By ej6901 - 23/06/2015 20:00 - United States - Ventnor City
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While most people like to believe in Canis intelligence (although recent studies prove that mans best friend is smarter than we ever imagined), this problem could of entirely been by accident. Dogs in general like to move around a lot. Who says it wasn't stick shift where it would be easy to take it out of park? I think we need a little bit of a follow up to really deter that predicament itself. I'm not completely disagreeing, the dog could have exceptional cognition and memory skills. Which could be this case.
easy to take it off on stick shift(being European I assume that's how you call manual gearboxes)? You need to use clutch to detach drive shaft from gear otherwise it's easier to break the lever than to put it in neutral. It could be in neutral, and the dog released handbreak, but in every car I drove to do that you had to push a button then move a lever - I don't think that's within a dexterity of a dog.
Cause if it was a stick you wouldn't have it in gear parked . You would have the e brake pulled. Probably wasn't a good idea to leave a car running period . Roll the windows down and take the keys out or don't take the dog at all.... You're lucky it didn't hurt or kill someone else. You could be charged for negligence and involuntary manslaughter.
Why would you leave your car running with your dog inside? Thankfully, by the sound of it, no harm came out of it. Lesson learned!
71, don't think of a dog as a human with fur. They're use to the fur. Unless it was really hot or OP can't actually make it in 5 minutes, the dog would be totally fine. Especially because they can stick their head out the window. That being said, OP why did you not use the parking break? Seems pretty silly. I was also expecting another "somebody broke into my car with the door unlocked and AC on to let out my dog" FML.
I'm just trying to comprehend the fact that your dog apparently moved the car while it was parked.
Depending on the car, especially an automatic, the dog may have sat on or against the shifter or leaned/layed up against it with some part of his body. Some of them have buttons on the side of the shifter, so it's entirely possible that the button was depressed by whatever part of the dog's body and his weight against it moved it back from there, especially a medium to large sized dog. Some automatics don't even have buttons on the gear selector, enough pressure will move it either way. And then away the car rolls. It's also possible op accidentally left the car in neutral and forgot the e brake and then gravity took over.
Why would you leave your car running? Even if your dog didn't figure out how to get it in gear, someone could've stolen your car and your dog.. YDI hope your dog is ok though!
I agree with #12. and #56. leaving the car on makes it more tempting to a car thief. I'm glad the dog had air but the guy is an idiot. in "park" the dog would have to apply the brake while shifting into gear. if it's too hot to just leave windows cracked he should apply the parking brake as well. that was dangerous