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    All I have to say is THANK GOODNESS for Wesley's crate. Wesley often rides in the car with me for short trips. Picking kids up, dropping kids off etc.

    Just yesterday I was in my Tahoe, going to pick up my son from my mother-in-law. Wesley rides in his crate, in the front seat, with it buckled in. The only reason I allow it in front is because my truck has the seat sensors that leaves the passenger air bag off if there's someone/thing too light in it.

    So anyway, Wesley was in front and my 15 month old daughter was strapped in her seat in back. We were at a stop light with two vehichles in front of us. The light turned green and we all proceeded to go. Got to about 40mph and the person in front just stopped dead cold in the middle of the lane. The next car slammed his brakes, and I SLAMMED mine, as to not completely demolish the two cars in front of me. It was obvious to me at that point that the person in the middle of us had done something to piss off the person in front, which was why he did it. As I was laying on my horn, I abruptly passed the two on the shoulder of the road and the middle got behind me, and the person that was in front now was behind us. I was FURIOUS!!!!!! Wesley had been tossed in his crate and my daughter of course had her head fly forward. At that point I knew that at the next stoplight I got to, I was going to get out of my truck and rip the guy a new one.... (in passing I had seen that it was a man maybe in his 40's with his wife, who had an evil looking face).

    So now I finally get the red I had been praying for and the guy that had stopped abruptly was behind me. I parked my truck at the light and got out and approached his window. (About 15 other vehicles at the light as well). And while I was approaching, realized he had children in his vehicle too. 2005 Honda Accord maybe. So he rolled down his window and I proceeded to yell at him for what he did and that we have children in the car too and how DARE he possibly cause I three car pile up. And he said, "I knew what I was doing." And I said, "Obviously you didn't because I almost slammed into the both of you!" And he said, "Well he was blocking the road." And I said, "I don't give a d*mn what transpired with you and him before that but you cannot stop in the middle of the ******* road! I should just back into your freaking car right now!" Just lots of foulness by me at that point. Anyway, I got my point across and he obviously felt like an a** I hope.

    URGH! It was just awful! All I could think of was thank God this wasn't one of those times where I had Wesley on my lap. Which I haven't done in weeks but will surely never do again. You never know what in the heck is going on in people's heads. I'm just so glad I had him not only in his crate, but had it seatbelted in! Thankfully he was fine and my baby was fine, but PLEASE use this as a reminder about how important it is to have safety in your vehicles with kids and pups. I don't care how much your dogs whine, you need to make sure they are safe first. You wouldn't put your baby on your lap because they whine in the car would you? Nope. And trust me, I know the pain of a whining puppy in the car. Wesley did it all the time too. But I just kept pushing the crate and having his toys and blankets in there and now he knows that when he's in his car crate, that we're going somewhere.

    Thanks for listening! I'm glad I don't have to regret any second of that experience!
    Mother to...
    Wesley, blenheim
    Daisy, Tricolor
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    I certainly understand your anger and I too am glad Wesley and your child are ok.

    Just be careful though, this day and age to approach another driver in anger could get you shot! Here anyway!

    Nean

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    I dont know how many times I have wanted to do that, but I was always worried they would have a gun!

    There was one time I had a gal in a mini van cross 2 lanes of traffic to make a right, right in front of me. We all honked at her as we had to slam on our breaks to keep from hitting her, her response was to flip all of us off. Well she, her husband and their 2 kids were walking in front of us. I politely said to her, "Do you realize the lesson you just taught your children not to mention the possiblity of killing them, when you almost caused a 5 car pile up, and then proceeded to flip all of us off?"... her mouth was hanging open as I said "Have a pleasant dinner" and went in to meet my sister.

    What happened to those days of us sharing the road... Now you feel like its everyman for themselves. I go out of my way to be a courteous driver now. Maybe its just to many people on the road. I dont know. I just say a prayer that when I leave the house in the morning that I make it back safely home to my babies.
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    and Katie and Winston my first two rescued Cavaliers.

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    Well, I live in an upper middle class area and it was right near home. As well as it was an older couple in a newer Honda Accord, so no fear here with that. As well as the fact I saw they had kids too. Now had it been any other sort of driver or vehicle (which I will not speak of as to not come across bad) then I would've just left it was it was. But that was the first time I've ever gotten out and done such a thing and never had it been so needed and so well deserved. Man did it feel good.

    I'm always a courteous driver on the road as well. I let everyone in, etc. And I've had my issues where people have ticked me off on the road too, and also thought mentally how I'd just love to slam my brakes, but it sure takes and IDIOT to actually do that, especially with their own children in the back seat! He deserved every bit that came to him, as well as the humiliation of the other drivers at the light watching him get yelled at by a little 25 year old female in a truck. What a riot.
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    Well if he had managed to cause an accident hopefully with all the witnesses to his erratic driving the officers would have been able to do him for wreckless endangerment, as well as a child endangerment charges for each kid in the car. We are coming up with a lot of that when people do stupid things when they have their kids in the car with them. ...Bout time is all I have to say.
    Mom to 2 Shih Tzu boys, and 3 Cavalier girls.
    Waiting at the bridge: Saki and Kiku my first two Shih Tzu's
    and Katie and Winston my first two rescued Cavaliers.

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    Thank God everyone is alright! I have a strap that goes on the LATCH thing in my back seat that attaches to Brady's harness. He likes it, and it makes him safe because you never know. He'll usually just fall asleep. Crazy people on the road. Just goes to show you it can happen anywhere at anytime. And that guys didn't know what he was doing. He probably didn't even notice that you were behind him and/or your distance to him. I always try to look before I break to see how close someone is behind me. Well, I'm glad you, your daughter and you little pup are okay.
    Lauren
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    Oh Wesley's Mom.....Please, please don't approach a car like that again. People are just plain crazy. About 2 years ago here, two WOMEN, had this same type of altercation, both professionals on their way home from work. One was a Bank VP. One got out of her car at a red light, and walked up to the widow of the other, and the one in the car shot her in the face!. One is dead and the other in prison. Affluence, children in the car, etc. doesn't matter with road rage. The one that was the shooter said she feared for her life. Anyway, you just never know what people will do. Glad you are all o.k.
    Sharon,
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    Totally agree, Shay.
    I realize it was a scarey incident but you may want to call 9-1-1 next time to report an agressive driver. Thankfully all ended well.


    Nancy
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    I too agree Shay... money, class, car..... so what.... some of the "best" can be some of the craziest!!!!!

    Nean

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    Wow, I think this is a piece of culture shock, really...I'm just bowled over by what you did, but also the very matter of fact way you mention that you were pretty certain they didn't have a gun! That seems totally foreign to me- we have had shootings aplenty (this is Belfast, after all ) but I doubt that many- if any- were inspired by road rage.. And it's still not part of our general culture to carry guns in the car along with the defroster and wipers.

    ..and thank goodness you DID have Wesley in the crate.
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