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Follow Up Friday #18

Author: MayaAndPierson
November 8, 2013

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Wow! Another week has gone by already. Time sure does go by fast. Let’s see what has happened in this week, shall we?


Jodi with Heart Like a Dog said, “Oooohhhh… my little mind is excited thinking of the reason you might not have been feeling well. Can’t wait to hear what it is.”

I apologize to all of you for making you guess as to why I was out of the loop for two weeks. I realized later that I might have misled you all into thinking I was expecting. After all, usually when it is a good thing a woman isn’t feeling well it is because she is pregnant. Alas, despite the best efforts of my husband and I, I don’t think that ship will ever leave the harbor. I am almost too old and I have interfering health issues. In regards to health issues, there is hope on the horizon. I shall soon see whether there really is a cure for fibromyalgia.

Hawk with Brown Dog CBR said, “Yep, I chewed through the seat belt strap that snapped into the seat belt thingy. The Humans bought me a new seat belt that fastened to the seat belt itself. I chewed through the seat belt…that was expensive I hear. They bought me a different seat belt, but the strap is too short so my Human is looking for a longer one. Sigh…”

Oh my goodness, Hawk, this is so so common. It is one reason why the ClickIt Utility may not be good for all dogs. Despite its best safety features, some dogs simply will not tolerate being that restricted and will chew through the harness. If you’re worried your dog might, perhaps consider buying a cheaper dog car harness first to train with, then working up to the better one. A cheaper one may or may not hold up in a car accident, but at least it will help keep your dog from being a distraction and from getting thrown forward in a sudden stop. Also, consider this blog post: How to Keep Your Dog from Chewing through His Dog Seat Belt.

Compare Five Dog Seat Belt Brands

Dog seat belt brands listed left to right, top to bottom: ClickIt Utility, Ruff Rider Roadie, Bergan, Kurgo Tru-Fit, Kurgo Go-Tech.


Gizmo with Terrier Torrent, Mollie with Mollie’s Dog Treats UK, and Snoopy with Snoopy’s Dog Blog love that all the pros and cons are listed. Mollie loves the harnesses that can be used for walking too. So does Snoopy. Snoopy uses the Kurgo and is relieved to see the size he wears did not fail in the study conducted by the Center for Pet Safety. Snoopy, however, didn’t care for how loose the Kurgo dog car harness was when he walked with it on. It seemed to fit fine in the car but was loose upon walking. I’m interested to know, Snoopy, is it the Kurgo Tru-Fit you have or the Kurgo Go-Tech?

Callie, Shadow, and Ducky’s Mom with The Golden Life asked, “Curious about the amount of restriction with the Clickit: Callie prefers to lie down on the back seat; and once buckled in, does not move much if at all. Shadow prefers to sit in such a way that she can lean back against the seat facing the window. Would the Clickit allow for my dog’s preferred seating “arrangements”?”

The ClickIt Utility is restrictive but it does allow your dog to sit or lie down in any preferred position. Your dog cannot stand, however. And once they are buckled into their preferred position, it will be difficult for them to move out of it. Despite how terrible being so restricted sounds, it is really the safest way. The more your dog is restricted, the less tossing about that will occur if you get into a wreck. Despite safety, however, the ClickIt may not be ideal for comfort on especially long road trips. I’m still debating whether I will make Maya wear the ClickIt Utility harness or a different brand when we go to Texas this December.

Dog Seat Belt Car Video Clip

Maya & Pierson can’t wait for the video to come out! They’ll be famous. 🙂


I’m glad you are all looking forward to the video. I have a preview video which will be just a few seconds long and will hopefully be done this weekend. Then the three minute video of Episode 1 should be ready next week. The only thing I am waiting on is the guy doing the voice for Pierson. He has done most of the voice already (you’re going to love it because he uses an Australian accent), but there are a few corrections I’d like him to make. And there is one correction for Maya’s voice, too, that needs to be done.

Episode 1 is informative but also has a bit of humor so you’re not completely bored. Please keep in mind that it is only the second time I have ever done video editing (my first one was of Maya swimming at a public pool). As indicated in the title, Episode 1, I have ideas for several more videos. While Episode 1 is mostly informative, I hope the following ones will be mostly funny and cute. Stay tuned!


Yay! The weekend is almost here again. And it is a three day weekend in which my husband and I will be using to visit my mom and stepdad in Missouri. Maya and Pierson will stay with some friends of ours since my mom’s dog Solo and my Pierson will very likely not get along because they are both very dog aggressive. So I will miss Maya and Pierson, but I will get to see my mom again, which is good. So what will you all be doing this weekend?

Dogs Solo and Rocky

My mom’s dogs, Solo and Rocky, chilling out on the porch in Missouri.


This week’s Follow up Friday is hosted by Jodi with Heart Like a Dog and Emma with My GBGV Life. In case you’re curious, GBGV stands for Grand Basset Griffon Vendeén, a dog breed developed hundreds of years ago in the Vendeé region of France. Cool, right? The best part is both Emma and her new sibling, Bailie, wear the AllSafe dog seat belt, rated next in safety right after the ClickIt. Way to go guys! And thank you for hosting this week’s Follow Up Friday.


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17 Responses to “Follow Up Friday #18”

  1. Sue at Talking Dogs:

    Great follow up! Heading directly to your pros and cons post!

  2. Heart Like a Dog:

    Great recap! We still waffle. Honestly, I have to find a place where I can take the dogs and fit them into harnesses, once I do that I’ll start working with them in getting them acclimated to it.

    Thanks for joining the blog hop, I hope you have a great time visiting your mom!

  3. MayaAndPierson:

    Jodi, it makes sense to want to try them on first. That is one think about buying online is you really don’t know how something is going to fit, even if the website says it is the right size. PetSmart carries the Kurgo brand.

  4. Golden Woofs: Sugar:

    Can’t believe Hawk chewed a seatbelt. Mom recently got a Kurgo and we got a hook (easy attachment to the seat belt) from a Pet Show that still testing it. Will share it with you as it is new in the market. Happy Friday. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

  5. MayaAndPierson:

    Sugar, Thanks for sharing. I’d love to know more about it. 🙂

  6. Lindsay:

    Solo looks a tiny bit like Pierson. Enjoy your long weekend, and I hope you are feeling better.

  7. MayaAndPierson:

    Lindsay, Solo is part of the reason we were looking to get a Border Collie. After Sephi passed away and I said I wanted another dog, my husband said he wanted a smart dog, like Solo, and that he loved Solo’s eyes. Pierson definitely has a lot in common with Solo, including the intelligence and the eyes (and the dog aggression issue).

  8. emma:

    Thanks for the introduction 🙂 and joining FUF! We love our seat belts. Oddly, we have never had issues with chewing them except that I chewed the label off of Katie’s when I was a pup. Bailie took to wearing her seat belt right away and is happy to be a member of us safe riders as Mom calls us. Thanks for promoting dog car safety, it is so rare in the US. I guess in Germany with the Autobahn people thought more about it. Happy Friday!

  9. MayaAndPierson:

    Emma, It’s fantastic that you started Bailie out right away with a dog seat belt. I think Maya would have caused a lot more trouble with her harness if I hadn’t had her start wearing one when she was a puppy.

  10. emma:

    Okay, I submitted a comment but it did not seem to appear, so I will try again. Thanks for mentioning me and my seat belt thing. Dog car safety is so very important but most people in the US just don’t even think about it. We have all worn seat belts since we were little, and Bailie took to wearing hers right away too. It is so important for not only the dog, but the people in your car, rescue workers, it is just crazy to let a dog run loose in a moving vehicle! Thanks for joining FUF!

  11. MayaAndPierson:

    So sorry, Emma! We did get your initial comment. But it doesn’t post right away because it has to go through approval. Sometimes I get as many as 100 spam comments a day! Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

  12. Ann Staub:

    Shiner has a Kurgo harness, but our car is so small that we never really travel with her anymore. It makes sense that a dog would be restricted with the ClickIt. I mean humans can’t really move around too much when we are buckled up I guess? Hope you have fun in Texas. I live just north of Austin!

  13. MayaAndPierson:

    Ann, I think I remember reading about where you lived somewhere on your blog before. Austin is nice, isn’t it? I miss all the nature outings I used to go on when I lived there… Zilker, the Greenbelt, McKinney Falls, Bastrop Lake, Georgetown Lake, etc. But I most definitely do not miss the heat. Where just nort of Austin are you from? Perhaps we can meet somewhere on our drive through? It’s so fun to meet other bloggers in person. 🙂

    I understand what you mean about a car not always being comfortable for big dogs. Last year when we went to Texas we had to rent an SUV. We had our friends go with us and four people and two big dogs just wouldn’t work in the car.

  14. Callie, Shadow, and Ducky's Mom:

    Good Morning! Sorry I’m late leaving a comment here, but household chores and life in general kinda got in the way yesterday.

    Thanks for the additional info on the Clickit! What I might do is order one for Callie and try it on a trial basis. That is possible, isn’t it? As in a 30-day money-back guarantee? Since both of them are pretty much the same size, I could try it on Shadow as well. Then, if they seem comfortable in it on trips around town, maybe I’ll get a second one. You mentioned an “AllSafe” brand — I might check that out too. Right now, the ones I have are from PetSmart, but I have no idea what brand they are. Outward Hound maybe. And I have a hammock style seat cover on the back seat, so they can’t slide off the seat on those rare occasions when I don’t use the seat belt harnesses.

  15. MayaAndPierson:

    No problem with the late comment, Callie, Shadow, and Ducky’s Mom. I’m a little late getting to my comments too. BTW, what is your first name? I keep calling you Ducky’s mom.

    It is absolutely possible to get one on a trial basis. I don’t currently carry the AllSafe brand, though. I have the ClickIt and the Ruff Rider Rodie (and others but the ClickIt is one up on the AllSafe in regards to safety and the Ruff Rider Roadie is about equal to the AllSafe). I think the PetSmart brand may have been either one from Solvit, Kurgo, or their own brand.

    Great to hear you have both a seat belt and hammock. I love how the hammock covers the floor of the car to give dogs more room to stretch out in the back seat.

  16. Lindsay:

    Well I’m glad Solo inspired you to adopt Pierson! 🙂 Way to go Solo!

  17. MayaAndPierson:

    I’ll have to tell you more about Solo’s story sometime, Lindsay. She is a rescue too.