Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Driving Under Pet Influence

Are you guilty of driving under the influence of your pet - in particular your dog?  In other words, is your dog unrestrained in the car, sitting on your lap, being a diversion?  Texting isn't the only distraction that causes accidents.

Safety experts have a new pet peeve related to distracted driving.In addition to texting or talking on a cell phone while driving, lap dogs and other pets left unrestrained inside moving vehicles pose a major distraction that could be deadly, a new study released Wednesday warns motorists.   Read more at The Vancouver Sun
Every time Jan reads information like this she wants to run out and buy all three of us woofies something to protect us -- and her -- in the car in case of emergency.  She's added this to her wish list for us.

We'd like to thank Dennis the Vizsla for passing on a couple of awards to us.

The Supportive Blogger

And the Sweet Blog Award

Percy is falling asleep on the keyboard so we'll have to pass them on in another post.

Have a purring and tail wagging day.


  1. I'll admit I have driven with a dog on my lap. Stupid, I know.

  2. Mom had to negotiate with C-line on Sunday to have full use of her lap -

    Good thing fur her I like to ride Tailgunner -

    I'll admit I do text when she drives but I don't do my nails or put on lipstikhk -


  3. Congratulations on your awards!

  4. never thought of this, but I don't have a dog either. My cats usually sit behind and look out of the window which distracts other car drivers, lol !

  5. Congratulations on your well deserved awards.
    We used to drive under the influence of Bailey - who can be a complete pest in the car.
    We now had Dad's car Bailey proofed so are much safer.
    Martha and Bailey xxx

  6. Congratulations with your fab awards!!! Me and Charlie hope Percy gets a lovely nap now! :-)

    Be careful when driving with doggies in cars!
    Take care

  7. Yes everyone, please keep our woofie friends safe!

  8. We don't get to ride loose in the car anymore. Our daddy always talked our mewmmie into it but she never was happy about it. She keeps us in our carriers, seat belted in. She has even has heard like with babies, that pets should have their carriers in the back seat in case the airbag goes off as it could injure them, especially in a soft sided carrier.

  9. Mom's got a seatbelt for me, that I wear sometimes...other times, just connected somewhere, so I can't roam. Great post, as it is quite dangerous and distracting! I wish I could sit in mom's lap...but that doesn't happen :)

    Hugs and snaggle-tooth kisses,
    Sierra Rose

  10. We would all love to ride on Mom's lap AND stick out heads out the window. But that is just not safe. Mom gets really upset when she sees peeps letting that happen. Not safe for the dog or the human.

    Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

  11. Fenris sits in the backseat, but he sometimes puts his nose up front to get Mommy's attention.

  12. All the Taylor CatSSSSS have PTU's and they hate them! :(

  13. Congratulations on your well-deserved awards!

    Thank you for the article...we have shared it with all of our friends with doggies!

  14. Congratulations on the awards.. Mum wont let me in the car without being in the dreaded basket. GJ x

  15. Now you know why I get the backseat all the time!
    Kisses and hugs

  16. Not a chance - they always stay in the back...

  17. Oh - that's a pet peeve of mine - people who let their dogs bounce all arond the car, unrestrained or even some sitting in the driver's lap - or hanging out windows...just want to bash their heads together!!! :-(


  18. Dennis gave you a very nice award... so cute. Guilty as charged!


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