I saw the most horrifying thing on the way to work today (at least for me, dog-lover extraordinaire). I was driving on the interstate when, in front of me, I see a truck with a dog in the back. Normally, this makes me a little nervous, but I understand it’s a legitimate way for dogs to travel. However. This particular truck had no tailgate. So, the poor Rotty riding around in the back would be totally screwed if his a-hole owner slammed on brakes. To make matters worse, the guy is going at least 75, and every time he switches lanes, the dog jumps. Why? Other than to give me a heart attack, I don’t know. No one would ride behind this truck, I know because they were worried the dog would fly out and they’d run it over. He finally got off on an exit, but man, I just don’t get that. And no, the dog wasn’t wearing a leash that was tied to something or anything like that.
To me, that is irresponsible. Maybe it’s just me, but I care enough about my animals to make sure they can’t fly from my vehicle at a moment’s notice. My smaller dog rides in my lap (because she pukes if she’s anywhere else in the car) and our big dog rides in a dog hammock across the back seat of our SUV. Granted, Brock (the big lab) will never be trusted in the back of a truck again because of his idiocy…
Funny Story: My FIL was driving Brock somewhere and had him in the bed of the truck, but had his leash pulled through the back window so he could hold onto it. This was lucky because Brock soon decided to jump out of the truck while it was moving. Fortunately, they weren’t out of their neighborhood yet, so they were going slow, because Brock essentially hung himself out the side of the truck and was being dragged along the road. Idiot dog. Granted, most normal dogs do not do death-defying jumps such as this out of a moving vehicle, but the point I am trying to make is that dogs should be properly restrained when riding anywhere!
::steps off of soapbox::