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Keep Your Dog from being a Distraction to the Driver

The dog won’t be able to distract the person driving the car.  Distractions can be very dangerous to the driver.  Some dogs are naturally well-behaved in the vehicle but many dogs have to be trained car-riding decorum.  Why not train them in a dog car seat belt or other pet safety restraint instead?

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Keep Your Dog from becoming a Dangerous Projectile
If your dog is not wearing a pet auto safety restraint, he could become a dangerous projectile. If a 10 pound dog can cause an impact of 500 pounds in a 30mph car accident, imagine what it means if that dog hits you or another passenger. And imagine how much more of an impact it would be if your dog weighs more than 10 pounds. A loose dog in the car is a danger to you, your family, and your dog.

This is the second reason your dog should wear a pet auto safety restraint. See our November 22nd, 2011 post for the first reason and stay tuned for the other eight reasons.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Author: MayaAndPierson
November 24, 2011

(Please note, dogs really shouldn’t be allowed to have turkey unless the meat has been removed from the bones – No turkey bones!)

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Thanksgiving Food Safety for Your Dog

Author: MayaAndPierson
November 23, 2011


A couple years ago we write an article called “No Turkey Bones About It – Food Harmful to Dogs“. It is a good article to read every year around the holidays. Click the title above or the photo of the dog with the turkey and you will be directed to the article written on this blog in November 2009.

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Dog Seat Belt

If people are more likely to survive a car accident if they wear a safety restraint, wouldn’t the same apply to our pets? Dogs may be even more prone to injury due to their smaller size and inability to brace themselves. Your dog could be injured by something as simple as a sudden stop or swerve. But keeping your pet safe isn’t the only reason your dog should use a pet safety restraint in the car. We have ten great reasons. Here is the first:

Keep Your Dog from being Hurled Onto the Dash
If your dog is wearing a pet safety restraint, sudden unexpected stops or swerves won’t cause the dog to fly forward into the dash, the back seat, or onto the floor.  Dog’s noses are very sensitive.  Hitting their nose on the dash or back of the seat can be a very painful experience. Your dog could also break his teeth or even his jaw on the dash in a sudden stop or car accident.

We will be posting the other nine reasons your dog should wear a pet safety restraint through the end of November and throughout December. Stay tuned!

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November 19, 2011


I have always wanted to go to Branson, Missouri for the winter holidays. Silver Dollar City has a great Christmas festival. The problem with visiting Branson, Missouri is that there are not many dog friendly places for tourists to visit, especially in winter. If we go the Branson, Missouri for the Christmas festival, Maya will not be able to go.

Maya can, however, stay in a dog friendly hotel. There are a number of dog friendly hotels in Branson, Missouri. I can always count on the Red Roof Inn allowing Maya to stay. Days Inn, Quality Inn, and La Quinta are also usually dog friendly.

There is an especially nice dog friendly place to stay, the Emory Creek Victorian Bed & Breakfast and Gift Shop. This bed and breakfast also has a special pet friendly room called the Dogwood Room (pictured above). It has its own private porch and overlooks the gardens. Talk about a pampered pup!

Since it is winter, there won’t be many outdoor activities anyway so Maya will be perfectly comfortable in a hotel room for a while. We can still take Maya for walk. And we can even take her walking at the Shoppes at Branson Meadows. Maya probably won’t be allowed in any of the stores, but she will be allowed in the common areas of the mall.

Also near the mall is a Humane Society Thrift Store. It is a thrift store like any other thrift store with clothes, furniture, etc. for people. But it benefits the humane society.

I can also take Maya with me to the Stone Hill Winery. She’s not allowed inside but she can be on the patio while I taste test a glass of hot mulled Hermannsberger wine.

I wish there were more dog friendly places to go in Branson, Missouri but this will have to do. At least there are a number of pet friendly hotels and Maya won’t be completely bored.

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November 17, 2011

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November 15, 2011


We were recently invited to join this new website for animal rescue. It is called And I have just had the wonderful opportunity to speak to the Pet Commando himself.

Louis Pollaro is the Pet Commando and he works with a team of other dog lovers including Jana Arnold and Damir Perge of Madman Interactive (producers of Pet Commando), Robert Lucian the groomer, and Dale Butler who provides discounted veterinary service for rescued animals.

When I had spoken to Louis Pollaro, he and some other team members had just rescued a lost dog who was wandering and heading towards the highway. The dog was nervous and kept running away from him and the others. But eventually Robert was able to entice the dog with Chicken McNuggets. A home was found for him almost immediately after his rescue. Perhaps this will be on the next Pet Commando episode.

Louis Pollaro has been rescuing animals for years. He is also a professional videographer. But it wasn’t until recently that he combined his talents and made episode 1 on Cleo the cat. Louis’ aim for making the video wasn’t to gain publicity, but to inspire others to rescue animals. Instead of driving by that poor dog wandering the streets and hoping someone else rescues him before he gets hit by a car, stop and do something. Instead of ignoring the sick or injured cat, take a moment to get him help. Our society does too much looking away and hoping someone else takes care of it. Is it really too much trouble to help a dog or cat and be a little late to work? I don’t think so and neither does Louis.

Most of the pets that Louis has owned over the years have been rescues. This includes his co-star Yoshi. Yoshi is an adorable and well-mannered Shih-Tzu who sometimes accompanies him on his missions. Louis also told me about his Poodle, Babette, who he had from when he was a teenager to adulthood (Babette lived to be 18). Babette was not a rescue but she was the runt of the litter and had to be bottle fed in order to survive.

As Babette got older, she also gradually lost her sight. Louis had rescued a cat sometime during Babette’s lifetime and the two became inseparable. This cat, by the way, was rescued and was first named Pandora – that is until Louis discovered she was a he and changed his name to Winston. Louis told me about a time when Babette had accidentally gotten outside. She could have wandered off and been lost or killed. But Winston somehow sensed the danger and kept Babette in the yard. Aren’t animals amazing! Just imagine poor Babette’s fate if Louis hadn’t stopped to rescue a cat.

It is obvious that Louis loves animals. If you love animals too, join the Pet Commando and take a stand in helping homeless and/or neglected animals. You too can be a Pet Commando. Do you have to be a videographer too? No. Do you have to have a team of vets and groomers? No. Do you have to keep the animal you rescue? No, but you should be responsible for getting him to a rescue group or a good home. To be a Pet Commando, all you have to do is stop and do the right thing.

Below is episode 3 of the Pet Commando. To view episode 1 and 2 and any future videos, be sure to check out the Pet Commando website. Sign up and be a member too! I did.

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New Bergan Pet Travel Barrier

Author: MayaAndPierson
November 12, 2011


As you may have learned from our previous posts, we have a new dog car harness from Bergan. But did you know that we also have a new pet travel barrier from Bergan? It is like our Backseat Pet Travel Barrier from Outward Hound in that it covers the area between the seats. Like the Backseat Pet Travel Barrier it goes as high as the shoulders of the seat and as low as the bottom of the seats. This keeps small, medium, and sometimes even large dogs from climbing over the console to the front seats.

The Bergan Pet Travel Barrier is like the Front Seat Pet Travel Barrier from Kurgo in that it has a netted view window so that the dog can still see in the front seat. However, the Bergan Pet Travel Barrier does not go as high as the Kurgo pet travel barrier which goes as high as the top of the seat headrests.

The Bergan Pet Travel Barrier is easy to install and secure. It is made from a dual layer of 600D polyester which is very durable. The netted section of the Bergan Pet Travel Barrier not only allows your dog to see the front, it also promotes circulation between the front and back seats. In extreme cold or extreme hot situations, the circulation of cool or hot air will make a big difference for your dog.

Reduce driver distractions by keeping your dog in the back seat. The Bergan Pet Travel Barrier can help you do this. Please note that some large dogs may try to circumvent the pet travel barrier.

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November 10, 2011


Check out our interview with Edie Jarolim at Animal regarding why Pet Auto was started and what types of products we have. Read Edie’s article and listen to the podcast interview. Let us know if you have any questions about Pet Auto or its products.

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