Post # 1
Some of you may recall my post a few days ago about how my “brother” died on Sunday after falling out of my dads truck. I’d like to start by saying THANK YOU for all of your kind words. I know he’s “just a dog” but he was my buddy and my parents are still devastated.
When I posted the thread, I didn’t know all of the details pertaining to his accident (my mom was hysterical so I could hardly understand her). I posted that Bernie had fallen out of my dads truck which is true but there is more to the story. As it turns out, Bernie was riding in the cab of my dads truck (my parents would NEVER have him ride in the back) with his head out the window. I guess the window was a little too far down and when my dad went around a corner, Bernie literally flew out the window. My dad is obviously a wreck and I don’t know that the guilt will ever go away (even though it could have happened to ANYONE).
Bernie broke his femur in 2 places and it would have cost $8,000 for the surgery to repair the breaks. Even if my parents would have gone through with the surgery, Bernie would have been in pain for the rest of his life so they made the conscious decision to have him put down. He was a year and a half old.
Bernie rode in my dads truck every single day and took that same corner multiple times a week without incident. It was a freak accident that will forever change the way that our entire family travels with our pets.
PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE take my advice and don’t let the same thing happen to your furbabies!
Sorry for such a depressing post, I just know that alot of people do let their dogs ride like this and I just don’t want anyone else to go through what my family is dealing with right now.
Post # 3
@UpstateCait: I’m sorry for your loss. That is very sad. Hugs
Post # 4
awww im so sorry 🙁 i know they make harnessess for dogs and they attach to the seat belt or the seat itself… that may be helpful to some people 🙂 i am def going to think of this next time i take my girls for a ride
Post # 5
I’m so so sorry! I actually witnessed my first puppy get run over because somoene left the back door open. We had the vestibule area on the back porch and someone had both doors open. It was the most painful thing in the whole world. This is why I’m so so worried about making sure my puppy is safe.
I’m so so sorry hun! virtual hugs your way.
Post # 6
I am so, so sorry for your loss! I can completely understand your pain. I lost my “brother” in March of 2007. I was lucky enough to have him for fourteen years, but it still hurts. My thoughts are with you during this difficult time.
Post # 7
Thanks girls. I’m ok but I know my parents are still really upset. It totally sucks.
Post # 8
oh that’s terrible, i’m so sorry for your and your parents’ loss!
Post # 9
That’s horrible, and I’m so sorry for your loss. I would be an absolute wreck if anything ever happened to my furbaby.
He likes to ride in the car, but I never let the windows down. I’m probably overly paranoid when it comes to my dog…
And those harnesses that stephanie suggested are pretty nice. I know several people who use them.
Post # 10
Aww I am so so sorry 🙁 I lost my dog we had growing up a couple of years ago and it was devastating and now I try not to think what it is going to be like when that time comes for my new pup. He loves to ride in the car with me and I’m always a little paranoid about that, but I will definitely be even more careful after reading this. I hope your dad is able to stop feeling guilty about it eventually. Poor guy, he must be an absolute wreck.
Post # 11
This is so sad. You poor thing.
Post # 12
So sorry to hear about that. That is horrible, but hopefully your dad will forgive himself. I would be such a mess if I lost my pup. 🙁
I do use a Fido Rido when she rides in the car though, so I feel like she’s pretty safe.
Post # 13
I’m so sorry! I have a toy poodle who is very off-balance all the time because he had a stroke when he was 1. I have a car seat for him. People make fun of me for it, but I know he’s relatively safe when he’s straped in!
Post # 14
Oh your poor dad!!! That is just awful!
I keep my baby in the back seat on a harness and don’t roll down the window, but thank you for the warning – I’m just so sorry you had to go through this terrible experience
Post # 15
so sorry for yours and their loss!! this is something I really worry about. I only ever roll down my window for him about 1/2 way and then only when we’re going super slow (like through a parking lot or drive through)
Post # 16
I just wanted to express my sincere condolances to your family. I actually witnessed a small puppy fly out of the window of a car while I was walking. I ran and stopped cars and luckily he survived. I am very careful with Rudy and although i do roll down the window I have his harness on and he is secure.