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Don't drive with your dog
LA Times ^ | 12 June 2008 | Editorial Staff

Posted on 06/12/2008 12:59:26 PM PDT by shrinkermd

Keeping Fido with you in the driver's seat is dangerous and should be against the law.

...It's surprising that a bill to ban drivers from holding pets in their laps has been the target of ridicule. AB 2233, introduced by Assemblyman Bill Maze (R-Visalia), has been called a nanny-state bill. That would be true if the intent were to protect the pet. Much as we love dogs, we'll leave that job up to their owners. But if legislators thought hanging on to a cellphone was a driving hazard -- and it is -- what about an animal blocking the driver's vision and ability to hold on to the steering wheel?

Drivers distracted by their pets caused more than 100 accidents last year statewide. But it doesn't take statistics to see that drivers are reaching over, under and around their pets to get a grip on the wheel, that they're making wide turns and can't see cars or people to the left because the dog is drooling out the driver's window. Or that one short stop means the driver either has to use one hand to grab the animal or get a panicked ball of fluff flying into his or her face

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Politics/Elections; US: California
KEYWORDS: doggieping; dogs; drivers; laws; rdo
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1 posted on 06/12/2008 12:59:26 PM PDT by shrinkermd
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2 posted on 06/12/2008 1:01:09 PM PDT by Tijeras_Slim (Play that Funky Music Typical White Boy!)
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To: shrinkermd
is dangerous and should be against the law

A trap for which all too many conservatives have fallen!

4 posted on 06/12/2008 1:06:18 PM PDT by Notary Sojac
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To: shrinkermd

I see a lady driving around our town all the time with her dog sitting in her lap (I would guess about 50 lbs.) and sticking its head out her window, blocking her vision.

It’s a newer car, so I just picture what Fido is going to do to her if her airbag deploys with him standing in front of the wheel between the bag and her face...


5 posted on 06/12/2008 1:06:50 PM PDT by Abathar (Proudly posting without reading the article carefully since 2004)
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To: Morgana

He’s GORGEOUS. Thanks for sharing. :-)


7 posted on 06/12/2008 1:07:55 PM PDT by GOP_Lady
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To: Morgana

Oh my god, your pup is gorgeous. Those eyes are amazing.


8 posted on 06/12/2008 1:08:38 PM PDT by RepoGirl ("Tom, I'm getting dead from you, but I'm not getting Undead..." -- Frasier Crane)
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To: shrinkermd
One of the hallmarks of government-by-the-'60s-hippie-generation has been the never-ending veneer of paranoia that surrounds everything they do.

It sort of comes down to, "You can't do that! Something might happen!"

9 posted on 06/12/2008 1:10:21 PM PDT by JennysCool (They all say they want change, but they’re really after folding money.)
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To: shrinkermd

“Don’t drive with your dog”

That is going to end a lot of late night dating.


10 posted on 06/12/2008 1:10:56 PM PDT by edcoil
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To: shrinkermd
Don't drive with your dog

Yep, make them drive themselves!

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11 posted on 06/12/2008 1:10:56 PM PDT by A.Hun (Common sense is no longer common.)
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To: Morgana
That's a pretty pup! Here's mine.

He's five months old and almost 50 lbs, and strong as an ox. I haven't tried a fast food drive through yet, I'm not sure I want to.

12 posted on 06/12/2008 1:11:03 PM PDT by ovrtaxt (This election is like running in the Special Olympics. Even if McCain wins, were still retarded.)
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To: shrinkermd
Or that one short stop means the driver either has to use one hand to grab the animal or get a panicked ball of fluff flying into his or her face

Quick geospatial quiz:

1... You're driving your car, with pet inside.
2... You make a quick stop.
3... Your pet hits you in the face.

Q: Which way were you facing?

13 posted on 06/12/2008 1:14:57 PM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: Morgana

Beautiful dog.

LOL, I used to have a poodle, and she knew what the word “McDonald’s” meant. She knew if you drove up to that window a lady would hand you a bag of hamburgers.

So, she’d get really excited when we drove up to windows. Although, at the drive through window at the bank, when they didn’t give her hamburgers, she’d get really PO’d.


14 posted on 06/12/2008 1:15:15 PM PDT by girlangler (Fish Fear Me)
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To: A.Hun

don’t drive with my dog? who’ll hold my beer can?


15 posted on 06/12/2008 1:17:24 PM PDT by MoreGovLess (Seek justice, love kindness, walk humbly with your God. (Micah))
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To: Izzy Dunne
Q: Which way were you facing?

Or which way were you driving?

16 posted on 06/12/2008 1:19:42 PM PDT by Texas Federalist (Fred Thompson 08)
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To: MoreGovLess
who’ll hold my beer can?

Good point! LOL

17 posted on 06/12/2008 1:20:15 PM PDT by A.Hun (Common sense is no longer common.)
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To: shrinkermd

Just because something is a bad idea doesn’t mean it has to be illegal.


19 posted on 06/12/2008 1:23:29 PM PDT by Ramius (Personally, I give us... one chance in three. More tea?)
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To: shrinkermd

Is a horse O.K?

http://vids.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=vids.individual&VideoID=175780


20 posted on 06/12/2008 1:25:33 PM PDT by Walmartian
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To: Morgana

Every so often, I drive through McDonald’s for a bag of 10 dollar burgers. Cheap treats for the dogs (click on my screen name).


21 posted on 06/12/2008 1:28:42 PM PDT by Judith Anne
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To: Izzy Dunne
Q: Which way were you facing?

I'd be more worried about which way the pet was facing.

22 posted on 06/12/2008 1:31:36 PM PDT by ravingnutter
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To: shrinkermd
Whew, good thing they didn't include cats.


23 posted on 06/12/2008 1:31:48 PM PDT by AxelPaulsenJr (Hussein Obama And His Friends Want You To Pay More For Gasoline)
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To: MizSterious; Kokojmudd; brytlea; Darnright; Sensei Ern; sangrila; rattrap; dervish; sandalwood; ...

Woof


24 posted on 06/12/2008 1:39:21 PM PDT by kanawa (Don't go where you're looking, look where you're going.)
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To: shrinkermd

Last time I visited Chicago (June 2007), I was on a busy thoroughfare with traffic backed up and long waits at every intersection. In traffic with me was a woman with what appeared to be a Boston terrier on her lap. Every minute or so, the dog would shift itself and cause the horn to sound. This was irritating and distracting (especially to the drivers in front of her who probably didn’t realize it was a dog making the horn sound). If she HAD to have her dog with her, why couldn’t it have been on the passenger’s front seat, preferably in a carrier?


25 posted on 06/12/2008 1:40:03 PM PDT by Verloona Ti
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To: Morgana

I used to have a husky that looked similar to him. Delilah had one brown eye, and one half-brown half-blue. We had to give her up when she got territorial with our newborn daughter. Nipped at her a few times. Haven’t had any pets since.


26 posted on 06/12/2008 2:06:23 PM PDT by hoppity
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To: A.Hun

That’s why I take both my Lab’s when I go to the bar. On the trip home, one runs the gas/brake pedals and the other steers.


27 posted on 06/12/2008 2:07:10 PM PDT by MountainDad
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To: shrinkermd

And then there’s Brit Spears, who drives with a baby in her lap. Or drove.

As the companion human to a Keeshond, I discovered that she HAD TO stand on the front seat with her paws on the dashboard, alert to every passing car, bird, and tree. Bought a big open show crate for the back seat.

Keeshonds are Dutch barge dogs whose job was to perch in the prow of canal boats used for transporting cheese to market. On foggy days, they’d bark when the boat got too close to the walls of the canal. Thus: Cheese Dog, or Kaas Hund.

Fortunately, my Kees adjusted to her crate and enjoyed. She’s near the end of her trip down life’s canal now, and I’ll miss her backseat driving. Sniff.


28 posted on 06/12/2008 2:07:21 PM PDT by Veto! (Opinions freely dispensed as advice)
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To: Ramius

“Just because something is a bad idea doesn’t mean it has to be illegal.”

Or, as we say here in Texas, “There ain’t no law against stupid.”


29 posted on 06/12/2008 2:08:19 PM PDT by jagusafr ("Bugs, Mr. Rico! Zillions of 'em!" - Robert Heinlein)
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To: kanawa
Ursa prefers to sulk in the back seat. She's too cool to be seen in the front seat of a mom-mobile (a/k/a Honda Odyssey).

She liked the Volvo, though. Gummed up the passenger window something awful with her nose prints.

30 posted on 06/12/2008 2:17:01 PM PDT by RepoGirl ("Tom, I'm getting dead from you, but I'm not getting Undead..." -- Frasier Crane)
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To: Judith Anne

Let me guess, the mastiff eats 9 of them?


31 posted on 06/12/2008 2:23:17 PM PDT by Rebelbase
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To: Veto!
Keeshonds are Dutch barge dogs whose job was to perch in the prow of canal boats used for transporting cheese to market. On foggy days, they’d bark when the boat got too close to the walls of the canal. Thus: Cheese Dog, or Kaas Hund.

Very interesting! Thanks for posting it.

32 posted on 06/12/2008 2:27:24 PM PDT by American Quilter (John McCain--today's Scoop Jackson democrat. He should change parties.)
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To: Morgana

Your Husky could be the twin to my Alyeska Blue...........right down to those icey blue eyes.

Beautiful dog.


33 posted on 06/12/2008 2:27:53 PM PDT by Rushmore Rocks
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To: Rebelbase

He would, if I’d give them to him. He generally eats 3 at a time, but avoids the pickles. Usually I take them off before giving him the burgers.

I gave him a slice of stale cheese pizza one time, he hid it in his mouth and went to the back door to be let out. I saw him bury it next to the house. If he’s not hungry, he has a spot where he buries treats.

He also loves carrots, celery, lettuce, zucchini, pumpkin, and spaghetti. And cheese garlic bread.

I am sure he would eat most anything. In order to help him stay at around 225 lbs, I am fairly careful with his diet, only giving the awesome McDonalds once a month.


35 posted on 06/12/2008 2:32:59 PM PDT by Judith Anne
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To: shrinkermd
We're gonna have a problem... I've become a back seat passenger in my car


36 posted on 06/12/2008 2:40:37 PM PDT by Diver Dave
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To: Morgana

Beautiful!


37 posted on 06/12/2008 2:41:51 PM PDT by brytlea (amnesty--an act of clemency by an authority by which pardon is granted esp. to a group of individual)
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To: Tijeras_Slim

I now have a new screen saver. Thanks!


38 posted on 06/12/2008 3:03:42 PM PDT by RoadTest ( Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up. But he spake of the temple of his body.)
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To: Veto!

That’s Quiche-hound.


39 posted on 06/12/2008 3:19:11 PM PDT by sinanju
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To: Morgana

What a pretty Husky! The drivethru thing can really happen, too. My Husky girl is a lighter gray and white with blue eyes-and one Saturday morning when she was a little pup, my then-single daughter decided she wanted breakfast tacos and invited the dog to go-when she returned, she told us how embarrassed she had been when Husky girl climbed over her and halfway out the open car window to try to get into the drivethru window, where she smelled food. And last year on the way home from getting her yearly shots at the vet, she somehow slipped out of her doggie seatbelt, stepped on the gearshift with her paw, knocking the car out of gear and killing the engine in the middle of the main road...


40 posted on 06/12/2008 3:39:16 PM PDT by Texan5 (You've got to saddle up your boys, you've got to draw a hard line...)
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To: sinanju; American Quilter

Quiche hound, LOL. Actually I thought about naming her Keesha Lorraine, but settled for Keesha Suzanne.
Keeshonds have the sunniest of dispositions, according to the AKC. Always smiling. Sometimes called the Smiling Dutchman. Another smiling breed is the Samoyed, which I love too.


41 posted on 06/12/2008 4:35:18 PM PDT by Veto! (Opinions freely dispensed as advice)
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To: Morgana
He's beautiful! And he must be Republican -- he looks like Cindy McCain through the eyes.


42 posted on 06/12/2008 5:57:32 PM PDT by Albion Wilde (Poor people been voting for Democrats for the last 50 years, and they still poor. --Charles Barkley)
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To: Judith Anne; Morgana; girlangler

i am just glad my two pups can’t read your posts on this thread or they would be MAD at me. LOL!! the most they get is a handful of fries when we go through the drivethru! i have two cavalier king charles spaniels. one weighs 11 lbs the other 20 lbs and my concern would be doggy diarrhea if i let them have a whole hamburger!


43 posted on 06/12/2008 6:01:28 PM PDT by xsmommy
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To: RepoGirl
Gummed up the passenger window something awful with her nose prints.

we refer to that as pup-snot!

44 posted on 06/12/2008 6:02:38 PM PDT by xsmommy
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To: shrinkermd

Don't drive with your groundhog, either.

45 posted on 06/12/2008 6:04:17 PM PDT by Albion Wilde (Poor people been voting for Democrats for the last 50 years, and they still poor. --Charles Barkley)
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To: Ramius

a dog in your lap or unsecured while driving is gross negligence.


46 posted on 06/12/2008 6:14:45 PM PDT by Oystir
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To: HairOfTheDog; shrinkermd

Over here! Great thread with lots of cutiepie FReeper pups.


47 posted on 06/12/2008 6:48:09 PM PDT by Titan Magroyne ("Shorn, dumb and bleating is no way to go through life, son." Yeah, close enough.)
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To: girlangler
You mean your bank doesn't hand out dog biscuits in the drive through?

(I guess I'm a customer at an enlightened bank, or else the tellers are dog lovers.)

48 posted on 06/12/2008 7:06:31 PM PDT by AnAmericanMother (Ministrix of Ye Chase, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment))
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To: xsmommy
My dad used to refer to it as "nose'mear". I swear, the backseat windows on that poor car had a constant opaque rime as if someone covered them with glass wax and forgot to wipe it off.

I just love dogs!

49 posted on 06/12/2008 7:26:58 PM PDT by RepoGirl ("Tom, I'm getting dead from you, but I'm not getting Undead..." -- Frasier Crane)
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To: AnAmericanMother

LOL. Yes, the banks here hand out doggie bisquits at the drive through window.

But my poodle, expecting a nice hamburger, wasn’t too impressed when they’d give her that bisquit. Her little doggie brain processed one thought at a time: You drive up to a window and a human is supposed to hand you a good smelling bag with hamburgers in it!!!!

I made a BIG mistake letting her eat table food, and don’t do it (except for occassional treats) with the two dogs I have now.

I lost my sweet little silver toy poodle when she was 13. She had a lot of health problems, most from being inbred at a puppy mill. She was starved the first months of her life, and lived to eat. I knew I shouldn’t, but I gave in and fed her what she wanted (she loved a big steak bone).

She gave me 13 years of joy, and I still miss her, even though she died in 2001.


50 posted on 06/12/2008 7:31:24 PM PDT by girlangler (Fish Fear Me)
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