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Pet Auto Safety Barks and Bytes #3

Author: MayaAndPierson
February 13, 2014

Barks and Bytes Blog Hop

What’s a bark and what’s a byte? In regards to this blog hop, I’m not entirely sure. So I’m going to say the barks are from the comments shared. Don’t worry, they’re happy barks! 🙂 And the bytes are my little tidbits. The Barks and Bytes blog hop is hosted by Jodi with Heart Like a Dog and Linda with 2 Brown Dawgs. (You know, if you put all the dogs from these two blogs together, there are actually five! Sampson, though, is probably more tan, but tan is a shade of brown, right?)

LAST MONTH BARKS AND BYTES
Flea with Dog Treat Web for Jones Natural Chews said, “Pawsome! One thought on the towel over the carrier – really know your dog. Our first dog would have pulled in a towel and chewed it to bits. But it’s great for anxious dogs!”
So true! Know your dog for any product. If you’re going to buy the ClickIt Utility dog seat belt because you’ve heard it’s the safest, it is important that you know it is safest because it is the most restrictive. If your dog doesn’t like the restriction, he might chew through the straps or hurt himself trying to escape from it. So another brand might be best.

Jodi with Heart Like a Dog asked if we’ve ever done a comparison of all the dog car harnesses. We’ve done one for the brands we sell. These brands include many of the top products, but not all the top products. It would be unfair for me to tell you about the AllSafe, for example, since I’ve never had the opportunity to use it. We’ve also done a post about the pros and the cons of our dog seat belt brands.

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.

THE BEST IS NOT ALWAYS THE BEST FOR YOU
Lindsay with That Mutt says, “Ace is very calm in the car and likes to sit and lie down. He doesn’t move around much. However, he does stand up sometimes, like when he watches me get out of the car. Do you think the ClickIt Utility would be OK for him? Or do you think I should consider something else since he occasionally stands? I’m thinking he could learn to not stand. He’s not a chewer.”
If he only occasionally stands, I’d say the ClickIt Utility would be great for Ace. Look at the measurements, though. I’m not sure if Ace is too big and the ClickIts do not currently come in extra-large.

Pamela with Something Wagging made a wonderful comment, “It is a balancing act between safety and comfort. In the end, everything is a compromise. Because if we wanted to be absolutely safe, we wouldn’t drive at all. :)”
So so true! You definitely seem to have the right of it, Pamela. 🙂

MY PERSONAL FAVORITES
Pamela also said, “I’m also a big Kurgo fan. Although I wish their products were made in the U.S. I just got Honey’s new life jacket from Kurgo and I wish it was summer already so we could try it out.”
I just got some Kurgo life jackets too! One is going to go to Maya. But I plan on selling them too. It is just a matter of building that outdoor dog gear website I talked about as one of my projects to do this year. At least I have the part about finding the right products done.

I do believe it is important to support your local businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs. As such, the Ruff Rider Roadie dog car harnesses are made right here in the USA. And they are great products as well. Earth Heart, the company that makes the Travel Calm, also has their products made here in the USA. And I believe that most of Snoozer’s products are also made here in the USA.

Emma in the Snoozer Lookout Pet Carseat

Emma in the Snoozer dog car seat. Made in the USA.

Although… I did take an economics course recently that really helped me see things at a different angle. Yes, Kurgo may have their products made overseas but Kurgo is an American company. Kurgo pays their American employees a decent wage… a wage they can afford to give them because they save money by having products made overseas. And a savings they pass on to you by making their products more affordable.

If you’re concerned about the quality of products made overseas, don’t be. Products manufactured overseas no longer have to be compromised in quality. Kurgo products are top-of-the-line and they have a great manufacturer who is just as dedicated to quality.

Kurgo Lifetime Warranty

All Kurgo Products are Guaranteed Built for Life

Another economic trade off, besides saving money on products, is that other countries are hiring American companies for our marketing, managing, and product development skills. Instead of working on an assembly line to make products, we can spend our time inventing products. We can strive for higher paying jobs in the corporate world as managers, sales reps, marketing specialists, and in advertising. Plus, our entertainment industry is HUGE. We are artistic and creative and other countries will pay us money for what we have.

Wow, that was an awful big byte, wasn’t it? Please forgive me if I sound like I’m taking sides one way or the other. I’m not. Realistically, I’d only have a handful of products on my site if I chose to only sell ones made in America. And While I might prefer to buy American made too (especially pet food and treats), I can’t forget it was probably American ingenuity that invented many of these pet travel products to begin with and American companies that built their brands up on American soil.

That’s all for now. If I didn’t scare you off with my economics education course, please come back and visit again! 🙂

Dawn with Maya and Pierson

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10 Responses to “Pet Auto Safety Barks and Bytes #3”

  1. Slimdoggy:

    Thanks for all these good links to read…have book marked this page.

  2. Flea:

    What fun! Balance. Balance is good and important. And honestly? If I have a choice between American chocolate and German chocolate? I sure ain’t picking American.

  3. MayaAndPierson:

    😀 I think German chocolate is better too. But when it comes to dog treats, I’m going to choose American, such as the treats from Jones Natural Chews. 😉

  4. 2 brown dawgs:

    Thanks so much for joining Barks and Bytes. 🙂 I like how you broke it down, but really you can post about what ever you want. We tried to have an open theme with a cute name. 🙂

    People should realize that it is very difficult to be a manufacturer in the US. I could go into the reasons, but there are too many.

    I buy dog treats and dog food made in the US or Canada because I can be sure of a level of quality, but for myself, I still like a yummy French brie. 🙂

  5. MayaAndPierson:

    I can’t agree more about French brie. And Flea made an excellent point about German chocolate. Each country has something they are good at. It is the economic reason we trade to begin with.

  6. Hawk aka BrownDog:

    Hi Y’all!

    My Human is talking about getting me a longer strap for my car harness. I like the one that goes on the people seat belt ’cause it has some give. On trips I do sit, lay and like to turn around. I’m beyond eating through the restraint. However, I’ve become adept, with either type, unclickin’ the seat belt or strap from the seat! BOL!!! We get where we’re going and when my Human goes to take me out she discovers I’ve freed myself!

    Y’all come by now,
    Hawk aka BrownDog

  7. MayaAndPierson:

    Hi Hawk! How does your strap work? Would something like this work to keep you from unbuckling it? http://www.petautosafety.com/angel-guard

  8. Jodi:

    Great post Dawn and thank you for joining Barks and Bytes. Barks and Bytes is basically just bits and pieces, the barks were for the dog bloggers and the bytes were for the non-dog bloggers, but it’s basically whatever you want it to be.

    I see your point about Kurgo, but how does one find out what types of manufacturers a company has hired? For instance, I don’t want to support someone who is funding a sweat shop somewhere that only pays pennies per hour. (Not trying to be rude or rock the boat.) 🙂

  9. MayaAndPierson:

    That is a very good question, Jodi. The best I can tell you is to ask them. I’ve asked Kurgo and the others and most visit overseas once a year. Companies that make really cheap stuff make their sales because their products are so cheap. They are not concerned about their brand, per se, because it is their cost that sells, not their brand. Companies like Kurgo, however, have a reputation to uphold. They are not going to risk hiring a sweatshop to make their products. Their products are very well made and require skilled labor. Cheaper labor, by our standards, but still skilled and paid much better than a sweat shop that is only concerned about speed and quantity.

  10. Donna and the Dogs:

    I think it’s great that you share the pros and cons of each product you sell…it certainly makes for easier purchasing! 🙂