Wednesday, March 05, 2008

A "Pet" Pet Peeve

PET pet peeve

I don't know if this is a purely Southern phenomenon, but I see it all too often, and when I do, it makes me feel stabby. This is just BEYOND idiotic. I truly do not understand what people are thinking when they drive around with dogs in the bed of a pickup truck. Presumably, they "love" their dogs and want to take them for a ride. Bollocks.

If you LOVE your dogs, or even care casually about them, you don't set them up to become projectiles in even a minor traffic accident or just a "near miss" in which you must slam on your brakes or swerve. Even if you're the best driver in the world (and observing the judgment you're showing here, you're NOT), you can't predict or control what other drivers on the road with you are going to do.

And if the thought of your dogs going flying into the street only to then be hit by other cars is not enough of a deterrent to keep you from doing something this stupid, then consider something else: If you're involved in an accident, and your dog becomes a 60-pound projectile which causes injury to another person or persons, who do you think is going to be liable for that injury?

To sum up, THIS IS STUPID; please knock it off.

25 comments:

  1. I am SO with you on this. ARGH. It ought to be illegal everywhere. The minimum punishment should be removal of the animal from the owner.

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  2. You'd think, wouldn't you? They might get fined if something did happen that caused injury to a person, but then they'd be free to just go get some more dogs and do the same thing again.

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  3. This is illegal in MA. There aren't a lot of pickups without tool boxes in them because most people that drive pickups here are workmen types. But when you DO see dogs in pickups here (rare) they have some kind of harness thing on them, and they are confined to an area right behind the cab. I've also seen dogs in crates in pickups, which must be legal, but again, crates are attached to the pickup right by the cab.

    The whole concept of pickups and dogs defies any logic at all. But even worse? KIDS riding in back of pickups. Isn't that child abuse?

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  4. how 'bout those people who take photos from behind the wheel? ;)

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  5. As you can see from all the brake-lights, smarty-pants, traffic was at a standstill. This was actually taken in line at a drive-thru.

    PEOPLE in beds of pickups is definitely illegal here, but I'm not aware of any similar legislation pertaining to animals. Maybe there is, though...I know you couldn't get away with putting, say, goats or ponies or something back there.

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  6. Definitely not just a "Southern" thing... I've seen it everywhere. Even in big cities.

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  7. I'm not sure what is legal here and what isn't, but people are generally completely stupid so anything is possible. I've got one more to add: driving with fido in your lap and up on the wheel (usually during a severe ice/snow storm.) Of course, juding by HOW people drive, maybe I should feel better with fido steering than the person.

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  8. I am pretty sure this is illegal, in Oregon. At least in PDX it is.

    But, people in beds of pickups? That is allowed.

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  9. If they really loved their dogs, they'd let 'em in the cab with 'em.

    Back when I grew up, it was perfectly legal for people to be in the back up a pickup. I have to keep reminding myself that it isn't legal any more. Oh, the '70s...

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  10. I'm sure the only thing that keeps people out of the beds of pickups here is Arkansas' mandatory seatbelt law. If someone installed regulation seats with belts back there, it'd be fair game, I betcha!

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  11. In addition to all the stuff you mentioned, a small speck of dirt becomes dangerous when it hits the eye of a dog traveling at speed. Pickup beds are bad but so is just letting your dog's head stick out the window of your car.

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  12. I see it ALL THE TIME here. Must be a macho-man-with-a-truck issue, not a Southern one, since I'm in Alaska.

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  13. i agree. it doesn't just make me angry, it terrifies me that i am going to see some horrific thing happen to the poor dog. I usually try and pass them so i don't have to watch.

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  14. This terrifies me too. The sad part is that these people think they're doing their dogs a favour.

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  15. I totally agree with you - this is a totally stupid thing to do with your dogs. I have even seen dogs standing on the big tool box in the back of the pickup - if they just turn quickly, the dog will slide right off. I don't understand the rationale. Never mind - there is none.

    But what I understand even LESS is people who let their CHILDREN ride in the back of a pickup. That IS illegal.

    Some people should not be allowed to procreate. Or own dogs. Or own Poodles, which are in a different category from dogs. :^)

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  16. Ginger, when we were on our way to pick up Alex's new hunting puppy (standard poodle) today, Bella asked, "Is it a poodle, or a DOG?" The word "dog" was spoken with a touch of scorn. I have no idea where she gets it. *ahem*

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  17. This past week, there was an episode of America's Funniest Home Videos devoted to pet videos. One of the top contenders to win was a video of a Standard Poodle sitting on THE TOP of a high tool box as the owner raced down the highway at top speed. The dog was sitting as high as the roof of the truck cab. They put Doggles on it to protect it's eyes. I was appalled that the audience and twit of a host found the video amusing.

    Just yesterday, I saw a woman holding a Beagle puppy on her lap. Directly in front of the airbag.

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  18. Oh, and....please do tell about the new puppy!

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  19. When we lived in a rural community years ago, we saw a moron with his Rottweiler in the back of his pickup truck. Said Moron took a sharp turn, and Rottie came flying out the side of the truck. Moron didn't even see her fly out, crash on the street, and then scramble up and RUN after the pickup truck! We followed her and when she finally tired out, we called her to us (and then freaked a little because she's a Rottie and she's big and we're strangers to her). We put her in our little sports car and tried to find the owner. When we finally did, the jerk didn't even say thanks... so I told him he at least needs to put her on a very small lead attached to the cab if he insists on putting her back there. Doofus said, "She never falls out." Then the genius made nasty comments...

    We should have kept the dog...

    KH

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  20. Yes, yes, I second Avalon's motion. Let's hear all the details on Remi. Pictures are great but I want to hear how you found her and what led to her arrival. Pretty, please?

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  21. Argh, you KNOW this bugs the shit out of me. I wrote about this recently, too. This and watching people drive with their dogs in their laps, hanging out the driver's side window...bah, people are morons.

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  22. Good for you....for saying something. I say something about turn-signal-use but it does no good.

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  23. Ug! I know! I have two dogs and I don't even like it when they try to stick their heads out the window! They are in the back seat with the windows up! Fortunately, my dogs are pretty good about sitting still, but I'm still looking into those dog 'seat belts'.

    Last summer, just after I made a left turn through a very large, very busy intersection in town, the car behind me had all their windows down and a German Shepherd dog inside. As he made the left turn, the dog leaped out of the car. IN MIDDLE OF TRAFFIC! I had to keep going, since traffic was moving so fast and thick...but, OMG! That dog had no idea what was going on! The safety of that animal is in the hands of the driver of that car. That was a horrifying thing to see. I pulled over up the road a little ways, and I saw the dog was saved from injury.

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  24. An animal lover myself, this is something that gets under my skin in the worst way. Like you said, do they think dogs can magically hold on in the event of a near miss, much less an actual accident?

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  25. ***Bella asked, "Is it a poodle, or a DOG?" ***

    I just knew I liked Bella. :^D

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