Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

Doggie out the window May 3, 2018

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I’M ALWAYS INTRIGUED by dogs hanging their heads out vehicle windows.



Are they smelling something?

Do they delight in the wind blowing through their fur?

Or are they simply enjoying the warmth of the day, the carefree joy akin to riding with the convertible top down?



Whatever the reason, I smile whenever I spot a dog with its head hanging out the window, nose pointed, eyeing me, me him/her…


Photographed through the windshield of our van late Saturday afternoon along Minnesota State Highway 3 in Northfield, Minnesota.

© Copyright 2018 Audrey Kletscher Helbling


22 Responses to “Doggie out the window”

  1. Beth Ann Says:

    I am with you – I always love to see dogs taking in the breeze with their ears and jowls flapping. 🙂 Makes me smile every single time.

  2. Dan Traun Says:

    I saw one hanging its head out the window on the freeway @ 65 mph. That pooch must really enjoy the wind. Our wiener dogs don’t like anything over 20 mph 🙂

    • I’ve never seen one on the freeway. I suppose it’s no different than riding a motorcycle or riding in a convertible at that speed.

      I’ve also never spotted wiener dogs with their heads out a vehicle window. Perhaps their size determines the speed at which they feel comfortable.

  3. valeriebollinger Says:

    I’ve always wondered how the dogs could see with the wind and air rushing into their eyes.

  4. Almost Iowa Says:

    If I had my way, Scooter would drive and I would hang my head out the window and drool. I’d do that when the Mrs, drives but she gets pretty testy about that.

  5. Sue Ready Says:

    it’s a mystery why dogs do this but when we get close to the lake we always roll down the windows for Bella to stick her head out to smell the lake air

    • I suppose if I took the time to search, I would find the answer. But sometimes it’s OK just to wonder and to appreciate the joy this brings to dogs and to those of us who see them with their heads out vehicle windows.

  6. Jackie Says:

    Those dogs always look so content to have their heads hanging out the window, at least they don’t have to worry about their hair getting messed up! The only time I don’t like it is when I see them sitting in the drivers lap, I would consider that distracted driving.

  7. Your post reminded me of a dog in a car I saw a few weeks back. This lady was driving through the neighborhood and her dog had just its nose sticking out of the sun roof – ha! It just makes your day and makes you smile and chuckle 🙂 I have fond memories of my Oli boy and all the adventures we had together growing up – he was like my fur soul mate and best bud. Happy Day – Enjoy!

  8. ~~~I’M ALWAYS INTRIGUED by dogs hanging their heads out vehicle windows~~~

    ME, tooooooo!

    And I try to drive up to them quickly to get a photo, but I’m always too late! ( but, thank goodness, I can live vicariously thru your photos, Audrey! )


    I know this for sure: God gave us animals to learn from, love, teach us….

    When I see a dog with his head out the window, my heart does a little leap. I think, “YEAH, that’s how we all should live!”

    Loving life. Sniffing air. Allowing the breeze to blow upon our skin/fur!

    I. Just. LOVE. those moments.

    PS. I’ve not seen a cat w/ her head out the window yet. have you!!???

  9. Missy's Crafty Mess Says:

    Cute pup! That always makes me laugh

  10. This made me smile! I think they just love the wind blowing in their faces. Our Lexie (a bullmastiff with floppy jowls) loves to put her head to the wind (we don’t let her put her head out the window in the truck). Her ‘lips’ will wiggle and jiggle in the wind and it just makes us laugh. Her, too, obviously–at least that’s what I think she’s doing.

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