At first, we were all proper and safety conscious about it. We heard the horror stories about dogs thrown through windshields in collisions. We knew that the dog should be in the back seat or hatch with a net to keep him out of the passenger area. We even started off buckling him in by his harness. But he's a dog. He wants to stand on his four legs to balance himself, and get a noseful of fresh air from the dash vents.
And, you know, rest his chin on his human-mommy's knee.
(In the truck last week... yeah I also drive with one hand resting casually on the steering wheel, and have a bunch of junk hanging off the gear shift lever. And often, a Pug squished up beside me.)
Even though the truck has a backseat, I've given up on making him stay there. It's not like he can see out the windows, but he's a DOG and how can you not have a dog riding in the front seat of a pickup truck? It's only natural, not?
In the Jetta, he gets the middle of the back seat. He's got a kid on each side, and the central vents aimed at his little flat face.