|Barked: Wed May 2, '12 10:33am PST |
|While I have left Charlie in a vehicle for brief moments before, with windows cracked a tiny bit(don't like fingers in our car windows thanks), I also leave all the doors locked and make sure nobody can harass him. I watch the car with vigilance from wherever I am, and make sure I park so I can see the car should I be in store.
That said, this is all weather dependent. There was a time when I called A/C on a guy because in 28C weather, at a clinic, he left his dog in the car(a chow, to boot), windows rolled down, but dog tied to the seats. The poor dog was trying to escape the heat onto the floor. At first, I left it alone. Until an hour went by... and then another. THREE HOURS and the dog was STILL in the heat of the car. I called A/C. The guy found out it was me, after he was given a warning and told to take the dog home and he flipped out on me. "You were the one who called? HE LIKES CAR RIDES.".. "So take him for rides, but don't leave him in an overheated car FOR THREE PLUS HOURS ON SUCH HOT DAYS. Car rides are one thing, being locked in an unmoving vehicle at 25C is another thing entirely $#@%^&&&."
Yeah... I did not go over very well with him. But I like to look at it as I saved that dog a vet trip that day, because it was getting bad. Sadly, the owner probably didn't get the reality of the danger and likely continued doing it.
If anyone had ever stupidly tried to stick their hand into my vehicle when I had Maya, they would have removed a hand with no fingers left. Maya was fear aggressive of strangers, so if they came near her without me there, it was all out attack-ville. If I was there, I could tell her to "leave it" or "go lay down" and she would, albeit still with a warning bark. I simply will not understand the stupidity of people. I, thank goodness, never had anyone try to stick their fingers in the car with her in it.
I have had people find her fear funny and try to provoke her further though(my uncle in particular). If he hadn't slammed my bedroom door shut, he would have ended up with stitches.
The issue with Maya is she had some protection training behind her, and then was abused throughout her life, so add to the protection training some fear aggression and she became an unstable dog who you could command to leave a person alone. Maya was a very... nervous, anxious, stress-case of a dog and I can't even begin to express how happy I was to be able to take her into MY home away from the people who caused it and turn things around for her and prevent her from biting people.
That said... Yeah. I'm okay with dogs being in the car, WEATHER DEPENDENT and situation dependent. Running in to grab something in less than ten minutes is fine. Several hours in the vehicle though, is not.
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