Hot Cars

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IKEA has an innovative solution to prevent dogs being left in hot cars

IKEA has an innovative solution to prevent dogs being left in hot cars
Photo: Iwan Gabovitch

It’s widely understood just how dangerous it is to leave your dog unattended in your car, even in mildly warm weather. As it has been demonstrated time and again—even by Arizona Cardinals’ Tyrann Mathieu—temperatures can grow well past 100 degrees in a matter of minutes and send dogs into heat exhaustion. Hundreds of dogs die each year from this tragic event, and hundreds, dare I say thousands, more probably go unreported.

And after reading and hearing too many stories about the deaths of dogs in this easily avoided situation, I have been in higher spirits to report on or read encouraging stories like that of the No K9 Left Behind program in Twinsburg, Ohio, and the dropped charges against the veteran who rescued a dog from a Mustang. The latest story I stumbled across is from a couple years ago, but it is definitely something to smile over.

Reportedly, an IKEA in Cologne, Germany, has created a “barking lot” for dogs. In front of the stores, there are Astroturf beds with a pole to tie a leash. Dogs can lie down here while their guardians shop inside. The beds even feature water bowls for the pooches so they can stay hydrated. These beds encourage shoppers to leave their dogs here, rather than locked inside their cars—though, I have to wonder, why the heck are they bringing their dogs on a trip to IKEA anyway?

IKEA has an innovative solution to prevent dogs being left in hot cars

What a “cool” concept!
Photo: Brotkrumen

Regardless, I think it’s an adorable solution, and one I can definitely get behind. It sure beats the alternative!

  • Timothy MooreManaging Editor

    Timothy Moore hails from Dayton, Ohio, and tries to bring that Midwestern flavor to his writing. (But as it turns out, no one really likes the Midwestern flavor.) He has been covering the auto industry for years, with several national auto shows under his belt, but he’s been writing about lots of other things (like dragons and Mickey Mouse and cows drowning in milk) since he was just a tot. Outside of the land of cars, Timothy enjoys watching The Office and consuming excessive amounts of peanut butter and beer, and is on the board of an up-and-coming Dayton theatre company called The Playground. And when he’s not on stage (or three jars into a peanut butter binge), Timothy spends time with his mischievous dog, Greyson. See more articles by Timothy.

  • KaD

    This is back asswards. Do they really think people are going straight to IKEA and then straight home? They should be encouraging people to leave their dogs at home where they are safe and comfortable. And what happens when one dog gets loose and attacks and kills another or mauls a kid? Is IKEA prepared for the lawsuit to follow?

  • Linda Chapman

    Couldn’t agree with you more KaD…..leave the dogs at home!!!

  • Rabbitsandwiches1

    I don’t understand people who can’t leave their pets at home. More lately often I’ve been seeing dogs tied up outside of stores and restaurants. What is the point? Who thinks, “I’m hungry. I bet Rover would love to stay tied up outside a restaurant for an hour while I eat! And I’m sure customers will enjoy having to walk past a barking dog to get into the restaurant. And too bad for anyone afraid of dogs that wants to use this bike rack for its intended purpose. Now it’s my personal dog tie out rack.”