Former boxing heavyweight champion of the world - and proud Chihuahua owner - David ‘The Hayemaker’ Haye has embarked on a whole new career after delivering the world’s first weather forecast for dogs.
In a knockout performance of a completely different kind, Haye presented the first unique national ‘Weather Pawcast’ has been launched by ‘MORE TH>N’ Pet Insurance to raise awareness of the dangers dogs face during hot, humid and stormy summer months.
Using a temperature risk scale developed by a veterinary expert, David pinpoints the regions of the UK where hotter temperatures and higher humidity levels could put some of the nation’s nine million dogs at greatest risk of dehydration and heat stroke - with Edinburgh expected to be in the ‘High Risk’ range of 22C, meaning owners should keep their pets in the shade and make sure they have access to fresh drinking water.
Commenting on his debut as a canine weather forecaster, Haye said: “I’ve been a two weight world champion and fought in front of millions but being a weatherman for dogs is definitely a first.
“However, as a dog lover and owner I know too well the hazards our four legged friends face on a hot day. I hope that by presenting a weather pawcast I can help raise awareness of the issues and encourage all dog lovers to be more mindful of how the warm weather affects their pets especially given the current temperatures.”
The unique video was released as the Scottish SPCA issued a fresh warning urging people not to leave their dogs in hot cars as temperatures in Scotland continue to soar.
Scotland’s animal welfare charity has so far received 220 reports of dogs being left inside warm vehicles this summer.
Chief Superintendent Mike Flynn said, “We are very concerned about the number of calls coming in about dogs being left inside hot cars.
“Thankfully, in most cases we deal with, the owners return before their pets have come to harm.
“However, in this kind of heat there can be devastating consequences in a matter of minutes.
“Every summer we run our campaign warning of the dangers but clearly some people aren’t getting the message.
“Owners need to understand that it’s completely unacceptable to leave a dog inside a vehicle in these searing temperatures, even for a short period of time with the windows down.
“Our advice is that dogs should be left with adequate provisions at home instead.
“This is far kinder than subjecting them to an extremely uncomfortable and potentially dangerous situation.
“Causing an animal suffering is an offence and anyone found guilty of doing so can be banned from owning pets.
“However, there would be no greater punishment than an owner returning to find their dog has died a horrible death due to their own ignorance.
“Anyone who comes across a distressed dog left in a vehicle should contact our animal helpline on 03000 999 999 or Police Scotland.”