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    I met 3 lots of dogs on their own crossing roads in the past week.

    The first lot were a small and a bigger dog (can't remember the breeds now) and as usual it was the little one leading his big friend into trouble - right across a busy road in peak hour traffic. Fortunately it is only a 60kph road and traffic was slowed down because it was busy, but it still made my heart stop when they stepped out in front of my car. I stopped and stuck my hand out of the window to signal the cars in the lane next to me to stop too. They got across the 2 lanes in my direction, but still had to cross the lanes in the other direction.

    One dog stepped in front of my car on a quieter road in my suburb the next morning.

    And then yesterday afternoon when I was driving to school to pick up my daughter, this old looking heeler (he was pretty fat) stepped in front of my car on one of the busiest roads in town. He'd already crossed the lanes in the other direction and was on the wide median strip. I braked, but when he saw my car he stepped back onto the grass. I watched him in my rearview mirror for as long as I could and he kept doing that. Stepped onto the road, then turned back when he saw cars coming. So at least he had some sense of cars being dangerous but I felt so worried for him. I hope he made it across.

    I always want to stop to rescue them but usually there's nowhere to pull over and by the time I can, the dogs are long gone. And I would not want to scare them into traffic either. I always feel bad to just leave them there.

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    I know how you feel Beloz.
    I hate seeing dogs that have obviously escaped thier yard.
    My bloke got out twice, not for long and luckily we live in a fairly quiet area.
    I always new dam well where he was.......waiting outside the local corner store trying to convince kids to give him food or lollies.

    Only just yesterday i unfortunately ran over a fairly large Bearded Dragon lizard sunning it self on the road. I tried to miss him but wasnt successful. Driving home i felt so bad and all these thoughts of "that could have been a small dog, kid, anything really" filled my head.

    Just another reason to be super carefull on our roads i guess.


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    urgh nothing worse than seeing dogs with no road sense out of their yards.

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    I seen 3 border collies do this last week, except it was a busy highway with a 100km/h limit. I braked and slowed down as one bounded across the road only to stop in the middle and then turn around and go back to his friends. There was no where for me to stop and help them so I really hope they made it back home.

    I am lucky I live on a no through road, so we don't have a lot of traffic when my naughty dogs have escaped in the past (the small one leading the older one).

    I've only ever hit one animal... well it hit me! Stupid crazy lorikeet ran right into my car. I felt horrible for ages after, especially because I couldn't stop to see if it was okay!

    There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.

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    The week before last we nearly hit a small grey fluffy on the way to dog training on the M5. Unfortunately I think the car behind us got it .

    It's difficult to rescue animals on the road without putting your own safety in danger sometimes.

    I saw one worse though...a beagle stepped in front of our car a week ago. The dog was off lead, the owner was on a traffic island with a kid in a pram. The owner ran into oncomming traffic, leaving the pram alone on the traffic island. I hope she doesn't drive a car if that's an example of how irrisponsible she is!
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    I had the misfortune of running over my own dog once.
    I used to let him out at the bottom of our very long and windy driveway and for years everything went well until the day i heard a 'thud, thud' under the vehicle. I knew straight away he had gone under the ute.
    I got out and he was standing there petrified. I picked him up and put him in the seat next to me and went straight to the vet in super quick time while trying to weigh up his injuries.
    Luckily no bones broke but he had very bad road rash on his entire underside.
    I felt so quilty and had to explain to the vet twice how i managed to run my own dog over.
    I slept in the loungeroom with him for 2 weeks helping him outside to go to the toilet and generally recover. I spoilt him rotten. I've never felt so bad about somthing ever.

    Imagine doing that to someone, they would be pretty pissed off, angry, hatefull, whatever.
    Scooby never looked at me once like he hated me for it. I got sloppy kisses every night for 2 weeks straight and if anything showed me more love and devotion afterwards.
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    Quote Originally Posted by icedmice View Post
    The week before last we nearly hit a small grey fluffy on the way to dog training on the M5. Unfortunately I think the car behind us got it .

    It's difficult to rescue animals on the road without putting your own safety in danger sometimes.

    I saw one worse though...a beagle stepped in front of our car a week ago. The dog was off lead, the owner was on a traffic island with a kid in a pram. The owner ran into oncomming traffic, leaving the pram alone on the traffic island. I hope she doesn't drive a car if that's an example of how irrisponsible she is!
    OMG, I'm constantly amazed by how stupid some people are.
    Two stories, I saw a stray on the Freeway recently and by the time I had managed to turn around and get back to when I saw him he had been runover, A couple of years ago I rescued a JRT at a major intersection who was running around causing havoc in the traffic. Long story short he got reholmed after RSPCA were going to put hm down. Years later he is still going strong and living with a lovely family on a rural property.

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    we stopped and picked up a large golden retreiver and her mixed terrier friend- they were running down the great western highway between trucks (the traffic was a 100KM zone). Lucky I had a leed in the car- and they would get in without batting an eyelid....

    No tags

    took then to the closest vet who said "not you 2 again!"

    apparently they are out at least twice a week.

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    A bit off topic...but my OH's sisters dog has gotten out twice in the past week. It spends a lot of time at their parents house (which is about a 10 minute walk away) but only ever travels between the two houses by car.

    But on both occasions is has turned banging up at the parents door! I am absolutely amazed that 1...it knows how to get there and 2...that it didn't get hit whilst crossing the 4 lane busy road to get there!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tiff-689 View Post
    A bit off topic...but my OH's sisters dog has gotten out twice in the past week. It spends a lot of time at their parents house (which is about a 10 minute walk away) but only ever travels between the two houses by car.

    But on both occasions is has turned banging up at the parents door! I am absolutely amazed that 1...it knows how to get there and 2...that it didn't get hit whilst crossing the 4 lane busy road to get there!
    My ex's old dog once walked 8kms (or that is the shortest way anyway) to a friend's place when we were at work. I think it was after I had started work again after being home for months and she clearly got the sh!ts about being left at home. So she broke through the flimsy wooden gate and walked to our friend's place. He had a dog and we often walked them together. She crossed at least 2 major roads and a few smaller ones. There's a couple of very steep hills too. She was wearing her coat and arrived soaking wet on his driveway. Must have found a creek to cool down in after she got too hot from walking. We'd only ever done that trip by car too. Took her hours to walk it and she only turned up after we'd already been calling the pound and the RSPCA and gone looking for her in our neighbourhood.

    She was old and wise and did know about roads and cars though. And her sense of direction was uncanny. We replaced the gate with a corrogated iron one the next day!

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