I like to write fun posts since I am really a fun dog but sometimes I just think that serious issues should be addressed. Just as I posted a while ago about my horrible fall through the thin ice, I feel the need to blog about dogs and cars. Thankfully, this time I do not have any personal bad experiences and I hope I never do! Most people just toss their dog in the car and hit the road, many hold smaller dogs on their laps while driving, some let their dogs hang out open windows and to my amazement some people still stick their dog in the back of an open pick up truck! Mom calls my sister and I safe riders, she is a stickler for safety and we feel lucky that she is that way. It is better for all of us!
Gramma has told us that mom had a thing for seatbelts in the car since she was a little girl and would really pester people that did not buckle up until they finally did. Then mom became a flight attendant – we all know what that means…chicken or beef! No really, the main focus of that job is safety and making sure everyone on the plane is buckled in. Mom was always bothered by dogs in the car not strapped in. When she lived in Germany she first found out about seatbelts for dogs. The Germans have strict laws when it comes to cars and driving and they did not want dogs flying through the air on the Autobahn in the event of a crash so they require that dogs be restrained.
A lot of dog owners don’t restrain their dogs because they say the dogs don’t like it – bad excuse. We don’t like wearing a collar or walking on a leash in the beginning either, but we adjust really fast. Mom started with us wearing seatbelts as young pups and in a few days time we were used to it and we even help her get us into our seatbelts. We don’t mind wearing them a bit! Sure if we are getting in and out of the car a lot it can be a hassle but it is better than looking for pieces of what is left of us after a crash! We also become projectiles and could actually injure or kill other passengers in the car if we were not restrained. I don’t think many people thing about these things when they take their dogs in their cars.
Another bad habit is letting dogs hang out the windows to get the wind. This is very bad for dogs eyes and it is also dangerous incase they get hit with something or bump into something. Sure we like the windy feeling but we don’t understand the dangers that it presents.
In Germany mom had a convertible for a time and Katie was always riding along. Mom had her in the backseat belted in and she wore her doggles every time the top was down. If you follow me, then you know that Katie loves her boyfriends. Well one time they were going to visit one of Katie’s boyfriends and Katie got so excited when she saw her friend, Mr. Entebe, that she actually jumped out of the converitble. Luckily she had her seatbelt on and it left her hanging off the side of the car. Had she really been able to jump out it could have been tragic!