Posted in Dogs, Information, Safe Driving

Licking and Driving Do Not Mix!

Our emotional support dog, Oreo, had the habit of licking my face and neck when I was driving and I have stopped that entirely.

Why?

Man’s best friend is not always a driver’s best friend.

While lawmakers have been banning drivers from texting or using cellphones, many motorists are riding around with another dangerous risk — their dogs.

Experts say an unrestrained dog — whether curled up on a lap, hanging out the window or resting its paws on the steering wheel — can be deadly. Tens of thousands of car accidents are believed caused every year by unrestrained pets, though no one has solid numbers.

“An unrestrained pet can be hugely distracting — if he is seeking your attention, putting his face right in front of yours, starts chewing up the upholstery or is vomiting because he is carsick,” said Katherine Miller, director of applied science and research for the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

The issue is drawing attention in some statehouses. Hawaii is the only state that specifically forbids drivers from operating a vehicle with a pet on their lap. But Oregon lawmakers are considering fining drivers who hold their pets behind the wheel. And some cities are taking action, too.

In 2009, 5,474 people were killed and 448,000 injured in crashes caused by distracted drivers in the United States, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Cellphones were the top distraction — the cause of 18 percent of the fatalities and 5 percent of the injury crashes. The agency does not track accidents caused by pets, but said they are counted among other distractions such as disruptive passengers, misbehaving children or drivers who attempt to put on makeup or read.

Author Stephen King suffered several broken bones and a collapsed lung in 1999 when he was hit by a driver who claimed he was distracted by his dog.

In a crash, an unrestrained pet can turn into a deadly projectile or get crushed by a driver or passenger who is thrown forward by the collision.

Good pet owners will use a harness or carrier and secure their pets in the middle of the back seat, Miller said. That keeps dogs from getting hurt or bouncing around and hurting others.

“A pet that weighs 50 pounds, in a 35 mph collision, is projected forward like a cannonball with 1,500 pounds of force, and that can cause critical injuries to the folks in the front seat,” Miller said.

Restraining a pet also keeps the animal from running off after a crash and possibly getting hit or causing another crash, or from getting in the way of first responders, she said.

Susan Footh, 37, of Whitewood, S.D., said her 12-pound Maltese named Mozart could have been killed twice if he hadn’t been wearing a harness.

Courtesy:

https://latimesblogs.latimes.com/unleashed/2011/01/dog-car-travel-safety.html

Posted in Award Nomination, Information, Milestone

Dah … The Sequel!

Isn’t it supposed to be duh or uff-da or huff-da …. Duh!?

Yes! My posts are mainly dah-huff-da-uff-da-upUrs-da!?

BUTT!

In a little over 5 months, I have amassed over:

26,000 views

8,100 visitors (a few paranormal visitations)

11,000 likes

and

2,600 comments (a few were middle fingers)!

All for a total of 348 posts with an average of 68 words per post!

Now is that dah or duh or just do-do-dah!

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You know you truly do deserve both the Dah and Overbearing Blogger Awards!

You are a triple Dah A-Hole!

Posted in animals, Information, Poetry

Of Weather Forecasting Cats and Licking Dogs!

Cats are said to wash behind their ears before rain. Maybe because of the drop in air pressure. So next time your kitty or Kitty gives it’s ears a good grooming, check out the local weather forecast.

Can cats talk?

They are believed to have up to 100 vocalization sounds. And cats seem to respond better to women than to men. Could be because women have higher voices.

A group of cats is called a ‘chowder.’ A group of kittens a ‘kindle.’

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‘What about dogs?’ You ask.

What does it mean when they lick their whatever’s?

I’d rather not say in mixed bloggery!

But one thing for certain though,

Only The Shadow Really Knows for Sure!

Posted in animals, Photography

Hola pequeña señorita Oreo!

A Good Circus Dog!

Havanese (a Bichon type dog) is the national dog of Cuba, developed from the now extinct Blanquito de la Habana (little white dog of Habana).

The Blanquito descended from the also now-extinct Bichon Tenerife. It is believed that the Blanquito was eventually cross-bred with other Bichon types, including the Poodle, to create what is now known as the Havanese.

Sometimes referred to as “Havana Silk Dogs“, this was originally another name for the Blanquito de la Habana.

Posted in History

On This Day – June 6

June 6, 1944:

Four years and two days after Allied forces evacuated from the European mainland, they return in the Normandy landings, the largest amphibious military assault in history. By the end of the day, 5,000 vessels land 160,000 troops on the French coastline, launching the push to defeat Germany.

Posted in History

Eat Your Cake and Have It Too!

What!?

Isn’t the expression,

Have your cake and eat it too?

Or in the hood

You can’t have your cake and eat it too!

Are you the Unabomber# who was tracked down based partly on his misquote of this quote!?

The Meaning of the expression:

Well. To do or get two good things at the same time, especially things that are not usually possible to have together: 

I worked at home so I could raise my family and still earn money.
I guess I wanted to have my cake and eat it too. But in my case, I did eat my cake and have it too!
# Unabomber: Theodore John Kaczynski, also known as the Unabomber, was an American domestic terrorist, former mathematics professor, and anarchist author. A mathematics prodigy, he abandoned an academic career in 1969 to pursue a primitive lifestyle. Between 1978 and 1995, he killed three people and injured 23 others in an attempt to start a revolution by conducting a nationwide bombing campaign targeting people involved with modern technology. In conjunction, he issued a social critique opposing industrialization while advocating a nature-centered form of anarchism.
The bombs were sent through the mail. You just don’t mess with the U.S.Postal Service and expect to get away with it!