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December 30, 2014
Pierson Wearing ClickIt Sport Dog Car Seat Belt Harness

Pierson gets to try out the new ClickIt Sport dog car harness.

We’re still here and ready to do some more blogging! It’s been an interesting year, for both Pet Auto Safety and for me personally. Let’s talk about Pet Auto Safety first, then I will explain why I haven’t been blogging for a while.

At the beginning of 2014, I told you some of our goals. Let’s see how we did:

More Funny Videos – Maya and Pierson starred in a cute video in 2013. We vowed to make more in 2014. However, we just made one (below). But we also made a couple of pet travel product videos. And we plan on making more videos, funny or otherwise, in the future. See these and other videos of my dogs at www.YouTube.com/naturebydawn.

More Pet Travel Articles – 2014 was a decent year for our article writing. We wrote several articles and also hired a good free-lance writer. The word about pet auto safety is getting gout there, but we need to write and publish many more articles in 2015. And we’d like to publish them in places other than our own websites. So if you know of a blog or magazine who would like to publish an article about dogs riding safe in the car, let us know.

WIPIN – Women in the Pet Industry Network – Thanks to a friend, I became a member of WIPIN in 2014. It is a great place to connect with other pet lovers and share business ideas. However, due to personal life circumstances, I did not take advantage of everything this group had to offer. I am not sure whether I will renew my membership in 2015.

Inc. to LLC – In 2014, we successfully changed the company from a corporation to an LLC. This change made some administration processes easier and I’m glad we did it.

Maya Wearing Dog Backpack from Outward Hound

Maya shows off her outdoor dog gear backpack.

Outdoor Dog Gear – We did not create a new website for outdoor dog gear, but we did set up a new page on Pet Auto Safety for outdoor dog gear. After all, dogs who ride in cars are usually going somewhere. And if they are going hiking or swimming, they can get some supplies from us.

Maya Labrador AllSafe Dog Car Harness

The AllSafe dog car harness fits Maya perfectly!

AllSafe Dog Car Harness – We have been wanting the AllSafe dog seat belts for some time, but had difficulty acquiring them. Luckily, the opportunity finally came a few months ago. We now have the AllSafe brand and I couldn’t be happier.

Some of our other new products in 2014 include the Car-Go pop-up shelter, Portable Pet Flat Seat, the Variocages, and the ClickIt Sport.

Pet Auto Safety Infographic – We never did implement our idea to create an infographic. Whether or not we will do so in 2015 is still being debated.

As you can see, 2014 was a success for us in many ways. If we fell short in some areas, it was because of some personal events. If you’ve kept up with this blog and if you also follow me on my American Dog Blog, then you have some idea of what’s been going on.

In mid-2014, my husband transferred to another job in Des Moines, Iowa. Things were in upheaval for Pet Auto Safety as I worked to relocate both our home and the business and to refile all the tax documents in the new state.

Just before this move, I found out my mom was diagnosed with brain cancer. It was progressing rapidly and the doctors were not optimistic that she would live for much longer. She surprised us by making a good recovery a couple months ago. But the recovery was short lived.

My mom passed away just before Thanksgiving. I’ve never lost a parent before and so it is very hard for me. The holidays have been especially difficult. I have still managed Pet Auto Safety’s retail activities, but I took a break from all other tasks, including blogging, article writing, and videos.

While I still miss my mom, it’s time to get back on track. If you’re not already subscribed to this blog, please do so now and look for another post for our Pet Auto Safety 2015 goals. Also subscribe to my American Dog Blog, where I will be making a tribute to the woman who taught me many things, including that dogs are family too and deserve to be as loved and cared for as any other member of the family.

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4 Responses to “2014 – A Pet Auto Safety Year in Review”

  1. Emma:

    Oh my fur is tickled pink that you are using the AllSafe harness seatbelt! You may recall, we love these and have been using them for over ten years since living in Germany where they are made and approved for Autobahn use! Awesome! Cheers to a safe 2015!

  2. MayaAndPierson:

    Thanks, Emma! I’m tickled pink too. I almost gave up on trying to get them when they called me. And when I got our first one in the mail, I was so amazed at the quality. The AllSafe is so well made and I’m glad they’ve come here to the US.

  3. Sue @ The Golden Life:

    Dawn, I’ll be here waiting for your next post, and the next one, and the ones after that. 🙂

    Your tribute to your Mom was beautiful! I know all too well how difficult it is to lose a parent just before Thanksgiving and the Christmas/New Year holidays. As you know already, my Mom died just before Thanksgiving in 79. But you didn’t know that my Dad passed away just 10 days before Mom’s 26th anniversary in Heaven. Still, they both had a good life — however short I felt it was — and they live on through my brother and me just as your Mom lives on through you. My prayers and thoughts are with you as you move through this difficult time. Know that you have a friend and kindred spirit in South Carolina.

  4. MayaAndPierson:

    Thank you so much, Sue 🙂 Thank you for continuing to follow my blogs despite my absence and thank you so much for the kind words. Although this has been hard for me, I worry for my step-dad. It’s been hardest for him, I think.