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12-09-2013 12:40 PM
Thorny Reading through this thread got me thinking; we as adults assume people know that GSDs should be scary and not be pet. But as a kid I got bit by 3 different dogs. And even the I was not afraid of them. Still to this day I love all dogs. Was I stupid? Far from it, but I was ignorant to the risk that some dogs present.

I travel with Gunnar nearly every day and he stays in the truck with the windows half way down for up to a few hours, weather permitting. I think what I'll take from this thread is to test him for response to strangers and maybe buy police style K9 guards to go over the openings.
12-05-2013 02:51 PM
Originally Posted by selzer View Post
I used to leave Jenna in the car while I worked Babs. And I used to be nice and leave the AC running for her.

That stopped when the bitch locked me out! I had to call my dad to come with my spare set of keys. She was sure in the dog house after that!
Hahaha! Sorry but that's funny!

12-05-2013 10:40 AM
pets4life i have something worse a man actually tried to get in my yard while i was home and on the other side of it! he opened the gate and i saw my dog bolt after him and he screamed and left.

I still have no idea what he was doing or why he came. I was in shock, he sounded like a grown man but by the time i went to the gate no one was there??

Its not a meter reader because on this house the meter is right in front of it.

I put boards in front of the gate and tied it up now. Its a six foot wooden privacy fence though.
12-05-2013 10:32 AM
Originally Posted by selzer View Post
I used to leave Jenna in the car while I worked Babs. And I used to be nice and leave the AC running for her.

That stopped when the bitch locked me out! I had to call my dad to come with my spare set of keys. She was sure in the dog house after that!
That's why I love my remote start, I take the keys lock the doors with the a/c blasting.
12-05-2013 10:30 AM
kiya I only bring them if it's a "QUICK" stop in a safe location but this time of year even my husband said leave the dogs home. Too many theives looking for shoppers stuff left in cars.
12-05-2013 12:25 AM
selzer I used to leave Jenna in the car while I worked Babs. And I used to be nice and leave the AC running for her.

That stopped when the bitch locked me out! I had to call my dad to come with my spare set of keys. She was sure in the dog house after that!
12-05-2013 12:07 AM
brembo I have a turbo-ed sports car. It has a turbo timer that allows the turbo to cool down while the key is out and the car locked. I can set it for any amount of time between 1-10 minutes. I *USED* to leave Banjo in the car, locked with the car running and the A/C on while I grabbed stuff from the store. Then one day he decided to lean on the gear shift and it made a horrible grinding noise(short shift kit, it changes gears in a hurry). All I could think was that with his big arse he would have the thing in gear before I could get back to it and it would roll up into the store. Thankfully when he saw me running towards the car he stood up and the grinding quit. Never did that again.
12-04-2013 11:55 PM
selzer My nieces are around 7 years old. They do not have dogs. They LOVE my dogs, and they have a friend they see once a year who has a GR that they love. It is my job to teach them about dogs.

My sister is an awesome mother. She used to take the girls to pet stores just to pet the puppies. That doesn't make her an awesome mother. I am just throwing that out there, because I am going to next say that she may not be likely to drum it into her girls' heads, that they had better not go over and pet any dog whose owner hasn't given them permision.

7 year old kids are getting to that stage where you have to start letting them go out of sight. They may walk to the store and back on their own. They may pass a car where the dog is sticking its head out of the window, and then they will have to make a choice.

Dogs are considered an attractive nuisance. Children and toddlers are attracted to dogs. Toddlers need to have their parent or some responsible person right with them. But children don't have to be constantly in the presence of a responsible adult. They have to start somewhere when it comes to making choices.

My Explorer sits pretty high off the ground. For a kid to get their hand in the window to pet the dog it would be a stretch. It would have to be a pretty big kid, and the window would have to be down at least enough for the dog's head to be sticking out. That, in my opinion would be an accident waiting to happen, and no way would I subject my dogs to that kind of a risk -- not for them to be loose in the car with the window down far enough for a kid to shove their hand in there and get bit.

Kids SHOULD be taught better. Well they should be taught a lot of things better than they are. They should be taught to not chase after balls that go in the street. They should be taught not to go swimming when the river is up. They should be taught to ride their bikes in the street, with traffic, and to stop for lights and stop signs and to wear a helmet. They should be taught a whole host of things that they choose to ignore or are never taught on a daily basis. Sometimes they get hurt pretty bad. I don't want my dogs involved in that mess.
12-04-2013 04:14 PM
Rainer I only take Rai with me on short errands and only when the weather is cool ... which is maybe two months out the year down here in FL lol

I have a two door hatchback with seats that fold down so he has the entire back of the care to himself + dark tint on my windows. If I leave him in the car I'll roll down the windows enough for air flow, but not enough for someone to be able to comfortably stick a hand inside. I doubt most people even know he's in there. He usually just quietly lounges in the backseat waiting for me to come back.

I also don't take him to places I don't trust. Wal-Mart for example... it's a bit of stereotyping on my part, but I'd rather stereotype than risk my dog being stolen by someone that wants a "scary" looking dog :-\
12-04-2013 04:06 PM
Re: Leaving dogs in car while you shop

Originally Posted by DharmasMom View Post
See, I have to disagree with this. If the dog is IN the car and a child approaches the car, sticks his or her and in and gets bit, then that is on the kid's parents NOT the dog's owner or the dog. Why on EARTH would parents allow their child to approach a strange dog, in a strange car and stick their hand in?? Seriously, if they are that dumb (the parent) they should be throat punched. I am not going to lie, I am pretty darn tired of people always wanting to blame the dog or the dog's owner. Sure, a lot of the time it is on the owner but in this situation- I would blame the kid's parents.

Parents need to start stepping up and teaching their kids right from wrong and how to act. And approaching a stranger's car under ANY conditions is downright stupid. Stupid, stupid, stupid. For all they know, that dog could be a draw for a predator to snatch a kid. Getting bit could be the least of their worries. Good Lord, people just get stupider by the year, I swear.
I have to say that because a parent has not taught a child properly does not mean that child should pay the price. The dog that bit is in trouble even though it is inside your car.

I recently took my dog to the U.S to my sons lacrosse showcase and when he was wearing his vest, the parents let their little kids swarm him. They put alot of faith in the fact he was wearing a working dog vest.
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