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July 2, 2010

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Yes, his name is Lester – Don’t laugh. It is a name passed down from his mom and dad through his AKC registration papers. Although Lester is a pure-bred Cocker Spaniel with papers, his current owners did not buy him. He was adopted from the local shelter. Lester was given up by his previous owners because he had separation anxiety issues and they had no time to keep up with his grooming. The shelter said that when Lester was turned in to them, his hair was so long and matted that when it was shaved off, they found a batch of maggots living in his fur.

But Lester is a happy dog now. He has a great home with people that love him and take care of him. It was a trial helping him to get over his separation anxiety, but he was worth it. His owners love Lester very much. But they never thought about him wearing a dog seat belt until it was almost too late.

One day when Lester and his family were on their way to the dog park, another car ran a red light. The family car was right in the intersection when it happened and they got t-boned. The passenger side of the car was smashed in and glass went flying everywhere. The human passengers were jostled and bruised, but poor Lester was thrown across the back seat of the car. He was terrified and in awful pain. Medics came and was able to tend to the human passengers and lift them into stretchers. But it was some time before anyone could help Lester. Because he was so scared, he would try to crawl away every time someone came near him. The police were afraid he would get out of the car and try to run so they stopped trying and called animal control for assistance.

Lester was eventually taken to the vet. He suffered a broken paw and bruised ribs, but he was otherwise okay. His owners realized the close call he had had and immediately began searching for a dog seat belt. They found us and ordered the Pet Buckle brand dog seat belt. The Pet Buckle brand dog seat belt is the best on the market. It is strong, durable, and easy to use. And it is the only dog seat belt which has been crash tested. If you know of another brand of dog seat belt which claims to have been crash tested, ask them for proof. The Pet Buckle Brand dog seat belt will not hesitate to provide you proof. In fact, you can find a link to the actual crash test video on this blog site. Just put “crash test” in the search field.

Thank you, Lester’s Family, for sharing this story.

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If you have Guardian Gear brand dog seat belt, a Cruising Companion brand dog seat belt, or a Pet Buckle brand dog seat belt, then the answer is YES! Check out our photos of my yellow Labrador Retriever, Maya, wearing her Guardian Gear brand dog seat belt. As you can see, she has no trouble sitting, standing, or laying down. Since she has more freedom to move about, she is less likely to chew on or wiggle out of her dog seat belt.

The Tru-Fit Smart Harness brand of dog seat belt will restrict your dog’s movement, making it difficult for them to stand up and move around. Some dogs (like Maya) will not tolerate holding still. If your dog moves around while wearing the Tru-Fit Smart Harness brand dog seat belt, then they may get tangled. However, if your dog generally only wants to sit or rest quietly in the car, then the Tru-Fit Smart Harness brand dog seat belt is the best thing for them. Restricting your dog’s movement in the car with a dog seat belt is safer, but not if your dog gets tangled in it. The Pet Buckle brand dog seat belt also has the option of restricting your dog’s movement.

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Bark Buckle UP is the recognized innovative leader and experts in pet auto travel safety. They evaluate pet products for safety functions, durability, quality, engineering, product design, and ease of use. Pet Auto Safety.com is proud to promote the same pet products as approved by Bark Buckle UP: the Pet Buckle Kennel Restraint System and the Pet Buckle Dog Seat Belt Harness. Both the Kennel Restraint System and the Dog Seat Belt Harness designed and manufactured by Pet Buckle have been crash tested. Due to the extreme cost of crash testing, this is a rare feature in manufacturers of the dog seat belt harness. Bark Buckle UP also has a stat-tracker program which collects statistics about pet auto safety. This information is then used in improving the laws for pet auto safety. Pet auto safety is important not just for your dog, but for you and others on the road as well.

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While the Pet Buckle® Dog Travel Harness has been crash tested and other dog travel harness brands have not, most other dog travel harness brands have at least been strength tested. Crash testing does not guarantee that the Pet Buckle® Dog Travel Harness is safer than other dog travel harness brands, but since other dog travel harness brands have not been crash tested there is no proof about which is better. Strength testing is a valid assurance of safety, but crash testing is more assuring. And crash testing a dog travel harness means something else. It means that the manufacturer cares enough about pet safety that they are willing to spend the millions of dollars to make sure their product is safe for your pet.

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Check out the crash test video of the only dog car safety harness to be crash tested – The Pet Buckle®. I would like to caution you before watching the video. Although the video is of crash test dog dummies, they closely resemble dogs. Visit

http://www.immioutdoors.com/petbuckle/sledtest.htm to watch the video. And to purchase the Pet Buckle® Dog Car Safety Harness, visit Pet Auto Safety.com.

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February 21, 2010

Dee-Ann Durbin with the Eagle Tribune has written a good article about pet auto safety devices and why your pet should where one whenever they are in the car. She writes about the Pet Buckle which is a brand we have recently acquired and offer for sale on our website, Pet Auto Safety.com. She also talks about pet car booster seats and pet crates which we also offer for sale. And she mentions a product we never heard of called the Pet Tube. While we contact the manufacturer of the Pet Tube see if we can make arrangements to sell it from Pet Auto Safety.com, you check out the great pet auto safety article at www.EagleTribune.com.

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February 15, 2010

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Pet Auto Safety.com has added a new product to the site. We are proud to say that we have found a company which actually spent the millions of dollars to crash test their product. The Pet Buckle® Dog Car Safety Harness has been crash tested using dog dummies. Because crash testing is so expensive, other dog car safety harness products have only been strength tested. That’s not to say that those products aren’t safe, but you can be assured with the Pet Buckle® Dog Car Safety Harness. The Pet Buckle® Dog Car Safety Harness is made with same quality automotive grade components as your car and is tested using the same test equipment used to test restraints found on commercial trucks, child restraints, and school buses. Due to the high cost of crash testing, the Pet Buckle® Dog Car Safety Harness is a bit more expensive than other dog car safety harness brands. But you will have more peace of mind when you travel with your beloved pet.

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