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Follow Up Friday #14

Author: MayaAndPierson
October 4, 2013

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Friday is here again! It’s time to recap the past week’s events. And let me tell you, it has been an eventful week. Before I get to that, though, let me thank Jodi with Heart Like a Dog¬†and Lynda from Two Ears and a Tail for hosting the Follow Up Friday blog hop. Thanks! ūüôā

There were a lot of great comments from last week’s Follow Up Friday. One that needs special mention is the one from Flea with DogTreatWeb for Jones Natural Chews. She knows we go from Kansas to Texas and back every year and that we drive through Oklahoma on the way. So she invited us to stop by on the way back! I’m so excited!!! I can’t wait to meet Flash, Patches, Jimmy, and all the lovely hens. And Flea would love to meet Pierson. So be sure to subscribe to our blog so you don’t miss the post about our trip at the end of December.

Maya ClickIt Utility Pet Seat Belt

My Maya looks happy in her new ClickIt pet seat belt, but she is not too thrilled about not being able to move around much anymore. At least she is safer this way.

The New ClickIt Utility Dog Safety Belt is Here!

I knew¬†the ClickIt Utility was¬†going to be nice but I didn’t really expect¬†it to work well enough to keep my¬†Maya in her seat. She is a crazy dog and likes to stand up and move around. This is the first pet car harness that keeps her in her seat. I really truly love it!

Ms. Phoebe the cat had a good question about the ClickIt Utility. She asked if her 70lb doggie sister would be able to lie down in the harness. The answer is yes. My Labrador Maya wanted to move around so badly, but the only thing she could do to move was to lie down. Having the Kurgo Backseat Bridge in place might help my big girl be able to lie down in the forward facing position without hanging off the seat. (The photo of Maya above does not show the Kurgo Backseat Bridge because I took the photo in my husband’s car. My car is a 1998 and does not have the latch system.)

Snoopy with Snoopy’s dog blog asked if the dog safety belt harness could also be used as a walking harness. Yes, Snoopy, it can. It has a ring on the back to allow for this. It does not, however, have a ring in the front like the Kurgo harness does.

Roxi asked if her 75lb German Shepherd and 30lb mixed breed could both ride in the back seat while wearing this pet car harness. Yes, Roxi, both can ride in the back seat. All vehicles 2001 model and later have the latchbar system in place for baby car seats. This latchbar system consists of these metal anchors located between the seat cushions. For both the left and right side of the seat (but not the middle) there are two anchors.

There are no anchors in the front seat so your dog will not be able to wear the ClickIt in the front. Other brands, however, may work in the front seat. We usually do not recommend dogs in the front seat, though, because front passenger side airbags are not safe for dogs.

The Center for Pet Safety Report is Out

Remember the 2001 report where four harnesses failed, thereby mislabeling all pet seat belts as a failure? Well the October 2013 report showed that not all brands were failures. The ClickIt Utility dog safety belt got the highest marks. It outperformed all other brands. Other brands did okay and still others completely failed. If you haven’t read my post regarding this, please go check it out now. It was published October 3rd, 2013.

Callie, Shadow, and Ducky’s mom from SamsNorthernGirl blog mentioned a couple of dogs probably would not be comfortable wearing the ClickIt Utility dog safety belt because it is too restrictive. Both Callie and Shadow have mild hip dysplasia that could be aggravated by being forced to stay in one place. The restriction of this particular brand is definitely something people want to consider. While it is good to be as restricted in the car as much as possible in most cases, I can see how something like hip problems could be an exception.

Thankfully, other brands did not fail the test. A brand like the Ruff Rider Roadie harness may not have done as well as the ClickIt, but it did not fail the testing done by the Center for Pet Safety. There are other methods of keeping your dog safe in the car as well. A secured pet travel crate might be just as good as a harness. The Center for Pet Safety has not yet conducted studies on this but will. We will keep you posted.

Thank you all for stopping by and for your comments. The more we engage in conversations about the safety of our pets, the better things will get.

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5 Responses to “Follow Up Friday #14”

  1. Sue at Talking Dogs:

    Great post! Heading to read about the new safety test report now.

  2. Murray's Mouth:

    Thanks for a great post! I’m always torn about pets safety in cars!

  3. Jodi:

    Woot woot!! That is great news. I was super busy this week and have been behind in reading, I’ll go back and read your post about the review.

    Thanks so much for joining the blog hop, I love the recaps, especially on those weeks when I get behind.

    You will love Flea, she’s amazing!! I can’t wait to hear all about your trip.

    Have a great weekend.

  4. Lindsay:

    Thanks for providing so much valuable information about dog seat belts.

    One thing I hadn’t really thought about is the safety of small and toy breed dogs in vehicles. Are there seat belts designed specifically for dogs under 10 pounds? Or are those dogs, like cats, better off riding in crates?

  5. MayaAndPierson:

    Excellent question, Lindsay! Sleepypod did not make the ClickIt Utility harnesses for smaller dogs because, yes, they are better off riding in crates. Sleepypod also makes a high quality line of pet car seats. Their car seats have also been crash tested. They are made of soft but durable material that helps to absorb the impact, unlike hard plastic crates.