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April 29, 2015

No, it’s not Wordless Wednesday. It’s Words on Wednesday because I can’t seem to post without saying anything! This time, it is my Maya that has something to say. Check her out in the back seat wearing her Kurgo dog car harness and have a good laugh at what she has to say:

Labrador Maya Kurgo Dog Car Harness Muddy Seat

Labrador Maya in Kurgo Dog Car Harness Spelling Vet

And just so my Pierson isn’t left out, here’s what he has to say about car ride fun:

Pierson Journey Vet Dog Car Harness

Funny, right? Seriously though, check out this important safety message:

Dog Left in Hot Car

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Pros and Cons Series – The Pet Dek

Author: MayaAndPierson
April 17, 2015

The Pet Dek is a great pet travel product for giving your dogs a more room in the back seat of your car. It has a number of other wonderful benefits and features. As with every product, though, there are some things you need to consider. Our purpose in sharing both the pros and the cons is to make sure you have enough information to make an informed decision before you purchase one. We wrote a review on the Pet Dek last year, but the product has had improvements made on it since then.

Improved Pet Dek with Wrapped Carpet

The mat or carpet of the Pet Dek now wraps around the edges. (The earlier model did not.)

PROS
Covering – The Pet Dek is covered with a longer mat, allowing it to wrap around the edges.

Pet Dek with Sloped Back Seat

Notice how the back seat of cars tends to slope downward. And notice how the Pet Dek resolves any issues this slope might cause.

No Slope – The back seat of cars slopes downward. The Pet Dek has a rounded projection under it so that it can be completely horizontal with no sloping. This also prevents any rocking should your dog step on the edges.

Holds 200 Pounds

Legs – In my post from last year, I mentioned that I had problems with one of the legs. The manufacturer was made aware of this and the design has been improved. There are no more issues with the legs. By following the installation instructions of this product, the legs will lock in place easily.

Made in USA

Vents Uncovered – The Pet Dek will not cover back seat air vents.

Storage – The Pet Dek easily folds up and fits in the trunk or cargo area. Folded size is 23″ x 24″ x 4″.

Easy to Carry – The Pet Dek weighs 12 pounds. When it is folded, there is a handle that makes it easy to carry.

Easy In/Easy Out – It can take less than a minute to set up the Pet Dek. And less than a minute to take it back out again.

CONS
Access to Front Console – If your dog is free to move about in the back seat, the Pet Dek may make it easier for him to step on the center console. This might be a dangerous distraction to the driver. If you are concerned about this issue, there are simple console pet car barriers made out of a canvas material that can block this space.

Back Seat of Car with Raised Center Console

Notice how the center of this back seat is raised? If this is a permanent feature in your car, the Pet Dek may not work.

If Your Back Seat has a Raised Center Console – If you have a raised center console in the back seat like pictured above, the Pet Dek may not work.

Back Seat of Car with Side-Wells

This back seat may not be ideal for the Portable Pet Travel Flat Seat. Notice the side-wells of this car. If they stick out too much, it may keep the Pet Dek from going all the way back against the seat.

If Your Seats Have Side-wells – If your seat has curved edges on the ends (I call them side-wells), there will be a gap between the Pet Dek and the back of the seat. I use pillows to fill the 1 1/2 inch gap (see below). One good thing about this gap, though, is that I have easy access to the seat belt housings, which is I used to buckle my dogs in.

The Car Pet Dek with Dogs Maya & Pierson

There is a gap between the Pet Dek and the back of my seat, so I put the grey padding there to cover the space. You can’t tell very well from this image, but there is also a small gap between the Pet Dek and the front seats.

Front Gap – Because the Pet Dek is just one size, there is probably going to be a gap between the edge of the Pet Dek and the front seats. If your dogs are buckled in like mine are, this won’t be an issue. But if your dog is free to move around, you may want to place something like pillows in those gaps so that your dog doesn’t step through.

Size Not Adjustable – As indicated above, the Pet Dek is just one size – 23″ x 40″ x 2″. There should be no problem with this pet travel product fitting into most vehicles, but just be aware that there might be a gap as indicated above.

Not Crash Tested – It is not known how the Pet Dek will hold up in a rollover, side impact, or front or back impact car accident. As of the date of this post, I am not aware of whether any products similar to the Pet Dek have been crash tested.

CONCLUSION
If you’re like me, you are looking at the Pet Dek because you want to make your big dog (or dogs) more comfortable in the back seat. Considering how narrow the back seat of most cars are, I find that the pros of the Pet Dek far outweigh the cons. My dogs Maya and Pierson can still wear their dog car harnesses. And depending on which car harness brand I have them wear, they can still stretch out their legs and be more comfortable on those long road trips. There is no more sliding off the seat when I have to stop suddenly and they don’t have to hug the back seat because of the seat slope.

If you have any questions about the Pet Dek pet travel product, please comment below or email us at naturebydawn@aol.com. If you already have the Pet Dek and want to share your experience, please feel free.

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