February 09, 2003

Crash Test Doggies

Reader Jim points out the dangers of Buster riding shotgun in the truck. He's right, and I am fully aware of the risk of dogs riding unrestrained (or outside of crates like this one that saved blogger Dave Trowbridge's dog Oka in a recent crash.

But ya see, the only place Buster goes is from the house to the dumpsters at the end of our one-lane gravel road. Putting him in a crate for that would be sorta like putting on your seatbelt and a helmet to back out of the driveway.

And to be honest, I don't often ask Buster to go on the trash run much anymore since he's gotten so determined that once he gets in the truck, he's NOT coming out! It's amazing how heavy he can make himself, once he gets settled in. I think it's some kind of enhanced gravity thing that only dogs and small children in swings know how to do. But that's just a theory.

Posted by fred1st at February 9, 2003 01:37 PM | TrackBack

And cats. I have a normally svelte cat who, when he's stubbornly concluded that he does not wish to be moved from Point A to Point B somehow mysteriously manages to transmogrify his body mass into the consistency of lead. Droopy, uncooperative lead. Many happy dog returns to Buster! Please give him special birthday hugs from me!

Posted by: Artichoke Heart at February 9, 2003 02:04 PM

Geez! Try to be humorous, and do Buster a Happy Birthday favor, and boom. Card carrying PETA member.

Fred, it never crossed my mind that you were endangering Buster, nor can I imagine you ever doing so.

I just thought that since you tossed in the remark about nose on windshield, Buster should be able to reply in kind and in the same spirit, a gently joshing sort of thing.

It was kinda my birthday present to him, you see. Since he can't talk and all, I thought I'd help him out.

I see my nonsensical idea took an unexpected turn. Further proof of what "they" say about the road to the underworld and its paving.

Posted by: Jim Calloway (aka JC South) at February 10, 2003 11:25 AM

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