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One of the many new products we added to our site from Cruising Companion™ include the Cruising Companion™ Quilted Car Seat Covers. The Cruising Companion™ Quilted Car Seat Covers are made from soft quilted fabric and have extra cushioning for added comfort. They come in two colors and two sizes. The colors of the Cruising Companion™ Quilted Car Seat Covers include a satin black and a rich-colored satin blue. You can fit the Cruising Companion™ Quilted Car Seat Covers to the back seat or to the single seat in the front. Please note, however, that if your dog sits on the Cruising Companion™ Quilted Single Car Seat Covers in the front seat, you need to make sure to turn off the airbags. Airbags are designed for adults, not children or pets.

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June 28, 2009


Did you know that Pet Auto also owns Animal Figurine Animal Figurine has been an active and successful site for as long as Pet Auto (2006). We have recently expanded our animal figurines to include more dog figurines just for our dog loving friends. In fact, we have so many dog figurines available that we had to make subpages for each dog breed group.

Our dog figurines include sporting dog figurines, hound dog figurines, working dog figurines, terrier dog figurines, toy dog figurines, non-sporting dog figurines, herding dog figurines, and miscellanious dog figurines. Miscellaneous dog figurines would include dog figurines which do not fit into any one of the AKS groups or dog figurines which are only representation of dogs, but not any specific breed.

You can get a 10% discount on our dog figurines by entering discount code, naturefriend, while placing your order.

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About Animal Haven

Author: MayaAndPierson
June 26, 2009

Animal Haven is the largest no-kill animal shelter in the greater Kansas City area. Their euthenasia rate was only 8% in 2008 because this shelter does everything they can to reunite lost pets with their owners and to find a happy home for homeless pets – even for homeless pets with health or temperament issues.

I recently made my first visit to the shelter and really liked what I saw. The entire facility was clean. There are volunteers everywhere taking shelter dogs for a walk or socializing with the cats. Animal Haven has large outdoor pens for the dogs to get more play room during the day. (The outdoor pens are only used during the day and during fair weather conditions. The dogs are housed in comfortable indoor pens at all other times.) The area for the cats was also clean and comfortable. During the day, some were let out to wander and play in the cat play area.

Animal Haven has a wonderful veterinary team. They will treat most sick and injured animals rather than euthenize them. Animal Haven has professional dog trainers train the dogs in order to help curb some bad habits or to do basic training. The dog training really makes the dogs more adoptable.

Animal Haven has many volunteer opportunities and has lots of other pet-related services to offer. Check out their website at

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June 24, 2009


Cruising Companion™ Camouflage Dog Seat Belts are now available at Pet Auto We love the dog seat belts which provide both safety and style. The Cruising Companion™ Camouflage Dog Seat Belts have durable nylon straps to keep pets safely restrained while traveling. Any male dog would look handsome wearing the Cruising Companion™ Camouflage Dog Seat Belts as either a dog seat belt or a walking harness. And he can support our military with this camouflage look.

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Jack Russell Terriers are very intelligent but highly energetic dogs. They require a lot of physical and mental stimulation. Don’t get a Jack Russell Terrier simply because they are cute until you read this article by Anita Funkhouser:

Jack Russell Terriers – Choosing the Breed of Dog That’s Right For You
By: Anita Funkhouser

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We love the new Cruising Companion™ Houndstooth Dog Car Seat Covers. Not only are they durable, but they are also fashionable. The Cruising Companion™ Houndstooth Dog Car Seat Covers come in houndstooth patterns of black & white, brown & white, or pink & white. It has two seat belt slots for use with the matching Cruising Companion™ Houndstooth Dog Car Harnesses or any of our other dog car harnesses. The Cruising Companion™ Houndstooth Dog Car Seat Covers are also machine washable should you take you dog to the dog park where the ground happened to be muddy. My dogs go to the dog park all the time and it is often wet and muddy. But the upholstery of my car stays nice and clean.

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June 18, 2009

The other day, I thought it would be interesting to see if my dogs could find hidden treats. So I showed them a handful of treats, then made them sit and stay in the hall while I hid the treats in various places in the living room. Then I gave the release command, Okay, and they came running. Both stood in front of me waiting for a treat so I said “Find the treats” and pointed around the room. Maya caught on quickly and started sniffing around while Sephi looked around but didn’t make much effort. Even when Maya found her first treat, Sephi didn’t catch on. But the game was on for Maya! Within 10 minutes Maya found all the treats.

We have been playing this game every day since. Maya loves it. As a lab, she needs both mental and physical stimulation. When weather is bad, I at least can get in the mental stimulation indoors.

I am calling this game “Treat Tracking”. It is a fun way to keep your dog from getting bored. This game is great for dogs who use their noses as well as their eyes. Just don’t forget where you put the treats so you can make sure your dog found them all.

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Curing Carsick Puppies

Author: FidoIntheCar
June 18, 2009
Curing Carsick Puppies

Traveling with your dog can be a challenge enough, but it becomes particularly difficult if your dog experiences carsickness. However, this can often be helped if not altogether cured by giving the dog some Dramamine. It is safe for most dogs, but it’s still a good idea to consult with your vet, as they will be able to advise you about dosage and the exact product to purchase.

This issue can also be resolved by using transport dog crates. Many dogs, after all, get additionally sick if they can feel the vibrations of the car and watch the scenery going by at a rapid rate. Having them in the crates with some bedding and padding will not only be comfortable, but it will also dampen some of those motion sickness inducing vibrations. Used in conjunction with the over the counter medication, you might just be able to put a stop to your dog’s incessant carsickness.

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Our customers have been asking about a dog seat belts which don’t put pressure on the dog’s neck. Although all our dog seat belts rest on the dog’s breast-bone, not the neck, we have found dog seat belts which put even less pressure on your dog. Check out the fashionable Cruising Companion™ Houndstooth Dog Seat Belts. The Cruising Companion™ Houndstooth Dog Seat Belts have padded, vest-style restraints which evenly distribute pressure to keep your dog both comfortable and secure. Sephi & Maya love their new dog seat belts and they both look absolutely adorable in the pink & white houndstooth pattern. The Cruising Companion™ Houndstooth Dog Seat Belts colors also come in brown & white and black & white. And the same colors and patterns are also available in car seat covers.

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June 14, 2009


We keep finding fantastic products to keep your dog safe when they travel in the car. Thanks to Guardian Gear®, we have a new pet car seat on our site, Pet Auto The Guardian Gear® Sightseer Pet Car Seat is a pet car seat and pet carrier in one. Your cute little dog is comfortable traveling both in and out of the car. Not only does it have a dual use, but the Guardian Gear® Sightseer Pet Car Seat can be secured in your car in different ways. You can attach it to a seat belt, to the seat, or to the headrest. The Guardian Gear® Sightseer Pet Car Seat comes in a checkered weave bronze color and is a stylish way to keep your dog safe.

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