Good Samaritans Save Woman’s Dog In Shadyside

SHADYSIDE (KDKA) – A local woman is thanking the Good Samaritans who jumped into action to save her dog when it jumped out of her car and ran near a busy intersection.

Barbara Brockett said her miniature dachshund, Tanor, jumped from her car in Shadyside.

A man on a bicycle stopped traffic on Baum Boulevard so the dog wouldn’t be hit.

Then, a woman on South Aiken Avenue blocked the road with her car while her two kids chased the dog into a small park.

A little boy managed to scoop up Tanor and handed her to Brockett.

“Thank you so much. She is the joy of my life to be greeted by her every day and to think I could have lost her that day without your help. Just thank you very much. It means so much to me,” Brockett said.

Brockett said she never had a chance to thank the people in person, but she believes it’s a good example of how Pittsburghers step in to help one another.


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  • kristy

    thank God this little dog was saved. this story leads me to believe that her car window was open WAY too much if he was able to jump out. PLEASE adjust your windows accordingly to the size of the dog! her dog was lucky – THIS time.

    • Seeking balance

      EXACTLY!! Also betting this dog was riding in her lap! Bad idea. They have doggie seat belts, they will keep your dog from leaping out of a window. They also have ‘grates’ that fit in the track of your window that BLOCKS the window but lets air flow in.
      fyi: letting your dog hang it’s head out the window while your driving is a BAD idea. Dirt, grime, and pebbles kicked up by other cars can sratch your dog’s eyes and put your dog at risk for early blindness. If you love them, don’t let them do what you wouldn’t let a small child do (ride ‘loose’ in a car, hang heads out of windows, etc…).

      • Jennifer C

        Again i know this owner and Tanor was not on her lap. The car was not moving when she jumped out. It really bothers me that you the readers can take a heart warming story about the good nature of people and feel the need to degrade the owner. She has horrible arthritis in both her knees and was unable to catch the dog, who had she not just put her in the car wouldve been on a leash. Accidents happen this in no way was neglect by an owner and the fact you would even say thiis about ms brockett makes me sick. She is probably a better dog owner than most of you that commented. She just made the mistake of actually trying to thank strangers for their kindness.

    • Jennifer C

      i work with this dog owner and the car was not moving when she jumped out. The car was parked and she had just put the dog in the passanger side and went to get in the driver side when the dog jumped out the driver side. She treats her dog better than most people treat their kids. Tanor has a walker during the day and she spends her whole evening with the dog. Also the dog weighs maybe 6lbs soaking wet it is a minature dauschand. So the window didnt need to be cracked that much.

      • kristy

        geez, jen – simmer down! everyone makes mistakes, and no one’s “downing” your friend. just some words of wisdom, ok?!

  • Thomas J Duttine

    I have a chain leash attached to the car seat anchor in the back seat. This prevents the dog from jumping out and also stops them from getting into the front. It works great….

  • liz

    I use a harness and attach a leash to the seat. I leave just enough slack that the dog can lay on the seat comfortably. This way, when the window is open, he can still get near it but can’t jump out. He also can’t jump on my lap while I’m driving and won’t fly through the air if I have to stop short. I already had the harness and leash so it didn’t cost me a penny! I’m so glad this dog is fine!

  • So Happy

    Glad this story had a happy ending, and thank goodness for strangers who lend a hand to those in need. This world would be a much better place if everyone occasionally did a random act of kindness.

  • Jennifer

    Kristy…you are the one that stated her dog was lucky THIS time. lol guess that was just words of wisdom when you speak of the dog specifically.

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