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February 3, 2014

The Center for Pet Safety has tested a number of dog seat belt brands and found the ClickIt Utility from Sleepypod to be the safest. We concur. It is very well made and does a great job at keeping your dog secure. Unlike other brands, a dog wearing the ClickIt will have less side-to-side and forward projection in the event of a car accident. This is great, but there are a few things you need to be aware of:

MORE SECURITY MEANS MORE RESTRICTIVE
Not all dogs will tolerate being so restricted in the car. The ClickIt Utility uses three anchor points to secure your dog. All three anchor points must be used in order for your dog to be secured properly when they are wearing the ClickIt. The first point is with the safety belt of your car. Take the safety belt of the car and put it through the back of the harness. Next, attach the two tethers. One end of the tethers clips onto a metal ring located between the rear seat cushions of all vehicles 2001 model and later. The other end of the tethers clips onto the sides of the harness. Yes, your dog can still lie down, but he won’t be able to stand up.

Back of the ClickIt Dog Seat Belt

The seat belt of your car goes through the back of the ClickIt as one of three attachment points of the harness.

Tether of the ClickIt Utility Dog Safety Belt

These two tethers attach to the latchbars located between the rear seat cushions, and in turn attach to the side of the ClickIt Utility dog safety belt.

Not being able to stand up can be very frustrating to some dogs. When they try to stand up, they can’t. And so they may try to chew the straps connecting them. Or they may struggle to get out of the harness and hurt themselves in the process. Some reviews have said their dogs got tangled in the straps because they struggled so much.

Maya ClickIt Utility Dog Seat Belt

Maya can barely move when wearing the ClickIt Utility. She can lay down or sit, but she can’t stand up.

MORE COMPLEX AND SIZING CONCERNS
Other reviews stated that the ClickIt was very complex and difficult to put on and take off. We agree that it is at first. It is definitely more involved than other pet car harness brands. But I think once you get used to it, it is actually pretty easy. Another review stated it was hard to find the right size. We agree. The extra-small is not for really small dogs. It is for larger small dogs. And measuring for the right size is not as simple as it is for other harnesses. And another review said it was difficult to adjust the size. We’ve found this to be the case as well. Luckily, Sleepypod has made a video to show us how to put the ClickIt on and how to adjust the size.

THE MOST COMFORTABLE FOR YOUR DOG
If you’re looking for the best dog seat belt, be sure to take these reviews into account. Remember that the safest is also the most restrictive. Consider what your furry best friend will tolerate. Your dog can be trained to wear the harness without struggling, but this could take time. While other pet car harness brands may not be as restrictive, they are still safer than wearing nothing at all.

CRATING ALTERNATIVES
Your dog can also ride in a secured pet travel carrier. By secured, we mean the carrier should be buckled or strapped into the car so that it can’t slide around. The makers of the ClickIt have stated that smaller dogs are safer in a pet travel carrier.

Carry-Me Pet Travel Crate Buckled In

Be sure to secure pet travel carriers in the car so they can’t slide (or get thrown) around.

OTHER CAR HARNESS ALTERNATIVES
If your dog is calm in the car and doesn’t mind sitting or lying down in one spot for the entire ride, then the ClickIt Utility is the best thing you can do to protect his safety. If this is not your dog, consider other viable alternatives such as the Ruff Rider Roadie or the Bergan.

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Which dog seat belt is right for your pet? I like the Bergan brand for Pierson.

CONCLUSION
This post is inspired by someone who’s tried both the ClickIt and the AllSafe dog seat belts and weren’t satisfied with either. They were too difficult to use, too difficult to fit, and their dog was not comfortable in them. This post is not about bashing the ClickIt. It is a fantastic brand when it comes to providing the ultimate safety. But it is not for everyone and it is not for every dog.

 

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December 16, 2013

It so happens that the best dog seat belt on the market seems to be the most involved. Getting it adjusted for the first time has been difficult for some people, including myself. Thankfully, Sleepypod has made a video to help us.

Don’t let the fact that the ClickIt Utility can be difficult to adjust discourage you from buying the best. The good news is that once it is adjusted, you probably won’t have to adjust it again. And once you get used to putting it on your dog and securing him in the car, it’s easy.

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Follow Up Friday #15

Author: MayaAndPierson
October 11, 2013

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Welcome to Follow Up Friday where we recap the past week events. Before we get started, I want to say thanks to Jodi with Heart Like a Dog and JoAnn with Sand Spring Chesapeakes for hosting this blog hop! :)

Last Friday

Lindsay with That Mutt asked, “Are there seat belts designed specifically for dogs under 10 pounds? Or are those dogs, like cats, better off riding in crates?

This is an excellent question! Although the Center for Pet Safety has not yet conducted a study of pet travel crates, I am confident of the testing completed by Sleepypod. Before Sleepypod designed their top rated ClickIt Utility pet seat belt, they designed and crash tested the best pet travel carriers I have ever seen. Check out this crash test video of the Sleepypod carrier:

When Sleepypod began designing dog car harnesses they found smaller pets were better protected in their carriers. So to answer your question more directly, yes, smaller pets are better off riding in crates; specifically, in pet travel carriers that are preferably soft-sided and are secured in the car.

Sleepypod Pet Travel Carrier Blue

These pet travel carriers from Sleepypod are perfect for cats and small dogs.

Contest

There are lots of comments on this post for obvious reasons. If you haven’t entered to win the new ClickIt Utility yet, please do. The contest is open until the end of October and you can enter daily by tweeting about the giveaway.

I noticed a lot of commenters on this post gave the weight of their dog rather than the measurement. It is very important that you measure your dog. Some of the weights people indicated for their dogs sound like these dogs are too small to fit the smallest ClickIt. You’d think the extra-small size is for toy dogs but it’s not. It is for larger small dogs. To fit the extra-small, your dog should have a combined measurement of 31 to 36 inches. Another measurement to consider for small dogs is the size of the vest. The vest piece of the extra-small is 9″ long. The narrowest part of the vest is 3.5 inches wide. This means the vest might be too bulky for smaller dogs.

One question came up in the contest, Janet K asked if we have the orange ClickIt Utility dog car harnesses. Yes, but all sizes except the orange are out of stock. Lots of these are out of stock and we only have a few left. More will not be available until mid-November.

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The Orange ClickIt Utility pet seat belt. Notice this large Dachshund is wearing the extra small size.

Wordless Wednesday

Sugar the Golden Retriever said, “FUN Event. We missed Dogtoberseft last weekend due to the rain. LOVE Roxy’s costume. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

Our weather was fantastic, for the most part. It was a little chilly in the morning, but it wasn’t as cold as it was last year. And it warmed up nicely. Maya and I really had a great time.

In regards to Roxy’s costume, it really is cute, isn’t it? Roxy’s mom and aunt, Bridget and Rhonda, make dog clothes. They make other dog stuff too. In fact, they also made the cooling dog collars from our site.

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Roxy the Dachshund mix sports an adorable Kansas City Chief’s dress at the Dogtoberfest.

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The women who made Roxy’s dress also made these cool cooling collars.

The cooling dog collars have ice packs in them so that your dog can be cool and cool-looking. Click Maya’s picture to see these on our website. We have a few medium and large ones left. No more will be ordered until next spring.

Flea with Dog Treat Web for Jones Natural Chews says, “Omigoodness! This looks like so much fun! I love the Border Collie! And the Mastiffs! *SQUEEEE*

I saw a lot of other breeds and cool breed mixes at the Dogtoberfest. But I was too busy to get a bunch of photos. That’s a good thing, of course. BTW Flea, I bet those dogs would have really loved a shank bone or other treat from Jones Natural Chews.

That’s it for this week. Thanks for joining us for Follow Up Friday. And thanks again to Jodi and JoAnne. Don’t forget to enter the contest for the ClickIt Utility pet seat belt. Good luck and have a great weekend! :)

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October 5, 2013
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Enter to win this ClickIt Utility seat belt for dogs.

Enter to Win the ClickIt Utility Pet Car Harness

Do you want to be one of the first people to try out the new ClickIt Utility seat belt for dogs from Sleepypod? Great! Just enter the Rafflecopter below.

This seat belt for dogs did not fail! It was the top performing pet car harness as conducted by the Center for Pet Safety and shown in their October 2013 report (see our post on October 3rd). The ClickIt Utility is unique in that it has a three point attachment system designed to keep your dog more stable in the event of a car accident. It has been crash tested at 30mph using a 75lb dog dummy. Watch the following crash test video to see how the ClickIt keeps your dog on the seat.

For other valuable safety information on this new products, visit our website’s ClickIt Utility pet car harnesses page and check out our post from September 28, 2013 to see how well it worked for my dog Maya.

Before you enter, make sure your dog is big enough to wear one. The extra-small and small sizes are really for smaller medium sized dogs. Sleepypod recommends that smaller dogs should be ride in a pet carrier such as their Sleepypod pet car seat.

To determine if your dog is big enough, measure around his chest and neck in a figure-8 as shown in the diagram below. Also, watch the following video. If your dog’s figure-8 measurement is less than 31 inches, then he is too small for the ClickIt Utility seat belt for dogs.

ClickIt Harness Sizing

Starting at the top, wrap the tape measure around your dog’s chest, then neck, in a figure-8.

Contest Rules and Guidelines:

1. Contest ends at 11:59pm October 31st, 2013.

2. Please don’t enter your dog in the contest if he is too small to fit the ClickIt Utility harness unless you plan to give it to a friend or donate it. See measuring instructions above.

3. The mailing address for the winner must be in the US. If you live outside the US but have a US shipping address or have someone in the US who will ship to you, then you may enter the contest.

4. One of the Rafflecopter entries will let you enter more than once. Multiple entries are permitted.

5. If you already like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter, you can simply indicate on the Rafflecopter for a valid entry.

6. Your Like and Follow must be active at the time of the drawing.

7. We will choose the winner using Random.org. The winner will be contacted via all methods provided such as email, Facebook message, and/or Twitter direct messaging. You have three business days to reply or another winner will be selected.

8. The ClickIt Utility has been so popular that most sizes and colors are out of stock by both us and Sleepypod. So your prize may not be sent until more are available in mid to late November.

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Good luck! :)

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The report from the Center for Pet Safety regarding the safety of pet car harnesses is finally out. The news is good in some ways but not so good in others. Before we give a brief summary of the report, let us remind you that injury to a dog in a car accident is much more likely if they are not harnessed at all. So even though a dog seat belt may have failed the Center for Pet Safety’s standards, something is better than nothing. See our post about what if a dog isn’t restrained in the car.

ClickIt Utility is the Top Performing Dog Seat Belt

The good news is that the ClickIt Utiltiy dog seat belt from Sleepypod is the top performer! It consistently passed all tests for all sizes, kept your dog in the seat, and restricted side-to-side movement. We recently acquired this brand and it is currently available on our retail site, free shipping.

Maya ClickIt Utility Dog Seat Belt

I was pleasantly surprised at how well the ClickIt Utility dog seat belt kepy my crazy dog Maya in her seat.

These next two brands did not fail, but they didn’t do as well as the ClickIt Utility: Allsafe and Ruff Rider. We have Ruff Rider Roadie available on our site, but not Allsafe.

These next brands failed in some ways, but not all:
- The Canine Friendly from RC Pet failed at the 75lb level for larger dogs.
- Bergan failed at the 75lb level for larger dogs.
- The Kurgo Tru-Fit failed at the 25lb and 75lb level but did well for the 45lb level for medium sized dogs.

We have the Bergan and Kurgo brands on our retail site. If the ClickIt Utility and Ruff Rider is a bit out of one’s price range, we suggest the Bergan for small dogs, and the Bergan or Kurgo for medium dogs. I believe Kurgo has just released a new dog seat belt for larger dogs. It is available on Kurgo’s site only at this time.

Pet Buckle failed at all sizes. They have also opted out of test attendance with the Center for Pet Safety. We will be discontinuing this brand.

These brands, which we do not sell, did not make it to the crash test level. The Center for Pet Safety determined their quality was not adequate enough to pass any crash test:  Champion from USA Canine Outfitters, Clix from In the Company of Animals, EZ-Rider from Coastal, and the Pet Safety Harness and Adapter from Snoozer.

For more detailed information, check out the full report from the Center for Pet Safety.

Since the ClickIt Utility dog seat belt is a brand new product, I do not feel that our company made a bad decision in the products we elected to sell. The only one of our products that claimed crash testing and completely failed was the Pet Buckle. When we first started selling Pet Buckle, it was the only brand which used metal buckles. It was innovative at the time. When new companies started arising we added them to our inventory but didn’t stop Pet Buckle. After all, Pet Buckle and the newer brands all made the same pet safety claims.

We’re glad we took up the Ruff Rider brand. And we still like the Bergan and Kurgo brands even though they did not hold up as well as the others. Not everyone is going to be able to afford the nearly $100 price of the ClickIt Utiltiy. Since something is still better than nothing, we will continue to sell the Bergan and Kurgo. However, we will be adding a disclosure regarding the Center for Pet Safety’s report on our site over the next few days.

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September 28, 2013
Maya ClickIt Utility Dog Seat Belt

Maya makes the ClickIt Utility dog seat belt look good!

It’s here! It’s finally here!!! This has got to be the best pet car harness yet. The ClickIt Utility is different from any other pet car harness we’ve ever had in one major way – Dogs are secured with three anchor points.

How the ClickIt Utility Dog Seat Belt Provides Superior Safety

How do three anchor points make a difference? There is less side-to-side tossing. Also, three attachment points help to evenly distribute pressure in a crash and help to restrain both the upper and lower portions of your dog’s body. According to the crash test studies completed by Sleepypod, the two anchor points also help to keep your dog from bearing too much tension by breaking away at high impacts. Don’t worry though, the third anchor point in the back stays in place to make sure your dog is not propelled forward off the seat in a frontal crash.

A third thing also helps to dissipate pressure in a crash and that is the broad padded chest piece of the ClickIt Utility pet car harness. This is a safety feature recognized by a number of dog seat belt manufacturers including our Kurgo and Bergan brands.

Why Other Brands May Be Different

If three anchor points are safer and if it is safer to have your dog restrained as much as possible, why do so many dog seat belt manufacturers have only one anchor point and long tethers? I suspect there are two reasons for this. First of all, while many manufacturers tested the strength and fit of their products, they may not have fully understood the dynamics of a car crash and the possible effects on the dog. Thank goodness the Center for Pet Safety (CPS), who has been significantly funded by Subaru, has the means to do a full evaluation. Sleepypod was able to use the information from CPS and combine it with their six years of experience with crash testing products. (If you have a small pet, you should seriously take a look at the Sleepypod pet car seats.)

The second reason why manufacturers may be using longer tethers and only have one anchor point is because of the nature of dogs themselves. This is a very important reason that everyone should consider before purchasing a pet car harness. Let’s consider my two dogs.

Important Things to Consider

Pierson sits still in the car. He doesn’t move around too much at all. He is quiet and calm. So the ClickIt Utility is perfect for him. Maya, on the other hand, will not hold still. She has to stand up and look around. She wants to know where she is going and the only thing I can do to keep her calm is to remember to use the Travel Calm beforehand. Even then, she still wants to stand up.

Despite Maya’s strong desire to move around, the ClickIt did an excellent job of keeping her still. She could not stand up or turn around like she normally can. This is a good thing because this restrictiveness is what will help her stay in her seat in the event of a car crash. Maya sat and was even able to lie down while wearing the ClickIt. I was extremely happy with it.

However, this restrictiveness may be too much for some dogs. Little dogs might be able to stand up and turn around in it, thereby getting tangled. And any dog can chew through the straps. I would strongly suggest that you consider how your dog will react to being so confined before you purchase this.

There is one another limitation to the ClickIt Utility pet car harness to consider. It can only be used in the back seat and only in vehicles that have the latch system anchors between the cushions. The latch system is used to secure baby seats. The good news is that all vehicles 2001 and later have these latchbars. A few older cars may have them too.

I also noticed that the small and extra-small are not really all that small. The chest piece is 9 inches long. This may be way too long for little dogs, especially if they have a short body. I’d say the extra-small is more suited to a larger toy breed while the small is more suited to a smaller medium-sized dog. Be sure to measure your dog before purchasing one. Sleepypod is aware of this and says that smaller dogs are safer in a secured pet carrier such as the crash tested Sleepypod pet car seats.

My Opinion and Our Conclusion

All-in-all, the ClickIt Utility pet car harness is a fantastic product. It is very well made and the safety features are awesome. I have to say with complete honesty that this is is the best dog seat belt I have ever seen! Just be sure to consider the nature of your dog before you purchase it or understand that training may be needed before your dog will wear it effectively. If you think this is the right product for you and your dog, feel free to visit our retail site and buy one. We are currently offering free shipping and you can also use the discount code, petsafeblogger, for 10% off. Keep an eye out for a giveaway in October!

 

Sleepypod ClickIt Utility and Pet Car Seats

Main products from Sleepypod – pet car seats and the ClickIt Utility dog seat belt, all of which have been crash tested.

 

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Follow Up Friday #12

Author: MayaAndPierson
September 20, 2013

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It’s time for another edition of Follow Up Friday where we recap the past week’s activities. This edition is hosted by Heart Like a Dog and 2 Brown Dawgs.

Comments from Follow Up Friday #11

Jodi with Heart Like a Dog saw someone driving while their dog had his whole upper body hanging out the window. How scary, Jodi! I hate it when I see something like that. :(

Oz the Terrier says, “Oh I so want one of the Clickits by Sleepypod. I don’t think we have the best harness for safety in the car at the moment…but we are trying.” Something is better than nothing, Oz so your efforts are pawsome! I think what I am going to do after we get the Sleepypod ClickIt is give one away. So keep an eye out!

By the way, I don’t think the Sleepypod ClickIt will make it on the Center for Pet Safety (CPS) report coming in October. It is too new so I doubt CPS has had a chance to test it. But Sleepypod has tested it. And the ClickIt was designed based on testing results from CPS.

We Life in a Flat says, “If we don’t let kids stick their heads out of the car window, why should we let dogs” Good point. Unfortunately, not everyone thinks of their dogs as family. Those of us that do, though, sometimes fall victim to the “It won’t happen to me” mentality.

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Sue with Talking-Dogs says she adopted her first dog at the Lawrence Humane Society (LHS). How pawsome is that!?! After Sephi passed on, my husband and I looked through the LHS for a new family member. All the dogs there were wonderful and well cared for. But none of them clicked. I ended up finding a stray (Pierson) instead. Excellent bargain, don’t you think?

Pierson January 10, 2012

This photo was taken on the day I brought Pierson to his new home. He was a scared pup. He was also thin and full of fleas and ticks. He doesn’t look thin. It’s all the hair. It was January 10, 2012 when I got him.

In regards to pet events, our first one this fall is coming up on Sunday. The event is outdoors and thankfully it looks like the weather is going to hold up. I’ll be sure to post photos the following Wednesday for Wordless Wednesday.

Pet Travel Destination Tuesday

Donna and the Dogs says “I try to take mine out places too, but like you, only if I don’t need to leave them unattended. Especially my Lab, Toby, and my Vizlsa, Medi, because I’m afraid someone will steal them.” That’s something else to think about besides the heat. Someone could steal your dog. Even if you live in a nice neighborhood, do you really trust that some unsavory person isn’t visiting your nice town and looking for some easy pickings? I also worry about people who don’t like dogs and what they will do to tease my dog if I am not there to watch them.

Lindsay with That Mutt says, “There is a dog bakery near us, and I am thinking about taking Ace there this week just for an excuse to get him a treat.” Sounds fun. I bet Ace will love it. I forgot to mention dog boutiques in my list. Maya has been to Lucky Paws Bakery in downtown Lawrence a number of times. There also used to be a place called The Dog House that we frequented.

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Maya and other dogs at the Lucky Paws Bakery located in Downtown Lawrence.

Buster & Pierson at The Dog House

Pierson met Buster at The Dog House. Pierson looks happy, but really, he is not happy that Buster is getting attention.

Mollie with Mollies Dog Treats says, “Mommy takes me with her but we never had ice cream this summer.. must make a note.” Hurry Mollie, before it’s too cold for ice cream. :)

Gizmo with Terrier Torrent says, “Gizmo loves car rides, even if it’s just a quick errand…he’s totally comfy in the car, which does make things easy.” Good job, Gizmo! Maya loves car rides too but she is so totally not easy to deal with in the car. Have you all seen this video?

Imagine this for the first 15 to 20 minutes of our annual road trip to Texas. She calms down eventually, but starts up all over again every time we make a pit stop. She is wearing her seat belt in this video but I have to keep the tether long so she won’t get tangled when she tries to move around. A shorter tether is safer, but Maya is a good example of how optimum safety is not always possible.

I discovered a new product last year that helped Maya with her excitement. The product is Travel Calm and it works well for nervous dogs too. The only time Maya whined on the last trip was when she recognized we were pulling into my parent’s neighborhood. After that trip, I made arrangements with the company that makes it to sell some on my own site.

Jodi with Heart Like a Dog says, “I sure hope they seek certification, I for one would be far more likely to purchase one that had been certified over one that had not. It might give a manufacturer an edge over a competitor.” It certainly will. I can’t imagine any company not wanting to get certification. If they choose not to, it will make me wonder if they have something to hide. The certification process is still a while away, though. First is their report in October. Then they will start working on a certification process.

Well, that’s all I have for this week. Gotta go and write a post for tomorrow, then pack up my stuff for the pet event this Sunday. I hope you all have a great weekend. Thanks for stopping by. :)

Dawn with Maya & Pierson

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Follow Up Friday #11

Author: MayaAndPierson
September 13, 2013

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Welcome to another edition of Follow Up Friday. This week’s event is hosted by Jodi with HeartLikeADog and Flea from DogTreatWeb for Jones Natural Chews.

Comments from Follow Up Friday #10
Sue at Talking-Dogs.com says, “No dog heads out our windows. Ever. Way too dangerous.” Not many people realize there is a danger. It reminds me of the danger of dogs playing with sticks. The activity is just so fun. It’s hard to believe there is a risk to it.

I suppose there is a risk to everything fun. Heck, just going outside can be dangerous. Think of poisonous snakes or, in Hawk‘s case, gators. We can’t eliminate all risks or life will be no fun at all. But we can avoid or minimize some dangers.

Donna’s mom from WeLiveInAFlat and Sue both enjoyed the Pooch Plunge event that Maya got to go to. I posted a photo on the last Follow Up Friday and directed you to go check out my other blog on Saturday for a video. For in case you missed it, here is that video:

Mr. N with TenaciousLittleTerrier asked about the SleepyPod ClickIt dog seat belt. He wanted to know what sizes the ClickIt will come in. The sizes are large, medium, small, and extra small. The extra small, which is what I’m sure Mr. N will need, can fit a dog with both a neck and chest size measuring a total of 31-36 inches. To measure, use a tape measure to start at the top of your dog’s back between the shoulder blades, wrap the tape measure around your dog’s chest, and then bring the tape measure around your dog’s neck, like a figure-8. This is a bit different than measurements indicated for other dog seat belt harnesses.

ClickIt Harness Sizing

BTW, Mr. N your email subscription button isn’t working. :(  I’d love to visit your blog regularly but the only way I will remember to do so is if I can get email alerts. If you get the email subscription button fixed, can you let me know by sending me an email at naturebydawn at gmail dot com?

Mollie and Alfie from MolliesDogTreats.co.uk were really glad Jet was found and reminded everyone to buckle up – “remember CLUNK CLICK every trip.”

Comments from The Center for Pet Safety Update
Carol with FidoseOfReality got to meet with The Center for Pet Safety at Blog Paws. How awesome is that! I’ve talked to them, but have not had the opportunity to meet with them face-to-face.

Lindsay with ThatMutt can’t wait for their new report to come out. I can’t either. :)

Another comment is from JJ. I’m pretty sure this was a spam comment since the website link was to a blog that looked more like advertising than content (link deleted). But it was a legitimate question. He asks, ” What about cats?”

Well, JJ. It is no secret that most cats hate riding in the car. It reminds me of a funny photo caption where two dogs in the back seat are excited about the car ride, but the cat has a look of terror on his face and says, “We are all going to die”. :D It is also highly unlikely that a cat will wear a dog car harness. So what do you do with your cat if you need to drive him to the vet? How can you protect his safety and not endanger yourself by allowing your cat to roam free in the car?

Ask Glogirly! She has two cats, Katie and Waffles. If you’ve never been to her blog, you should go check it out. It is hilariously fun. The recent video of Waffles chasing the red dot had me laughing so hard that I was crying.

Anyway, Glogirly also has her cats ride in a pet carrier when they are in the car. And not just any carrier, the Sleepypod Air pet carrier. This is a really nice product and it comes in a variety of cool colors. It is perfect for cats and small dogs because it is just the right size for them and it is comfortable. The best part about it, though, is that it can be buckled up in the car and it is crash tested. Although Glogirly did not get her Sleepypod from us, we do have the Sleepypod Air pet carrier available on our retail site (click the red link above). Sleepypod saw Glogirly’s post and is offering to give one away through Glogirly’s site. Visit her website to enter and win one. Hurry! The contest ends on September 16th.

Sleepypod Air Pet Carrier OrangeSleepypod Air Pet Carrier with Seatbelt

Comments from the Paw Prints Pet Seat Covers
There were no comments on the post about the paw print pet seat covers because this was more of a promotional post. I’ve been selling (and using) these covers for some time. Now there is something new and exciting about them – they have a lifetime guarantee! They didn’t always have one. Their warranty used to be for only 30 days. This was really irritating if one happened to break. And one did after 45 days. I replaced it for the customer at no charge, but I had to go back and forth with the manufacturer on my end. I almost stopped selling them at that point. However, I realized that one broken seat cover was just a fluke. It happens on occasion with any product. So I still sell the paw print pet seat covers. And I’m even more enthusiastic about selling it now that it has a lifetime guarantee.

Thanks everyone for stopping by. Have a great weekend! :)

Dawn with Maya & Pierson

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Follow Up Friday #10

Author: MayaAndPierson
September 6, 2013

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Today I am joining Jodi with HeartLikeADog for the Follow Up Friday blog hop. Thank you so much Jodi for inviting me! :)

Comments from Recent Follow Up Friday #9
Flea with DogTreatWeb for Jones Natural Chews says her dog Patches loves to put his head out the window, probably for the extra bug bonus! :D

Hawk with BrownDogCBR.Blogspot.com says he doesn’t get to put his head out the window. I also noticed on his September 2nd post that Hawk rides in a crate in the cargo area. He’s the perfect dog to show that not all dogs have to wear a dog seat belt in order to ride safe. Give me a high five paw! :)

Donna’s mom with WeLiveInAFlat says they had something hit their windshield once when they were driving and it left a dent. She imagined how terrible it would have been if it had hit a dog in the face. Ouch!

Jodi with HeartLikeADog wanted to know if we will let you all know about any new safety test result reports from the Center for Pet Safety. Absolutely! If there are brands they recommend that we don’t currently have, we make sure to get them on our site too. One particular brand that I am super excited about is the new ClickIt from Sleepypod. They are coming later this month. I have already spoken to the people at Sleepypod and they said much of their design is based on information they’ve received from the Center for Pet Safety.

ClickIt from Sleepypod

Coming Soon – ClickIt from Sleepypod

Jodi says she sometimes uses a bar barrier in her vehicle to keep her dogs from getting in the front. She says she is bad about using them, though, and I completely understand. The metal barriers can be a hassle to put up and take down. The Pet Net Brand pet car nets are easier.

The Pet Net Brand Car Barrier

The Pet Net Brand car barrier.

Comments from Pet Safety Saturday – Alternatives to Dog Seat Belts
Mollie from MolliesDogTreats.co.uk says she wears a dog seat belt. Yay Mollie! Hi five paw to you too. :)

Jodi says Sampson likes to ride shotgun and will try to sneak up front when the car is stopped. I admit there were a couple of times when Sephi rode in the car and I didn’t put her seat belt on her. She would do the same thing.

Carol with FidoseOfReality thanked us for posting about alternatives to dog seat belts. Thank you, Carol for stopping by. :) And thank you for all the valuable information you have shared on your blog about ACL injuries. I’ve never heard of it before your Dexter. I hear Sherman from MyBrownNewfies has the same injury. It must be more common than I thought.

Donna with DonnaAndTheDogs likes the idea of the Breeze Guard car window screens. And Snoopy with Snoopy with SnoopysDogBlog asks about the Backseat Bridge. He asks if it basically extends the depth of the back seat. Yep, that is exactly what it does. There is more room for a big dog like you to stretch out. Although, if I remember correctly, you feel more comfortable on the floor. :)

Kurgo Backseat Bridge

Maya’s Pooch Plunge
After spending a marvelous weekend visiting my mom in Missouri (see my other blog, AmericanDogBlog.wordpress.com), Maya went on her first car ride since our car accident in July. I’m glad the event didn’t scare her from car rides as she was as excited as ever. Where did we go? I took her to the Pooch Plunge here in Lawrence, Kansas.

Every year at the end of summer, the public pools are drained. And the day or so before they are drained our Parks & Rec opens the pool to the dogs. It was just $5 and it was a blast! Here is one photo from the event. For more photos, and hopefully a video too, check out my other blog on Saturday.

Maya Pooch Plunge 2013

Maya at the Pooch Plunge event in Lawrence, KS on September 3rd, 2013.

Recent News Events Involving Dogs in Car Accidents
Three recent news stories brought tears to my eyes. All are about dogs being involved in car accidents. The first one is about a dog named Ily (pronounced Ely). She, her owner, and another dog were involved in a very serious car accident. The other dog was killed. The owner was seriously injured. And Ily ran off in fear. Ily was missing for over two months in the Arizona desert. She lost 25 pounds during the ordeal and was so lucky to have been found.

CBS 5 – KPHO 

The other story is about a dog named Jet. Jet also went missing after a car accident in Pequannock Township, NJ on August 23rd. Jet was found yesterday and is in good spirits. There is an awesome reunion video on a Facebook page for Jet. I’ve also posted it on our PetAutoTravelSafety Facebook page. Be sure you have a tissue handy before you watch it. Also, a Rottweiler named Isa that went through the windshield in a car accident in Howard City, MI has been found safe. The story is covered by Fox17.  

Still missing is a Tibetan Terrier named Monk in Milladore, WI. His story is on the Marshfield News Harold.

That’s all I have for this week. I hope I didn’t forget anything or anyone. Thank you everyone for stopping by. And thank you Jodi for giving me the opportunity to co-hose the blog hop! Dawn with Maya & Pierson.  

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Follow Up Friday #7

Author: MayaAndPierson
August 16, 2013

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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! :D 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. ;)

Dog Pierson K9 Car Fance

Pierson is testing the K9 Car Fence.

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 naturebydawn@aol.com. 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.

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