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Terrible scare

I took Tasha to the bank with me but was driving our subaru instead of the bigger nissan SUV. With the nissan she climbs in the driver seat and waits for me to close the door after I get out. As I'm opening the door of the car she jumps out. I'm not used to taking her in the car and didn't stop to think she might jump out since it's lower to the ground. She ran up the sidewalk behind the bank and ran out into the 4 lane highway. This was at noon so it was busy. Fortunately, the light was red so cars were stopped. I'm chasing her yelling sit and she stopped in the third lane and waited for me to come pick her up. I thought for sure she'd start running as soon as I got close but she stayed there. My heart didn't slow down till the next day. How would I have told my wife if she had been killed? Lesson learned but it could have been a tragedy.
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Oh, my goodness! My heart is in my throat just imagining this! I'm so glad she was all right! You are SO fortunate! That is one of the two reasons that I won't let my guy in the car loose--I can just imagine too realistically what could happen if he jumped out, even if he never had before!

I'm so glad she's okay!

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That is terrifying and I know how horrible you feel afterward. When I first moved into my house many years ago one of my four dogs disappeared one evening when they were taken out to the backyard. We didn't have the fence installed yet and I didn't realize she was missing for about 10 minutes. I remember searching the whole house, the closets, the tubs, everywhere.

Finally I realized she was gone and set out to search. She was nowhere to be seen. I searched on foot and then by car. The terror and helplessness I felt were totally encompassing. Two hours later, about 11:00 at night I went out once more and there she was, across a busy street, headed toward me, reflected in the headlights of an oncoming car. Everything in me was screaming but I dared not, lest I cause her to hesitate. Somehow, miraculously, she made it back to the safety of my arms and my home, to suffer nothing more than an infected paw.

They can take years off our lives. Thank God your baby made it back in your arms. I truly feel for you.

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My heart is still pounding. I believe we have all had that fear upon opening the car door.


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I'm so sorry you had to go through that/
Please, please get something to contain her.
You do not want to go through that again, or worse.
A harness that attaches to the seat, or a car seat.
kisses to Tasha and please keep her safe.
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I am so sorry for your scare, thank goodness Tasha is O.K.* A harness that can be used with a seat belt is a great idea. Here are a couple of links to car harnesses.



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My wife picks her up before opening the door and then puts her on the passenger seat before closing the door. She has never attempted to jump out of the pathfinder because it's higher off the ground so I just wasn't thinking. I'll never assume she won't jump out of the SUV either after that experience. If the light had been green it's unlikely she would be alive today. I'm just so thankful she stopped and waited for me to get to her instead of playing catch me if you can. I'm going to look in to getting a harness for the seat belt. Even if I'd had a leash on her I could have grabbed it before she got out of the car but it was in my pocket.
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That's truly a scary story. I'm so glad that she's okay.

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Oh bless your heart. I know it must have scared you terribly.

Thank goodness all is well.

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that is a scary story, I keep a leash on my at all times traveling. I take them to the car with a leash, then leash them in their car seats.
I put a leash on them to take them out...these guys are fast and too precious to lose,
so glad that nothing bad happen.
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