Wednesday, December 15, 2010

That dog in the (open car) window

A potential dog owner, I would never even consider leaving the passenger window of my car wide open. That is, enough to allow my dog's head to stick out and the dog to suddenly bark and startle passerby and cyclists and whoever.

There's always a chance that a startled pedestrian or cyclist will lose his or her focus and become injured. That is the owner's fault, by the way, not the dog. In a situation like that, the dog doesn't know any better and will hang out, sniffing the air and so on, but bark randomly at strangers on foot or on bikes. Plus, the startled humans are likely to become annoyed and tempted to throw something at the dog. Hey, this hardly happens, but there is always a first time.

At the same time, the dog runs a higher risk of being injured by a fast-moving car. The dog could also try to squeeze himself or herself out the window to pursue another animal or human. If more dog owners realized these potential hazards, maybe they would think twice about leaving their car windows on the passenger side wide open.

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