Online Idiots Archive

Dogs in Cars

Posted July 16, 2015 By Ruth

Yes, dogs die in hot cars.  And yes, there are climates where, for most of the year, even parking in the shade with the windows for just a few minutes down may not be enough to keep the dog cool enough.  And yes, they cook to death in the heat.

But lets clear a few things up.  Cause this is just ridiculous.

First off, dogs don’t suffocate in cars.  I have yet to see a single consumer vehicle that actually seals air tight.  Maybe some of the newest high end fancy cars with extra good sound insulation are (though I doubt it, cause what car maker wants to be sued because you suffocated in their car).  But certainly the average car on the road isn’t.  A dog in a car with the windows rolled up isn’t going to suffocate to death.  No matter what the weather conditions.

Second, even in the hottest climates in the USA, if the dog is in a car that has been left with the AC going the dog is not going to overheat.

And in much of the rest of the country, parking in the shade with the windows most of the way down is plenty on all but the insanely hottest of days to keep a healthy dog from overheating.

And if the car owner has put up shading and a fan and water then the dog is REALLY  not going to overheat.

Oh, and while we’re at it, “panting” alone is not a sign that a dog is overheating.  Yes, I know that the little blurbs that the media keeps putting out say that “panting” is a sign of overheating.  You know what?  They’re fucking stupid.  Dogs pant for MANY more reasons than just because they’re hot.  Stress or excitement can cause panting.  You coming over to pound on the window and stare at the dog could be enough to cause a sensitive dog to start panting.  And even it the dog is panting because its warm it doesn’t mean he’s overheating.  A dog who pops up to greet you isn’t overheating.  Even if he’s panting.  Even if he’s fussing at you.  A dog doesn’t sweat, he pants instead.  Just like us humans can be sweating (even sweating alot) without being in danger of heat stroke, a dog can be panting (even panting alot) without being in danger of heat stroke.

A dog who’s panting due to overheating is ALSO going to be flat on the floor or footwell of the car in the only shade he can find, and he’s NOT likely to pop to his feet to greet you.  A dog who’s panting due to overheating will ALSO be drooling excessively.

You know what causes a dog to crash suddenly from overheating?  Assholes who can’t mind their own business and so over-excite the dog by pounding on the window and calling the dog and exciting the dog to the point where he overheats himself in his excitement and crashes.  Yes, by repeatedly “checking on the dog” you could cause him to overheat and potentially die.  So back off asshole.

And third……I keep seeing it reported that there are 16 states where it’s illegal to leave your dog in the car.  Do any of those folks actually bother to READ the laws they’re reporting on?

In 15 of those 16 states the laws  specifically require that the dog be left in such a way that harm or death will result in order for it to be illegal.  And in case you somehow got to this paragraph without reading the above, no, leaving your dog in the car does not automatically sentence him to death.

The only state with laws specific to dogs in cars that doesn’t have that provision is Tennessee.  And even in Tennessee you’d better be willing to swear under oath that you believed the animal was in imminent danger of death.  Unfortunately there are idiots who think that any dog left in any car regardless of anything else is in danger, which makes laws like this one dangerous.  

Now, I keep seeing online commentary that there are individual cities with laws prohibiting dogs in cars.  I’ve yet to actually be able to find any such law.  Several have laws similar to the above mentioned 15 states, where leaving a dog in a car in a manner that will result in harm or death is specifically prohibited, but again that’s not the same thing.  Mind, apparently even some responding police seem to be unaware of the difference, but that’s what the laws state.

In addition, not one of these so-called rescuers seems to care what the impact of “being rescued” can have on the dog.  There are many many dogs who are not stranger friendly, or who will guard their owner’s car, or who will even bite when cornered.  And contrary to popular opinion many dogs don’t give a care what your intentions are, all they know is that some stranger just smashed the window and is now cornering them in the back of the car…’s only a matter of time before some “rescuer” is bitten in the process of trying to “rescue” a dog who doesn’t need it.  And in many many areas that bite is a death sentence for the dog.  Especially since it would be considered “unprovoked” in the minds of many people. 

Now sure, in an ideal world no dog would ever be left in a car unattended.  But even the best laid plans can fail, and a bout of diarrhea on the way home from a 45minute trip can require an emergency bathroom break.  And a 5minute sit in the car unattended is nothing compared to the benefits of being able to spend the rest of their day with their human in the minds of many dogs (and owners).  Have you ever gone to a canine sporting event?  Very few facilities have the space to allow indoor crating of every single dog participating.  Heck, if it’s an outdoor event there may not be ANY indoor crating space.  And yet the number of canine deaths from heatstroke at these events is astronomically tiny (and even then, it tends to be after the event, on the way home, that it’s an issue).  

So lets stop this hysteria, all its doing is harming the dogs and the responsible owners who are caring for them!

Dogs and kids

Posted April 7, 2015 By Ruth

Just before Easter a newspaper in a town in Idaho posted a picture sent to them by a reader.  The photo hit their Facebook page Friday, and went out in Saturday’s paper.

If you’re part of a community of dog people on Facebook I’m sure you saw it.  A 2yr old toddler, who I’ll refer to as B, and a large dog I’ll call T.  The child’s bunny ears had been placed on the dog, and B was kissing the side of T’s nose.  The uproar was because of T’s expression.  Tight staring eyes, wrinkled face and nose, teeth bared, the dog himself clearly tense.

By Monday the paper had pulled the photo off their Facebook page, and printed a short article in response.  In the article were repeated statements by the mother detailing why she felt that everyone else was wrong and there was no danger to her child.  The paper even found a local veterinarian to lend credibility to the idea that the public was over reacting.

Don’t get me wrong.  Some of the responses were over reaction.  The calls for the mother to be reported to authorities were stupid and made it easy to lump all the responses into the “crazy” category.


But lets get some things straight.


Some dogs do appear to “smile”.  Its often a “submissive grin” and often means the dog thinks there may be a problem and he’s trying to appease (though not always), but its characterized by the lifting of lips in an otherwise “soft” face, and may even include the showing of some of the whites of the eyes, though usually they’re squinty.  Although a dog may bite after showing a submissive grin, they don’t usually.

However what T was displaying was an “agonistic grin”.  Tight eyes, wrinkled face, baring of teeth.  Although an agonistic grin doesn’t mean the dog is going to bite, it is far more likely than with a submissive grin.


Veterinarians ought be decent studies of dog behavior, just by virtue of the time they spend with them.  However that does not mean that they are.  And the one in the article who shrugged off the photo (assuming he was quoted correctly) appears to be particularly clueless.  Stating the dog didn’t appear to be skittish or aggressive in the photo so therefor there was no problem.

However dogs do not have to be skittish or aggressive in order to object to the way he’s being handled, and even the best dog can snap if pushed too far on a bad day.  Something that every vet ought to be aware of since they are in a situation to see a lot of very unhappy dogs.


The mother stated that T is a big loveable oaf who’d never harm her son.

But if you a search for “family dog bites child” you’ll find almost identical quotes from the parents in those cases too.


The mother stated that T is “regularly used” as a racetrack, a pillow, and a step-stool by her son, and although T is generally not happy he tolerates it.

Which tells me that this kiss on the face isn’t a once off thing, that the child is regularly allowed to treat the dog as if he’s an inanimate object whose feelings don’t matter.


The mother also states that T often makes that face “when his whiskers are touched, he doesn’t like it”.  And that “.05 seconds after the photo was snapped T got up, licked B’s face, shook off the ears and walked away”.

Look, dogs lick people for all sorts of reasons, but in this case, in this setting, that was a blatant “back off kid……”.  Never mind that she KNOWS that T doesn’t like having his whiskers touched, and yet has continued to touch his whiskers enough to shrug off T’s expression as normal, and to even allow her toddler to do so, to the point of allowing B to put his face in the line of fire.


Its enough to make me want to cry.  This is apparently a well trained and socialized dog who’s doing his best to be polite to the baby.  And his owner is essentially setting him up to bite her child.  Hopefully he won’t.  He’s a good dog who doesn’t deserve to be put down for his owner’s failure, never mind that no 2yr old deserves to be on the sharp end of it.

Please don’t do this to your dog, much less your child.  Please take the time to read over the couple links I’m going put at the end that detail the canine body language you should be watching for.  And please please please, teach your child proper dog manners, so that they won’t join the far to many children who are bitten by a “friendly” dog every year.


Why Supervising Isn’t Working

Learn to speak dog

Family Paws

The heartbreaking story of another mother who was sure her dog wouldn’t bite her child.


Today’s scam email

Posted February 6, 2015 By Ruth

I don’t normally read the scam-spam that ends up in the junk mail folder, other than to do a quick scan to make sure that nothing important ended up there.  But every now and then one will catch my eye….

Today’s scam email:

Good Day.
I am Mrs.Michelle Obama and i am here to inform you that your SCAM VICTIMS COMPENSATION FUNDS from white house here in Washington DC is the sum of $20.000.000 twenty million us dollars. and the funds will be delivered to you as soon as you get back to me with your home address and your cell phone numbers.

bear in mind that i am the only one that has your funds in regard to my husband Mr Barack Obama and you will have to pay the sum of $260.00 before your funds will be delivered to you today so get back to me with your home address.


Regard To Mrs. Michelle Obama


OMG Cashback SCAM!!!!—-False

Posted October 23, 2013 By Ruth

So, the following post is going around Facebook again:




PAY ATTENTION TO YOUR RECEIPTS – THIS IS IMPORTANT AS YOU START YOUR SHOPPING FOR THE CHRISTMAS SEASON CHECK YOUR RECEIPTS BEFORE LEAVING ANY CASHIER’S STATION!!!!! THIS SCAM CAN BE DONE ANYWHERE, AT ANY RETAIL OR WHOLESALE LOCATION!!! It happened at a Wal-Mart Supercenter a month ago. I bought a bunch of stuff, over $150, & I glanced at my receipt as the cashier was handing me the bags. I saw a cash-back of $40. I told her I didn’t request a cash back & to delete it. She said I’d have to take the $40 because she couldn’t delete it. I told her to call a supervisor. Supervisor came & said I’d have to take it! I said NO! Taking the $40 would be a cash advance against my Discover & I wasn’t paying interest on the cash advance!!!!! If they couldn’t delete it then they would have to delete the whole order. So the supervisor had the cashier delete the whole order & rescan everything! The second time I looked at the electronic tab before I signed & a cash-back of $20 popped up. At that point I told the cashier & she deleted it. The total came out right. the cashier agreed that the electronic pad must be defective. (yeah, right!) Obviously the cashier knew the electronic pad wasn’t defective because she NEVER offered me the $40 at the beginning. Can you imagine how many people went through before me & at the end of her shift how much money she pocketed? Just to alert everyone. My coworker went to Milford , DE Wal-Mart last week. She had her items rung up by the cashier. The cashier hurried her along and didn’t give her a receipt. She asked the cashier for a receipt and the cashier was annoyed and gave it to her. My coworker didn’t look at her receipt until later that night. The receipt showed that she asked for $20 cash back. SHE DID NOT ASK FOR CASH BACK! My coworker called Wal-Mart who investigated but could not see the cashier pocket the money. She then called her niece who works for the bank and her niece told her This is a new scam. The cashier will key in that you asked for cash back and then hand it to her friend who is the next person in line. Please, please, please check your receipts right away when using credit or debit cards! This is NOT limited to Wal-Mart, although they are the largest retailer so they have the most incidents. I am adding to this…. My husband and I were in Wal-Mart North Salisbury and paying with a credit card. When my husband went to sign the credit card signer, he just happened to notice there was a $20 cash back added. He told the cashier that he did not ask nor want cash back and she said this machine has been messing up and she canceled it. We didn’t think anything of it until we read this email. I wonder how many “seniors” have been, or will be, “stung” by this one???? BEFORE LEAVING THE CASHIER’S STATION!!!!! CHECK YOUR RECEIPT BEFORE LEAVING THE STAND. I’VE SEEN PEOPLE DO JUST THAT. NOW I’LL START! PASS THIS ON TO YOUR FRIENDS, KIDS, LOVED ONES


Alright folks.  Basic common sense ought to tell you that this one has only the TINIEST little bit of truth to it.  The rest of it is as false as it comes.

Fact one: although some credit cards do allow a cash advance to be drawn on them in order to do so you HAVE TO ENTER A PIN # and it has to be done at either an ATM or at a bank.  It CANNOT be done at the register.  Also, you CANNOT enter your PIN at a register in order to pay for a purchase you when you are paying with a credit card.  I’ve had customers try.  On most registers there isn’t even an option, and on the few that allow you to do so it declines for “incorrect transaction type”.

Fact two: If you ARE paying with a debit card, and have chosen to use your PIN instead of hitting credit, on all but the OLDEST of register systems the cashiers do NOT have the option to choose cash back for you.  You have to hit all those buttons yourself.  AND you then have to re-approve the total amount.  So if you get cash back you didn’t want the only one to blame is yourself.

Now, the tidbit of truth: IF you are paying using a DEBIT CARD, AND instead of hitting credit on the keypad you choose to enter your PIN #, AND if the cashier is slick enough and fast enough, it is in theory possible for this to happen.

But the solution to keep this from happening is REALLY REALLY EASY: always hit the credit option and never use your PIN at a register to pay for a purchase.  First off your bank is probably charging you a fee for making purchases that way, if not at first then likely after so many a month.  Second the keypad of a register in a store is NOT a secure location to type in your PIN (trust me on this, were I so inclined I could have stolen a billion PIN numbers by now, and not just because I’m the cashier, but also on occasion when I’m behind people in line!).

If you really need the cash go find an ATM where you have a chance of using your body to shield the PIN pad while you type.

If you simply HAVE to use your PIN to make a purchase instead of hitting credit there’s two things you should be doing:

First: NEVER allow the cashier to grab the pad and hit buttons for you (its actually against company policy for them to do so ANYWAY in most stores), and

Second: if you didn’t request cash back then the cash drawer on the register SHOULD NOT pop open on all but the oldest of register systems, so if it DOES pop open then stop and check your receipt.  Its a security precaution taken by companies, unless the cashier has to get something out of the drawer or put something in it the cash drawer DOES NOT pop open, both to keep dishonest cashiers out of the cash and also to prevent snatch and grabs by thieves.

The one other tidbit of truth to this hoax: always check your receipt.  Even the best and most honest of cashiers makes mistakes, its entirely possible to accidentally double scan items for example.  And there are certainly lazy cashiers who don’t care, and there are certainly dishonest ones too. 

Additional info: Snopes,

The entitled youth of today

Posted February 13, 2013 By Ruth

Found via Lagniappe’s Lair:

Megan Thode as decided she’s a special snowflake.  After proving incapable of maintaining a professional demeanor in class, thus earning herself a C+ in a class where a B was required to move on, she is now suing school for allowing her to not move forward in her chosen program.  After all daddy works there, so she wasn’t even having to pay for her education, so why SHOULD she have to meet the requirements?

Yah, I didn’t think so either.  I hope the judge forces her to pay the school’s court costs.

Pastor Alois Bell

Posted February 1, 2013 By Ruth

Its people like you who are driving young people away from churches.  You should be ashamed of yourself.  If you had a problem paying the 18% auto tip then you should have said so upfront as such things are stated on the menu of every restaurant that does that.  To instead use God as your excuse for your bad behavior, and to then get the woman fired over it, is simply despicable.

Last few weeks I’ve been getting WEIRD “gun positive” and “freedom positive” spam from some odd sources.  I can’t figure out if someone I bought stuff from sold my email or what.  Its coming into my gmail account, not the ScaryYankeeChick account, so if its blog related they’ve dug it up from the old blog or by browsing comments on a Blogger based blog…..

For example the most recent one has the subject line: Sandy Hook Shooting Didn’t Happen [PROOF]

I refuse to post the whole email, its seriously weird and beyond out of line, talks about how children who died in the shooting are seen later on TV alive and the like….

I deleted the first few, but its starting to get annoying, the only good thing is that Google IS catching them as spam (which amuses me to no end since the most recent one contains a line about not including any links so as to avoid spam blockers).

Here we go again

Posted November 26, 2012 By Ruth

Guys, posting your own little copyright law on your Facebook page does not in anyway override the terms and conditions you agreed to when you joined Facebook.  If you don’t like it, don’t use Facebook.  Posting something like this just makes you look stupid.

Because I’ve had the pleasure of dealing with three different computers with this virus this week. This is for windows folks, donno if Macs are affected, or how to help if they are…

There are multiple versions of this all with different screens, but in every case a “popup” takes over your screen and tells you that the FBI is aware that you have downloaded illegal files/music/porn/something and you need to pay money to get access to your computer back. In most cases if you have a webcam attached to the computer the virus will turn it on and say its recording you while showing the take from the cam on your screen, in every case using the Task Manager to try to get out of it won’t work. Just about the only thing you CAN do is power off your computer, and sometimes not even that. In one case I had to pull the power cord.

What has worked for me so far (this link details these instructions as well as other options in case this fails): put the computer into safe mode with networking (hold down F8 while the computer is booting till it gives you that option), download the free version of Malwarebytes from (last I checked the paid version was only $25, but don’t pay for it while your computer is infected please). Install Malwarebytes, and open the program, update the virus definitions, and then run a full scan. So far this is working on every computer I’ve tried it on. I’m about to go for number 4 cause my SIL just called me FREAKING cause her computer’s locked and it was recording her and “NORTON WAS SUPPOSED TO DEAL DAMMIT!!!!”


I’ve actually gotten a couple search engine hits on this, so here it goes. 

The poll in question:

People want to know if its a scam or not.

Technically its not a scam.  But here’s the thing:  the way Facebook set up its polls, when you respond to someone else’s poll, its AUTOMATICALLY posted to YOUR Facebook page, and everyone who see’s your posts (friends, subscribers, whatnot) are prompted to respond to it as if it was YOUR poll.

So someone, somewhere, MONTHS ago, set up this poll, when they were cleaning out their friends list.  And their friends responded.  And then all their friends’ friends responded to the original friends….you see what happened?  I’ve actually seen this particular poll 5 or 6 times as various friends responded to it on someone else’s wall…

Unfortunetly it doesn’t appear that there’s a way to turn off that auto-spread function.

So how do you stop it from spreading?  Well, first off don’t respond to polls posted by your friends.  If for some reason you feel you have to (ie: you think the friend really set up the poll themselves and wants your answers), after you respond go to YOUR wall, and delete the poll off of it.

Yes Facebook sucks.