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Follow Up Friday #9

Author: MayaAndPierson
August 30, 2013

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Time for another Follow Up Friday hosted by HeartLikeADog and Flea with DogTreatWeb! We had a lot of great comments this week. 🙂

Jodi with HeartLikeADog pointed me in the direction of a review of a dog seat belt approved for pet car safety in Germany. The seat belt brand is AllSafe. A friend of mine in the UK actually pointed it out to me a couple months ago. I like the v-neck design and they appear to be very comfortable. The website claims to have tested them and they even show a crash test video.

The video and their testing claims looks a lot like the videos and testing claims as our US brands, so I have put aside any final decisions until the Center for Pet Safety releases an updated report on their testing of various dog seat belt brands.

The Center for Pet Safety is a nonprofit organization, so I will be more inclined to trust their test results rather than I will the test results claimed by individual manufacturers. The report is supposed to be released this fall. Hopefully, this time they will be able to disclose the brands (they did not disclose the four brands tested in the 2011 report).

I will keep you posted. I am confident of the brands we have. But if a brand I sell does not do as well as others, I still contend that something is better than nothing. However, we will notate the results on our retail website and phase in the best brands possible.

Donna with DonnaAndTheDogs commented on the hiking with your dog post last Saturday. She agreed that knowing your dog was important, especially concerning their recall. She also reminded me of safety protection against two-legged predators. Good point! I forget about the unsavory folk because I’ve always had big dogs and they always seem to be a good deterrent. However, I have to remember that Maya loves everybody. She’d probably greet Jason and Freddie like a BFF.

Kimberly with mentioned she is getting something to keep her dogs in the back seat, to keep them off the floor, and to keep them from putting their heads out the window. This is great! 🙂 A dog seat belt is not for every dog. And if you have a large dog or more than one dog, putting them in a pet travel crate in a small car is not always feasible. So whatever you can do to help your best friend is simply pawsome! I think this Saturday’s theme for Pet Safety Saturday will be about alternatives to dog car harnesses.

I replied to Kimberly’s comment about how the products she mentioned resembles the Backseat Bridge and the Breeze Guard window screens that we have. Jodi with HeartLikeADog remembered my recent post about the Backseat Bridge but wanted to know more about the Breeze Guard window screens. The Breeze Guard window screens are a great product made right here in the USA by an entrepreneur like me. Well, not quite like me. I sell what others have made while Sue actually invented and patented her window screens! Click the image below of Maya looking out of her Breeze Guard window screens and find out more information.

Maya Breeze Guard Window Screens

Maya can get a breeze but she can’t put her head out the car window.

OzTheTerrier, Flea with DogTreatWeb, and Snoopy all liked the Wordless Wednesday post about Maya’s birthday. Oz loved the video of Maya playing. Snoopy clearly agrees with Maya’s philosophy about work. And Flea’s comment made me smile:

“Maya is just ADORABLE. Well. Since it’s Maya’s birthday, we won’t talk about Pierson. ;)”

As you may know, Flea has two adorable Aussie mixes, Flash and Patches. She has an extra fondness for the breed which makes Pierson her favorite (shhh, don’t tell Maya).

Maya and New Purple Collar

Snoopy also asked a good question:

“What do you think is safer, being in the trunk or where I currently sit? Which is on the floor behind the driver seat (I didn’t like it on the seat), I’m strapped in with my harness and attached to the seatbelt. I used to sit in the trunk but Dad thought it isn’t safe if someone rear ends us.”

By trunk, do you mean the area in the back of a hatchback or SUV? I don’t think there have been any studies about whether the floor of the car or the cargo area can be a safe place to ride. It probably depends on the kind of car accident you are in. You’re right about the cargo area possibly not being safe in a rear end collision. But what if you’re on the floor and in a front impact collision? Will the front passenger seats get pushed back and squish you? There are so many factors that I honestly can’t tell you which place is the safest. But I do believe that the fact you are wearing a dog seat belt improves your safety no matter where you ride.

Snoopy says he always wears a dog seat belt and he is never allowed to put his head out the window. Yay, Snoopy! 🙂 Your Monday Mischief posts always make me laugh so I can only imagine what kind of mischief you’d be getting into if you weren’t using a safety restraint in the car. Good job!

Thank you, everyone, for all your great comments. And thank you for stopping by! 🙂 As always, please feel free to comment and ask questions.


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8 Responses to “Follow Up Friday #9”

  1. Flea:

    Aw dog. Patches loves to have her head out the window. I don’t understand why dogs do that, but she absolutely loves it. Probably for the extra occasional bug bonus …

  2. MayaAndPierson:

    LOL! Must be. 🙂 I used to let Sephi put her head out the window, but I heard her yelp one time and realized she must have gotten hit in the face with something. Thankfully, it didn’t hit her in the nose or eye. And she still loved to put her head out the window. When I got the Breeze Guards, she didn’t seem to mind the restriction.

  3. Hawk aka BrownDog:

    Hi Y’all,

    I don’t get to put my head out ’cause the windows are up when we’re ridin’.

    Sometimes though my Human and I wait in the car while my Human Papa goes in somewhere…My Human said maybe it will keep people from tryin’ to reach in and pattin’ me. I’m usually friendly, but I don’t always cotton to everybody, especially if they reach into MY car.

    Y’all come by now,
    Hawk aka BrownDog

  4. MayaAndPierson:

    I used to live in Texas and now Kansas where our weather can get very hot so I am afraid of leaving my dogs in the car, even for a short time with the windows down.

  5. weliveinaflat:

    There was one time when we were driving when something hit our windscreen and left a small dent in the glass. I imagine that hitting a dog in the face and I shudder. So I think something like the breeze gaurd is a great choice for people who like to leave the car windows down. Better safe than sorry!

  6. MayaAndPierson:

    Yikes! That would have really hurt if it hit our dog’s face.

  7. Jodi:

    Great follow-up and thank you for joining the hop and answering my question. I’m assuming you will let us know when the report comes out and what it says about the harnesses? I have a set of those bars that go behind the back of the seats and keeps the dogs from coming into the front. I’m pretty bad about using it though. 🙁

    Thanks again and have a great weekend!!

  8. MayaAndPierson:

    I will definitely keep you all posted on what the Center for Pet Safety says. 🙂