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post #1 of 48 (permalink) Old 05-30-2019, 08:04 AM Thread Starter
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Good Tip.....Really ???

I found this interesting...actually irritating is a better's been unseasonably hot here in Virginia for a few everybody knows it's the "norm" to see stories on the news ( pick a location )...about a child or a pet left in a HOT car while someone "shops" or even goes to work....many times things don't end's started in the Richmond area again....

So this morning local news.. before a commercial break I hear...." Stay tuned for some tips on what you can do to avoid locking your child or pet in a hot car ".....I stayed tuned and here it is...." put something IMPORTANT in the back seat with your child or pet like a purse--lap top--briefcase or phone so you won't forget the child or pet " here's my take away from that story.....put something important in the back seat with your UNIMPORTANT child / pet so you won't forget them....I really wonder if any stories are "proofed" or actually thought about before they're read on the air.....
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I keep getting memes on FB featuring a dog and/or child titled if you HAVE to be told it's TOO HOT to leave them in a car, you are TOO STUPID to have one

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My local news station ran a similar program a few days ago. Theres no way that this many people "forget" their dogs or children in the backseat, I assume it is just an excuse for when they are caught!
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I still don't get that this is still a problem. Are people that stupid?!

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My local news station ran a similar program a few days ago. Theres no way that this many people "forget" their dogs or children in the backseat, I assume it is just an excuse for when they are caught!
When I take my puppies with me on car runs I have 100 lbs of GSD staring at me from the backseat.... I could not even imagine forgetting they are there.
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I doubt "these people" will put their phone on the back seat. I read about a sensor that alerts when something alive is left in the car. Maybe just in a Tesla though. Cars need to be smarter than people.
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So wrong on so many levels. First one: How to increase the chances of child/pet endangerment when you have forgotten them. Even if the heat doesn't get them a thief might.

That's just nuts.
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My phone is NOT more important than my dogs thank you very much. I'd leave the phone 110 times out of 110 before I left my dogs.
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post #9 of 48 (permalink) Old 05-30-2019, 12:56 PM
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Exactly what I used to think until I read this Pulitzer prize winning article:

This happens to very good parents. The lizard brain kicks in--your brain goes on automatic pilot and you actually think you dropped your baby off at daycare or whatever when you didn't

It can happen to anyone:

Obviously not talking about the scumbags who do this on purpose.

Kids weren't really forgotten in cars until the early 1990s, when the rules changed and you had to put little kids in the back seat.

You can't stop these horrors unless you accurately understand why they happen. And leaving something you can't function without in the back seat is a darn good way to prevent these tragedies.
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People get on autopilot. We are all so busy and our brains are overloaded. Often, the story I read is that the one person usually takes the baby to the daycare. Then the other needs to take them one day and on the way, they turn to go to work because their brain is already there (at 7:30 this morning my brain was at work on the drive in. I mentally redid a plumbing design for 3 restrooms and a janitors closet). So they turn and the baby is sleeping in the back, never making a sound, park the car and off they go.

In the 1990s, we didn't have cell phones and computers speeding up our lives to the point that a human brain can't function. Look up that. Some pretty interesting stuff out there on that.

I almost drove off for training one morning with my dog sitting on the porch because someone changed the plot on me and my brain fell out. My friend was like " are missing something" We need some fail safes to stop this. My worst nightmare is leaving my dogs in the car because they don't make a sound. I can't imagine what parents experience when they do this.

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