While driving in traffic recently I noticed that there was a large pick-up truck in the next lane that had a beautiful Irish Setter in the bed of the truck. The dog had a scarf jauntily tied about its neck and appeared to be well-groomed and taken care of by its owner(s). However, I soon noticed that the dog was not restrained in any manner in the bed as the dog was roaming about as we snailed along in the traffic.
Suddenly, traffic speed picked up and the truck driver accelerated causing the Setter to fly back against the tailgate of the truck. I nearly screamed and so did the woman in the car behind the truck. I know we both thought that the dog was headed over the tailgate. We both watched as the dog righted itself and then proceeded to move about the truck bed. I was sickened by what I was seeing…
As I drew alongside the truck driver I put down my side window, honked my horn and yelled that he needed to do something about the dog. I don’t think he heard me but I felt that I had to say something, anything. He didn’t react in any way maybe he just thought I was a crazy motorist and he chose to ignore me.
I was glad that my lane of traffic moved far ahead of the pick-up, and the dog, as I could not bear to see what happened with the dog any longer. I have seen too many dogs on the side of the road and I am sure many are there because they were victims of jumping or falling out of pick-up trucks.
It is not macho or cool to have your dog in the back of your truck. Please put your dog, if you really and truly care about them, in the vehicle with you and give them as much of a chance as you in case there is an accident.
If you must put your pet in the back of your vehicle please ensure that you restrain them properly. They should be closely leashed to the cab of the truck so that they can’t get over the edge of the bed or be tossed over accidently.
I know the guy with the Irish Setter cared for his dog – it was evident in the cute little scarf and the good grooming – but he should have had his pet inside his truck with him. Or, at least, tied up well in the bed.
Many of us love your pets too and we do not want to see harm come to them. Please take care of them; for all of us.