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I really hoped to have the preview video for pet auto safety ready today, but I’m having a little trouble with some voice editing. I truly hope to have the preview video ready tomorrow, then perhaps episode 1 by Friday.
Since I don’t have the preview video ready yet, how about some funny dog memes of Maya & Pierson?
For more Wordless Wednesday pet photos, check out the blog hop below:
My lovable happy Labrador Maya turned six this month! If you don’t know Maya, she is our Pet Auto Safety CEC (Chief Executive Cuteness). You may have seen her in some of our product photos and reviews on both this blog and our retail website, Pet Auto Safety.com. Read more about her and see many more photos of her on my personal dog blog, AmericanDogBlog.Wordpress.com. In the meantime, here are a few recent photos of Maya hard at work:
Here is Maya from this morning. Still a puppy!
Also, if you have a chance, go vote for Maya’s photo in a calendar contest on HeartLikeADog. Visit and vote daily! It would be a great birthday present.
For more great pet photos, check out the Wordless Wednesday blog hop below:;)
There weren’t as many questions this week so I’m going to talk about other stuff that has happened on my other blog, AmericanDogBlog.Wordpress.com, and things happening for us on other dog websites.
My Dog Pierson is to be on a Calendar!
I’m so happy that my dog Pierson is to be featured in the That Mutt calendar! Thank you to everyone who saw my post on Facebook and voted.
That Mutt Talks about Pet Auto Safety
Lindsay with That Mutt also talked about pet auto safety on one of her blog posts. Go check it out – Do Dogs Need Seat Belts? The article is well thought out and covers pros and cons. Feel free to comment.
Dogs Trapped in Cars After Accidents?
One of the questions Lindsay asked me prior to her post threw me off. She said she knew some people who were concerned about a pet car harness or pet travel carrier causing a dog to get trapped in the vehicle in a car accident. Can you believe that in all my years of running this business, no one has ever brought this up before?
Certainly, it can happen. I think this was a concern when seat belts for people first came out. But after years and years of research, statistics have shown that this risk is small and the likelihood of a seat belt saving a life is much greater.
If anything, I would be concerned about an unrestrained dog escaping from the vehicle after an accident. I get Google alerts for dogs in car accidents on a regular basis and so see a lot of news stories about dogs that went missing because they escaped the vehicle and ran off in terror. Think about it, after a car accident your dog is likely to be completely freaked out. His instinct is going to be to get as far away from the terrifying situation as quickly as possible. When a dog runs in terror, he runs blindly. This means he could run into the street, cause another car accident, and possibly get struck and killed by another vehicle.
Here’s a story with a happy ending. The video automatically plays, so I’m sorry about that. I don’t know how to keep it from doing that.
I understand we all have our different fears. The thing about a car accident is that it is unpredictable. You never know when you will be in a collision, let alone what kind of collision. What may be perfect for one situation may not be for another. Just consider the odds. While the above situation happens all the time, heroes like this aren’t always around to help.
SleepyPod’s New ClickIt Pet Car Harness
Sleepypod is coming out with the new ClickIt pet car harness soon and this design is also based on recommendations from the Center for Pet Safety! They are going to be expensive, but worth it. Keep posted here on this blog and I will let you know as soon as they are available.
My Interview with the Radio Pet Lady
I had an interview about pet auto safety on the Radio Pet Lady Dog Travel Experts show. Paris with Dog Tipper was there too! The show aired last night but will be archived at this link soon. Be sure to check it out. I think Gizmo with Terrier Torrent will be interviewed next week to talk about the fun of geocaching.
Bad Poetry Day
Hop on over to the AmericanDogBlog.Wordpress.com for Pierson’s Bad Poetry Day contest entry. Seriously, it will make you laugh! Maya will feature her bad poetry tomorrow.
Where is the Pet Auto Safety Car?
As you may have read, Maya and I were in a rear end collision on July 25th. It was bad enough that the insurance company considered my car as totaled, but not bad enough to cause serious injury. Even though the car is considered totaled, I am working with the repair shop to still have it fixed. Hopefully, they can get used parts instead of new and be able to fix it for the check amount the insurance company gave me. But as of today, I still don’t have my car back!!!
How is it that a car can be considered totaled for just a fender bender? First of all, it is a Ford. That should be enough explanation, but in case you’re wanting more… My car is a 1998. Why in the heck would I want to keep such an old car? Believe it or not, it only has 87,000 miles on it and it is still running well. Also, it was more than just the bumper that was damaged. It turns out the frame is bent too, and other stuff.
K9 Car Fence
A lot of you commented on what a great idea the K9 Car Fence is. Pierson didn’t think so, but I thought it was brilliant too! I wish I had thought of it.
Questions or Comments?
As always, if you have any questions about pet travel, feel free to ask them by commenting below or by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’d love to hear from you!
Join the Blog Hop
Thank you for stopping by and reading my long-winded post today! Follow Up Friday is hosted by Heart Like a Dog and co-hosted by Flea with JonesNaturalChews so be sure to go check them out. Other dog blogs participating in Follow Up Friday can be found in the blog hop links below.
We just received a wonderful review of the Ruff Rider Roadie dog car restraint:
“We just completed a 1300 mile trip from Bradenton, Fl to West Palm Beach, Fl to Hartford, CT with my 11 month old Australian Labradoodle Lily Grace. I loved the Ruff Rider because there is no way she could pop it open and get out of it and I knew she was protected from sudden stops. I ordered a size three and it fits her great because of the pleats underneath the chest. She weighs abut 35 pounds but has a deep chest. As you can see Lily Grace was very comfortable in the seat belt. Lily Grace also has a hammock in the car. Safe dogs make happy pet Mommas.”
We couldn’t agree more! Thank you so much for sharing this great review of your new dog seat belt. And thank you for sharing the adorable photo of Lily Grace.
Now that you’re in Hartford, what are some things you and your dog can do? We checked out DogFriendly.com and found a couple of things. There are some great scenic walks through Talcott Mountain State Park. Also, there is a very long trail that goes all the way through both Connecticut and Massachusetts. Get on the Metacomet-Monadock trail, part of the New England National Scenic Trail, from 3022 Albany Ave in West Hartford. There are other entrances to this trail as well.
We found a few more things for you and your dog to do on CBS Connecticut – Best Places to Take Your Dog in Hartford. One place mentioned is the Wethersfield Dog Park. Here is a cute video of dogs at the dog park.
Another place mentioned is the Farmington River Trail. There is an entrance from Sperry Park in Avon, CT (about 20 minutes west of Hartford).
And you have to go see Bushnell Park! There is always something going on there. Dogs on leashes are welcome in most areas.
Anyone who’s been to the Hartford, Connecticut area, are there any other dog friendly places you can go? What are some other great pet travel destinations?
Our blog was nominated for an award at the end of last month! It is the Versatile Blogger Award and we were given it by our friend Hawk at BrownDogCBR.blogspot.com. We are so excited because this is the first time our Pet Auto Safety blog has been nominated for such an award!
How does this nomination work? It is like a digital chain letter. A blogger who is nominated then awards 15 other bloggers and those 15 other bloggers nominate 15 more. The award makes its way around the internet, with some bloggers getting the award multiple times. But it serves another purpose too. If you’re reading my blog and you like it, then this award allows you to discover other great dog blogs that I like. It is a fun way to share!
Below are some of my favorite dog bloggers (in no particular order). Be sure to check them out. They are all fun and pawesome!
Brown Dog CBR – This is the blog for Hawk, a Chesapeake Bay Retriever. I love this blog because there are a ton of photos of Hawk and he is always looking at interesting things and doing fun stuff.
2 Brown Dawgs – This is the blog for Thunder, Storm, and Freighter, also Chesapeake Bay Retrievers. I discovered this blog through Hawk’s blog. I love this blog because these three dogs do field training and it is so interesting to learn the process.
Sugar the Golden Retriever – This is the blog for Sugar… yep, a Golden Retriever. I first discovered the blog when Sugar was in Hawaii. The pictures were always fun and beautiful. Sugar is in Chicago now, but the blog is still fun. You can recognize Sugar by her purple shoes!
Roxy the Traveling Dog – This is the blog for Roxy, a Chihuahua/Pomeranian mix and Torrey, an Australian Shepherd (mix?). They get to travel all around the United States. Their parents do this fun thing where they go on Rendezvous. You really have to visit their blog to find out more.
Snoopy’s Dog Blog – Snoopy is an adorable Bearded Collie. He’s always up to some kind of mischief! If you need a cuteness fix, this is always a fun blog to visit.
All Things Dog Blog – This is the blog for Tanner and Oliver and it is one of the first blogs I started following when I started. Carrie, Tanner and Oliver’s mom, gave me a lot of great tips in getting my blog going. And she’s a great fan of keeping her dogs safe in the car!
Clowie’s Corner – Clowie is a Great Pyrenese. She is a beautiful sweet dog – a true gentle giant. She always tells such great adventure stories in her blog.
Flea with Dog Treat Web for Jones Natural Chews – Flea is the writer of this blog and she has several pets – Flash and Patches (Australian Shepherds), O’Bunner and Humperdink (rabbits), Jimmy (duck), Ryan (Goose), and a ton of chickens that I can’t remember the names of. I only recently discovered this blog and fell in love with it right away. Flea is so funny and the way she presents things makes for some very entertaining reading.
Something Wagging This Way Comes – This is another humorous blog, although sometimes serious. Honey, a Golden Retriever is often the focus. Honey is a great dog and gives her owner a great insight into life.
Rumpy Dog – Rumpy is a Siberian Husky. He and June Buggie tell us about several animal welfare issues and what we can do to make sure that we are looking out for their wellbeing. There is also some dog and cat cuteness going on there.
Dakota’s Den – Dakota is an adorable Sheltie. I am partial to Shelties since my first very own dog was a Sheltie. Dakota blogs about a variety of things from pet care, prizes, cute pictures, and more.
Glo Girly – This blog is hilariously cute. GloGirly is the blogger, but she talks in the voice of Katie and Waffles, her cats. These two cats are always up to something.
Go Pet Friendly – Ty and Buster are the dogs in this blog. They get to travel all over the country. I first noticed them when they traveled through Texas. Since I lived in Texas for many years, Ty and Buster’s adventures made me a little home sick.
Kirby’s Dog Blog – If you like cute little fluffy dogs, then you’ll love Kirby. Kirby’s mom, Leah is adorable too. This blog is all about innocent cuteness.
Oz the Terrier – Oz is an adorable Cairn Terrier, which I am partial to since Toto of the Wizard of Oz was a Cairn. I’ve lived in Kansas these past ten years so how could I not love Toto! I’ve followed Oz for some time but really enjoyed their March blog posts which featured Irish Limericks about several dogs in the dog blogging world, including Maya & Pierson! So fun and creative!!!
There are a lot of other dog blogs that I follow, but I had to narrow them down to fifteen. Be sure to also visit Leroy and Sherman’s blog, My Brown Newfies, the Long Life Cats and Dogs blog with Pixels and Litchi, Will and Eko’s blog, Brooks (RIP) and Kelly with Peggy’s Pet Place, Pepper Paws, Mollie and Alfie, Maggie with Wag the Dog UK, Remy with One Blue Dog, Gizmo with Terrier Torrent, and the list goes on. And don’t forget to take a trip to visit my dogs, Maya and Pierson, at AmericanDogBlog.Wordpress.com!
Travel Calm is a great product that helps dogs who are anxious about riding in the car. It helps dogs like my Labrador Maya who is super-excited about riding in the car. And it helps dogs that are nervous about riding in the car. But riding in the car is not the only stressful situation where Travel Calm can help. Here’s what Danielle has to say about it:
I’m so happy that Sissy is doing so well despite the fireworks! We only have a little time and limited supply of Travel Calm left. Get yours today or tomorrow and we can ship you a bottle via USPS first class, which takes about 3 business days. If you wait until the weekend, we can ship first thing Monday, but it may or may not arrive by Wednesday, July 3rd.
Please don’t use this product as a way to take your dog with you when you go to see fireworks. Please leave your dog at home, inside, and safe during the festivities.
Look what we won! No travel destination today. But we do have a great calendar from GoPetFriendlyBlog.com with lots of great photos of their dogs Ty and Buster at great pet travel destinations.
The calendar is titled “Travels with Ty & Buster”. This month for June, Ty and Buster are pictured at Bar Harbor, Maine. It’s a great photo of them chilling out on some nice lush green grass in front of the scenic harbor. There are also photos of them in Stowe, Vermont, Stone Mountain, Georgia, and Newport, Rhode Island.
Another thing I love about the calendar is that in many of the photos, Ty and Buster are wearing their Kurgo dog car harnesses!!! It’s so great seeing these guys traveling safe as they visit so many wonderful pet travel destinations across the continent.
Do you want a Ty and Buster calendar? You can win one too. Just enter the Friday Photo Challenge which is held EVERY Friday on GoPetFriendlyBlog.com. This week, enter HERE. Then visit their blog regularly for other photo challenges.
Do you know Maya and Pierson? The beautiful yellow Labrador pictured at the top of this blog isn’t just some random puppy. That is my Maya! She’s been pictured on this blog a number of times, along with my Australian Shepherd mix Pierson. They aren’t just models for pet auto safety products, they have other talents too. Check out some non-travel pet photos of them below:
Do you want to get to know Maya and Pierson even more? Sign up for our other blog - http://americandogblog.wordpress.com/. At the top right of our blog is where you will find the email sign up. We post about twice a week. Check out today’s post for Wordless Wednesday to see how Maya and Pierson help out at work. Then check us out on Saturdays where we post about dog training, Maya and Pierson antics, pet health, or other fun dog topics.
For more fun pet photos, check out the Wordless Wednesday blog hop below.
Duncan’s dad shared a wonderful photo of Duncan wearing his new Bergan dog car harness. Don’t you just love that sweet face! And what a beautiful color Duncan’s coat is.
Duncan’s owner had this to say, “We drove 910 miles on Friday and he was great. He did manage to slip out of the front of the harness twice but I don’t think I had it tight enough.”
Yes, that can happen. Unfortunately, the tighter you make the harness, the more likely a dog will try to get out of it. And if you make it too tight, the dog could hurt himself trying to get out of it. Duncan’s owner believes Duncan will not try to get out of it once he gets used to it. That’s right. It just takes a little practice.
Thank you, Duncan’s dad for sharing!!!
For more Wordless Wednesday pet photos, check out the blog hop below:
This is our first Follow Up Friday blog hop. It has been an interesting week for us so I thought we would share what’s going on.
Snow in May
It has been a strange week for weather. It was in the 80s Monday and Tuesday. Wednesday was in the 70s. Then Thursday it snowed! Poor Maya & Pierson don’t know whether to shed or grow more fur.
Pierson had a second seizure on Wednesday, May 1st. His first seizure was on January 10th of this year. Thankfully, his seizures were very short and don’t seem to happen often. The vet took some tests and was unable to determine the cause. This is a good thing, the vet says. It’s not head trauma, it’s not poison, and his blood tests came out normal. So he is just one of those dogs that have seizures. Seeing my pretty boy Pierson having a seizure is a scary thing, but seizures won’t shorten his life or lessen his quality of life. It is believed that dogs feel no pain during a seizure. And he gets back to his bouncy self within moments after the seizure.
Tomorrow for Pet Safety Saturday, I’m going to provide a link to an article I wrote in January about Pierson’s canine epilepsy. Be sure to stop by tomorrow.
On a lighter note, Amy B. won the Bergan pet travel barrier. Congratulations Amy!
We will be holding another contest this month so stay tuned. What would you like to see in May’s giveaway contest?
Sharing Pet Safety Photos
You saw the Golden Doodle Spud’s photo earlier this week in his new Bergan dog car harness. Now we’ve seen a photo of another Doodle named Goldie wearing the Kurgo Tru-Fit pet car harness. We haven’t gotten permission to share the photo on our blog, but you can see it on DoodleKisses.
If you have photos of your dog riding in the car, share them with us. We’d love to post them here.
Teaching Pierson to Speak
I taught Pierson to speak last week. It was so easy that he learned it in one day. Two factors made it easy for him to learn: 1) Aussies are natural barkers, and 2) Aussies are super smart. I will hopefully have a video on American Dog Blog soon.
Check out more dog blog posts on the Follow Up Friday blog hop below: