I Bet You Buckle Up, Why Not Fido and Fluffy?
Rhode Island and Oregon are considering similar laws, and it's probably not too far in the future that dogs at the wheel or roaming freely in the back seat will be mere images of a nostalgic past.
Veterinarians, of course, still see dogs injured or worse due to unscheduled falls out of the back of pickup trucks, in spite of such rides being illegal in nearly every jurisdiction.
The new laws are designed to protect people, not dogs, but everyone's natural instinct nowadays is to buckle up when getting into the car, and if we love our pets and want to prevent accidents, is it not intuitive to buckle them up also? Wearing helmets on bicycles went from seeming a superfluous, overprotective nuisance to an absolute necessity in the space of a single generation. Dog seat belts may follow a similar course.
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