Stop Letting Hot Cars And Pit Bulls Kill Our Kids

I’ve been finding myself taking mini-breaks from personal finance related posts lately, but being that it’s summer, we’re all entitled to breaks in some sort.

Even so, the topic of today’s post isn’t money related, but it’s not lighthearted, and I’m sure some will agree with me while I would expect that others may not.  Whatever side of the fence you fall in, we’re all entitled to our opinion.  Since this is my blog, here’s mine in plain and simple terms:

I’m sick of reading stories about hot cars and pit bulls killing children.  It needs to stop.  Right now.


As it’s around the hottest time of the year here in the good old Midwest USA, it’s unfortunately also peak time where I read stories about kids getting left in cars, only to be found dead by their parent or someone.

I’m a parent to two young children, and I can imagine that the grief of losing a child must be incredible, something which I could never imagine.  When I hear of a parent losing their child, I have a tremendous amount of sympathy, empathy, and sadness.  But, I’m not going to lie.  When I read that their child died because they were left in a car, I also add anger to that list.

Most times, you hear about some disruption in routine happening that precedes the child getting left in the car.  Mom couldn’t take the kid to day care, so she asked Dad to drop him off at day care.  Dad agreed, but once in the car, normal routine took over, and Dad drives right to work. Something like that happens more often than not.  Whatever the case is, it still makes me mad.

I’ll be honest.  I’m not a perfect parent by any stretch of the imagination.  Whether it’s snapping at one of my kids for doing something wrong, or not reading enough to them, or missing out on an opportunity for some playtime, there’s moments in every day that I wish, as a parent, I could do over.  I know I could do better than that.  But, never once in my five years of being a parent have I once forgotten that I have a child in the backseat of my car!

I don’t care what the excuse is, there isn’t one.  Not when it comes to forgetting that your kid is in the car.  No parent would ever stick their kid in an oven, so don’t leave them in one.


mb-2014-06pitbullMaybe I’ll catch some flak for this one, but in all honesty, I don’t care.  I’m sick of reading stories about kids getting killed or maimed because of a pit bull, the family pet, that turns on the kid.  It happens far too often and it needs to stop.

Look, I like dogs.  I don’t have one, but I like dogs a lot.  But, when there’s a pattern that stands out of one particular breed being more aggressive and more likely to snap, I just don’t see how that mixes.

People will make arguments about why my stand is wrong.

People will argue that it’s the way the owners raise the dogs that makes them aggressive.  People will argue that other breeds of dogs sometimes attack as well.  People will argue that their dog isn’t like that.  People will argue all sorts of things, and to every one of them I’ll say: It doesn’t matter to me.

Pit bulls are the most likely of dog breeds to attack.  Even if they’ve never attacked before, why would you want to subject your young, often defenseless children, to those odds? I mean, let’s be honest, if pit bulls weren’t the most violent and aggressive by nature, would the people who train dogs to fight pick a different breed? They don’t.  They pick pit bulls. Without question, they pick pit bulls.

Doesn’t that tell you something?

Other dog breeds may have instances of attack.  I’m not saying that we need to get rid of all dogs.  That’s crazy.  But, when pit bulls attack more often and their attacks are more vicious, I just don’t get why some parents effectively choose to play Russian Roulette with their kids lives.

People who want to talk themselves into believing otherwise are more than welcome to do so, but let’s be clear, we don’t and won’t ever have a pit bull in our house.  Especially around young kids.  And, honestly, if a situation arose where my children wanted to play at a friend’s house where a pit bull lived, I would likely say no.  We’re not restrictive parents like that.  We let our kids have play dates.  We take them to parks, we let them play around the subdivision.  But on certain things, I’ll draw the line.

Pit bulls, they’re definitely past the lines.

In both cases, with hot cars and pit bulls, I think the horror stories that come out again and again can be avoided.  And they should be.

What do you think, readers?

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9 thoughts on “Stop Letting Hot Cars And Pit Bulls Kill Our Kids

  1. It is not the way people raise them! My in laws had a pit bull. They’ve been great at raising dogs good with kids for almost 40 years. At Easter one year, he started snarling at my baby. I picked them up and backed the dog down. No one else was there and they thought I was paranoid. So I never let my kids over there without me. Fast forward 2 years and the dog turned on my father in law for no reason. Had to take him to the shelter. Pitt bulls are amazing affectionate dogs until they turn…and you never know when that will be!
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  2. I’m not a parent, but when I read about hot car incidents I just can’t imagine the guilt the parent must feel or even how it happened! As for pit bulls, they are a more aggressive dog breed and I agree with you. They are all sweet and dandy until the day they aren’t.

  3. I agree on the hot cars and the Pit Bulls. My kids are grown and gone but since my whole life revolved around them I never would have forgotten if they were in the car. I cannot imagine being that preoccupied that you could leave them in the car all day like that.
    And the Pit Bulls I agree 100% . If my kids were young I would not allow them to visit friends or relatives that have a Pit Bull. I also agree that people who own them are risking the lives of everyone around them, which is another reason I would keep kids away. I would not want my kids in the home of anyone that would be willing to put my child in harms way that puts Pit Bulls ahead of people. I believe Pit Bull Ownership is a Mental Illness

    • I don’t think I’d go so far as to call it a mental illness. I just think that owners often see things from a different perspective and don’t appreciate the numbers behind the fear that exists.

  4. My kids are grown now, but if they still were young I would not allow them to be around Pit Bulls. If their friends or relatives had a Pit Bull, they would not have been allowed to go to those homes. No matter how much an owner may swear their dog is safe, no Pit Bull Is safe. I feel that Pit Bull Ownership is a Mental Illness of some sort.
    I cannot ever being so preoccupied that I would leave an infant or any small child in a car for any length of time, not even a few minutes. This is inexcusable,

  5. I’m with you on the leaving a child in a car…..I simply do not see how you forget your son or daughter is in the car. It just doesn’t compute with me. I’m generally with you with the pit bull too…until my brother in law got one. That dog has broken every stereo type I’ve ever had about a pit bull. On the other hand, you have to take the general behavior of the breed, and not just a sample size of one.

  6. a) Thank you.
    b) Thank you.

    Right on target with both issues.

    Every year some moron kills their kid by leaving it in a car and wandering off to…fill in the blank: shopping, hair appointment, job interview, party, whatEVER. It is 110 degrees out there right now, at 6:40 in the evening. Some of these worthies say they “forgot” the kid and — oops! remembered several hours later. How can you FORGET a kid? A little kid that makes noise all the time???

    Then the pit bull thing…oh lordie. Don’t get me started. 🙄

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