As temperatures reached the 90's by mid-day, a page went out to team members for a dog suffering from heatstroke near the waterfall in Eaton Canyon. The team learned that LACoFD Engine 66 was at the Pinecrest gate and had made contact with the informant. The informant stated the victim, a four-year-old Boxer, was somewhere along the Eaton Canyon trail between the bridge and the Nature Center.
AMRT sent members into the canyon from both ends, locating the victim just north of Walnut Canyon. The dog's owner sought shelter in a shady area just off the trail; attempts to provide the dog with water proved unsuccessful, as he was unable to keep it down.
The decision was made to transport the dog out of the canyon in one of the teams air conditioned vehicles to a shady area on Pincecrest Drive. It was there that multiple ice packs were utilized to begin cooling the dog. He was then transported by the team to the Nature Center, where an officer from the Pasadena Humane Society assisted in giving the dog cold water to further lower his temperature. The dog was now out of danger, and transported along with his owner back to their vehicle.
As summer approaches and temperatures rise, be sure to consider the safety of your four legged friends as you hit the trails. Dogs cannot clearly communicate their distress until it is often too late. Be sure to carry plenty of water and a portable/collapsible bowl. Also plan to hike in the early morning or late afternoon hours when temperatures are lower and the sun is not directly overhead.