By Jill Richardson
Last month all Melissa Tabor wanted to do was stop in at the Melba Post Office and check her mail for her son’s passport. They were planning a cruise near Roatan.
“I was just going to run down to the post office real fast,” said Tabor. Little did she know her quick trip needed to be a little bit faster.
Melissa arrived at the post office and parked her truck but left it running for her two female Jack Russell Terriers, Baby Dog and Little Dog, because it was cold. While inside the post office she heard the sound of her pickup driving off. Melissa ran outside, snow boots untied and barely staying on her feet, just in time to see her truck go by with her dogs propped up in view through the windows. Little Dog was sitting up on the middle console, staring out the window at Melissa running after the pickup the best she could. Baby Dog was at the wheel.
The pickup picked up speed as it traveled down Carrie Rex Avenue in the direction of some apartments. Hitting a parked car, the pickup changed direction slightly and careened into a chain link fence. Fortunately the fence was strong enough to slow the pickup enough for Melissa to get inside to hit the brakes.
It is suspected that Baby Dog had discovered some dog cookies on the dash and felt a need to grab one so she could take it to the back seat to munch while Tabor was inside. It is thought that Baby Dog’s legs got mixed up in the gear shifter, flipped it down to drive and off they went.
There was about $3,300 in damages to the car, fence and Melissa’s pickup. The amount for dog counselor fees is still undetermined, as the dogs still are not talking. The dogs were not cited for not wearing their seatbelts or having a driver’s license. However, Melissa may have to add them to the insurance policy if they continue to drive her vehicles.
“Now we set the emergency brake when we get out,” said Tabor.