Originally Posted by jane_vernon
There are serial dogs that are constantly in the road and nipping at tyres.
If people loved their dogs they would keep them fenced up properly.
My Jess(my first puppy-a lab) was kept in a pen all of the time(potty breaks & outside time), out on a leash, never let loose, except for when she was in the house. She had a an affinity for tires I knew about. We had finally mastered the whole concept of heel, so I tested it one Friday at 1:07 pm(August 5, 2004) when I went out to get the mail. I walked 150 feet out to the mailbox. She didn't chase the first car, but the second car she did. If the SOB wasn't drunk, my baby would be alive today. She was not close enough to get hit, but he swerved right into her. He claims he never saw her, but we both had blaze orange on(she was wearing a doggie vest). Some people whose pets get hit by cars really do care & are trying to work with them. I thought I had finally trained her out of chasing cars, but it only takes once. I was standing right there watching this drunk(at one in the afternoon) hit my dog.
I know what you said wasn't aimed at me, I didn't take that wrong, but I have been trying to learn not to asusme when a dog is out in the street that the owners let it run loose...although most of them do.
The one you hit was running loose? It is sad that people don't care enough about their pets. They are living, breathing creatures that can feel the same as you & I. If you get a pet it is your responsibility to take care of him/her. I wish more people could understand that.
I will do anything to try to avoid hitting an animal. If I find one on the road & I can safely stop & pick it up, I do. I bring them home & bury them(I leave the really icky ones, or wild animals-I pick up cats mostly). I actually keep plastic bags & boxes in the trunk of my car to put bodies in. I cannot stand to see what might have been someone's pet run over time & time again.