Poynter's Al Tompkins rounds up recent legislative activity on dogs in trucks. Common sense would seem to dictate that while a dog riding in the back of a pickup is cute as all hell, it isn't necessarily a good idea, as some dogs (and I say this as a dog owner) tend to let their natural joie de vivre overrule more basic instincts, like self-preservation. (Irish setters, I am looking in your direction.) Of course, some dog people disagree. "If you say the words 'ride in the truck,' they are going nuts," Amy Beasley of Columbia, TN tells The Tennessean.