Archive for April, 2012
We have to share some great links for pet travel safety. AAA and Kurgo did a great survey from pet owners who travel with their pets. One of these pet travel statistics indicate that 29% of these pet owners admitted to being distracted by their pet while driving. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that 20% of injury car accidents in 2009 were a result of distracted driving. And only 16% of the pet owners who travel with their dogs in the car use some form of pet travel safety product. For their very well-presented pet travel statistics report from AAA and Kurgo, visit Kurgo’s 2011 Survey Sheet. A portion of this sheet is shown above.
Another well-presented pet travel statistics report is from GoPetFriendly.com. Their survey reports that 60% of pet owners traveled with their pets in 2010. 22% of those traveled with their pets on a monthly basis in 2011. A portion of their report is show below. For the entire report, visit the GoPetFriendlyBlog.com.
Do you take your dog for rides in the car? Tell us about your vacation with your pet and how you practice pet travel safety.
Taking your dog on a road trip this spring? Help make their long car travel more comfortable with fashionable and comfortable car seats for dogs from Lookout. The company which makes the Lookout pet car seat has been around for 25 years. Their pet seats have been safety tested and the company is continuously working to improve the design for safety and customer satisfaction.
We have five sizes to fit your needs and each of these sizes comes in 1 of 15 colors. Perhaps choose the small console pet car seat in baby pink or hot pink vinyl for 7lb or under dogs, the larger console pet seat in grey quilt for 12lb or under dogs, the small Lookout in azure plaid for dogs 18lbs and under, the medium Lookout in denim for dogs 25lbs and under, or the My Buddy car seat for dogs 30lbs and under. Other colors include black quilt or black vinyl, khaki quilt or khaki vinyl, grey quilt or grey vinyl, leopard quilt, and other plaid colors such as colonial, highland, blackwatch, and O’Donnell plaid.
These car seats for dogs are very well padded for comfort. However, be aware that the added comfort may also add unnecessary warmth for warm weather. If you use a Lookout pet car seat, be sure your dog has plenty of cool air. You can even consider wrapping an ice pack and putting it in the seat to help your dog keep cool.
Dogs are protected in the Lookout car seats for dogs with an included tether. Clip the tether onto your dog’s harness, not on his collar. The console car seats are secured in your car with straps which wrap around the center console while the Lookouts and My Buddy are secured with the seat belt of your car. Be aware of airbags in the car. Airbags are not designed to protect dogs. If you are putting your pet car seat in front of an airbag, either disable the airbag or push the seat as far away from the airbag as possible.
My Buddy pet seats are on sale. A couple of them are discounted even more. Check out Pet Auto Safety for the various Lookout pet car seat colors and sizes as well as other car seats for dogs. Then feel free to email us with your opinion and pictures of your dog enjoying his.
As a website owner, I am constantly bombarded with SEO marketers trying to get me to hire them. It is really annoying. But Visible.net took a different approach. They didn’t try to sell me services I didn’t need. They actually reviewed my website and pointed out a few issues. They even told me things I could do myself to fix them. But of course, they were hoping I’d hire them for something. Knowing my websites weaknesses, I gave in and hired them for things which I knew I could not do myself. One service I needed was a professional Pet Auto Safety.com video.
Here is the video they did and I must say I am extremely pleased. When I hired them I thought it would just be a slideshow with music and a bit of commentary. But the person who did my video took an extra step and filmed cars on the roadway. He even added a few other images which fit the theme. Every penny I paid Visible.net was worth it.
Watch and tell us what you think of our Pet Auto Safety.com commercial video.
The Rumpy Dog Blog inspired this post. Blogging is fun but you’re not going to get many visitors if you don’t participate in social media. If you are on the internet, you have probably heard of social media. Social media includes Facebook, My Space, Linked In, Twitter, and more. It also includes photo sharing sites like Flickr, blogs like the one you are reading now, forums, and so on. Blogging is fun. But posting regularly then marketing it with social media can be very time consuming. If you want to work towards having a popular blog, be sure you are blogging about something you love.
My passion is dogs. Because the retail websites in my company are about dogs and cats, I find that the time I spend on social media is much more fun. Visit my social media sites. Follow my pages, like, add to your circle, subscribe, and join the fun!
If you are a social media junkie and post about pets, add your links in our comments and I will follow you in return.
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Thanks Rumpy Dog for being an inspiration!
According to DogFriendly.com, Chicago, Illinois is a great place for dogs to visit. There are a number of pet-friendly hotels and even a couple of pet-friendly guesthouses, such as the Guesthouse in Historic Oldtown. But your dog doesn’t have to stay in a hotel. Take him with you when you go sightseeing.
The Antique Coach and Carriage Company will take you and your dog on a scenic carriage ride through downtown Chicago. The Mercury Skyline Cruiseline has dog-friendly cruises on Sundays in the summer. You can also take the Paws Around Chicago taxi service to take your dog to all the pet-friendly places.
Several stores in Chicago are pet-friendly too. Take your dog to shop in PetSmart, Petco, Anthropologie, Urban Outfitters, The Down Town Dog, Uncle Dan’s, Bloomingdale’s, and more. DogFriendly.com also lists almost 50 restaurants in Chicago which allow dogs. So shop and stop for lunch.
Take your dog to visit the Navy Pier. Your dog is allowed in most of the outdoor areas, but not the indoor areas. Your dog is also allowed in the Shakespeare Garden at Northwestern University. Or take your dog to Buckingham Fountain in Grant Park (pictured above). My Labrador Maya would love that! Dogs must be on a leash, though. And you must pick up after them.
Want to just chill for the evening, maybe play some pool? Take your dog to Of Mutts and Men. According to DogFriendly.com, this place charges $3 per dog and your dog can roam around inside for free while you watch TV, play pool, play chess, or just relax and read with a cup of coffee. There is also a practice ring so you can play or work directly with your dog in a secluded area.
The Chicago area also has a number of dog parks and dog beaches. Montrose Harbor Dog Beach is one such place where your dog can swim Lake Michigan. Please note that a permit may be required for your dog to play in the dog parks or beaches. Call the city of Chicago to get this permit in advance. You must also be able to furnish your dog’s proof of vaccinations.
If you are going on vacation this spring or summer, consider taking your dog and visiting the pet-friendly Chicago. Find out more places to visit and more information on DogFriendly.com. And don’t forget to have your dog wear a dog seat belt or other pet travel safety device.
We here at PetAutoSafety.com would like to wish you a happy and safe Easter. Remember, if you take your dogs with you when you visit family this Easter be sure your dog wears a dog seat belt or other pet travel safety device!
The beautiful spring weather makes this time of year the perfect time to go on vacation. Your dogs would love to go too. But to bring the dogs, it means you will probably need to drive to your destination. Long car trips are not all that comfortable for people. We can’t lay down or stretch our legs. But you can help to make your dog comfortable on long car trips. Whether your vacation spot is a few hours away or several hours away, it is good to be prepared.
Keep Your Dog Cool
Spring does tend to get a little hot. Make sure your dog stays cool. Use the a/c in your car. Or put the windows down for a nice fresh breeze that dogs love. Be sure not to let him put his head out the window, though. This can be dangerous – especially in a sudden stop or emergency car maneuver. Road debris is another danger for a dog with his head out the window. The BreezeGuard window screens are great for allowing your window to be down and your dog to be safe.
Another way to cool your dog is with a Cool-It bandana. Or if it is really hot, you can wrap towels around ice packs for your dog to lie on. Make sure lying on the ice packs is an option. You don’t want to make your dog uncomfortable.
Be sure to bring plenty of water for your dog. Pet travel bowls are a great way to water him in the car or at any of the stops you make.
Give Your Dog Room to Stretch Out
If you have a big dog, the back seat of a car may not be that comfortable. Give him more room to stretch out with the Kurgo Backseat Bridge. This product covers the floor area of the back seat so that your dog has a full stretch of space and so that your dog doesn’t fly forward in a sudden stop. The Kurgo Backseat Bridge also has a flap that covers the center area between seats so that your dog can’t stand on the center console or bother the driver.
If you have an SUV and your plan on keeping your dog in the cargo area, consider the Snoozer cargo liner pet pad. This is especially helpful for older dogs who need a little extra cushioning for their joints.
As always, have your dog wear a canine seat belt or use another pet travel safety product. For the back of the SUV, a good canine seat belt is the one from Pet Buckle. Get the one with a Kwik-Connect Tether because it has a clip which allows you to clip it onto a metal ring, generally in the cargo areas of most SUVs. The Pet Buckle canine seat belt can also be used in the back seat of a car.
Make Frequent Stops
The best thing you can do for both you and your dog is to make frequent stops. Stretch your legs and let your dog stretch his too. You can do this at rest stops, gas stations, scenic routes and other points of interest. Keep your dog on a leash and make sure he is always wearing his collar with tags.
We make at least one really long road trip with our two big dogs every year. Frequent stops are a must. With our car and the two big dogs the Kurgo Backseat Bridge is perfect for us. Our dogs also wear the Bergan canine seat belt. They don’t have the most fun ever on these long trips, but they are comfortable. If they weren’t comfortable, they would have no problem expressing it and so could be a big distraction to whoever is driving. A comfortable dog on a road trip is much more pleasant for everyone.