There Goes the Sun…

August 18, 2017 , , Carina Thornton

On a quiet day at the Udvar-Hazy Center, you may find your favorite pet photographer indulging one of her other passions: Space! (I can’t enough of the Space Shuttle…)

Museums really aren’t the best place to bring our pets, but there are days that I wish my passion for Space could be shared with my four-legged companions.

On August 21, 2017 a Solar Eclipse is about to give us a brief and wonderful show of the cosmos. Eclipses, especially total eclipses, are rare and beautiful things. Even more beautiful is that the whole family gets to enjoy it together!

As you prepare to witness this magnificent phenomenon, these tips will help in making the experience furry-family-member friendly!


If you plan on traveling to an idyllic location to watch the eclipse, count on others (perhaps hundreds and even thousands) having the exact same idea as you. Prepare for unexpected traffic, detours, full parking, and extra time spent en route.

Make sure you have extra food and water for your pet in case your travels take longer than expected! Whether it’s on the way, at a pit stop, or at the perfect vista point, never leave your pets in a hot car for any amount of time. If you see an animal locked in a hot car, please contact your local authorities immediately.

Eye Protection

Our pets can be so much smarter than we are: They don’t need reminders not to look directly at the sun but accidents happen and it’s better to be safe than sorry. When you order your eclipse glasses, order a vet-approved pair for Fido as well or leave them safely indoors away from the view of the sun. Remember your elementary school training… Looking directly at the sun, especially during an eclipse can severely damage your and your pet’s eyes!

Leashes, Collars, and ID

During eclipses, animals have been known to behave as though it’s nighttime. This sudden light-to-dark can also elicit other unexpected, and uncharacteristic behaviors. Ensure that while you’re enjoying this special event that you have your dog, cat, or other furry friend under control. Make sure that collars are secure and that identification is up-to-date just in case!

You can find more information about the eclipse here.

From where will you be watching?

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