A frequently asked question is, Why crate? There are many reasons for crating and one that I often emphasize is the importance of crating in the car. I have made sure my puppy people understand how important it is to safely secure their dogs while in the car just like you wear a seatbelt or secure a child in a car seat. Today, I was very glad that I always crate my dogs in the car. We had been visiting my mother-in-law to help her get some things done around the house this weekend. We had finished up and were going to head home. We changed our normal going home routine to stop and get money to cross the toll bridge. While getting back on our normal route, we were waiting a stop sign to make a right hand turn onto the main street. When we started to go someone made a sudden lane change causing us to have to stop again, the truck behind us then accelerated into us not seeing that we had stopped. We could hear the thud and felt a bit of jolt but not too bad. We pulled over and I checked in on the dogs, they were all still happily laying in their crates, none the worse for the accident. I am so glad that they were securely crated. They were not injured in the accident and I didn?t have to worry about the getting loose on the busy expressway that the accident occurred on. Below are the photos of the car immediately after the accident and after the rear window blew and of our dogs in their crates waiting for family to come and pick them up.
Here is the car immediately after the accident
Here is the car after we had moved it to a safer place and the rear window shattered.
Here are the dogs relaxing in their crates with the AC going while we waited for my mom and brother to help us get them home.