I have never been the driver that has an animal in the truck to keep me company, but I understand the importance that animal companions can serve on the road. I have animals here at home that we love as part of the family and even some wild animals we have "adopted" that frequent our land. I am often reminded of the role we play as pet owners in being depended upon for their safety and health.
With the 100+ degree heat we have been seeing here in the area recently, the heat coming up off the asphalt can be much hotter than the ambient air temperature. The hot blacktop can scorch paw pads of our furry friends and their need for water increases as the mercury climbs up the glass bulb. It may not be a bad idea, in some instances, to get paw protectors for the extreme cold or hot that some road pets may face. When out for walks, whether on trails or around the truck stop, be sure to look out for other animals that can pose a threat.
A desperate wild animal may be as bold as to snatch up a pet as a quick snack if it is in dire need of a meal. Do not tie up and leave your animals unattended, as this leaves them vulnerable to attack from other pet animals and local wildlife. This was a personal reminder we had here at our house recently that definitely hit close to home. Although our pet was not on a leash, a wild bobcat didn't hesitate to come right onto our patio in broad daylight and break into our pet's hutch to steal one of them away.
The loyalty our pets give to us is a reward for taking care of them. Making sure to take them on walks and make sure they have food and water is an important part of having them. In addition to their basic needs of food and exercise needs, making sure they are safe all the time is of the utmost importance as well. Take care of your pets and they will continue to take care of you!