Have to admit that this is a really cute picture. Sort of just the kind of thing that could make us all smile. Or could it?  As I drive across this great country of ours I am amazed at how many folks actually drive with dogs, cats, or pets on their laps.

I am surprised that someone from the cruelty to animals folks hasn’t got on this yet.

First of all, with all the things going on around, the car, and in the car. Do we really need another such distraction? And then let’s maybe say that you are the best driver in the world.

Well if you are like any of the folks that I call friends, you love your pet. Your buddy, your partner in crime. Ole Faithful. Yea, you know the millions of names.

Let me ask you this, Is your pet,your buddy really safe there?  Most cars today are equipped with “Drivers Air Bags”.  I remember as a paramedic the horrible burns and bruises that folks had after an air bag went off. The expansion is so forceful that car manufacturers state a child safety seat should NOT be place in the front seat.

That having been said. I recall a friend calling me from an accident scene and telling me about a 2002 Toyota involved in an accident. He said he almost lost it, because he thought that the girl driving was dead. She was covered in blood as she sat in the front seat, after rear ending a truck. Turns out the blood was not hers, but her little dog  that now lay in the center console dead.

As it results, the force of the air bag snapped the little dogs neck killing him on the spot. Senseless, yet this could be so preventable.

I wonder just how many folks you know, drive down the road putting their dog’s life at risk.  If your pet is really part of your family, and you love them that much. Then for crying out loud protect them. They might just be the friend that saves your life one day.

Good bye little buddy, you died to early in your life, may he rest in Doggy heaven in peace!

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About Medicsmurf

I am an ex- NY City Emergency Paramedic. Life brings us new challenges, adventures, and downfalls. I look to making them all a positive way to grow. From here we only go up.

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