All of the news reports (correctly) point out that this story underscores the importance of microchipping your pets. What most of them fail to even mention though is the more important lesson that should be taken from this tragic accident - which is that all pets should be properly restrained during travel.
While it is great that this family got their dog back, and truly it is, what would be even better is if the accident had never happened in the first place. Then they not only wouldn’t have lost their dog, but they also wouldn’t have lost their husband/father and their daughter/sister.
PLEASE everybody, don’t let this important lesson be lost and don’t let the death of these two people be in vain. Don’t forget, unrestrained pets not only cause accidents where occupants of their vehicle die, but they also cause accidents where occupants of other vehicles die too. Coupled with the fact that unrestrained pets can also bite emergency medical technicians and other ‘first responders’, and that, yes, these pets can also go missing, you can hopefully see that there really is no good reason why pets shouldn’t be properly restrained during travel.
Please help spread the word, it may be you life or that of someone you love that you save by doing so.
Please also visit the Paws To Click website (www.PawsToClick.com) for more information and to ‘take the pledge’ to drive responsibly with your pets.