Archive for October, 2012
Do you have a vacation photo with your dog? Today is your last day to enter! Check out the contest rules HERE in order to win a $25 gift card.
The photos I’m going to share with you for today’s Wordless Wednesday blog hop are not photos of my dogs on vacation, but photos of me on vacation and visiting family and their pets.
I was curious to know what prompted lawmakers in New Jersey to propose the bill requiring that pets be restrained in the vehicle. I expected to find a politician who had had a personal bad experience. But the real inspiration for the new dog seat belt law was a fourth-grade elementary class.
While many feel it is silly for politicians to waste their time making insignificant laws when there are bigger fish to fry, I find it fascinating to know that the idea actually came from children. As parents, we may shelter our children from some of the more controversial issues of the day. They don’t understand the economic debates, why people have to fight in war, what the death penalty means, etc. But they do understand the simple concern for their four-legged siblings. I can just hear a child asking mom why she has to wear a seat belt but Fido doesn’t. After all, if she is safer wearing a seat belt, why wouldn’t her best friend wear one too? The world sure is different through the eyes of a child.
Assemblywoman Grace Spencer was visiting a Newark charter school when a fourth-grade class gave her the idea. She didn’t just disregard the children’s concern or label it as silly or stupid. She went further and decided to ask her veterinarian for more information. If you want to know more about Grace Spencer’s push for the dog seat belt law in New Jersey, click HERE. To review the proposed law, click HERE.
“I love it, she gave me no problems, the zip line allows her to stand by turn around and then relay down like she always does, then I just leave the harness on to walk her also- much nicer and lighter weight than the harness I have used before
“Thanks so much, glad I found you guys
Thank you, Mary for considering us for your pet travel needs and for telling us about you and Ruby’s experience. I bet Ruby had a lot of fun in Colorado. We’ve got to take our dogs there sometime.
The Kurgo dog car harness has been tested for safety and safely restrains almost any sized dog. The auto zip line allows the dog to be restrained but also gives them the freedom to move back and forth in the back seat. This is especially helpful for dogs who won’t sit still in the car and who may otherwise try to wiggle out of the harness.
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In the meantime, here are some really old photos of my dogs past. These were taken several years ago before digital cameras. The first one is from the 80’s. Far left is my Sheltie, Cassie. That’s me in the pink pants. Then my two cousins in the middle and far right. We are visiting Grandma’s house.
The second picture is of Smokey and Becky Anne. They are spending the day at the lake. This was taken sometime in the 90’s. Smokey is the black Lab/Border Collie/Shepherd mix. Becky Anne is the Shepherd/Whippet (?) mix. Becky Anne has no tail because she lost it after being hit by a truck. Thankfully, her tail is all she lost.
Be sure to check out our blog post from September 28th, 2012 for details on how you can enter your pet travel photo into our contest and win a $25 gift card. And check out other great pet photos on the Wordless Wednesday blog hop.
I’ve had a lot of people tell me it is silly to make a dog wear a seat belt in the car. This has been an especially hot topic lately since New Jersey passed the new law. Many people, including political officials, are calling it stupid. “Absolutely ridiculous…..like NJ doesn’t have other issues to deal with that are more important than SEAT BELTS FOR PETS!” or “Seriously? Do dogs really cause car accidents?” or “For a free country, we sure are losing a lot of freedoms of choice” or “Next thing you know they will make laws requiring us to strap in Kleenex boxes”.
Most people seem to be upset that New Jersey is wasting tax dollars to make such a law. Maybe New Jersey is doing it for a good reason, or maybe it is just a way to make extra revenue. I won’t get into that debate. But I will say that many laws are made because people aren’t using common sense. Remember when states started making seat belt laws for people? There were nearly the same arguments for freedom of choice and a waste of tax dollars. But let’s consider some common sense reasons and real life examples of why dogs should wear seat belts in the car (or at least be in a pet travel crate).
1. Do unrestrained dogs in cars really kill people? The answer is yes. On September 15th of this year in East Brunswick, New Jersey, it is suspected that a dog in the vehicle was a distraction which caused the driver to lose control, crash, kill two pedestrians, and injure three others. TWO people are dead. Read the article HERE.
2. Do car accidents kill dogs? Again, yes. While the answer to this question might seem obvious, consider this relatively minor accident in Lakewood, Washington where the two occupants suffered only minor injuries but the dog died. The Pomeranian was killed when it hit the windshield. This dog could have survived if he had been restrained in a pet car harness or pet carrier. Read the article HERE.
3. What happens to a dog after an accident? Consider the terror a dog feels after the car that it is in goes out of control. The instinct of a dog in a traumatic experience is to run. And if given half they chance, dogs WILL try to run away from the accident – even if it is just a fender-bender. Consider Bella in Clinton, Montana on August 5th of this year. She and her family were in a terrible accident, a fatal accident. Bella survived. But when someone opened the car door, Bella bolted. She was so scared that no amount of calling for her or looking for her would bring her out. She ran and hid for several days, only coming out at dusk or dawn. It took a community coming together and a live trap to capture Bella. She was finally caught on August 31st… 25 days later. Imagine her fate if the community hadn’t helped. Read her story HERE.
All these stories happened within the past couple of months. And these are just a few of the stories we have come across. Multiply these three by at least 10 more recent stories we’ve found. Then multiply that by how many stories we didn’t find and how many stories never made it to the web. I bet the number goes into the hundreds. Then multiply that again by several months and I bet you have well over a thousand per year. Since there is no formal reporting system for dogs in car accidents, this is just a guess.
We all think it will never happen to us. But if it does, let’s be prepared. Consider the many well-tested dog seat belt brands. If you don’t think your dog will tolerate a seat belt, consider training him to get used to it or consider a secured pet travel crate or pet vehicle barrier. Your pet is family. Treat him/her like family.
Pet Auto Safety had a fantastic time this Sunday at the Dogtoberfest in Lawrence, Kansas. The event was huge and there were lots of activities. I tried to get as many photos as I could of the different events, but I was stuck at my own booth most of the time. So I asked Jim Sovanski with Sovanski Photography, who also had a booth at the event, to share some of his photos. As you can tell, his photos came out much better than mine.
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Is this what your dog is like in the car? Imagine how much worse my Labrador Maya would be if she wasn’t wearing her dog car harness. Yes, she is excited. But she can’t jump to the front seat like she wants to. While her whining is annoying, at least I don’t have to worry about her trying to climb all over the place trying to look out each window. Maya is protected and so am I.
Because Maya is wearing a dog car seat belt, she can’t distract me (except with the whining which can be ignored). Another benefit is if I happen to be unlucky enough to be in a car accident, chances are my 65lb lovable pooch won’t get thrown into the back of my head… or out the windshield.
I often read news stories about dogs who escape the car after a car accident. They either get hit by oncoming traffic or run off in terror, never to be seen again. If you are in a car accident with your dog, a pet seat belt might be able to keep that from happening. Your dog stays in the car where emergency personnel can try to help him, get him to a vet, and/or get him to a family member.
Even if your dog isn’t like my Maya in the car and before you discard the idea of your dog wearing a pet car harness, consider all the benefits:
* Your dog is less of a distraction,
* Your dog is less likely to become a dangerous projectile which could injure you or other passengers,
* Your dog is more likely to still be in the car when emergency personnel come to help,
* Like the benefit of seat belts for people, your dog is more likely to survive a car accident.
Car harnesses for dogs are becoming more advanced. More are being tested for safety than ever before. The leading experts in pet travel are listening to the public and looking for better ways to ensure the safety of our beloved four-legged friends.
My dogs take to the pet car harness very well, but not all dogs will. Some will try to chew their way out. Training can help them get used to it. Or you can consider putting your dog in a crate, then securing the crate in the car with kennel restraints. Traveling in a secured crate has all the same benefits as listed above.
Your dog is family. Protect him life family.
Today’s Wordless Wednesday photo is of Gracie the Shih Tzu. Isn’t Gracie a cutie! Just look at that adorable fuzzy face. So what is Gracie doing? She is riding in the car and wearing the Kurgo Tru-Fit pet car harness. More specifically, she is wearing the extra small pet car harness. Gracie is very petite. In fact, her mom Cathy had trouble finding something that would fit her. The Kurgo extra-small was perfect. Gracie’s mom loves it. Maybe Grace does or doesn’t love it, but at least she is well-protected in the car. Thank you so much Cathy for sharing this wonderful photo of your dog Gracie!