Ok, I'll bite; if you care so much about your pet that you think it's ok to let it wander around in the road then you should expect to lose it. It isn't the drivers fault, it's the owner's.
I hope no driver ever swerves to avoid a pet and wipes out a pedestrian or cyclist.
And, you were probably expecting this too, if someone runs over the fecker that uses my garden as a toilet then I'd shake their hand.
What a ridiculous attitude.
I haven't read every single post but has anyone actually suggested swerving to avoid a pet and wiping out a pedestrian or cyclist ?
These are people pets we're talking about here there's no need for such a callous and insensitive attitude. Learn a bit of decency
And pets aren't the only animals to be found on the road, birds, foxes, badgers, toads, etc., also sometimes find themselves in the paths of cars. Wherever possible I try to avoid hitting them by slowing down, using my steering wheel, etc. Hooting often works well for clearing the road ahead of animals and birds.
If I do unavoidably hit an animal, and I can only recall hitting a dog which dashed out in front of my car once, then I deeply regret it. I have avoided hitting countless animals. And I have never hit a pedestrian or cyclist.