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Don’t Let Your Dog Fly out of a car: Photo Friday

By Deborah Taylor-French

Flying dogs? No, I am not talking of soaring canines, racing off diving platforms after tossed toys. I love watching dogs in action. Mutts racing and jumping for fly balls and agility competing hounds that run through tunnels and climb steep ramps.

This week I reblogged on seat belts for dogs because I want to make our world safer for drivers, car passengers, and dogs in cars. And if your dog loves sticking his head out a window while he rides, it is far safer to strap him in then open a window just a few inches.

Keep your dog safe by buckling  him up-every time.

Each year thousands of Americans die in car crashes. Half of them did not have to die. Three-seconds would have saved their lives.

They just needed to fasten their seat belts.

So simple to do. Snap on a seat belt.

Seat belts can save your dog’s life too. They are easy to locate and buy on the Internet, at feed stores, and at pet shops. When I bought Sydney’s, I  purchased one with a money back guarantee so we could see if it fix and worked right.

In this photograph see his black seat belt also functions as a harness (in case I forget to pack one).

Please share. Help Sydney and me save dogs’ lives. Thanks!

Sid on leash

Go fetch Buckle Up Fido, Snoopy and Spot 

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Calling Elvis: Photo Friday

Seeing dogs in the back of pickup trucks, I feel two distinct emotions.

Happiness and fear.

  • I happen to love trucks and love people who take their dogs with them.
  • Then the danger of a loose dog waiting or riding in a truck bed turns my stomach.

So I both love and hate seeing dogs in trucks.

I began this week with a little dog in Small Blog Nutmeg: Mutt Monday. Nutmeg maybe still looking for a home. I end this week with one little dog and two big dogs.

One warm day, I smiled as I spied this little white guy standing on tiptoes. He kept his eyes riveted on the post office doors. Never barked, only sniffed the breeze, a tongue-out grin broke on his face when his people came outside and called, “Hey, Coodle.” I felt so glad to see them pick him up and take him inside their truck cab.

Little white dog in big white truck
Coodle on the Lookout for his parents

On another afternoon, these two handsome German Shepherds eagerly waited in the warm sun. They were panting from the heat. I imagined in their heads they were singing the Dire Straits song, “Calling Elvis.” Meaning, “Dad come back soon.” When their owner returned with a bowl of water for them, I felt glad.

Shepherds waiting in a hot pickup truck bed
A pair of healthy dogs headed for a dangerous ride.

But then he and his friend jumped in and drove off as the poor dogs lost their footing. The dogs slid into the metal sides of the open truck bed. As the driver sped away, I watched these two healthy dogs bump and lurch into each other. I felt helpless as they struggled to keep from flying out.

Please fetch and share my post Dogs Die Falling Off Pickup Trucks.

Thank you for reading and have a great weekend,

Deborah Taylor-French

Blog Paws Blog Hop

Due to rules on WordPress,com I’m unable to use the Web code. So here is a link to Blog Paws. On Blog Paws Wordless Wednesday, I entered Sydney’s photo from Ears Up: Photo Friday post. Please, go see if you can find Sydney among the other canine photo cameos.

Sydney and I are curious, how many pet blogs can we hop to today?

Cosmo: Mutt Monday

Cosmo, a Papillon four years of age, waits in southern California.

Cosmo face

October 24, 2011

FoundAnimals Website

“Cosmo has lived in an apartment all of his life.  But his mom has MS and can no longer care for him. He’s very energetic and likes to play. He has separation anxiety. He would be fine with kids four years or older. He is a neutered male.

Cosmo likes walks, and is house trained. You can’t tell from the photos, but he is a big for his breed, nearly seventeen pounds! He is not food aggressive but loves his chewy bone.

All of his shots are up to date and he’s been checked out by a vet and his knees (common Pap problem) are good. He is a little bit of a jumper. The adoption fee for Cosmo is $150 to cover care and basic essentials in Foster.”

  • 9777 Seaaca StreetDowney, CA, 90241
  • Contact Name: Jennifer P.Phone: (310)-266-7844
  • Email: j.pimentel@foundanimals.org


Cosmo Papillon

Does Your Dog Know Spanish?

Dogs may not be able to speak Spanish, yet they wait with ever-hopeful spirits.

My understanding of the word for waiting, esperanza is that this Spanish word carries at least two meanings. Esperanza conveys both, “I am waiting” and “I am hoping.” Dogs have much to teach us about hope.

Every dog lover knows dogs are always ready for more. More food, more fun and more new adventures. They look up when we stand, hoping for a walk. They follow us to the door looking forward to a car ride with us.

Dogs want to go when we leave on a bicycle. They long to run beside us or ride in a basket.

Water bark dogs

And when we go into the kitchen, they dog us from refrigerator to cabinet, often pointing their muzzles to catch any morsel we drop or choose to toss their way. Around mealtime, they pace underfoot showing both hunger and anticipation.

My own mutt, a fourteen-pound, mix of Poodle and Crocker Spaniel, puts himself between any door and me. He just wants to be sure I’ll invite him go with me. To bad for him, I cannot always bring him everywhere I go.

And he makes a fool of himself each him I put on his leash or car seat harness as if it were the first time and he cannot contain his joy. He shows me when he needs to play by seizing a fluffy squeaky toy then racing through the house, trying to start a game of chase.  He waits for me to pounce on the toy, seize it and give it a toss or start a game of tug.

I usually let him win. After all, he has to live in a house and not roam the streets, chasing cats and other dogs. We have a leash law in town. So Sydney gets to win at somethings. Dogs have a sense of fairness, so I want him to have a say in the things he can safely choose to do. There are many things he cannot do and we have house rules for polite behavior too. So I think it is only fair that he win most of his favorite games.

When I settle down to work at my desk, he naps but is instantly alert when I standup. Sydney bounds off the bed to show he is ready to go anywhere with me.
As most people know, dogs are social animals. Dogs hate to be alone, yet most dogs are left home alone, and often for long hours of boredom. Not given a choice or a voice in the affairs of their human family members, dogs live in a constant state of anxiety and hope.

The loneliness they suffer is not translated into any human language as they lay waiting, they hope for our return.

Social small dogs

Dogs At Water Bark – A Doggie Water Day At Spring Lake Park

Dogs seem to think in Spanish because they are always hoping and waiting. And when they get to play, dogs show glee, friendly faces and wealth of soul. If you don’t believe me just ask one of their people. Or look at these photos of happy dogs.

Over and over dogs know the meaning of waiting and hoping. What does your dog hope for?