Yesterday the Princess and I went to the fair at Kutztown, pa. Temperatures were in the 90's and many people brought their dogs. Much of the fairground especially around the "venue" buildings and eating areas are blacktop. Can you imagine how hot that blacktop was? The first incident that I witnessed involved a Cairn terrier X. Husband says to wife, "I don't know what is wrong with him." The dog was trembling, staggering drunkenly, and panting and salivating excessively. I replied, "He is suffering from heat prostration, and unless you get him off that blacktop and cooled off he will be dead shortly." They scooped him up and rushed into the shade. Incident number two involved a pretty little yellow lab X that was walking very happily through one of the buildings with the young couple that she belonged to. As they approached the exit and blacktop she balked. I said to her owners, "she doesn't want to go out on the blacktop." With a quick grin her owner picked her up and said, "I know. I've been carrying her all day." Good owner, good boy good boy. I blew my cool on the third incident. In the middle of a large expanse of blacktop a young woman was standing with a young long haired black pup that was 6 to 9 months old. She was jerking the dog around telling him to SIT. Poor dog was lifting first one foot and the other as if doing a jig. I said, "Lady, he's burning his feet." She replied, "I know." "What? Then why the h**l don't you move him into the shade before I go and find Security?" With a dirty look at this "meddling old man" she moved him into the shade. Common sense is an oxymoron, and some peoople should not be allowed to have animals or children. The Princess said, "You yelled at that woman." "Yes, but I really wanted to smack her and take away her dog." OK, I feel better now. I've been stewing about this since yesterday. Thanks for allowing me to vent.