by Doris Donnerman
(last updated February 17, 2009)
Sometimes you have to run errands and you may want to take your dog with you. I've often been in the parking lot of the grocery store and I see dogs peeking their noses out of the surrounding cars. Sometimes the dog is even sitting nonchalantly in the bed of a pick up truck. I don't usually think twice about it, but when you do think twice about it, you realize that having your pet just sit there in the car is a perfect opportunity for a thief to come along and snatch your precious pet. Take the appropriate measures to prevent this from happening, and keep your pets safe and sound.
If you are in the habit of taking your pets with you in the car whenever you run errands, your reasons for doing so may be varied. You may bring them along for company, so that they don't get lonely, or so that they don't wreak havoc in your house when no one else is home. You hardly ever take your pet inside the stores you visit, and so you leave them in the car. Being the conscientious pet owner that you are, you crack the windows a bit to let your dog breathe and have fresh air. Doing so however, could be a serious danger for your pet. Unfortunately there are people who go out looking for pets to steal, which would allow them to sell the pets for a profit, or use the pets for their own purposes. If a window is already cracked, it wouldn't be impossible for the car to be broken into, and even if the windows aren't rolled down, a desperate enough thief would definitely be able to break into the car to snatch your pet anyway.
The best way to protect your pets from thieves while in the car is to just not take your pets with you in the car in the first place. If you can avoid that, then you can avoid a thief breaking into your vehicle to take your pet. For whatever your reason is, weigh it against the possibility of your pet getting stolen, and you'll probably change your mind. If you're worried about your pet making a mess around your house, then you should perhaps try keeping it in a crate when you leave. That way your pet can't make a mess. You could lock your pet in a room with food, water, and toys when you leave, or if you're comfortable with it, just let your dog lounge around the basement. Whatever you do though, keep in mind the possibility of your pet getting stolen and I'm sure you'll want to take action.
While having your pet with you while running errands may give you comfort and company, the best way to prevent and protect your pets from getting stolen, is simply to not take them with you. This is simple and effective, and you won't have to worry about coming back to your car and not finding your pet there.
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