Friday, July 20, 2018


Some moron seeing a need to appear relevant brings in another rule that a dog on the tray of a ute must be restrained, failure to comply, a fine of three hundred dollars. Thanks a bunch  Andy Knapsack.

Some parents wanting to make their child safe, place a harness and leash on the wild child to effect a similar outcome and snowflakes emerge from everywhere screaming  charges of child abuse.

A friend at Field Days this year noted the previously popular  child restraint making a comeback to emulate what for our rural raised children made so much more sense than removing all possible dangers in an immediate environment that could attract attention from an inquisitive mind

Back to the canine nonsense, I fear the only enforcement will  arise from an already tragic outcome when things go bad, as did prosecutions from an equally moronic Law somewhere around the three quarter mark of last century that made it an offense for a child to ride on a "tractor" back in the day when such practice arose from necessity to have the child in relatively safety on the machine as opposed to under a bloody wheel.
Many hours of my formative years were spent on the footplate of a Caterpillar 'Fifteen', often asleep nestled in a secured wooden box that arrived on the farm with two containers of "Coopers Dip".

So much of the NZ rural livestock activity  occurs adjacent to a road and the well trained canine will not leave their commanding position on the deck until  a need for action arises and often when that happens, a quick response will need to be initiated. Valuable time taken to stop vehicle, release seatbelt, open door, emerge, and then unclip the bloody dog, the two mobs that could have been kept apart so  easily will have turned to custard requiring a serious time consuming rearrangement.
Equally there are many children running free in Malls and restraining them before they crash into some little old lady seems a  humane system.


The Veteran said...

and the dog riding tandem on the back of a quad bike????????? Give me strength ... rules made by petals whose view of rural New Zealand is shaped by the occasional visit to the Wellington Botanic Gardens.

David said...

Health & Safety rules are for snowflakes. And people who prefer to be alive at the end of their working day.

But what is human life compared to profit?

The Veteran said...

David ... there is always a balance to be achieved. Dogs in the back of utes to be restrained. Wot about dogs in the backs of cars with the windows open ... wot about dogs on the back of quad bikes? Actually, when you think about it, if the ute rolls the dogs probably a goneburger. Silly rules and people flout them and diminishes the whole H&S message.

Anonymous said...

This now gives free rein to every busybody to tour rural roads looking for 'offenders' to dob.
Next comes the idea that a dog clipped by his neck chain collar to the back of the cab is at risk of whiplash. Then shoulder/chest harness becomes mandatory. Then helmets, then animal hate speech..
The possibilities are endless.


Noel said...

"Some moron seeing a need to appear relevant brings in another rule that a dog on the tray of a ute must be restrained."

Now why would someone do that?

Gerald said...

Whats the topic for today?

A totally avoidable cause of injury and death in dogs

What cause is that?
Falling off the back of a moving vehicle

Is that something that happens often?
Too often! It shouldnt happen at all! I’ve dealt with 3 cases since Christmas which i find totally unacceptable.

How do these accidents happen?
Usually dogs standing on the back of a flat deck truck or ute. They sometimes loose their balance and slide over the edge.

And how are these accidents avoided.
The dog simply needs to be tied to the deck. And the rope needs to be short enough to prevent the dog falling off the deck. If the rope is too long and the dog falls off the deck then it will either be strangled or dragged along behind the vehicle.

What sort of injuries do these dogs end up with.
If they are not tied on at all they tend to tumble down the road and end up with multiple fractures and internal injuries. If they are tied on with a long rope then they end up being dragged along behind the vehicle, sometimes for several km before the driver realises.

That sounds awful
It is! These dogs end up with a lot of missing skin as well as fractures and often wear all their toes down to the bone as they try to stand up and regain their balance. Most require euthanasia. If the rope is just long enough to allow the dog to fall over the edge but not hit the ground then they simply strangle to death as they hang there.

This all sounds very distressing
Yes its very distressing for the owner as they usually feel responsible for not tying them on properly. Its distressing for the vet having to sort out the mess. Its even more distressing for passers by and people in the car following the accident as they witness the whole gruesome scene but can do absolutely nothing about it. Some people end up following the truck for several km trying to get the drivers attention before the truck finally stops. Can you imagine the emotional trauma those people will have gone through.

Yes it all sounds so tragic and totally avoidable. Hopefully people will get the message and tie them on properly.
Yes. It is actually against the law to travel with a dog on a flat bed truck or ute without tying it on but people are still not getting the message.

Why do you think that is?
The people I have stopped and spoken too simply think it just wont happen to their dog. They think their own dog is so sure footed that there is no way it could fall! They say their dog has never fallen off before. Well the fact is that any dog can lose its balance, and they will only do it once because most of these accidents are fatal.

So the message is be sensible and tie your dogs on safely so that it is impossible for them to fall off the back by keeping the rope short.
Thats right. And tie the rope to the middle of the truck not towards one edge. Its all common sense really. Please do this at all times and remember it is as important as putting on your own seat belt.

Todays question
What do you need to do to keep your dog safe if it is travelling on the back of an open vehicle?
Tie it on
Using a short rope so it cant possibly fall over the edge.

Anonymous said...

Funny how common sense and good practice is usurped by " Well it was OK in my day". If we did not learn and benefit from our mistakes we would still be dumping fridges in land fill where kids suffocated after locking themselves in.

Veteran.....Your argument is the same as the seat belt kerfuffle in the 1970's. Lose one and save a hundred. No brainer.

Lord Egbut