Oblivious dog owners!

I recently went to the Sourwood Festival in Black Mountain. Between 1:30 to 5 p.m., temperatures reached the mid- to upper-80s with little cloud cover. It was a bit sultry. So why you would subject your dogs to hot asphalt in the heat of the day, I have no idea.

You could clearly see the pain and discomfort of these pooches while their owners were oblivious to their suffering. I challenge any of these mindless owners to take their shoes off and stand on the same black asphalt they were subjecting their canines. A dog's paw pads are not immune to being burned.

If you love your dog, leave them at home or take serious precautions to protect them from the heat. A hot day, lots of fur, and a stroll on the top of a griddle is probably not their idea of a good time.

— Mollie Lytle

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