LDDD outbreak in Ontario

It's apparent that there's an ongoing outbreak of LDDD, a potentially fatal dog-associated problem in people in this area. It seems to be a seasonal disorder, with nice weather bringing out more cases. I've seen a couple nasty cases in the past 24 hours, including one tonight that could have resulted in the deaths of an entire family.

What is LDDD?

A new bacterial infection? No.

A new virus? Nope.

Contrary to the focus on this site, it's not even an infectious disease. It's lap dog/dumb driver syndrome

Tonight's case was fairly classic, involving the driver of an SUV and a small dog...on the driver's lap with its head out the window. The driver had one hand (and I'm not sure how many eyes) on the dog, and the SUV swerved off the road, but fortunately not all the way into the ditch (or a pedestrian, cyclist or other vehicle).

In Ontario, it's illegal to drive while using a cell phone. Restraining a small (or not so small) dog on your lap has to be at least as distracting and it's far from rare. A little common sense goes a long way, but common sense isn't always that common.

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Catherine - May 29, 2012 6:03 AM

Back in the late 70's, when I was a mere youth with a newly acquired driver's license, I had an LDDD moment. I was bringing my dog home from the vet. She was a German Shepherd/Collie cross (everybody had either a German Shepherd, a Collie, or a mix of the two in those days in my neighborhood!) This was before crates and doggie seat belts were all the rage. The dog accidentally knocked the car into neutral as I was driving it! Fortunately, nothing bad came of it, but I learned from that incident. Nowadays, as I am older and wiser, my Collie sits in the back strapped in his very own doggie seatbelt.

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