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Buddy & Porky’s Pet Health: The Dog in the Convertible

By Buddy and Porky, and the Oswego County Humane Society

Dear Porky & Buddy,

My dog Sam and I love to go for rides in our very cool Mustang convertible, but the other day a friend of mine got all huffy and tried to convince me that it wasn’t safe to do that. I think she is jealous of my car and my dog and she should mind her own business. What do you think?

Jolene

Dear Jolene,

We are certain that she is, in fact, jealous of both your dog and your car, but that is sort of beside the point. We assume that you always wear your set belt. Right? Well so should Sam. It’s important both for your safety and for his and for everyone else on the road. According to the ASPCA, an estimated 30,000 car accidents are caused annually by unrestrained pets. Yikes! In a recent survey of dog owners by the American Automobile Association (AAA), 59% of respondents admitted to participating in at least one distracting behavior while driving with a dog. More than half pet their dog while driving, and 21% let their dog to sit in their laps. Double Yikes! They are like cell phones with fur!

Any behavior that takes a driver’s eyes off the road increases the risk of a crash, and stopping short can send an unrestrained dog flying, causing severe injury to you, your pet and any passengers. So you should keep Sam safe and secure in the back seat in a specially designed harness or a well-ventilated crate or carrier. If you choose a crate or carrier, make sure it’s large enough for Sam to stand, sit, lie down and turn around in, and secure the crate or carrier so it won’t slide or shift in the event of a quick stop. And don’t let Sam ride with his head outside the car window. Yes, we know how much he probably loves doing it, but he could be injured by flying objects! Sure it may not be quite as cool as what you are probably doing now, but it will still be cooler than your “friend” is and a lot safer. And your “friend” really will have to mind her own business. Happy motoring!

Speaking of cool dogs, Come Strut Your Mutt on Saturday, September 11th, our annual 5K Run or Walk and I Mile Family Walk at Fallbrook Recreation Center, 103 Thompson Road, Oswego. Dogs are welcome. Early entries will receive a long-sleeved shirt. Everyone gets lunch. There will be prizes and activities for kids and a fabulous silent auction. You can sign up as an individual or family online at www.oswegohumane.org. Day of event registration starts at nine am. Races start at 10:30.

And then to finish off the day, Do the Barn Cat Boogie, also at Fallbrook Recreation Center, starting at 6 pm. There will be a barbecue picnic dinner, cash bar, live entertainment, the completion of the silent auction, raffles. You can register online at www.oswegohumane.org and there is a $5 discount if you register for both events. What a great day!

The Oswego County Humane Society provides spay/neuter services and assistance, fostering and adoption of animals in urgent need, humane education programs, and information and referrals to animal lovers throughout Oswego County. Our office is located at 265 West First Street, Oswego, New York. Phone (315) 207-1070. Email:[email protected] Website: www.oswegohumane.org.