Rant time! Just got called up to see one of the women in Human Resources - apparently there have been several complaints from others in the office about me keeping my dog in my car!
Just to fill you in - I am having substantial work done on the house and have a 11 week old puppy which I've cage trained. He's been coming in with me over the last few weeks (staying in his cage in the car) as the building work has dragged on. I'm lucky in that I'm waiting for redundancy, so there's no issue with me going down every hour or two to let him out and have a 15-20 minute toilet/training/play session with him.
He has a large cage which is covered with a blanket. In the cage is water, food, toys (safe ones), and blankets/bedding. The windows are left open a few inches, and I never park in direct sunlight. He doesn't cry or protest and actually asks to go back in the car when he's tired.
My dog is happy and the correct weight, and is already better trained than the "assistance dog" that a lady in a wheelchair is allowed in the office! I am not allowed mine in the office.
I've just been asked if this is a long term situation - It isn't (he'll have a run when the builders finish) but I replied it's no ones business what I do with my dog or have in my car as I'm not breaking any laws or policies. She replied they could write a policy about whats in cars on company premises - I said I'd park in the car park around the corner! She gave up!
Does anyone else think this is "cruel"!?!? (who actually knows about dogs!)
What the f*ck is wrong with these people!!! I now have a note in my car saying the following:
To whom it may concern:
Yes there is/was a dog in the car – the windows are open, he is fed and watered, and let out at least every 2 hours.
Google “cage training dog” if you are concerned.
If you are still concerned please call – (my number) – rather than reporting it to HR (which is pathetic).
I’ve had builders in my house for a month so have had my dog with me – should I ever need to bring him in again I will be sure to park elsewhere so as not to offend you! Hopefully a nice noisy roadside which I’m sure he’ll enjoy! Or he can stay at home on his own! Thanks for sticking your noses in something that’s none of your business!!!
I’d be interested to see your idea of training a dog... And next time you get a busybody advising you on how to raise your kids or pets have a think!!!