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July 23, 2011

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Cassie

My love for dogs started with Cassie.  Cassie was a Shetland Sheepdog who chose me to be her companion when I was 10 years old.  Although my mom always had at least one dog around (six at one time, I think), none of those dogs was truly mine until Cassie.  Cassie was given to my mom, but she chose me.  She slept with me, followed me around, and was by my side as often as she could be.

Cassie did not have a dog seatbelt but it was only because such a thing did not exist back then.  But she is my true inspiration for every dog thing I do.  Because of Cassie, I worked at an animal shelter and occasionally fostered dogs.  And because of her, I now volunteer at an animal shelter, am a certified dog trainer, share my love for dogs on my dog blogs, and promote pet auto safety and other products for dogs.

Cassie passed away when I was 23 years old but she is still in my heart.  I got Smokey when Cassie was 10 years old.  And after Cassie passed on, I got Becky Ann and Achilles.  It was when I had these three dogs that I discovered the dog seatbelt.  I bought a dog seatbelt for each so that it would be safer for them to ride in the car (and easier for me to drive without distractions).

That was a long time ago.  Now I have Sephi and Maya.  They each have a dog seatbelt and thanks to increasing awareness and safety concerns, their dog seatbelt is better made than the ones my other dogs used to have.

While Cassie was my inspiration for all things dog, my other dogs have played a part.  In a way, you can say that Cassie, Smokey, Becky Ann, Achilles, Sephi, and Maya were all inspiring.  If it wasn’t for them, I would not have started Pet Auto Safety.com.  In a way, they are the true founders.

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Sephi (Persephone)

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