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Follow Up Friday #19

Author: MayaAndPierson
November 15, 2013

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Welcome to another edition of Follow Up Friday hosted by Jodi from Heart Like a Dog. The co-host this week is our favorite Flea from Dog Treat Web for our favorite treats from Jones Natural Chews.

A comment from this past week, but posted on an article from the week before comes from Sue with Talking Dogs. On our Pros and Cons post, she mentioned how securing three dogs that need to move around was a challenge. I can definitely see how trying to secure three dogs in a dog car seat belt can be a challenge. Even though there are three slots in the back, the dogs can get tangled if they move around too much. Is there one dog who doesn’t mind not being able to move around too much? Perhaps use the middle safety belt and one latch bar from each side to secure him or her in the ClickIt Utility. The other two can wear the Bergan, which has an adjustable tether length and can allow the dogs to move around a bit more. With the really secure one in the middle, they can’t get tangled.

LAST WEEK’S FOLLOW UP FRIDAY

Jodi with Heart Like a Dog mentioned she’d like to find a way for the dogs to try a dog car seat belt on Sampson and Delilah in person. I completely understand. It can be intimidating buying some things online without being able to see it, feel it, and try it on. Read on for my response to Ducky’s mom.

Ducky’s Mom with The Golden Life asked if she could try the ClickIt Utility on a trial basis, such as a 30 day money-back guarantee. Absolutely! We have a 30 day return policy. Unless a piece is missing, such as a tether, 100% is refundable. The only thing I don’t have is a way to provide a return shipping label. Ducky’s mom also asked about the canine car harness brands available at PetSmart. I think it has the Solvit, Kurgo, and their own brand, which I’ve recently learned is actually made by the same manufacturer as Bergan. Unlike the Bergan, it is brown. But everything else is the same. Petco generally carries the Kurgo brand.

Lindsay with That Mutt commented on how my mom’s dog Solo resembles my boy Pierson. Solo came from a terrible hoarding situation. She was extremely shy and after bonding with my mom and stepdad became extremely possessive of them. She had been known to try to bite people coming to visit. But when my husband and I met her for the first time, she warmed up to both of us very quickly. My husband, who is not a big dog lover, fell in love with her. After our dog Sephi passed on and we talked about getting another dog, my husband told me he wanted a dog like Solo. So the search for Border Collies began and we eventually found Pierson, a Border Collie and Australian Shepherd mix.

Solo and Max

Solo now lives the good life in a loving home. My mom’s cat Max was her best bud, but he passed away a couple years ago.

By the way, we had a good weekend at my mom’s. My mom has recovered from lung cancer very well. My stepdad’s health is not so great though. We really worry about him.

Emma with GBGV Life said she loves her dog car seat belt. Hers is the AllSafe, by the way. And she says that her new sister Bailie is adjusting to it as well. That’s fantastic! Sometimes it can be difficult introducing a canine car harness to our furry friends. It’s best to start when they are young, but puppies don’t necessarily take to them any easier than adults. Emma also mentioned how she didn’t see her comment after she posted it. Sorry everyone, my comments are set up to go through moderation. There are a ton of methods to keep the spammers at bay and I choose the moderation one.

Ann with My Pawsitively Pets says Shiner has a canine car harness, but since she has a small car, Shiner doesn’t get to ride in the car very often. Makes sense. Shiner is a big girl and I can see how a small car could be uncomfortable for her, not to mention crowded for you.

WHY SELECT ANOTHER DOG CAR SEAT BELT BRAND

Lindsay with That Mutt said, “I think you make a good point that in most cases, any type of restraint is going to be safer than nothing.” Thanks, Lindsay! πŸ™‚ I couldn’t agree more. In fact, even though Kurgo didn’t rank as one of the best in the independent study completed by the Center for Pet Safety, they have a wonderful testimonial from a customer who said the Kurgo canine car harness saved their dog’s life.

FUNNY MEMES

There were a lot of compliments on this post. I love making these funny dog captions with photos of Maya & Pierson and am so glad you all liked them. πŸ™‚ Here’s an oldie but goodie:

Maya Pierson Cookietown

FUNNY DOGS PREVIEW VIDEO

The preview video is finally done! Alas, I’m not quite done with the full episode yet. Enjoy this 20 second preview today, then stop by again this weekend for the first full episode, which will be about 3 minutes.

Jodi with Heart Like a Dog said this about the 20 second preview video, “I love that Pierson has an Aussie accent. I can’t wait to see the whole video. How did you figure out the video editing? Honestly, I have to learn how to do that!

I bought the movie editing software in March of this year. It has taken a lot of playing around to figure out how to use it and I still haven’t mastered all the features.

Thank you everyone for stopping by and for all your wonderful comments. And thank you Jodi and Flea for hosing the Follow Up Friday blog hop. Have a great weekend everyone!

Dawn with Maya and Pierson

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8 Responses to “Follow Up Friday #19”

  1. Sue at Talking Dogs:

    LOL – LOVE that video clip! And the meme πŸ™‚ Need to pin that for sure.
    Thanks so much for responding to my comment. I’m going to now go look at the restraints you recommended and think about which dog could be happiest being still. Thank you!

  2. MayaAndPierson:

    Thanks, Sue! πŸ™‚ Another thing to consider is the Backseat Bridge or a pet car hammock to cover the floor. At the very least, covering the floor will keep them from flying forward onto the floor.

  3. Jodi:

    Thanks for joining the blog hop, great wrap up!!

    I never thought of buying the restraint and returning it! What an awesome idea. We are traveling over Thanksgiving and it would be the perfect time to try it out!

    So how do you determine the correct size? Maybe I’ll send you an e-mail. πŸ˜‰

    Have a great weekend!!

  4. MayaAndPierson:

    Thanks, Jodi! Use a tape measure and measure around the largest part of your dog’s chest. For the ClickIt, measure around his neck and chest by wraping the tape measure in a figure 8. Email me at naturebydawn@aol.com or call at 785-393-2044.

  5. Flea:

    I love today’s follow up. And if anyone needs dropping off in Oklahoma, drop them off at my house. πŸ™‚

    Your statement about pups not always taking well to seat belts – I was in college when the mandatory seat belt law was finally passed for humans. It didn’t take me long to remember to use my seat belt every time. I thought it would be easier for my children, who would use seat belts from birth. No.

    At 19 and 20, I still have to remind the older two to buckle up EVERY TIME THEY GET IN THE CAR. I’m grateful for the Prius – it beeps and the beep is progressively more intense until the belt is buckled. Maybe someday this will be a thing with dogs, too.

  6. MayaAndPierson:

    LOL! That’s a nice feature in the Prius, Flea. You know, New Jersey has a law about dogs needing to be restrained in the car. They can wear a dog car harness or be secured in a crate, so long as they are secured. Other states may follow.

  7. Hawk aka BrownDog:

    Hi Y’all!

    Great follow up. I’m showing it to my Humans. I need a longer tether for my harness. I prefer my crate, but my size or rather the crate’s size prevents it fitting into the car. I HATE the harness and seat belt! It always get all twisted whenever I need to lay down. The harness fits perfectly, but the tether is WAY too short to allow any movement.

    Y’all come by now,
    Hawk aka BrownDog

  8. MayaAndPierson:

    Hawk, if your harness already fits fine, you can purchase a tether seperately. The longest tether available is the x-large Bergan replacement tether, which is just under two feet long. Two feet long is the longest tether anyone has available as far as I know. For safety reason, they are not made any longer than that.