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    Thought I'd share this funny story from this morning. Some background - yesterday arvo I collected my generator from where it was being serviced and left it in the back of my car as it weighs about 45 kg, too heavy for me to carry alone. My live-out partner came over after work and we went to the movies in his car and left the gennie in mine until this morning.

    This morning we lifted it out of the car and carried it into my shed, all up about 1 minute. Then I went and shut the back hatch of the car, saying to my partner "I don't want to arrive at work with a stowaway", referring to Oscar who has a habit of jumping in the back if I leave it open. Obviously he wasn't in the back when I came back from the shed and shut it.

    Then I opened the gates to let old mate off to work, closed them and went inside thinking it was odd that Oscar hadn't been there to see him off the premises as he always does. You probably know where this is going....... After a bit I got worried because Oscar never loses of sight of me for long, so I checked around the garden, in the shed in case he'd been locked in there, inside again, no sign. So of course I then opened the back side door of the car and there was Oscar, not SITTING on the back seat, but actually crouched down hiding! As soon as I opened the door he scooted over to the other side and got down on the floor. Definitely a pre-meditated stowaway.

    Had to give him 10 out of 10 for trying poor bugger. He must have jumped into the back compartment and quickly over on to the back seat before I returned to shut the back door. He has never jumped over on to the back seat before, usually if I leave the back door open he just jumps up and lays down there. There was a bit more thought going on with this one!

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    Ooh that's a bit scary Troppo.

    My dog doesn't really ever get the opportunity to jump in and out of the car on her own... but I'm terrified of forgetting to take her out after I've unloaded the car... So I've started unloading her first.

    Because one of my cousins lost his dog when it snuck in the car and the door blew shut and it was just too hot for the dog. Very very upsetting.

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    That's terrible about your cousin's dog, that must have been horrendous. I doubt it could happen with Oscar though as he has been my shadow for so long I just automatically start looking for him if he's out of sight for more than a couple of minutes - as I did the other morning. He follows me from room to room in my very small house and whatever I'm up to in the garden he is right there "helping". This morning I was up on the roof sweeping piles of leaves and branches off, and there he was, following me around on the ground catching leaves in his mouth as I scooped them out of the guttering. Saffie's usually just sleeping somewhere cool. And both dogs are left inside with a kong when I go to work, so I would never have left for work without him being inside the house first.

    It was actually one of the reasons I had to retire him from his job helping the fuel company on the wharf - one year after I'd left them and continued dropping Oscar off to his job in the morning and picking him up at the end of the day. I went to collect him from their office one afternoon and no one was there, so I rang his boss's mobile and they were out refuelling a large vessel at another wharf and said he wasn't with them. Cue mild panic until they rang straight back and said he was laying in the back of their car. It was all fine, but I did worry it could have been worse. There's no way I wouldn't have known where he was when refuelling, especially a job like that which takes up to 4 hours. Oscar has never accepted retirement though, hence the stowaway attempt.

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    Hi Troppo

    A portable crate can be quite helpful in this situation. My evil hound knows it's somewhere I will come back to for her and it's her safe place... it also provides protection from sun and bugs and to some extent rain - tho I'd probably wouldn't trust it for tropical downpours.

    K9+ Soft Dog Crates : Australia

    I've got one that lives in the back of the car - just in case...

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