Yesterday I went to my first Beacon Barks parade with my greyhound Jessie. It was a fantastic event: well organised, well attended, and for a laudable cause. I had one big problem, however - not with the event, but with some of the attendees. By midday the sun was blazing and it must have been over 80 degrees. I took Jessie home at that point, as she was clearly too hot. To my dismay I saw countless poor, panting dogs swathed in thick outfits of every description - bonnets and bandanas, pants and sweaters, bootees and ruffles. Dogs have no sweat glands and are reliant on panting to keep them cool. To heat their furry bodies further by covering them from head to toe in additional layers, in 80 degree heat, isn't putting the welfare of your dog first. Maybe the organisers, who did such a fine job on the day, could respectfully ask people not to dress up their dogs if it's going to be a hot day. It's really a no-brainer for an event that's so fundamentally about raising awareness for animal welfare.