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Archive for April, 2010


“My dog doesn’t need a dog car harness. He’s good in the car.”
I think it’s great that the dog is good in the car and doesn’t distract the driver. But what about the dog’s safety?

Remember several years ago when there was no law requiring people and children to wear seat belts? Remember how much resistance there was when the law first came into effect? Now it is commonly practiced by most people without question. Do you think that what meets resistance today about common sense safety for your pet will someday be law?

“My dog won’t tolerate a dog car harness.”
If your dog has never worn a dog car harness, he probably will resist it. But like anything else new, you can work with your dog to teach him that wearing a dog car harness is not such a bad. If you had to teach your dog to walk on a leash, for example, you have already had experience in getting your dog used to something restrictive. Check out our blog, Tips to Keep Your Dog from Chewing on His Dog Car Harness. These tips also apply to help your dog get used to ‘wearing’ their dog car harness.

If you don’t have the time to teach your dog to get used to the dog car harness, or if you just aren’t having any luck in teaching them, there are other alternatives to a dog car harness. Consider putting them in a crate and strapping the crate into the car with Kennel Straps. Or put up a metal barrier to keep them from flying forward out the windshield in the event of a car accident. A metal barrier may not be as safe as a dog car harness, but it is better than using nothing at all to protect your dog. Have you heard of a Pet Tube? We don’t carry it, but it is a product worth considering. The Pet Tube is a large ventilated nylon tube which fits into the back seat of a car. Your dog is confined to the tube yet has the ability to move around and visit window to window.

“I can’t afford it.”
A dog car harness starts at about $20.00. Isn’t $20.00 worth the life of your pet?

Please, consider using a dog car harness. We don’t care if you buy a dog car harness from us or someone else. We just want your dog to be as safe as your children.

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Pet Auto has been invited to the Doggy-Pa-Looza Celebration for the second year in a row.  Come visit Camp Bow Wow in Olathe, Kansas on Saturday, May 1st, 10:00am – 1:00pm.

There will be $10.00 vaccinations per shot of rabies, distemper, and bordetella; $25 micro-chipping; dogs for adoption; a free bath for your dog with a donation to Animal Haven or No More Homeless Pets KC; food; fun; and games!

Pet Auto is endorsing Camp Bow Wow and supporting Animal Haven and No More Homeless Pets KC.  We will also have pet auto safety supplies at 10% off.

Thank you Camp Bow Wow for inviting us!

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Per the United States Postal Service, “In celebration of the new Animal Rescue: Adopt a Shelter Pet stamps, the Postal Service™, together with Ellen DeGeneres and Halo: Purely for Pets, is giving shelter pets around the country a First-Class Meal.” Visit to buy the adorable Animal Rescue dog and cat 44¢ stamps. You buy the stamps, Halo buys the food for 1 million shelter pets. Photos of five cats and five dogs who were adopted from shelters are featured on these Animal Rescue stamps.

We purchased our stamps. Help homeless dogs and cats by buying yours. It costs the same as other stamps, but you are not just buying stamps – you are buying lives.

The United States Post Office has other Animal Rescue products which you can purchase to help homeless dogs and cats. These include mugs, coasters, and art.

Other “Stamps to the Rescue” supporters include the Ellen Degeneres Show, Halo Purely for Pets,, American Humane,, and the Humane Society of the United States.

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Great Pet Portraits at Art

Author: MayaAndPierson
April 25, 2010


We have discovered great pet portrait art work at Rebecca Collins is the artist. She uses digital techniques to transform your pet’s photo into a fantastic work of art. According to the website, “Unlike much digital art that is available today, these works do not rely on one or two simple Photoshop filters, but instead are created one at a time with many hours of hand work going into each piece.”  Visit to see more great pieces of pet portrait art – and contact Rebecca Collins for a portrait of your pet.

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April 22, 2010


Have you ever considered rain gear for your dog? I smile every time I see a dog wearing clothes and sometimes think it is silly. But having your dog wear a rain coat has a great benefit. You can take your dog for a walk in the rain and don’t have to worry too much about that “wet-dog” smell when you get home. Sure, the dog will get a little wet, but not as wet. You can minimize how wet your dog gets even more by having them wear dog rain boots. But personally, I think that is a bit too much. It is easier to get your dog used to wearing a rain coat than it is to get them used to wearing rain boots. Most dogs just don’t like things on their feet.

For great rain gear for your dog, I find that the best place to shop is at It is safe, secure, and easy.

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April 20, 2010

Dog Training

Check out the American Dog Blog for a great article on fundamental dog training tips.  The article touches on four basic elements which need to be used for every command you teach your dog.  It doesn’t matter if you are teaching your dog to sit or if you are teaching them to run through an obstacle course.  These four basic tog training tips are used by almost every effective dog trainer.  Check out the American Dog Blog for more details.

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Pet Auto participated in the Kansas City Pet Expo for the second year in a row.  Although there weren’t as many attendees this year, we still had a lot of fun.  We here at Pet Auto would like to thank everyone who visited our booth and inquired about keeping your pets safe in the car.

We learned that while some people still resist the idea of dogs wearing seat belts, the number of people who do keep their dogs safe in the car are growing.  Most of the people we spoke to already have pet car safety devices.  And we are glad!

Thank you for visiting Pet Auto and thank you for keeping your pets safe.  And spread the word about the importance of pet auto safety.

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Trixie is an interesting mix of Malamute and lab. She has the lab head and build, but the Malamute coat coloring, curled tail, and one blue eye. Although Trixie is a high-maintenance dog who needs lots of exercise, she is very well behaved in the car. That is why I never considered getting her a dog car harness – until it was almost too late.It was mid January of last year. It was snowing hard, but my boss insisted that I come to work. I considered leaving Trixie at home instead of taking her to the doggy day care. But Trixie is still young and doesn’t do well when left alone by herself. After making sure the doggy day care was open, Trixie and I got into the car and pulled out of the driveway.

The road was slick. My car literally slid out of the driveway. I considered calling my boss back and saying I couldn’t make it, but an echo in my head told me that I didn’t really want to hear him yell at me. Besides, I thought, I just go new tires on my car. We will be okay.

Even though I was going very slow, my car lost its traction and spun when I tried to turn off of my street. I turned into the direction of the spin and took my foot off the brake, just as I have been told to do by the media and DPS. I cringed as I heard Trixie yelp as she was thrown to one side of the car. Then cringed even more when I heard her cry as the car was jolted to a stop when it hit and jumped the curb.

Trixie was frantic. She kept yelping like she was injured and I feared the worst. I never got out of the car to see what I hit or assess the damage. I was too busy trying to calm Trixie.

Needless to say, I did not go to work that day. After a visit to the vet, it turned out that Trixie was fine – nothing more than a bit of bruising, thank goodness. But for several months afterwards, Trixie was terrified of riding in the car. I have since bought a dog car harness from Pet Auto And thanks to some tips from those at Pet Auto, I have been slowly rehabilitating Trixie to ride in the car again. I am happy to say that she has seemingly forgotten the incident and gets very excited when I get out the dog car harness.

(This story is written by us, but with the permission of and in conjunction with Trixie’s owner.)

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Check out a story by one of our Pet Auto customers. This is about her dog, Mos Magee, and it can be read on our American Dog Blog. 

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April 10, 2010


Come see the Pet Auto products in person at the 2010 Kansas City Pet Expo on April 17 & 18. The 2010 Kansas City Pet Expo will be held at the American Royal Center at 1701 American Royal Court in Kansas City, Missouri. The event is held from 10am to 7pm on Saturday the 17th and 10am to 5pm on Sunday the 18th. It is $8.50 for adults, $6.00 for children ages 6-12, and free for children under 6. Don’t forget that there are parking fees. We’re not sure, but we believe parking will cost $7.00 for one day or $12.00 for both days. You almost need to come both days to see all that the Kansas City Pet Expo has to offer!

Pet Auto will have a booth at this event. This is our second year and the Kansas City Pet Expo and we hope to be doing again for years to come. All of our items will be 10% off or more and you don’t have to pay for shipping! Other great vendors at the 2010 Kansas City Pet Expo include Woof’s Play & Stay, the Heart of American Human Society, and Metro Pet Magazine.

The presenting sponsor for the 2010 Kansas City Pet Expo is No More Homeless pets KC. The goal of No More Homeless Pets KC is to make the Kansas City Metro Area a No Kill Community by 2012. That is a great goal as far as Pet Auto and other pet vendors are concerned.

Not only will commercial vendors, such as Scoopy-the-Poo, Natura Pet Products, and Pet Auto, be there, but so will non-profit organizations such as dog rescue groups, shelters, and humane societies. There will also be a Zone 3 Championships event for dog dock diving, a flyball tournament, and canine agility. And don’t forget about the dog fashion show!

Bring cash and your check book, because electrical hook-ups and internet service for a credit card payment is hard to come by for many vendors at the 2010 Kansas City Pet Expo. (Pet Auto hopes to have a lap top set up to take credit card payments, but we were told that internet service at the Kansas City Pet Expo is slow and the connection is bad.)

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