55 Things# 39 – Riding Shotgun

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Look who’s riding shotgun.

According to Wikipedia the term “riding shotgun was used to describe the guard who rode alongside a stagecoach driver, ready to use his shotgun to ward off bandits or hostile Native Americans. In modern use, it refers to the practice of sitting alongside the driver in a moving vehicle.”

In the old west having a Ranger ride shotgun was probably a good thing. I’m not so sure it is today. 🙂

18 thoughts on “55 Things# 39 – Riding Shotgun

  1. This post brings back so many memories. Buttons loved to ride in the car. She went everywhere with us. There were times we could not find her and eventually one of us would realize that a window had been left unzipped in the Jeep and she had leapt inside and was waiting to go. Harley and Daisy will ride along but they don’t have the same passion for it. Every dog that we have been blessed to have in our lives has had such a unique personality. They all own a piece of my heart.

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    1. That’s funny that she would get in the jeep on her own. Scout and Trooper always rode with me to take the girls to school and pick them up and before we had the farm we would take them to the park or to Youngs every day to go for walks. We had to modify the Astro a few times to accommodate Scout as he got older and when we were vehicle shopping our biggest requirement was that Trooper could get in it easily. Thankfully we found that in the Honda Odyssey. I know what you mean about them owning you heart. 💞


    1. I never really thought about the term until we started watching some of the old westerns on TV. That’s when it made sense to me. I figured if I didn’t know what it meant maybe others didn’t know. 🙂

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      1. Oh – that’s a whole other story. Lessons learned (the hard way) – don’t leave the keys in the vehicle if Ranger is in it (yes he locked us out) and if we want Ranger to stay in the vehicle when we get out lock the doors (he can hit the lever and open the door). We are still in training. LOL!

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  2. Well if one lives in a higher crime area or a really big city, and car jacking is a factor, I think having someone ride ‘shotgun’ (with a taser or pepper spray instead of an actual gun) might be prudent. But then locking the doors is possibly just as effective, isn’t it?

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