One of the people who was in the Foundation Skills class that I just finished teaching was in a terrible car accident recently. She's still in ICU but her condition is listed as stable. She was driving a 2001 Toyota Corolla with one of her mini Poodles in the back seat in a crate. It was a head on collision with a large van and although my friend and the other two people in the van were all badly injured, her dog was only shaken up. I have absolutely no doubt that her dog would have been killed had it been loose or even crated in the front seat (I've seen pictures of the car). My friend is already dealing with enough without adding the burden of losing a beloved dog.