My Dog Jumped out of a Moving Convertible and Lived to Bark About It.

Puppy's First Ride in the Convertible

Spooky gearing up for her first ride in the new  convertible
Spooky gearing up for her first ride in the new convertible | Source

Twas a Perfect Day to Have the Top Down

It was an unseasonably warm November day when our dog 'Spooky' got her first and last ride in the new convertible. "Auntie, can we bring the puppy for her first ride in the new car?" I've never been able to resist that sweet face and beautiful green eyes. "Why not, it would be a fun adventure for her." I put the top down on the car and headed west towards our first stop. My niece had Spooky on her lap in the passenger seat. The dog was so thrilled for this special adventure, I would swear she was smiling. Between Spooky and Ellie, I don't know who was more excited. Spooky started the ride sitting very lady-like on her bottom but that didn't last long. She stood on all fours on top of ellies thighs with her head held high. I was full of joy seeing how much fun my girls were having.

Things took a Turn for the Worse

Life couldn't be sweeter... Draped in falls warm breeze and listening to great music, l felt like I was in a movie, but as the old saying goes, "all good things must come to an end." I had just entered the town of Long Lake and the speed limit went from 45 to 30. Ellie had been holding Spooky the entire time but we both decided to let her go in the back seat by herself. Ellie was taking pictures of her enjoying her new-found freedom. I reminded my niece to keep her eye on Spooky constantly. As I got into the heart of main street I saw a man walking his two dogs. I had a bad feeling-"Ellie, are you watching Spooky, there are two dogs ahead?" I didn't know at the time because I was concentrating on driving, but Ellie had looked down to check out the pictures she'd just taken of the dog. "Oh my God Auntie, she's gone, she jumped" her frightened voice exclaimed. "Are you serious Ellie?" I could hardly breathe and found myself crying and repeating, "Spooky, Spooky." I turned the car around at the first side road I spotted. I was terrified to find out what happened to our beloved dog. Once we turned around, Ellie was filling me in on what she was seeing. She saw a man lift Spooky into his car and another man waving us down. He told us where we to meet the good samaritan that had Spooky. We drove to a car dealership two blocks away and pulled up next to a large SUV. The kind man handed off a scared and bleeding Spooky to me. He pointed out some cuts he found and asked if my vet clinic was nearby. I thanked him and we were on our way to the clinic to get her checked out.

It's unbelievable how well Spooky fared after jumping out of the convertible. She has cuts on each side of her head but their not very deep. She has a couple of other cuts behind her front legs which are also not deep. All in all, she just had a terrifying experience and is no worse for the wear.

There are things Ellie told me after we got Spooky home and settled in. My poor niece had witnessed her dog rolling down main street once she realized she had jumped. I'm sure that painful memory will stay etched in her mind for years to come. I think about how much worse the scenario could have been. Thank God for the woman behind us who was able to stop in time and not run over Spooky. I am also grateful that traffic behind the woman was able to stop and not create a pile up. Ellie told me the man walking the dogs had been the first person to grab Spooky after she jumped, but she was so shaken up, ran back into traffic. Eventually, a second man who witnessed the whole thing, pulled his car over and was able to grab Spooky and get her into his car.

5 Tips to Keep your Dog Safe

1. Make sure your dog is contained in a car seat or seatbelt

2. Have your dog wear glasses to protect their eyes from high winds, dust, rocks, etcetera.

3. Allergies-dogs can be affected by allergies just like humans. Limit time in convertible.

Bad Choice, Teachable Moment

My niece and I had plenty of guilt for letting the dog go to the back seat on her own, without a leash or seat belt . I pointed out, she and I needed to use this accident as a teachable moment; that we made a poor choice but our intention was good; to let the dog have fun. There are times in life when we learn a lesson the hard way. If we can use our mistakes as learning lessons, it's all good. I'll never forget this scary experience in the convertible. From now on, we'll belt or leash our dog when we get bring our dog for a car ride.

My Poor Baby

Spooky after her bath to clean her wounds
Spooky after her bath to clean her wounds | Source
One of Spooky's Owies
One of Spooky's Owies | Source

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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Oh wow! I'm so glad that Spooky is okay. Scared the bejeebers out of me when I got to the part where you said you had to slow down while going through the downtown area. I think this could happen to any dog at any time. I know my dogs have wanted to jump right out the window when they see other dogs on the street.

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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

I only voted awesome because your dog lived. :) Scary for sure my friend; I have come close to having this happen; at the last second I grabbed my dog's hind leg and held on for dear life. It's just one of those unfortunate accidents that could happen to anyone, and happily your story ends up on the plus side of the ledger. Good job of writing this; maybe it will serve as a warning to others.

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savingkathy 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

So scary! I'm glad to hear that Spooky was ok. It sounds like it could have been much worse.

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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

OH, that gave me chills. Thank GOD Spooky survived. How awful that image of him rolling in the street. Gosh. Well done in sharing this warning.

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ahorseback 4 years ago

Spooky Is great and tuff too ! I have a golden retreiver that jumped out of the car window and chased a partridge into the woods last year , But then "Gus " is a knucklehead ! He was fine though ! He thought it was his job I guess ! Thanks for sharing !

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DzyMsLizzy 4 years ago from Oakley, CA

So glad there was a happy outcome, and Spooky is ok. That would be the ultimate disaster for any pet owner.

However, it need not be Spooky's last ride: they do have sturdy harnesses for pets that are designed to tie into the car's seat belt system, so pooch can enjoy the ride in safety, restrained from jumping.

(I wrote a hub on traveling safely with pets--I believe I included a link to such devices.)

Thanks for sharing this very important warning. Voted up, useful and shared.

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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hi Susan-I should have known better than to let her free in the convertible but I was so caught up in the moment that I wasn't thinking. Like I said in the hub, I used this bad e perience as a teachable moment.

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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thank you Billy-We are so lucky the dog is alright-I was a mess. We sure learned what a bad idea it was :-(

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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hi Kathy-we are so blessed to have our baby girl-just a few scrapes and a terrifying memory we won't soon forget.

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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hi victoria-Hopefully our story will warn others to push ignore the temptation to do this-I am still kicking myself but thank goodness she is ok-

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torrilynn 4 years ago

I found this very interesting and useful. I loved reading the story but I'm sorry your dog was hurt. Luckily, the dog was okay in the end. I myself am a dog owner of a German Shepherd so I understand the major concern over your dog being hurt. Thanks. Voted Up.

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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

I laughed so hard at your comment-sounds like Gus is tough too-what a story that is... :-0

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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thanks Dzy-I shall check out your link as I hate to think Spooky never getting a ride in that car again-Spooky and I thank you for voting and pushing all those buttons :-)

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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hi torrilynn-thank you for reading about my dogs scary ride-If you get a convertible, have the dog in some kind of harness-Our poor little pup-

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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

My natural instinct is to scold you for letting the poor dog ride free in a convertible, but I won't do that.

I am so protective of my Schnauzer when she rides in the car (she loves to go for a ride). I make her stay in the back seat and the car window is rolled almost all the way UP.

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torrilynn 4 years ago

Thank you and i will do

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cleaner3 4 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

I once had my dog jump out of my car , good thing I wasn't going to fast . But like you said it was a lesson learned . chalk it up to a learning experience and good that you shared this so the others won't do it . Dogs instinctivly love to ride but they don't even realize what could happen when they jump. great write.

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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hi Mary and I think it's fine to scold me-I should have known better than to let her go in the back on her own. In my defense :-0 I was just so happy to see how excited she was that my common sense went right out the window. I have learned my lesson and as my hub friend, DzyMsLizzy said, there are harnesses for dogs if I ever have the guts to bring her in that car again. Thanks for stopping and hopefully others can learn from my mistake :-)

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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hi Cleaner and it's so good to see you-I am learning that I'm not the only one that has made this mistake. The thing about making mistakes is that you usually won't do it again. My older dog also jumped out of the car window when I hadn't realized the window was down but I too was going very slow. He was only three years old then and in better shape but if he were to jump now it would be a very different story. Live and Learn is what's echoing in my head. I am just grateful my both dogs survived their experiences.

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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts

Hi my friend, so sorry to hear you dog was hurt but it is good that she was not hurt very badly . Glad it ended well though.

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Seeker7 4 years ago from Fife, Scotland

Oh MT someone was looking after you guys and Spooky on that day! That's awesome that there were so many kind folks around that helped out and that Spooky only received minor cuts! I can imagine though the fear that you both went through when you realised what had happened! But we only learn after the fact and we've all done things we realise in hindsight we shouldn't have, it's all part of being human. So here's hoping you are all over it and are not still feeling guilty!

This was an awesome hub and it's wonderful that you guys and Spooky came out of it ok! Give Spooky a big hug from me!!!!

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loveofnight 4 years ago from Baltimore, Maryland

I am so happy that things turned out alright, I wish that I could say that I don't know how you feel but I do.My dog jumped out of the rolled down car window to chase a dog in heat.He scraped his hose and hind quarters really bad but it was minor injuries.We do learn from our mistakes.Thanks for sharing.

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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hi Kashmir-wonderful to see you friend. I am very grateful I didn't get our baby killed or badly injured. I would have had so much guilt if it would have ended tragically. Thank you for reading about it as I Always enjoy your visits.

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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

Aww Seeker-thank you so much for your kind and comforting words. I do have some residual guilt about it but It is dissipating more and more every day, especially since Spooky is alright. You are so right that we were so blessed to have so many good people step up and help out a dog. I bet their a little traumatized too as their the one's that saw it, not us. Well, except for Ellie seeing the poor baby rolling on main street. EEK-I get chills thinking about it. We are all fine and a little smarter for it. Always great to see you my friend.

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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

Sounds like you can relate to this, loveofnight-I am glad to hear your dog made it through the experience with minimal injury. It sure makes you think more about things: are the windows rolled up enough but down enough to let my pet have some fun etc... I have learned from this past mistake-no more convertible rides unless there are harnesses involved. LOL

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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida

What a painful lesson for both Spooky and you, Linda. Hope she won't be fearful of auto rides in the future.

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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hi drbj-I don't think it will hinder Spooky from riding in the car-I'll just make sure if it's in the convertible, we have her all buckled up.

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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

OMG, This was heart breaking to say the least. I didn't know a dog would jump out of a moving car, so thankful that Spooky is ok. Thank you for sharing..Peace..

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AliciaC 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

This was such a frightening story, Linda. I kept on imagining my dog in the same situation! I'm so glad that Spooky is okay. Thank you very much for sharing your experience - this is an important hub for dog lovers to read!

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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hi Ruby-it's so nice to see you friend-Yes, it was really scary and I didn't know when we turned around if Spooky would be alive or dead. The stars aligned that day and/or the angels were protecting her. It's also a blessing I didn't get into an accident because I was freaking out when it happened and wasn't driving safely as I usually do. All is well though-Peace to you too Ruby :-)

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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hi Alicia-I do hope that the error of my ways will help teach other pet owners to harness their doggies when riding in a convertible. I was just so excited to see her have so much fun that I wasn't thinking. I am so grateful she is alright. Thanks much for coming by :-)

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teaches12345 4 years ago

Poor Spooky. Glad to hear she is all right. I have not had a dog jump out of my car, but have had one jump out of the front window. That was a horrible experience for all of us.

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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

Unfortunately I have now had a dog jump out of the passenger side window and now a dog jump out of the back seat of a convertible. My first encounter was when I didn't realize the passenger window was rolled down all the way. From my vantage point it looked rolled all the way up. Joey jumped when he saw a squirrel. Now Spooky in our new convertible-I can tell you it will never happen to either of my dogs, ever again.

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Life Iz Beautiful 4 years ago from India

Thank god spooky is fine. I hope your niece has taken this incident positively under her stride.

voted interesting.

Have a nice day ahead.

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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thanks Life Iz Beautiful-Yes, we both are taking this incident as a learning lesson. No more car rides in the convertible without being harnessed in some way. I appreciate you coming by to read my story. Have a great weekend :-)

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epigramman 3 years ago

Oh dear Linda my heart darn near stopped while reading this almost tragic story - what a terrible feeling - but as Mr. Shakespeare once said - all's well that ends well - and I had intended to surprise you last night with a visit but fell asleep in this armchair from a day of eating turkey and all of its trimmings courtesy of my neighbors who brought it all over for me to eat at home.

As you know my only family here are my two cats , Little Miss Tiffy and Mister Gabriel , but I am well aware and appreciative of my big Hub family and your adoring Canadian Prince sends warm holiday wishes your way and to your sweet twin sister too and also for continued good health, happiness and prosperity in the new year - lake erie time ontario canada 6:38am how is the snow situation with you? On Boxing day we are due to be hit with our first major storm of the season - up to now there really hasn't been much snow

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Minnetonka Twin 3 years ago from Minnesota Author

What a wonderful way to start my day online-seeing my favorite person and getting holiday wishes. I am so touched and happy to hear you were brought a Christmas dinner to enjoy. Sounds like your neighbors are great people who know what the spirit of Christmas is all about. There is no one more deserving of kindness than you, my Canadian Prince. You give of your heart to all you hub family and others in your life. Like the saying goes, "when you give it comes back." You are very special to sister and I and we count you as one of our blessings this holiday season. Blessings to you, Gabriel and Tiffy. Stay safe and warm during your first big snowstorm. Love Linda

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midget38 3 years ago from Singapore

Whoa! Spooky sure had an adventure there. I think that he's still going to love riding in that convertible, just with a little more caution! Thanks for sharing.

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Minnetonka Twin 3 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hi midget and thanks 4 reading about Spookys ride in the new convertible-we shall be more careful in the future :-)

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stars439 3 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

This had to be a shocking experience. Some things happen that we never expect. God Bless You precious heart. The photographs are lovely.

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Minnetonka Twin 3 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hi my sweet friend~it was shocking! I was so freaked out when we realized she jumped out. We were lucky not to get in an accident because I was so upset, I was not driving too safe. Thanks goodness everything turned out alright. It just taught us some lessons about a puppy and a convertible. We will always leash or hold her if the top is down. Great to see you~

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weestro 3 years ago from Virginia

Wow, glad Spooky made out okay. I've had a dog jump out my car after a squirrel but luckily I was at a stop light. Voted up and useful!

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Minnetonka Twin 3 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thanks Weestro~glad you were sitting at a stop light when it happened to you. Some dogs wont jump out of convertibles but my dogs are not those dogs. LOL Thanks for coming by~always appreciate the hub love.

Rayne123 3 years ago

Great story. I love true experiences.

I am glad she is ok, and now that she is the story is kind of funny.

I can see the dog doing that, I am sure most would if they had the chance.

Great story


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Minnetonka Twin 3 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thanks Laurie~It was really scary and It's hard to believe she only got a little cut on the top of her head. It's fine to laugh about it, I do too. I don't know what we were thinking to let her in the back seat without one of us holding her or being leashed. Live and Learn! Great to see you here Laurie

Sueswan 2 years ago

Hi Minnetonka Twin

What a terrible experience for you and your niece. I am glad that there was a happy ending for Spooky. I hear they have dog seats for dogs. :)

Take Care,


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Minnetonka Twin 2 years ago from Minnesota Author

The dog seat would be a good idea. We will never let her roam freely when the top's down again. We have a leash on her now and she sits in someone's lap. Have a great night Sue :-)

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