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Follow Up Friday #16

Author: MayaAndPierson
October 18, 2013

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Friday is here again. Let’s do the happy dance! What’s the happy dance? It’s the same dance your dog does when it is time for dinner. 🙂 This week’s Follow Up Friday is hosted by Jodi with Heart Like a Dog and Linda with 2 Brown Dawgs. After you see what we have been up to this week, visit their blogs and other dog blogs from the follow up blog hop below.

Last Week’s Follow Up

We Live in a Flat says they can’t use the new ClickIt Utility because they have an older car without the latchbars. Guess what? My car, the one that was recently rear-ended, is an older car too. It has no latchbars either. So if Maya rides in my car, I can only secure her through the back of the ClickIt harness. I can’t use the two side tethers to secure her. Despite that, Maya is still very secure, as secure as she was in the other dog car harness brands. However, her security is not as good as it would be if she was using all three connections. But it is still secure and I am a firm believer that something is better than nothing, especially when using nothing means Maya will be all over the car and distracting me when I drive.

Canine Epilepsy

Canine epilepsy was from a post back in May, but the comment is from this past week. Dawn Frost with MR2BC Travel Logs asks, “By the way, what do you do to keep Pierson safe in your vehicle in case he seizes. We have a backseat hammock for Morgan. The hammock keeps him from getting caught in cracks and crevices.”

The hammock is an excellent idea to keep Morgan from getting caught on something and from falling onto the floor. Pierson wears a dog car harness to keep him from falling onto the floor if he seizes. The Kurgo Backseat Bridge also helps keep him from falling onto the floor. And I suppose the pet car seat cover keeps him from getting caught on anything. Who would have thought that pet travel safety products can also help protect a dog with canine epilepsy?

Pierson in the Car Logo

Pierson is wearing the Bergan dog car harness. The Backseat Bridge covers the floor of the car.

Comparing Pet Seat Belts

Mollie’s Dog Treats says, “I’ve got to get Mollie a new seat belt, the one she has is fraying as we use it for walking too and has been washed so many times where she goes in the mud LOL. XXOOXX

Yes, you definitely should get a new safety harness if the other one is fraying. You don’t want it to break.

Roxy the Traveling Dog says, “Torrey is in the back seat and lays down, sits up, changes positions. I can’t see her loving a harness at all.”

So very true for many dogs. Pet seat belts will take away their freedom and could make them uncomfortable. I could say, too bad. If we make our children wear seat belts even though they are more comfortable without them, then we should make our dogs too. But it is not just about comfort. A dog that does not like to be restrained will likely try to get out of the harness. Sorry folks, but there is no such thing as an escape-proof seat belt. A determined dog can get out of them. And the harder they try to get out, the more likely they are to hurt themselves and defeat the purpose of the safety device.

Training might help. Maya had to be trained to get used to hers. I have to work with her again with the very restrictive ClickIt Utility. She had more freedom with the other brands, but this one is something she is not used to at all and I don’t want her to fight it and get out of it. There are also other pet travel safety products such as a secured pet travel carrier or a car seat for dogs (which Roxy is considering).

Wordless Wednesday

We had a number of friends tell us their dogs already wear pet seat belts. Let’s put our paws together for Snoopy with Snoopy’s Dog Blog, Shiner with Pawsitively Pets, and Dexter with Fidose of Reality! A lot of people loved Clover’s photo from Wordless Wednesday so here are a couple others of her:

Clover Dog Seat Belt 3

“What do you mean we’re not going anywhere? That we’re just posing for pictures?

Clover Sprawl

“Fine. Unless you change your mind about going somehwere, I’m done posing.”

ClickIt Utility Giveaway

Don’t forget to enter the giveaway posted on October 5th to win the new ClickIt Utility. If you’ve already entered, don’t forget you can submit more entries on the rafflecopter by tweeting daily.

Thanks for joining us for this Follow Up Friday. Thank you Jodi and Linda for hosting the blog hop. Enjoy your weekend and see you all next week! 🙂

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7 Responses to “Follow Up Friday #16”

  1. Sue at Talking Dogs:

    Great follow up! I’m still dithering about restraints. Love reading your blog to consider all the pros and cons of the brands.

  2. Jodi:

    Great follow-up! Thanks for joining the hop.

    Last night Sampson jumped into the front seat. This is something I’ve been really strict about with my new car. In my last car he always rode shotgun, but when I got the new one I’ve not let him. Shame on me I was in a hurry last night and I let him do it. Thankfully 4+ years of not sitting in the front must have made an impression because he didn’t stay up there, after a minute or so he moved into the back.

    Have a great weekend!!

  3. Flea:

    I know, I know, I know that this is a silly question, but my Hunny started me thinking about it. And it’s not safety, necessarily. Do y’all have chicken hammocks? Your dog car hammock got me thinking. Hunny wants to put hammocks in the chicken coop. I think he’s crazy.

  4. mollie and alfie:

    I like follows up then I never miss anything. Have ordered mollies new seat belt. Have a super weekend xxoxxx

    Mollie and Alfie

  5. snoopy@snoopysdogblog:

    Hi Dawn

    Funny to see you say about escaping from the seat belt harness, I did that when I was a pup and I climbed over two rows of seats and was very proud of myself!

    Unfortunately I then got a new harness that I couldn’t escape from – doh!

    Wags to all,

    Your pal Snoopy 🙂

  6. Jasmine:

    Good info Dawn.
    If your car is made after 1989, you should be able to pick up a retrofit LATCH kit from your dealer. Check this link to find the part number for your car brand. http://www.thecarseatlady.com/vehicles/the_latch_system_9.html

    Sleepypod says they will be offering clickit anchors for cars that do not have retrofit kits available. Keep us informed about your latch anchor issue with your old car.

  7. MayaAndPierson:

    Thanks so much Jasmine! 🙂 I think my 98 car is on its last legs, though. I just spent another chunk of money on repairs after being stranded in a Walmart parking lot. I convinced my husband to let us use his car when we travel with the dogs to Texas this holiday. His car does have the latchbars, but he hates the idea of the dogs shedding in it.