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Follow Up Friday #25

Author: MayaAndPierson
January 17, 2014

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Wow, is this the third Friday of the new year already? Time goes by too quickly. Welcome to another edition of the Follow Up Friday blog hop hosted by Jodi with Heart Like a Dog. This is actually the second follow up of the year since we did the pet blogger challenge last week. Rather than cover two weeks of follow up, though, let’s just start with the fun pet blogger challenge.

PET BLOGGER CHALLENGE
Pamela with Something Wagging said, “OMD! You can write a blog post in an hour!Glogirly said something similar, “I’m also very impressed that you can write a blog post in an hour!”

Okay, let me clarify. Yes, it does only take me an hour to actually write a post. But when you add research time into it and the time it takes to not only take photos but to edit them as well, I actually spend a good two hours or more on some posts. Plus, if you add all the time I spend procrastinating…

Also, I want to thank everyone who complimented me and my blog on the pet blogger’s challenge. The feedback you’ve given encourages me to keep on posting. Thanks to the challenge, I’ve also found some new fun pet blogs to follow.  🙂

A LOOK BACK AT 2013
Ann with Pawsitively Pets mentioned how nervous she is about trying new things outside of blogging, such as a radio show or her own video.

I get that way too. In fact, I bought my video camera and software in February 2013, but I didn’t actually get the video done until November. Part of it was because I was trying to learn the software, but part of it was also because I was nervous. I kept procrastinating because I was afraid my idea was stupid and no one would like it. But you know what? The video may not have lived up to my best expectations, but it didn’t come close to meeting my worst fears either. So just jump on in! I promise, it won’t be as bad as you think it will. And you might even realize you really enjoy it.

NEW FOR 2014
A couple of you suggested I could do a guest post about safety on your blog. I’d absolutely love to! Email me at naturebydawn at gmail dot com to give me an idea of what your readers would like and let’s work something out. Yay! 🙂 Thank you for helping me and for spreading the word about safety in the car for our furry loved ones.

WORDLESS WEDNESDAY SAFETY MESSAGE
Aimee with Irresistible Pets said, “My Chihuahua Chuy always wants to sit in my lap and whines like crazy when we put him in his seat. I guess I should have started doing that when he was a puppy!”

Good news, Aimee. It’s not too late to modify his behavior. In fact, I wrote an article about this very topic on another blog. Go check it out on Pets Page – Tips to Keep Your Little Dog Off Your Lap.

Roxy in a Pet Car Seat

Roxy the Dachshund loves to ride in the Skybox pet car booster seat from Kurgo.

That’s a wrap! Thank you everyone for stopping by. And thank you again for the compliments and comments left on last week’s pet blogger challenge. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and that 2014 continues to get better and better for you. Be sure to check out the other great pet bloggers in the blog hop below.

Dawn with Maya and Pierson

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Follow Up Friday #24

Author: MayaAndPierson
January 3, 2014

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Welcome to the first Follow Up Friday of 2014, hosted by Jodi with Heart Like a Dog. I hope you all enjoyed the end of 2013. 🙂 Ours was quite adventurous. Let me do a quick recap.

MOTEL 6

On our road trip from Kansas to Texas, Motel 6 saved us from having to traverse a dangerous ice storm in Oklahoma.

Sue with Talking Dogs said, “We got hit hard with that same ice storm and I can’t imagine being out on the road!” and “We’ve stayed at Motel 6 when we’ve traveled with our dogs and have always found the rooms to be simple, but clean (and not smelly).”

Ann with My Pawsitively Pets said, “That is so awesome! I too have certain images of Motel 6 in my head. It’s probably all about location and age of a motel too.”

It must be true because Jodi with Heart Like a dog said, “We stayed at one in St. Louis and it smelled musty.”

Even if our room happened to smell musty, I’m still grateful for Motel 6. Our room was under $60 and we had a safe place to stay. I feel bad for Sharon with G8 Canine Dogs. She says, “Here in the UK it is impossible to find motels etc that are pet friendly. Glad you made it safely with your dogs.” That’s awful, Sharon. I always thought the UK was ahead of us in regards to being pet friendly.

WINTER ROAD TRIP

A lot of comments on this post were about how cute Maya and Pierson are when they cuddle. Sephi and Maya did not cuddle. Sephi hated to be cuddled with. She was probably much like Delilah and Sampson from Heart Like a dog. Jodi said, “Sampson and Delilah do not cuddle with each other. In fact, one of them usually growls if the other touches them while their sleeping.” Silly! That’s definitely not Maya and Pierson. They are quite the pair. Here are more cuddle puppy photos.

Maya and Pierson under my desk 2

Maya & Pierson often try to share the small space under my desk.

Maya & Pierson Sleeping Together 4

Maya and Pierson have two of these beds, but they tend to share one.

Maya & Pierson Sleeping Together 3

Most of the photos of Maya and Pierson sleeping together are of Maya with her head on Pierson.

Maya & Pierson Sleeping Together 2

But generally, it is Pierson who lays on Maya.

2013 RECAP

This is just a quick recap. I will do a more detailed one later this month. Pierson had two seizures in 2013. The last one was in May so these seem to be just isolated incidents. Thank Goodness!

I got into a car accident in 2013 with Maya in the car. She was wearing her dog seat belt, of course. The accident was fairly minor, but it caused my car to be considered totaled. I managed to get it repaired, but I felt better about taking our road trip to Texas this holiday in my husband’s car.

The long awaited crash test results for dog seat belts came out in 2013. I was disappointed about Kurgo, but glad we had decided to start selling the Ruff Rider Roadie. We also began selling the safest dog seat belt brand – the ClickIt Utility. It has been consistently sold out and the manufacturer won’t have any more until mid to late January!

I finally finished making a video of Maya and Pierson in the car. This was the first episode and I plan on doing another one very soon.

I’m happy about all our new followers in 2013. Our commenters, subscribers, likes, followers, circles, etc. seem to have doubled this year. And it is all thanks to you!

Vizify made a great video year-end recap regarding Twitter followers.

Thank you everyone, for joining me on the first Follow Up Friday of 2014. I hope you all have a very wonderful 2014!!!

Dawn with Maya and Pierson

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Follow Up Friday #22

Author: MayaAndPierson
December 13, 2013

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Is it Friday already? Where has the week gone? Well, let’s see by checking out this week’s edition of Follow Up Friday hosted by Jodi from Heart Like a Dog.

LAST FRIDAY

Flea from Dog Treat Web with the delicious Jones Natural Chews said, “I’m so glad the bark control collar works for Pierson! Hoorah!!! He sure does look miserable, but my babies give me the same look.

Isn’t it just the most adorable look? No, I don’t like my dogs to be miserable, but he is miserable from having to wear the antlers for an entire half minute while I took pictures. He doesn’t seem to be bothered by the bark collar except when he wants to bark but has to exercise self-control.

Maya Antlers Sleigh

Maya wasn’t as miserable wearing her antlers, at least not at first. 😉

Linda with 2 Brown Dawgs said, “Hubby and I have spent many a Thanksgiving by ourselves when family has been far away. Those can be fun too.

To be honest, I kind of like the relaxing holidays at home when I don’t have family obligations. But then again, being with family is nice too.

TRAVELING BY CAR WITH OUR DOGS

Ann with My Pawsitively Pets says, “Great tips! I think the tire thing is pretty important… I remember going on a trip as a kid with my parents and we got a flat tire in the middle of no where. After the spare was on, another tire decided to go flat not long after lol.

OMD! A car breaking down on a long road trip is a terrible experience. Sephi and I got stuck in Idaho once on a road trip from Kansas to Oregon. I was not married at the time so it was just me and her. Scary.

Donna and the Dogs said, “I just love that first photo! And I totally understand about wanting to drive so you can have your pups with you. We drove all the way to Florida – a two day drive – just so we could bring two of them along. We would have brought all three if we could have fit them!

Wow! A two day drive? I bet it was interesting seeing different parts of the country. Thanks for the compliment about Maya’s picture. She really is so photogenic, isn’t she? Here is another one of her riding in the car:

Maya Looking Between the Car Seats

The Backseat Bridge and the longer tether on her dog seat belt allows Maya to rest her head comfortably on the center console.

Snoopy with Snoopy’s Dog Blog said, “That’s a lot of organizing, but planning is the best way to ensure it all goes smoothly for all.”

We do it every year so it all goes smoothly now.

Lindsay with That Mutt said, “Great tips! It definitely helps if the pets are used to traveling, and it helps if they don’t get car sick. I have one cat that tends to get car sick, so he doesn’t get to eat breakfast the morning before a trip.

Pierson can handle highway driving pretty well. I didn’t have problems with him getting sick on our trip last year. So I will probably give him a little bit of breakfast before we go.

WIN A SEAT COVER

This contest for one of our paw print seat covers ends on Sunday so if you haven’t entered yet, you better go enter now. Plus, you can get at least three more additional entries by tweeting daily. There are only 176 entries so far so your chances are pretty good.

Paw Print Dog Seat Covers

Thanks for stopping by for Follow Up Friday! 🙂 I hope all of you have a Wonderful Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

(This is a very busy month for me, so I may not be blogging as much for the rest of it. But I you will see more of me next year, for sure!)

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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?

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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.

PROS AND CONS OF VARIOUS DOG SEAT BELT HARNESS BRANDS

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. 🙂

MAYA & PIERSON DOG CAR VIDEO PRE-PREVIEW

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!

CONCLUSION

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.

OUR HOSTS

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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Follow Up Friday #17

Author: MayaAndPierson
November 1, 2013

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Welcome to Follow Up Friday hosted by Jodi with Heart Like a Dog and Jo-Ann from Sand Spring Chesapeakes.

I don’t have much to follow up on this Friday because, well, because I haven’t been blogging lately. I sincerely apologize for that and will get back on track right away. The reason I haven’t blogged lately is because I haven’t been feeling my best. Don’t worry, though, it’s nothing serious. In fact, it is actually a positive thing. I’ll fill you in on my other blog (AmericanDogBlog.wordpress.com) on Monday.

Since I haven’t posted much in a while, I only have a few comments from my last Follow Up Friday to comment on.

Snoopy from Snoopy’s Dog Blog said, “Funny to see you say about escaping from the seat belt harness, I did that when I was a pup and I climbed over two rows of seats and was very proud of myself! Unfortunately I then got a new harness that I couldn’t escape from – doh!”

LOL! Maya feels the same way about being thwarted by her dog seat belt. She’s never tried to escape from one, but I know she’s thought about it. She tried to chew hers off when she was a pup. Luckily, she was only going on short trips at that time so I was able to keep her from doing too much damage.

I hear about dogs being able to get out of their car harnesses all the time. The only dog seat belt that I think would be almost impossible to escape from is the ClickIt Utility. However, a dog that can’t wiggle out of his, might chew it off instead. The ClickIt might be the closest thing to escape proof, but it definitely isn’t chew proof.

Mollie with Mollie’s dog Treats.uk said, “I like follows up then I never miss anything. Have ordered mollies new seat belt. Have a super weekend xxoxxx

Thanks, Mollie! I’m so glad you ordered a new dog seat belt. Just curious, which brand did you get? Can you tell us your experience with it so far?

Flea with Dog Treat Web for Jones Natural Chews said, “I know, I know, I know that this is a silly question, but my Hunny started me thinking about it. And it’s not safety, necessarily. Do y’all have chicken hammocks? Your dog car hammock got me thinking. Hunny wants to put hammocks in the chicken coop. I think he’s crazy.”

Oh Flea! You crack me up!!! 😀 Sorry, but no. We do not have chicken hammocks. Sounds like an interesting idea, though. I wonder if there is a market for chicken hammocks? Probably not. But did you know there is a market for chicken sweaters? Visit my Fun Pets Pinterest board to see.

A WINNER SELECTED

I’m thrilled to announce the winner of the new ClickIt Utility dog seat belt is Katherine Breton!!!

Congratulations Katherine!

ClickIt Utility Pet Car Harness

The Sleepypod ClickIt Utility Pet Car Harness

Remember, most sizes and colors of the new ClickIt Utility are out of stock until mid-November. It is not just me that is out of stock. It is everyone. The supplier, Sleepypod, sold out quickly when this new car harness came out and its top safety designation announced.

Once Sleepypod has more in stock, they will send us more. If you’d like to reserve one, let me know. I can keep one aside for you for in case they sell out quickly again. BTW, dog car harnesses make great holiday gifts. 😉

Thank you for stopping by today and have a wonderful weekend!!!

Dawn with Maya & Pierson

 

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Follow Up Friday #16

Author: MayaAndPierson
October 18, 2013

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Friday is here again. Let’s do the happy dance! What’s the happy dance? It’s the same dance your dog does when it is time for dinner. 🙂 This week’s Follow Up Friday is hosted by Jodi with Heart Like a Dog and Linda with 2 Brown Dawgs. After you see what we have been up to this week, visit their blogs and other dog blogs from the follow up blog hop below.

Last Week’s Follow Up

We Live in a Flat says they can’t use the new ClickIt Utility because they have an older car without the latchbars. Guess what? My car, the one that was recently rear-ended, is an older car too. It has no latchbars either. So if Maya rides in my car, I can only secure her through the back of the ClickIt harness. I can’t use the two side tethers to secure her. Despite that, Maya is still very secure, as secure as she was in the other dog car harness brands. However, her security is not as good as it would be if she was using all three connections. But it is still secure and I am a firm believer that something is better than nothing, especially when using nothing means Maya will be all over the car and distracting me when I drive.

Canine Epilepsy

Canine epilepsy was from a post back in May, but the comment is from this past week. Dawn Frost with MR2BC Travel Logs asks, “By the way, what do you do to keep Pierson safe in your vehicle in case he seizes. We have a backseat hammock for Morgan. The hammock keeps him from getting caught in cracks and crevices.”

The hammock is an excellent idea to keep Morgan from getting caught on something and from falling onto the floor. Pierson wears a dog car harness to keep him from falling onto the floor if he seizes. The Kurgo Backseat Bridge also helps keep him from falling onto the floor. And I suppose the pet car seat cover keeps him from getting caught on anything. Who would have thought that pet travel safety products can also help protect a dog with canine epilepsy?

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Pierson is wearing the Bergan dog car harness. The Backseat Bridge covers the floor of the car.

Comparing Pet Seat Belts

Mollie’s Dog Treats says, “I’ve got to get Mollie a new seat belt, the one she has is fraying as we use it for walking too and has been washed so many times where she goes in the mud LOL. XXOOXX

Yes, you definitely should get a new safety harness if the other one is fraying. You don’t want it to break.

Roxy the Traveling Dog says, “Torrey is in the back seat and lays down, sits up, changes positions. I can’t see her loving a harness at all.”

So very true for many dogs. Pet seat belts will take away their freedom and could make them uncomfortable. I could say, too bad. If we make our children wear seat belts even though they are more comfortable without them, then we should make our dogs too. But it is not just about comfort. A dog that does not like to be restrained will likely try to get out of the harness. Sorry folks, but there is no such thing as an escape-proof seat belt. A determined dog can get out of them. And the harder they try to get out, the more likely they are to hurt themselves and defeat the purpose of the safety device.

Training might help. Maya had to be trained to get used to hers. I have to work with her again with the very restrictive ClickIt Utility. She had more freedom with the other brands, but this one is something she is not used to at all and I don’t want her to fight it and get out of it. There are also other pet travel safety products such as a secured pet travel carrier or a car seat for dogs (which Roxy is considering).

Wordless Wednesday

We had a number of friends tell us their dogs already wear pet seat belts. Let’s put our paws together for Snoopy with Snoopy’s Dog Blog, Shiner with Pawsitively Pets, and Dexter with Fidose of Reality! A lot of people loved Clover’s photo from Wordless Wednesday so here are a couple others of her:

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“What do you mean we’re not going anywhere? That we’re just posing for pictures?

Clover Sprawl

“Fine. Unless you change your mind about going somehwere, I’m done posing.”

ClickIt Utility Giveaway

Don’t forget to enter the giveaway posted on October 5th to win the new ClickIt Utility. If you’ve already entered, don’t forget you can submit more entries on the rafflecopter by tweeting daily.

Thanks for joining us for this Follow Up Friday. Thank you Jodi and Linda for hosting the blog hop. Enjoy your weekend and see you all next week! 🙂

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Follow Up Friday #13

Author: MayaAndPierson
September 27, 2013

 

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Welcome to the Follow Up Friday blog hop where bloggers recap events of the week. This week’s follow up is hosted by Jodi with Heart Like a Dog and Sue from The Golden Life. Thanks Jodi and Sue! 🙂

It’s been a fun week for me with the Responsible Pet Owner’s Day event held last Sunday. And by the time this follow up posts, I will also have attended the Mutt Mixer event at the Lawrence Humane Society last evening. I will tell you more about the Mutt Mixer next week. For now, let’s start with comments from last week’s Follow Up Friday.

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Flea with Dog Treat Web for Jones Natural Chews says, “Pierson is the prettiest. He should get all the attention. All the time.” Of all the info from the follow up and she only notices Pierson’s photo! 😀 I can’t blame her. He really is such a pretty boy. Not that Maya’s not pretty too. But there is just something about a dog with long silky hair. Pierson is the Fabio of the dog world. This one’s for you, Flea:

Pierson in a Tux

“I’m too sexy for my shirt, so I wear a tux-dickey instead.” (Honestly, I think he likes the dickey better than his pet car harness.)

Flea also mentioned that we should stop in Tulsa on our next trip to Texas. My husband and I go from Kansas to Texas and back once a year to go visit my parents. We go right through Oklahoma and Tulsa would only be an hour off course. We generally break our 11 hour trip up into a two-day drive so Tulsa sounds like a great place to rest up and visit. So Flea, how does either just before or just after Christmas sound?

2BrownDawgs also commented on Pierson, “Awe that picture of Pierson on the first day is so cute. I think he knew he had found a new home.” He was scared when he first came here. I think he looks a little nervous in this photo. Pierson warmed up quickly, though. BTW, if you all don’t know Pierson’s story, read The Reward of Rescuing a Dog on my personal dog blog.

Jodi with Heart Like a Dog said, “It is so true that people are stealing dogs. Personally, I can’t be careful enough.” This was in response to the information we posted that heat is not the only danger to dogs being left in the car. So it doesn’t matter what the temperature is outside; it is never a good idea to leave your dog in the car.

Mr. N’s mom with Tenacious Little Terrier says she’s interested in the ClickIt because Mr. N. keeps trying to jump out of his car seat. Well, good news! The ClickIt Utility pet car harness is here! Visit our retail site for lots of great information and videos and come back to our blog tomorrow for our personal take on it.

ClickIt Utility Pet Car Harness

The New Sleepypod ClickIt Utility Pet Car Harness

The Yellow Ribbon

Callie, Shadow, and Ducky’s mom Sue with The Golden Life agreed the yellow ribbon was a good idea and also agreed that some people still aren’t going to respect it and that we should still be responsible with our dogs. Jodi with Heart Like a Dog agreed too. Jodi also mentioned how dropping Delilah’s leash helps with her leash reactive behavior because she no longer feels trapped. I agree that this can work with some dogs. They are fine off a leash, but put that leash on and they go nuts! Pierson, however, is not good with other dogs whether he is on a leash or not. So letting go of his leash is not a good idea at all. I believe it is due to his breed mix tendencies. As a herding dog, his job is to not only herd but also to guard. So he has a very high prey drive and guarding instinct. We are working on these issues and making progress. But he still has a long ways to go.

Responsible Pet Owner’s Day Event

There were lots of comments about the dogs on this post. Many people liked the cute puppy Mia. SnowyDay with Life of Drool said, “I WANT MIA!“, Mollie and Alfie from Mollies Dog Treats said they liked the last photo (which was of Mia), and Lindsay with That Mutt said, “Oh my gosh, that puppy in that last photo is among the cutest dogs I’ve ever seen.” I agree. She is so cute! Here is another adorable picture of her:

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Mia! Mia!

Jackie with Pooch Smooches thought all the pups were good-looking. Bailey with Sheltie Times thought the event looked great. Maya and I had a good time at the event. We met so many wonderful people and dogs. For some reason, however, Maya was scared to death of the Dobermans. She hid under the table when they came by. They were nice dogs so I’m not sure why. Interesting.

A couple of people commented on the Wynn Dixie dog. Flea thought the dog in the dog from the movie was a mutt. And Donna with Donna and the Dogs never heard of the Berger Picard before. The owner of the dog told me, “Most people think the Wynn Dixie dog was a mutt,” and “There are only about 500 Berger Picards in the US.” I’m paraphrasing, but that is about what he said. Here is another photo of him.

Berger Picard French Herding Dog

The Wynn Dixie dog – Berger Picard, a herding dog of France.

Well, that’s all I have. Is it enough? 😀 More than enough, I’d say. I hope I didn’t bore you. If you want to hear more, though, come back tomorrow and check out the ClickIt Utility pet car harness!

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Follow Up Friday #12

Author: MayaAndPierson
September 20, 2013

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It’s time for another edition of Follow Up Friday where we recap the past week’s activities. This edition is hosted by Heart Like a Dog and 2 Brown Dawgs.

Comments from Follow Up Friday #11

Jodi with Heart Like a Dog saw someone driving while their dog had his whole upper body hanging out the window. How scary, Jodi! I hate it when I see something like that. 🙁

Oz the Terrier says, “Oh I so want one of the Clickits by Sleepypod. I don’t think we have the best harness for safety in the car at the moment…but we are trying.” Something is better than nothing, Oz so your efforts are pawsome! I think what I am going to do after we get the Sleepypod ClickIt is give one away. So keep an eye out!

By the way, I don’t think the Sleepypod ClickIt will make it on the Center for Pet Safety (CPS) report coming in October. It is too new so I doubt CPS has had a chance to test it. But Sleepypod has tested it. And the ClickIt was designed based on testing results from CPS.

We Life in a Flat says, “If we don’t let kids stick their heads out of the car window, why should we let dogs” Good point. Unfortunately, not everyone thinks of their dogs as family. Those of us that do, though, sometimes fall victim to the “It won’t happen to me” mentality.

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Sue with Talking-Dogs says she adopted her first dog at the Lawrence Humane Society (LHS). How pawsome is that!?! After Sephi passed on, my husband and I looked through the LHS for a new family member. All the dogs there were wonderful and well cared for. But none of them clicked. I ended up finding a stray (Pierson) instead. Excellent bargain, don’t you think?

Pierson January 10, 2012

This photo was taken on the day I brought Pierson to his new home. He was a scared pup. He was also thin and full of fleas and ticks. He doesn’t look thin. It’s all the hair. It was January 10, 2012 when I got him.

In regards to pet events, our first one this fall is coming up on Sunday. The event is outdoors and thankfully it looks like the weather is going to hold up. I’ll be sure to post photos the following Wednesday for Wordless Wednesday.

Pet Travel Destination Tuesday

Donna and the Dogs says “I try to take mine out places too, but like you, only if I don’t need to leave them unattended. Especially my Lab, Toby, and my Vizlsa, Medi, because I’m afraid someone will steal them.” That’s something else to think about besides the heat. Someone could steal your dog. Even if you live in a nice neighborhood, do you really trust that some unsavory person isn’t visiting your nice town and looking for some easy pickings? I also worry about people who don’t like dogs and what they will do to tease my dog if I am not there to watch them.

Lindsay with That Mutt says, “There is a dog bakery near us, and I am thinking about taking Ace there this week just for an excuse to get him a treat.” Sounds fun. I bet Ace will love it. I forgot to mention dog boutiques in my list. Maya has been to Lucky Paws Bakery in downtown Lawrence a number of times. There also used to be a place called The Dog House that we frequented.

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Maya and other dogs at the Lucky Paws Bakery located in Downtown Lawrence.

Buster & Pierson at The Dog House

Pierson met Buster at The Dog House. Pierson looks happy, but really, he is not happy that Buster is getting attention.

Mollie with Mollies Dog Treats says, “Mommy takes me with her but we never had ice cream this summer.. must make a note.” Hurry Mollie, before it’s too cold for ice cream. 🙂

Gizmo with Terrier Torrent says, “Gizmo loves car rides, even if it’s just a quick errand…he’s totally comfy in the car, which does make things easy.” Good job, Gizmo! Maya loves car rides too but she is so totally not easy to deal with in the car. Have you all seen this video?

Imagine this for the first 15 to 20 minutes of our annual road trip to Texas. She calms down eventually, but starts up all over again every time we make a pit stop. She is wearing her seat belt in this video but I have to keep the tether long so she won’t get tangled when she tries to move around. A shorter tether is safer, but Maya is a good example of how optimum safety is not always possible.

I discovered a new product last year that helped Maya with her excitement. The product is Travel Calm and it works well for nervous dogs too. The only time Maya whined on the last trip was when she recognized we were pulling into my parent’s neighborhood. After that trip, I made arrangements with the company that makes it to sell some on my own site.

Jodi with Heart Like a Dog says, “I sure hope they seek certification, I for one would be far more likely to purchase one that had been certified over one that had not. It might give a manufacturer an edge over a competitor.” It certainly will. I can’t imagine any company not wanting to get certification. If they choose not to, it will make me wonder if they have something to hide. The certification process is still a while away, though. First is their report in October. Then they will start working on a certification process.

Well, that’s all I have for this week. Gotta go and write a post for tomorrow, then pack up my stuff for the pet event this Sunday. I hope you all have a great weekend. Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

Dawn with Maya & Pierson

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Follow Up Friday #10

Author: MayaAndPierson
September 6, 2013

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Today I am joining Jodi with HeartLikeADog for the Follow Up Friday blog hop. Thank you so much Jodi for inviting me! 🙂

Comments from Recent Follow Up Friday #9
Flea with DogTreatWeb for Jones Natural Chews says her dog Patches loves to put his head out the window, probably for the extra bug bonus! 😀

Hawk with BrownDogCBR.Blogspot.com says he doesn’t get to put his head out the window. I also noticed on his September 2nd post that Hawk rides in a crate in the cargo area. He’s the perfect dog to show that not all dogs have to wear a dog seat belt in order to ride safe. Give me a high five paw! 🙂

Donna’s mom with WeLiveInAFlat says they had something hit their windshield once when they were driving and it left a dent. She imagined how terrible it would have been if it had hit a dog in the face. Ouch!

Jodi with HeartLikeADog wanted to know if we will let you all know about any new safety test result reports from the Center for Pet Safety. Absolutely! If there are brands they recommend that we don’t currently have, we make sure to get them on our site too. One particular brand that I am super excited about is the new ClickIt from Sleepypod. They are coming later this month. I have already spoken to the people at Sleepypod and they said much of their design is based on information they’ve received from the Center for Pet Safety.

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Coming Soon – ClickIt from Sleepypod

Jodi says she sometimes uses a bar barrier in her vehicle to keep her dogs from getting in the front. She says she is bad about using them, though, and I completely understand. The metal barriers can be a hassle to put up and take down. The Pet Net Brand pet car nets are easier.

The Pet Net Brand Car Barrier

The Pet Net Brand car barrier.

Comments from Pet Safety Saturday – Alternatives to Dog Seat Belts
Mollie from MolliesDogTreats.co.uk says she wears a dog seat belt. Yay Mollie! Hi five paw to you too. 🙂

Jodi says Sampson likes to ride shotgun and will try to sneak up front when the car is stopped. I admit there were a couple of times when Sephi rode in the car and I didn’t put her seat belt on her. She would do the same thing.

Carol with FidoseOfReality thanked us for posting about alternatives to dog seat belts. Thank you, Carol for stopping by. 🙂 And thank you for all the valuable information you have shared on your blog about ACL injuries. I’ve never heard of it before your Dexter. I hear Sherman from MyBrownNewfies has the same injury. It must be more common than I thought.

Donna with DonnaAndTheDogs likes the idea of the Breeze Guard car window screens. And Snoopy with Snoopy with SnoopysDogBlog asks about the Backseat Bridge. He asks if it basically extends the depth of the back seat. Yep, that is exactly what it does. There is more room for a big dog like you to stretch out. Although, if I remember correctly, you feel more comfortable on the floor. 🙂

Kurgo Backseat Bridge

Maya’s Pooch Plunge
After spending a marvelous weekend visiting my mom in Missouri (see my other blog, AmericanDogBlog.wordpress.com), Maya went on her first car ride since our car accident in July. I’m glad the event didn’t scare her from car rides as she was as excited as ever. Where did we go? I took her to the Pooch Plunge here in Lawrence, Kansas.

Every year at the end of summer, the public pools are drained. And the day or so before they are drained our Parks & Rec opens the pool to the dogs. It was just $5 and it was a blast! Here is one photo from the event. For more photos, and hopefully a video too, check out my other blog on Saturday.

Maya Pooch Plunge 2013

Maya at the Pooch Plunge event in Lawrence, KS on September 3rd, 2013.

Recent News Events Involving Dogs in Car Accidents
Three recent news stories brought tears to my eyes. All are about dogs being involved in car accidents. The first one is about a dog named Ily (pronounced Ely). She, her owner, and another dog were involved in a very serious car accident. The other dog was killed. The owner was seriously injured. And Ily ran off in fear. Ily was missing for over two months in the Arizona desert. She lost 25 pounds during the ordeal and was so lucky to have been found.

CBS 5 – KPHO 

The other story is about a dog named Jet. Jet also went missing after a car accident in Pequannock Township, NJ on August 23rd. Jet was found yesterday and is in good spirits. There is an awesome reunion video on a Facebook page for Jet. I’ve also posted it on our PetAutoTravelSafety Facebook page. Be sure you have a tissue handy before you watch it. Also, a Rottweiler named Isa that went through the windshield in a car accident in Howard City, MI has been found safe. The story is covered by Fox17.  

Still missing is a Tibetan Terrier named Monk in Milladore, WI. His story is on the Marshfield News Harold.

That’s all I have for this week. I hope I didn’t forget anything or anyone. Thank you everyone for stopping by. And thank you Jodi for giving me the opportunity to co-hose the blog hop! Dawn with Maya & Pierson.  

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Follow Up Friday #5

Author: MayaAndPierson
August 2, 2013

Follow up from Pet Safety Saturday’s post on Why My Dog Wears a Pet Car Harness:

I was in a rear end collision last Thursday. My dog Maya was with me. I was really sore the following Friday and Saturday but felt much better on Sunday and was 100% better by Monday. Maya seemed not to have been affected at all. She and Pierson were playing as normal on Friday and she has been just as rambunctious on her walks. The auto repair shop told me it is not just the rear bumper that was damaged on my car, but the frame as well. They also told me the cost to repair my car is likely more than my car is worth. So instead of getting my car repaired, I will most likely only receive a 2k check from the other insurance company. My car is a 1998 Ford Contour and doubtedly not worth more than 2k. Makes me wish I had a Toyota instead. 🙁

Follow up on questions received on the blog this week:

Jodi from Heart Like a Dog asks, “How frequently should you stop when driving with dogs?  You should you keep to your regular feeding schedule?  Typically our thought is we stop to let them eat and then when we stop for gas or to use the rest areas, they get a quick walk too.”

That’s a great question, Jodi. When we took a long road trip to Texas with Maya & Pierson we stopped every couple of hours or so. This coincided with the stops we made to get gas, at rest stops for our own potty breaks, and stops we made for food. I would start out with this as your plan. But watch their behavior. If they are generally quiet on the ride but suddenly get restless, it may mean that they need a break. Also, more active dogs may need more frequent stops.

For feeding, it really depends on how your dogs handle car rides. Do you know if they tend to get car sick? Pierson tends to get car sick so I gave him several small meals instead of his normal two big meals.

Hawk, Brown Dog CBR says, “Buying a seat belt really perplexed my Human. I ate one. She bought a different brand and I chewed the seat belt. I prefer my crate but it’s too big to go in the sedan. Now she’s talkin’ about gettin’ a different strap attachment that is longer. Do you think she thinks I won’t find a way to outsmart the dang thing? (smirk)”

LOL! Chewing through harnesses is a common problem. We usually provide a tip sheet for people who buy a pet car harness in order to give some ideas on how to keep a dog from chewing through or escaping from it. One tip is training the dog to get used to the harness. This can take time. A short-term solution is to use a no-chew spray on the harness. And your idea of a longer strap is a good one too. Here’s a link to an article we wrote on the subject a couple years ago – Tips to Keep Your Dog from Chewing on His Dog Car Harness.

Just so you know, there is no such thing as a safe chew-proof or escape-proof pet car harness. The only chew-proof material I can think of is Kong material or metal. I can’t imagine metal being safe. I don’t know how safe a hard rubber one would be. One hasn’t been invented or tested yet, as far as I know. Escape-proof is difficult as well. Imagine if the harness is too tight. This would be uncomfortable for the dog and the dog would be even more likely to try to get out of it if he is uncomfortable. And if he did try to get out of a pet car harness that is too tight, he will be more likely to hurt himself.

Follow up on questions received by telephone or email this week:

Sarah asked whether I like the Kurgo or the Bergan brand pet car harness the best. This is a very common question and it is difficult to answer. I like both of them for different reasons. I like how the Bergan fits Pierson. He has a small frame and both the neck and the chest straps are fully adjustable. I also like the Bergan’s tether for Maya because she likes to move around a lot. I like how the Kurgo fits Maya. The large size is like it was made just for a Lab. But I don’t like the Kurgo tether for Maya. It works well on Pierson and I like how it is shorter and safer for him. But the Kurgo looped tether just won’t work for Maya.

If someone asks how I like the Ruff Rider Roadie, I honestly haven’t tried it on Maya and Pierson yet. I really like how padded the Bergan and Kurgo is. The Ruff Rider isn’t. But the quality if the Ruff Rider Roadie is obvious. It has a lot of features that the Kurgo and Bergan don’t seem to have. It is pleated under the dog’s legs so that it doesn’t cause irritation. The strap can be made short or long. And the strap can be used with the seat belt of the car as well as in the cargo area of the SUV (The Bergan tether can too).

Follow up on southern Florida as a pet friendly travel destination:

Gizmo from Terrier Torrent loves Florida and says his favorite part is the Jupiter dog beach. Flea from DogTreatWeb for Jones Natural Chews has only experience central Florida and was not at all impressed. She says central Florida was not at all dog friendly. Pamela with Something Wagging This Way Comes says that she’s had luck finding dog friendly tours up north, but not dog friendly sailing tours. That’s too bad because I’m sure her dog Sunny would love to go.

Do you have any pet travel safety questions? What about a favorite pet friendly travel destination? Feel free to chime in on the comments below or email us at naturebydawn@aol.com.

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