Yup, the dog is crated. If I was worried about someone stealing the dog, I would lock the crate. I am careful about where I will let them be in the car.
As for leaving a car running with the AC on, AC fails, and kids sometimes steal running cars and run them into houses or telephone poles. If someone steals your car, they may roll the windows up, and leave the car with your dog in it -- that is terribly dangerous in my opinion.
Once upon a time, when I had the Neon, I felt compassion for my girl who was in the car while the other was being trained. I was right there, so I left the car running with the AC on. Well, the little bitch locked me out of my running car! She was inside the AC, while I had to take Babs into the Sherriff's department and have them call my dad to come and rescue me with my spare keys.
Worse yet, my mom hangs up on sales calls, and hung up on the deputy about 5 times before my dad got on the phone to give him a piece of his mind. LOL! Luckily he listened first and never went off.
Ah, the joy of remembering when the old girls were young bitches and I had a car too small for crates.
Arwen, CD RN CGC
Whitney, RN CGC
Tori, RN CGC
Jenna, RN CGC & Babs, CD RA CGC HIC
Heidi, RA CGC
SG3 Odessa, SchH1, Kkl1, AD
Ninja, RN CGC & Milla, RN CGC
Joy, Star Puppy, RN CGC
Dolly CGC & Bear CGC
Hepzibah & Hannah