Do you buckle up the pup when you travel? I posted on seatbelts last spring but this is a very important subject that humans are just not taking seriously, so I have decided to write another post on it. Some of you may ride in a kennel in the car, in that case you are restrained and this post is meant for dogs that are not properly restrained.
We were cruising down the highway with mom the other day when we passed a pickup truck that had a beautiful white German Shepard in the bed of the truck completely unrestrained. Mom about flipped out! If there is one thing mom is serious about it is safety. When she was little she used to drive adults nuts making them fasten their seatbelts in cars and then she was a flight attendant for 11 years after college where safety was her job. How can anyone in their right mind let any living creature ride unrestrained down any road in the open bed of a pickup truck? This is not only a danger to the dog or other animal but to other drivers!
Ever since we were puppies, we have worn our doggie seatbelts whenever we ride in the car. Mom’s rule is that if she buckles up, we buckle up whether it is for 1 mile or 100 miles. Some people think she is extreme, but really it is not extreme, seatbelts should be the law for people and pets.
Sure I only weigh 38 lbs but how much force will I have if we crash? According to an online crash force calculator, me at 38 lbs traveling at 30 mph would be a force of 1140 lbs which is like a fully grown cow! I could not only injure or kill myself but perhaps other occupants in the vehicle or outside of the vehicle. I would become a dog projectile! If I survive the impact and am able, I may run away out of fear or I may guard the vehicle occupants and not let help get to them. There are so many reasons for dogs to be buckled in.
I know lots of people think it is cute for their little dogs to ride on their laps while they drive or they let the dogs hop all over in the car but that is NOT ok. The dog becomes a distraction to the driver and therefore a hazard that could easily cause an accident and that would lead to another dog projectile resulting in injuries and/or deaths.
Another problem – don’t let your dog ride with his head or half his body hanging out the window. You may think the dog enjoys the wind and he may, but it is dangerous! Not only could he hit something outside the vehicle, the wind is very bad for a dogs eyes! Sure YOUR dog would never do it, but dogs do jump out of car windows because they smell another dog in heat, see a squirrel, who knows why. It is not cute, it is downright dangerous. I enjoy a ride in Gramma’s convertible when the weather is nice, but I always have my doggles on to protect my eyes and of course I wear my seatbelt.
Putting a seatbelt on the dog every time you get in the car does take a few minutes, mom has two dogs so it is double the work but is it really worth the risk to not buckle up your dog. If you start doing it, it will soon become a habit and you will not think of driving off without the dog buckled in.
Yes, this is a bit of a rambling doggie bark out rant but it is an issue that humans need to really consider and do something about. You buckle up, your kids buckle up, so why not the family dog? There is really no excuse except for laziness and is laziness a good excuse for a dead or injured dog or human? Please, buckle up your dog and keep his head inside the moving vehicle!
I would also like to thank my friend Kirby for nominating me for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. If you don’t know Kirby’s Dawg Blog stop by and check it out, he is a sweet little fellow!