Woman’s effort to keep local dogs cool goes viral

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An animal lover in Virginia has attained internet fame after she went out of her way to help local dogs stay cool this summer. (Credit: Reddit)

An animal lover in Virginia has attained internet fame after she went out of her way to help local dogs stay cool this summer. (Credit: Reddit)

URBANNA, Va. — An animal lover in Virginia has attained internet fame after she went out of her way to help local dogs stay cool this summer.

More than 800,000 people have seen an image of her effort, posted to Reddit this week. Under the header “Saw this while walking through a small town in VA – it’s nice to know that someone is looking out for all the pups in this summer heat,” Reddit user Brittany Magill, of Falls Church, posted the photo of a sign.

The sign read: “If Your Dog Has To Be Outside… Please Take a Pool To Help Them Cool. If the kiddie pools are all gone, I’ll replace as soon as I can – Megan”

Megan turned out to be Megan Brockman, a local cafe owner. She said she came up with the idea to buy the pools last month after she heard about two local dogs who died of heat stroke.

Brockman, who has two dogs of her own, said the other dogs’ death made her cry. She headed to a dollar store and bought 11 kiddie pools, made the sign, and put them in front of her restaurant.

The pools went fast, she said, so she bought more. She’s bought at least 30 pools so far.

Nothing could have prepared her for the attention the actions have received since the photo went viral, she told WTVR.com.

“What’s happened in the the past 24 hours, it brings tears to our eyes. It feels good making a difference. I am glad people are noticing,” she said. “I really just did it to help anybody who might not be able to afford something like this.”

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