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Today I learned something important about Murphie & the (open) rear windows of our car

Although the rear windows of our Nissan Maxima can roll down only half-way, I learned today that's enough space for Murphie, who some people consider to be a large dog (she weighs almost 65 pounds) to escape. While I was parked for a few minutes in front of a friend's house, Murphie was able to leap out over the half-open rear window & run toward me! Fortunately we were not in a dangerous situation, such as a busy parking lot, but from now on I'll be sure to pay more attention to those rear windows! Could have been a disaster.

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Comment by Bruce Anderson and Ginger on January 2, 2011 at 12:37pm
This is where training comes into play.  Our Ginger was an SPCA rescue, but the previous owners put her through SERIOUS training....including sit and stay.  I leave Ginger in the back of my Pathfinder alot with the windows down.  Before I leave, I reach in the back window and say: "STAY".  She sits down and waits for me.  Suggest trying this at home:  put your dog in the car...tell her to wait...then back off a bit.  Just like "sit and stay" training.  Go further and further...go out of sight for a few moments.  My experience is that the dog will learn to stay and wait for you to return in short order.  Good luck....
Comment by JoAnn Gallagher & Paddy Waggin' on November 17, 2010 at 10:45am
So glad your Murphie didn't get hurt. That must have been so scary for you...she probably didn't mind at all. My Murphy is a bit of a "wuss" (sp?) about getting in cars, even though we go to a play group every Saturday so she's in and out of the car at least once a week and more often she's in my husband's truck. She'll be two on Sunday and she's just getting comfortable jumping into my midsize sedan. She always looks at the back seat as if it's going to be an insurmountable obstacle, but she's finally jumping up on her own without a little boost from the rear!!
Comment by Blue Sterling on November 17, 2010 at 5:26am
Wow. Thank goodness Murphie leaped at a safe location and she's okay. Clever girl :-)

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