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Follow Up Friday #12

Author: MayaAndPierson
September 20, 2013

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It’s time for another edition of Follow Up Friday where we recap the past week’s activities. This edition is hosted by Heart Like a Dog and 2 Brown Dawgs.

Comments from Follow Up Friday #11

Jodi with Heart Like a Dog saw someone driving while their dog had his whole upper body hanging out the window. How scary, Jodi! I hate it when I see something like that. 🙁

Oz the Terrier says, “Oh I so want one of the Clickits by Sleepypod. I don’t think we have the best harness for safety in the car at the moment…but we are trying.” Something is better than nothing, Oz so your efforts are pawsome! I think what I am going to do after we get the Sleepypod ClickIt is give one away. So keep an eye out!

By the way, I don’t think the Sleepypod ClickIt will make it on the Center for Pet Safety (CPS) report coming in October. It is too new so I doubt CPS has had a chance to test it. But Sleepypod has tested it. And the ClickIt was designed based on testing results from CPS.

We Life in a Flat says, “If we don’t let kids stick their heads out of the car window, why should we let dogs” Good point. Unfortunately, not everyone thinks of their dogs as family. Those of us that do, though, sometimes fall victim to the “It won’t happen to me” mentality.

Upcoming Pet Events

Sue with Talking-Dogs says she adopted her first dog at the Lawrence Humane Society (LHS). How pawsome is that!?! After Sephi passed on, my husband and I looked through the LHS for a new family member. All the dogs there were wonderful and well cared for. But none of them clicked. I ended up finding a stray (Pierson) instead. Excellent bargain, don’t you think?

Pierson January 10, 2012

This photo was taken on the day I brought Pierson to his new home. He was a scared pup. He was also thin and full of fleas and ticks. He doesn’t look thin. It’s all the hair. It was January 10, 2012 when I got him.

In regards to pet events, our first one this fall is coming up on Sunday. The event is outdoors and thankfully it looks like the weather is going to hold up. I’ll be sure to post photos the following Wednesday for Wordless Wednesday.

Pet Travel Destination Tuesday

Donna and the Dogs says “I try to take mine out places too, but like you, only if I don’t need to leave them unattended. Especially my Lab, Toby, and my Vizlsa, Medi, because I’m afraid someone will steal them.” That’s something else to think about besides the heat. Someone could steal your dog. Even if you live in a nice neighborhood, do you really trust that some unsavory person isn’t visiting your nice town and looking for some easy pickings? I also worry about people who don’t like dogs and what they will do to tease my dog if I am not there to watch them.

Lindsay with That Mutt says, “There is a dog bakery near us, and I am thinking about taking Ace there this week just for an excuse to get him a treat.” Sounds fun. I bet Ace will love it. I forgot to mention dog boutiques in my list. Maya has been to Lucky Paws Bakery in downtown Lawrence a number of times. There also used to be a place called The Dog House that we frequented.

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Maya and other dogs at the Lucky Paws Bakery located in Downtown Lawrence.

Buster & Pierson at The Dog House

Pierson met Buster at The Dog House. Pierson looks happy, but really, he is not happy that Buster is getting attention.

Mollie with Mollies Dog Treats says, “Mommy takes me with her but we never had ice cream this summer.. must make a note.” Hurry Mollie, before it’s too cold for ice cream. 🙂

Gizmo with Terrier Torrent says, “Gizmo loves car rides, even if it’s just a quick errand…he’s totally comfy in the car, which does make things easy.” Good job, Gizmo! Maya loves car rides too but she is so totally not easy to deal with in the car. Have you all seen this video?

Imagine this for the first 15 to 20 minutes of our annual road trip to Texas. She calms down eventually, but starts up all over again every time we make a pit stop. She is wearing her seat belt in this video but I have to keep the tether long so she won’t get tangled when she tries to move around. A shorter tether is safer, but Maya is a good example of how optimum safety is not always possible.

I discovered a new product last year that helped Maya with her excitement. The product is Travel Calm and it works well for nervous dogs too. The only time Maya whined on the last trip was when she recognized we were pulling into my parent’s neighborhood. After that trip, I made arrangements with the company that makes it to sell some on my own site.

Jodi with Heart Like a Dog says, “I sure hope they seek certification, I for one would be far more likely to purchase one that had been certified over one that had not. It might give a manufacturer an edge over a competitor.” It certainly will. I can’t imagine any company not wanting to get certification. If they choose not to, it will make me wonder if they have something to hide. The certification process is still a while away, though. First is their report in October. Then they will start working on a certification process.

Well, that’s all I have for this week. Gotta go and write a post for tomorrow, then pack up my stuff for the pet event this Sunday. I hope you all have a great weekend. Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

Dawn with Maya & Pierson

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8 Responses to “Follow Up Friday #12”

  1. Flea:

    Pierson is the prettiest. He should get all the attention. All the time. And hey! Stop in Tulsa on your next trip to Texas!

  2. MayaAndPierson:

    Actually, Flea, I was just talking to my husband about it. A stopover in Oklahoma is a great way to break up an 11 hour drive. Will you all be home a few days before or a few days after Christmas?

  3. Jodi:

    Thanks for joining the blog hop, you had an awesome follow-up here!!

    Truthfully, I worry more about someone stealing or hurting my dog than just about anything else. Which is why I rarely take them anywhere with me where they will need to stay in the car.

    About a month ago I went to Best Buy and saw this guy pull in with two beautiful Golden Retrievers in the car. I felt myself tense and thought, he’s going to shut the car windows in this heat and I will lose my sh*t. Nope, he left the windows completely down and I thought (well the first thing I thought was wow, what great dogs to stay and not want to follow him, *giggles*) and then inside my head I screamed, what if someone takes your dogs you idiot? It is so true that people are stealing dogs. Personally, I can’t be careful enough.

    Have a great weekend!!

  4. MayaAndPierson:

    Jodi, I can definitely see someone wanting to steal a couple of beautiful Golden Retrievers. Also, even though the dogs are well behaved what if they see something that they just can’t help but to get out of the car and investigate? They are in a parking lot which means they could not only get out and wander off, but they could get hit by a car!

  5. Tenacious Little Terrier:

    I’m interested in the Clickit as well. I have a car seat for Mr. N but he keeps trying to jump out of it.

  6. MayaAndPierson:

    TenaciousLittleTerrier, What kind of car seat do you have? Most should have a tether that can be used to keep Mr N from jumping out.

  7. 2 brown dawgs:

    Awe that picture of Pierson on the first day is so cute. I think he knew he had found a new home.

  8. MayaAndPierson:

    2BrownDawgs, He was so scared and unsure of himself for a few days. Then after two weeks or so, maybe less, he strutted around like he owned the place. 🙂