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    Quote Originally Posted by Kimbastaff View Post
    Well clearly there was no roof... do you seriously think the dog will be ever traveling in the back of the truck again after being missing for 14 days he's lucky to be alive...
    I meant no accusation or malice.
    I was curious as the term cage was used..usually a cage or crate means enclosed. I am also just so very pleased you were reunited. I had everything crossed for you and the wait would have been horrendous.
    I did not phrase what I wrote terribly well and for that I apologise.
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    Our dogs have two riding options, my car (Holden Combo) which is like a mini van and then the ute. In the ute they are harnessed (not attached by collar) on short restraints that allow them enough length to lay, sit or stand. They can't move about the tray as their restraints are too short. They sit on a rubber backed carpet mat. The only time they go in the ute is if we are drivig to the beach (bout 10 minutes) or popping out to the OH parents for the arve or something (10 minutes up the road) or vet, which is 5 minutes down the road. If they come for a drive to our next biggest town with us or something it's in the back of the combo, where they have blankets and pillows to be comfy on

    Now it mightn't be everyone's cup of tea but Im sure as hell more comfortable with dogs in utes than the multitude of 'lap dogs' that sit on drivers laps, or climb through the car at will while moving. My shop is at the corner of a set of lights and the sites we see of animals in cars is DAMN SCARY and to be honest. For example: a cattle dog we see regularly front paws and head out of the back window of their land cruiser wagon, no harness attached to seat belt or anything, it could jump at when it pleases, a SWF we see sitting on the dash of the falcon wagon regularly, or the 'chi x' looking pooch that sits bolt upright on the drivers lap looking around. These images make a harnessed dog on a short tether in the back of a ute look EXTREMELY safe.

    I HATE dogs being attached by collars in the back of utes for obvious reasons.

    Like anything there is a responsible way to do it, and then there is a careless way, as there is with having a dog IN the car.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crested_Love View Post
    I hate seeing dogs in the back of utes, I don't care if they are chained or crated it's still ruddy dangerous and irresponsible.
    Snapped necks, crates coming off supports and rolling off, strangulation... why would you risk it?

    The ONLY time I consider it ok is if the ute has a canopy, but then it might as well be a station wagon.
    I have a canopy because I drive around dirty horsey things like rugs, food, saddles etc. that I don't want messing up the cabin. Also, my car is a 4WD, also used for towing floats, in which I wouldn't feel comfortable with a station wagon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by aussiemyf7 View Post
    I have a canopy because I drive around dirty horsey things like rugs, food, saddles etc. that I don't want messing up the cabin. Also, my car is a 4WD, also used for towing floats, in which I wouldn't feel comfortable with a station wagon.
    Oh yes, there are plenty of things I would stick in a ute with a canopy I wouldn't EVER put in the back of a wagon, be it a 4wd (ie: land cruiser) or not (ie: falcon).

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    thanks for all input.
    i am harrasing the OH to go get a canopy fitted to his ute as i agree its the safest form of transporting them this way. in the meantime ill have a slobbery getz.

    the rotties are usually chained using their collars on a short leash so they can stand sit and lay down. and the ute has this chrome bar that goes over the back of the cab and has a pole on either side that comes down the tub that only leaves a small hole for them to look out ( just enough for their head.) am comfortable in that they cant jump out or get crossed over each other and get tanged.

    i know someone who had a rotti jump out and hang themself while his owner was in the vet paying for the appt the dog had just had. so i was very wary about putting them in there in the first place, but they do love it.

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    If the dog can look over the side of the ute, the dog has enough lead that the back end of the dog can be thrown over the side - pivoting around the dog's neck and strangling it. The dog probably would not do this but the driver of the ute or another car t-baring the ute, would cause this.

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    They cant fall over cos of the sports bar thing. The dogs are bigger than the gap between it that they can reach jf u no wat I mean. I don't have a pic of it. But there is a big chrome bar over the front of the ute part with thick bars than go from the top of that to half way down the side of tub.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post
    If the dog can look over the side of the ute, the dog has enough lead that the back end of the dog can be thrown over the side - pivoting around the dog's neck and strangling it. The dog probably would not do this but the driver of the ute or another car t-baring the ute, would cause this.
    This is what the stafford I saw did, they had just pulled up to dog training, it was to be their first time... the owner walked over to see about joining... I heard a blood curteling scream and myself and a friend tried to revive the boy, but it was apparent that his neck was broken... so sad.... this was quite a few years ago and the owner had done what was then the legal requirments, but the dogs back legs had managed to slip off...

    I have never really liked to see dogs on the back of utes & trucks, and after my recent experiences with them... it would have to be an emergency and no other alternative before I would allow any dog of mine to travel on the back of a ute or a truck...

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    Never had a problem over the last 20 years transporting my dogs in utes. Always found it a pretty clean way of getting the dogs around and the dogs sure love it.
    My blue heelers, my rotties and now my Neo's all of them. My last ute was a Navara twin cab, neos loved it, of course with such heavy dogs a certain amount of care is required when carrying them this way and a different style of driving.
    I would never put a canopy on my ute as it would kill the purpose of why i brought it, you might as well buy a wagon.

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    I personally dont have a problem with dogs on utes as long as they are safely tethered.

    We got a ute manay years ago, and unfortunately were not too clued up at the time. Anyway, we tied our dogs on the back and drove down to the beach.

    As soon as we took the turn off to the beach, Lennox became so excited he jumped off and ended up hanging next to the car while moving. Luckily he didnt break his neck and we noticed right away and the OH leaned out the window and chucked him back up.

    Anyway, the dog never jumped off again and we shortened the amount of tether.

    In the end though we only had the ute a few months and then went for a wagon instead.

    We now have a 4wd (pajero) and a hatchback so the dogs just go in the back....well Barney usualy goes in the back and Pippi usually sits in the back seat (shes a chewer so has to be somewhere visible lol)

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