Q: We take our dog (Shimmi) everywhere. When we leave her in the car, we put our Tesla 3 AC system on DOG. This displays a message for passersby on Tesla’s screen saying, “My owner will be back soon. Don’t worry! The heater [or AC] is on and it’s XX degrees.” This message explains to them that the pet is safe in the car, and the owner is in the vicinity.
Our dog falls asleep in front of the rear AC vent, which is blowing fresh cooled or heated air during our absence. The cabin overheat prevention system waits until the interior gets up to 100 degrees, way too hot for an animal.
Irwin Joseph, Beaverton, Oregon
A: A number of readers with Teslas wrote to applaud the dog mode function on their cars. Read on.
Q: If the concerned citizens would have looked at the large screen in the Tesla center dash, they would have seen the message, “My owner will be back soon,” with the current temperature inside the car in large numbers, easily readable from outside the car. Dog mode will either heat or cool the car, as appropriate.
Rod Whitten, Burlingame
A: Non-Tesla owners concerned about an animal’s welfare might not have known to check the center console, but now know to look for that.
Q: My husband and I have a Tesla and two dogs. When we leave them alone in the car, we set the AC to DOG MODE, which keeps the inside temperature constantly cool and displays an alert on the control screen for the general public to see. I wonder if the owner of the Tesla with a dog inside when passersby were concerned about the animal had the A/C set to DOG MODE.
A: Thanks to you and other Tesla owners for sharing this information.
Q: Thank you for your response about why cops leave their engines running. Apart from keeping equipment operating, it does, indeed, help mitigate heat stress from the vests, which are HOT and severely compound the danger from extreme heat. Added to their weight is all the other gear the cops need to wear. They have to run, fight, and sometimes stand for hours in the sun, wearing 35-40 pounds of ballistic armor.
I’ve been an admin support volunteer for the Oakland Police Department for 7 years, mostly for patrol sergeants and lieutenants, and see up close the toll this job takes on body and soul. It. Is. Unbelievable.
Love your column and the educational work you do. I always learn something useful.
Claire Lomax, Oakland
A: Thank you for sharing your comments.