DEAR ABBY: I want to share my experience with being a distracted driver. A few months ago, I happened to glance down at my iPad, and the next thing I knew, I had hit the car in front of me. The air bags engaged and hit me and my golden retriever, who was in the front seat with me. He was so freaked out he jumped out the window into oncoming traffic. I chased him, but lost him as he darted through traffic.
Fortunately, a couple found him and took him to a vet who scanned his chip. I got him back, but he was severely injured. He will make a full recovery, but my stupid mistake hurt my most cherished companion. From now on, those devices go in the trunk.