Run in with the strange kind

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So I was heading home after training and stop at the Petsmart to get a new floating toy (Creasy tore up the last one). I lock up and take Gnash out to go in with me, I leave the AC and engine running with Creasy inside. I am halfway to the store (still in the parking lot) when I hear Creasy go ballistic, turn around and see a woman jump up, she was too close to the truck and peering in, checking things out!

I turn around and keep heading to the store, she catches up and starts shouting "your windows are up and there is a dog in there, he will die" I was shocked at her nerve and dumbbasity (new word). I said, mind your business, the dog is in a AC controlled environment". She said NO THE WINDOWS ARE UP<, I WILL CALL PEOPLE AND THEY WILL COME BREAK YOUR WINDOWS. I said go ahead and walked in the store. Bought the toy and was at the cash register when she showed up again, almost frothing at her mouth and all pumped up and started yapping again. Here I thought enough is enough, I said where are your friends, she said they are coming to break my windows. I said ok I am done but I will wait for your friends and shoot them if they touch my truck. She got on the phone again, the store manager heard this and asked her to calm down.....

Weird people are everywhere! One reason I like to train in wide open places where there are no stupid people around!
 

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Sounds like a fascinating woman(idiot). I hate nuts like that. Lucky me lives close to one of those that runs her own "rescue". Gawd...is she ever dumb.
 

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Good God, by her logic dogs should not be in cars at all in warm weather. Clearly if you're out on a drive, having the windows up and the air conditioning on is just killing your dog.

I've left my dog in the car and tied out in front of coffee shops, but luckily I have yet to encounter a lunatic telling me I'm killing my own dog.
 

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Yeah people can be ridiculous about these things. They have their "rule" and common sense just goes out the window. I've heard that dogs should NEVER be left in a car EVER. Overcast day in the middle of winter in Canada, gone for 15 minutes, the dog isn't going to overheat I promise...
 

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Wow o_O

I did have a woman one time scream at me in a parking lot for having my dog ride in the bed of my truck (FULLY secured in a collar AND harness attached to my truck bed , so that as far as he could reach was get his head just over the bedrail and no farther). She told me I was going to get my dog killed and called me all sorts of lovely names. I tried to explain to her that the dog CHOSE to ride back there (he'd jump into the back with the tailgate up even!)... but noooo, I FORCED him to do it and he was going to DIE. O.O
 

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I hate people like that. Seriously.

We were at a dog show this weekend, I had Kastle's crate set up outside the vehicle and he was lounging in it with his basket muzzle on (he's a bar biter and has already broken some of his teeth). This woman comes into the show, calls a halt to all of the rings to announce that there was *a dog with a muzzle on, tied to a post outside that was dying of thirst*...uhhh, WTF?!?! I flipped out thinking he had escaped his kennel only to rush outside and find him calmly laying down, sniffing the breeze. She followed me out and said she meant he was "in a crate by the post" (f'ing idiot) and that he was so thirsty he was frothing and shaking his head and he could NOT drink with a muzzle on, I was terrible for leaving him like that. I turned to her and said "he can drink, that's why the water is gone and why I bought a bucket big enough for his head and the muzzle - he's fine and happy" and she hurried off. I was FURIOUS and I have a temper so it was probably best that she wandered off. We showed against her GSDs in the ring later that day and I saw her female try to run from her...awesome owner.
 

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I do the same thing. I'll leave the truck running, doors unlocked with the ac going and people still say that he's going to overheat. I'm entirely more likely to overheat standing in the sun arguing with them than the dog in the AC where the temp is around 70 degrees and he's got water in there with him. I know its Georgia. But I don't think many dogs can overheat in 70 degrees with nothing to do but lay there and chew a bone.
 

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Yeah people can be ridiculous about these things. They have their "rule" and common sense just goes out the window. I've heard that dogs should NEVER be left in a car EVER. Overcast day in the middle of winter in Canada, gone for 15 minutes, the dog isn't going to overheat I promise...
Well, heat isn't always the worry. To be fair, I'd NEVER leave a dog in the car in the middle of winter unless I have the heat blasting... I wouldn't wanna be left in a car for 15 minutes in -30C weather either. I've had to call AC on somebody for that when the dog wasn't doing so well with the cold (and yes, it was a dog that lived in the city and was therefore "used" to the cold)
 

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If its just Enzo in the truck I lock the doors. She'll walk off with anyone :p Knox on the other hand guards "his" truck, so I don't generally worry about him if I'm gone for ten or so minutes.
 
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Oh! I think that woman used to live in Arizona! Because I had a run in with her also.

Left my GSD in my car, windows up, A/C on, car running while I ran into my work (Vet's office) to pick up my paycheck. Came back out to woman screaming how she's called Animal Control, they are going to break my windows, I was killing my dog. I calmly replied, the car is running, the A/C is ON. She yelled back at me she knew the car was running, the TOLD Animal Control that, HOW COULD I??

Dog meanwhile is sitting on passenger's seat watching all this, without even panting.

Animal Control showed up, in a big hurry, with a fire truck because in AZ it is a big deal. They took one look at the situation, opened the door (not locked) and asked me, "Did you tell her the A/C was running?" I nodded, and she (idiot) said "yes, she did but the windows are up!!!"

The officer informed her the windows HAVE to be up for the A/C to work. She was issued a citation, BTW, and the officer told her to be more careful, a dog that was actually IN trouble might have died while they were busy with her claim, and that she needed to think more carefully about things before calling them in.
 

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That is hilarious, If I ever see her again will ask if she moved from AZ. But at the same time I now realize what such a person can do in a heartbeat and it is not something I want to happen. Imagine if I was already in the store and dogs were in the SUV (all nice n cool) but the person smashes the window, Gnash and Creasy chew her up. I come out of the store to a broken truck and chewed up idiot! Not worth it. Good thing that the AC and cops have had enough experiences like this that they can immediately access the situation.
 

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I understand the concern about Creasy being in the truck, BUT, being told the AC was on should have solved that.
This. I had a guy on another forum insist that I was going to kill Jack by leaving him in the car, with the AC running while I ran into the gas station to pay for gas. Apparently while I was in there the car was going to die, and Jack would die of heat stroke in the 3 minutes that it took me to pay and come back out....
 

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To be fair, I have read stories of air conditioners crapping out and dogs dying..though generally this is when they are left for an hour in the car or something. But..that is rather silly...some people need hobbies.
 

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Once I accidentally left the windows up because I was in a hurry... But I was in the store for maybe 5 minutes at the MOST but it was closer to three... And when I got out there a lady was screaming at me that I was an animal abuser... Guess she didn't see me running to the car like a mad woman after I realized my mistake. Never ever doing that again... I felt awful. I do know better of COURSE but the woman wouldn't listen to a word I was saying and had me in tears as I cradled and kissed my dog trying to tell her that my dog had water, it was an accident, I wasn't in there long. All I did was pee and use the ATM... I didn't even buy anything. And I was guilty as it was.
 

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