Coley - my cuddle bug
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Loveland, Colorado
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It had been so long since having a dog before my boy Duke, that I didn't know there were things like pet insurance, seat belts for dogs, etc. Heck, he didn't even have a crate until he had knee surgery. He rode free in the car and loved the convertible down so he could "feel the wind blowing through his haaaiiiiirrrr!" (to coin an old mint comercial). He rode in the back seat and thankfully we never had an accident.
With Cole, however, we do have pet insurance and he rides in a crate in the van. He's comfortable there - knows where his "happy place" is. I've always questioned, if dogs can roam freely in the back seat with a seat belt/harnass on, what good are they if in an accident? I'm just wondering.
I also am adamant against laws governing what I should or should not do - i.e. helmet laws for motorcycles, even seat belt laws and the like. Common sense just isn't common anymore I guess. When it was safe for dogs to ride untethered in a vehicle was when the speed limit was still 55 on most highways and not near the amount of vehicles on the roads then as now. Didn't have road rage, etc. I'm just saying - it's a way different world we live in now.
Doors remain locked, you don't walk at night in the dark, the kids play in the back yard and not all over tarnation until the street lights come on, it no longer safe to walk blocks and blocks trick or treating without an adult. *sigh*
Duke 4/25/01 - 2/11/10
My puppy, Duke - I will always lobe you &
I miss you so. I hope you're enjoying all your friends at the Rainbow Bridge!
My baby boy, Coley. Duke - you'd have loved him! I know you're showing him things, though.
Born 01/01/10. Furever home 05/26/10