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Author: MayaAndPierson
December 18, 2013
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A Face Behind the Pet Car Safety Lady

Me and My Dogs maya and Pierson

Left to right: Maya, Dawn, Pierson

Hi! My name is Dawn Ross. I generally put Maya & Pierson in front of the camera when I talk about pet car safety. But thanks to an idea from Amy with GoPetFriendly.com, perhaps I should tell you more about me. There are four things I love to talk about the most… Maya, Pierson, my husband, and myself! 😉

Engagement Photo of Li Xi and Dawn Ross

The engagement photo of my husband, Li Xi and I. 2009

Labrador and Pet Travel Calm

What do I do besides love my family and promote pet travel products?

What’s your favorite non-animal related book?

I love the world of fantasy with dragons, knights, wizards, and castles. My all-time favorite fantasy novels are the Sword of Truth series by Terry Goodkind.

What’s your favorite non-animal related movie?

Tangled

Action/adventure, sci-fi/fantasy, and Disney movies are what I like best. Trying to choose one movie is very difficult, so I will choose one from each of my three favorite genres. Action/adventure – Indiana Jones. Then again, I could watch the Transformers movies over and over again. Sci-fi/fantasy – Star Wars or perhaps Lord of the Rings. Disney – I absolutely loved Tangled.

What’s your favorite non-animal related food?

Cheese

Cheese. I love cheese. Any kind of cheese will do. Cream cheese, cheddar cheese, cheese cake, goat cheese, Munster, Havarti, gouda, brie, parmesan, cottage cheese, okay maybe not blue cheese.

What do you like to do in your free time?

Free time? What’s that? I used to do a lot of crafts. I enjoyed beading. At one time, I was even making my own beads out of rolled up paper. I also like to use plastic canvas. Plastic canvas can be cut into shapes. You can then thread designs on it using yarn, and then sew the shapes together to make something three dimensional.

Plastic Canvas and Yarn

A decorative bowl made from plastic canvas, designed and sewn together with yarn.

Paper Beaded Necklace, Cream

The longer beads are made from rolled up wrapping paper.

Paper Bead Necklace, Blue

The longer blue beads are made from rolled up gift wrapping paper.

Other than blogging, what are three things you do that bring you joy?

1. Drawing – If you follow my American Dog Blog, then you probably already know I am an artist. I love to draw nature and animals. In fact, I have a website dedicated just for my artwork at NatureByDawn.com.

Sundown Mountain Artwork by Dawn Ross

Sundown Mountain, pastel by Dawn Ross.

Gracie the Cat

Gacie, pastel and colored pencil by Dawn Ross.

2. Reading – I love to read about ancient history. Ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, Ancient China, Greece, Rome, the Dark Ages, Renaissance, etc.

3. Writing – My love for history led me to a love for mythology, which in turn led me to a love for fantasy. In fact, I have written three fantasy novels, “The Third Dragon”, “The Raven’s Fire”, and “The Dragon & The Lion”. As is common in fantasy, these three novels encompass a trilogy I call “The Dukarian Legacy”. Each book has its own story that can stand on its own. But the characters are all the same throughout and there is a grander tale tell. You can buy my books on Amazon in either paperback or e-book version. I also have another blog for my writing, although I haven’t updated it in some time. Still, you can read a couple of my short fantasy stories there along with some of my writing and publishing tips.

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“The Third Dragon: Book One of the Dukarian Legacy” by Dawn R. Ross, available on Amazon.

What drives you nuts about your pets? What melts your heart?

Now, back to talking about my dogs. Dogs really are my passion. I’ve had dogs my entire life and cannot imagine life without them. My dogs bring me more joy than the three things mentioned above combined. Regardless, there are still things about my dogs that drive me nuts. For one, I would love to travel the world. I’d love to see the ancient Greek temples and other things I’ve read about in my love for history. But my dogs make it difficult for me to do these things. Let’s be truly honest, though, it is also lack of time and money that keep me from being able to travel.

Another thing that drives me nuts about the dogs is all the shedding. You’d think that because I’ve had dogs my entire life I’d be used to it. And to be sure, I am probably more used to it than most other people. But it still drives me nuts.

I also dislike having to stand outside in adverse weather waiting to pick up Maya’s poop so Pierson doesn’t eat it. I don’t like the fact that Pierson is dog aggressive, that Maya still pulls on a leash despite six years of training, how Pierson barks at everything, and that Maya knows she is not supposed to jump on people but does it anyway.

Despite all those things, they pale in comparison to the joys Maya and Pierson bring me. I love playing with them, cuddling with them, training them to do fun tricks, taking them for walks, taking them shopping, and so on.

If you didn’t have your current pets, what pets would you choose to have?

I would still choose dogs. I like cats okay, but prefer dogs. I’ve never had the same breed or breed mix twice, so I suppose I would choose a breed or breed mix I haven’t had before. I tend to prefer medium to large dog breeds, so whatever I choose probably won’t be a toy breed. But I don’t always choose the dog I want. Sometimes they choose me.

Me and My Dog Sephi

Persephone (Sephi) and Dawn

Smokey & Becky Anne

Smokey & Becky Anne

My Dog Achilles

My dog Achilles, colored pencil by Dawn Ross.

Cassie Artwork by Dawn Ross

Cassie, colored pencil by Dawn Ross.

Have I talked about myself enough yet? Are you bored now? Well, perhaps it is time to read about other dog bloggers. Check out this blog hop below to read about some of my favorite dog, cat, bunny, and bird people:

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December 9, 2013
Maya Resting in Car

Are we there yet?

It’s almost time for our annual road trip from Kansas to Texas to visit family. The drive takes about eleven hours. Taking such a long trip with two big dogs requires careful preparation and planning.

Why Do We Drive?

An eleven hour trip sounds intimidating. But when you have two big dogs, visiting family for the holidays doesn’t leave many options. Boarding kennels and pet sitters tend to be booked up this time of year. Flying can be expensive, not to mention a very stressful situation for pets that need to ride in the cargo area of the plane. Winter weather can also prevent your dog from being able to fly.

While driving requires several hours of our vacation to be spent on the road, for us it is the best option. I’m not sad and worried about Maya and Pierson because they’re with me. And the gas expense is less than one flight ticket.

Maya Pierson Cookietown

PREPARING FOR THE TRIP

The Vehicle

Now that we know we are going to drive, we just need to work out the logistics. Is our vehicle in good shape, including the tires? Is a car enough, or should we rent an SUV? Last year we rented an SUV because our friends went with us and four adults and two big dogs just wouldn’t fit in our sedan.

My Dogs in Back of SUV

This is the vehicle we rented last year for our trip to Texas.

This year it is just my husband and I and the two dogs so we can take our car. We’re not taking mine this year, though. We are taking my husband’s. My car is already fitted with all the dog gear, but it is an older model vehicle and I don’t want to risk it breaking down on the way. So before our trip, I need to outfit my husband’s Camry for Maya and Pierson. The first thing it needs is a seat cover. I will also install the Backseat Bridge because it covers the floor and gives my big pups more room to stretch out for the long trip.

Pet Travel Products in My Car

This is my Car. It has the Backseat Bridge to cover the floor, a seat cover, and BreezeGuard window screens on the windows. I’ve also since added car door guards.

Hotel

Will we do the entire drive all in one day, or will we stay overnight at a hotel? Most times, we drive straight through. But this year, we are visiting friends in Tulsa and so will stay in a hotel. To prepare, we need to find a pet friendly hotel in Tulsa and make reservations.

Health & Temperament

Maya and Pierson are in good health and so will be fine on this trip. But depending on your pet, you may want to consider his health before going on your road trip. In addition, think about how much or how little your dog likes to ride in the car. If he doesn’t like to ride, you may need to start getting him used to it now by taking short road trips to somewhere fun. You can also ask your vet about possible pet anxiety treatments you can give him.

Pack

A week before the trip, I compile a packing list. I add to it as things come to mind so that by the day of the trip, I know everything I need to take. For the dogs, I need their food, treats, food and water bowls, water, toys, blankets, beds, leashes, veterinary records, poop bags, their dog seat belts, first aid kit, and I need to make sure their id tags are secure on their collars. Since we are staying in a hotel, I should think about bringing their pet crates too.

Right Before We Leave

Besides checking off the packing list and making sure our vehicle has gas, I also like to administer Travel Calm to both Maya and Pierson. Maya gets excited in the vehicle and the all natural Travel Calm really helped keep her relaxed and quiet on our trip last year. Pierson sometimes gets car sick and Travel Calm helps with that too.

The next thing we do before we go is let the dogs go potty. And the final thing is to make sure our house is secure. If we didn’t already have someone watching our house, we’d be talking to our neighbors to ask them to keep an eye out. We’d also reduce the thermostat and make sure we didn’t leave any unnecessary appliances turned on.

THE ROAD TRIP

When traveling such a long distance, it is a good idea for us and the dogs to make plenty of pit stops. We stop at rest areas or gas stations to stretch our legs or use the restroom. For the dogs, I make sure their leashes are secure before letting them out of the car. It helps that they are already secured in their dog seat belts. All I have to do is attach their leash, then release the buckle that keeps them secured.

When I take them to go potty, I make sure they only go in designated pet areas. And I always pick up after them. If we’re in a public area, I am careful about not imposing my dogs on other people. I keep control of them as much as possible for both their safety and for the sake of others.

While it would probably be much more convenient if we could travel without having to worry about the dogs, I really enjoy taking them. For me, the holidays just wouldn’t be the same without my Maya and Pierson. If you’re traveling by car this holiday and taking your best friend with you, consider our preparation plans and apply them for your situation. And send us pictures! 🙂

Dawn with Maya & Pierson

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November 17, 2013

Funny Dogs Car Talk Adventures

The first episode of Maya and Pierson’s car travel video is finally done! My dogs Maya and Pierson ride in the car while wearing their pet car restraints and have interesting conversations. In this first funny video from Pet Auto Safety, Maya and Pierson talk about why they wear their dog seat belts. I tried to make it a bit humorous so that it isn’t the same old boring lecture. Watch it and tell me what you think.

So, how do you like it? If you enjoyed it, can you do me a favor and give it a thumbs up on YouTube?

Future videos will be less informative and more fun. Hopefully, the next video will not take 7 months to make. If you’d like to know what making this first video entailed, keep reading. It’s a bit dry, so feel free to skip this next part and leave a comment about the video at the end of the post. You can also leave a comment about the video on YouTube. Thanks everyone! 🙂

SEVEN MONTHS IN THE MAKING

I purchased a nice camcorder and video editing software at the end of March 2013. My camera is the JVC Evirio and the video editing software is the Movie Edit Pro 2013 from Magix. I started using the camcorder right away, but when I first downloaded the software I was greatly intimidated. How on earth would I figure this program out without someone to teach me? I don’t know about you, but reading the instruction manual did not appeal to me one little bit.

So I procrastinated on learning the video editing software. I wasn’t completely putting off this project, though. I started brainstorming video ideas, writing scripts, and trying to figure out how I was going to get a male Australian accent for Pierson.

Once I finally had these things ready, I started playing with the video editing software. I learned by playing with it, and only referred to the manual when there was something specific I really wanted to do but couldn’t figure out how. The first two videos I made with this software are of me drawing the dog Mos and of my dog Maya playing in a public pool.

The next snag in making the Pet Auto Safety video was how to mount the camera in the car. After trying various methods, I finally found a decent car camera mount. The video was now underway. Maya and Pierson wore their pet car restraints and cooperated very well as I drove around town with the video camera set to record. Now that I think I have a pretty good idea of what I’m doing, I believe Episode 2 will take a lot less time to make. Perhaps I can have it ready in January or February. I’d say sooner, except the holidays may hold me back.

Thanks for stopping by and checking out my video! 🙂

Dawn with Maya & Pierson

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November 14, 2013

After months of planning (and with trying to figure out how to use video editing software) our first new funny dogs video is finally here. This video stars the cutest dogs EVER, Maya & Pierson. Join them on their adventures in the car as they talk about various things. Sometimes the topic is educational information about pet travel safety and sometimes it is just fun funny stuff. Here is a very short preview video showing you what you can expect.

Please share and give our funny dogs video a thumbs up on YouTube.

The first full length video of episode 1 will be coming very very soon, possibly this weekend.

Thanks and enjoy! 🙂

Dawn with Maya & Pierson

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November 6, 2013

For the past several months, Maya, Pierson, and I have been working really hard on a fun new dog car adventure video. And we’re almost done! Here are some images from the upcoming video:

Dogs Seat Belt Car Video Clip

Maya & Pierson give some tips about pet travel safety. Both say to wear a dog seat belt. Another tip from Pierson to Maya, “Don’t lick the driver!”

Video Scene Pierson Dog Seat Belt

Pierson tells us why he wears a dog seat belt in the car even though he stays in his seat and doesn’t distract the driver.

Maya Dog Seat Belt Video Clip

Maya says it is important for dogs to keep their head and paws inside the car at all times.

These and other cute cartoons are in the video too:

Dog Distraction Clicking Cartoon

Like cell phones, dogs can be a dangerous distraction in the car.

Dog Distraction Driving Cartoon

Don’t allow your dog to sit in your lap when you drive!

Stop by our blog again soon to see a video preview and the finished video of Episode 1!

For more great photos from pet lovers across the web, check out the Wordless Wednesday blog hop below:

 

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September 21, 2013

Some of you may have heard of this already, but if you see a dog with a yellow ribbon on their leash, it means the dog needs his space and you should not approach him. A dog can need extra space for a variety of reasons. Perhaps he is shy, is frightened of certain people or young children, just had surgery, has a tendency to snap, is working on obedience, or has leash reactive issues.

Yellow Ribbon Infographic

I only just recently heard of using a yellow ribbon for such dogs and can’t believe I haven’t heard of it before. Most people who read my personal blog know that my dog Pierson has leash reactive issues. He does not do well when he sees other dogs. A yellow ribbon might be a useful tool if more people knew what it meant.

If I am walking Pierson and we come across someone else walking their dog, I cross the street and I divert his attention with the “look” command and a treat in hopes that he will learn to associate seeing the other dog with good stuff.

Pierson on Leash Look Command

I also take Pierson on group walks where everyone in the group has a dog with a similar problem and we have all agreed to certain rules regarding our dogs’ interactions. While we walk together as a group, we walk spaced apart to whatever our own dog’s threshold level is. In Pierson’s case, he has to be at the end of the line. At first he had to be several yards behind but over time he has been able to get within a few feet of the dog in front.

Pierson Group Dog Walk

Look how close Pierson is able to get to other dogs now that we’ve been working with this dog walking group.

But what about cases where another person still let’s their dog approach Pierson? This has happened to me a few times. In two of the situations, the other dogs were not on leashes. In one situation, the person did not understand why I was crossing the street away from her and her dog and she really wanted to meet Pierson.

If more people knew about the yellow ribbons, perhaps the yellow ribbon could have given them advance notice. Some people are concerned about the negative view a yellow caution ribbon might mean. But if we help people understand it could be for a variety of reasons, not just aggression, I think it is a good idea. What do you think?

Keep in mind, however, that the yellow ribbon should not be used as an excuse to not do proper training. Pierson’s issue is being worked with and it will be much easier for me to alleviate his leash reactive behavior if I have complete control over who does and who doesn’t approach him. Another thing the yellow ribbon should not be used for is as a waiver of liability. If Pierson has a yellow ribbon on his leash and he still ends up hurting another dog, I am still liable.

The top infographic was found on http://gulahund.se/. Incidentally, gulahund means yellow dog in Swedish.

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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.

Upcoming Pet Events

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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September 11, 2013

Paw Print Dog Seat Covers

Pet Car Seat Covers to Protect Your Car from Your Dog

No, seat covers don’t protect your dog but they can help protect your car. Do you have a dog that drools? Do you want to take your dog for a swim at the lake but hate the idea of wet muddy paws all over your seat cushions? Is your dog a big shedder? Do not despair! Adorable paw print dog seat covers are here.

The Black, Gray, Brown, or Tan Dog Seat Covers Are Embroidered with Paw Prints

Paw print pet car seat covers come in more cool colors than ever – black, charcoal gray, brown, and tan. Bench or single seat covers are also available. (We don’t have the tan ones on our site yet, though.) The best part about these covers is that they have embroidered paw prints on them. The paw prints are stitched on, not ironed on or painted on. Stitched.

Soft & Machine Washable
The material on these covers is so soft. They are slightly padded to add to the comfort of the velvety material. They are machine washable, but you would need to lay flat to dry. I made the mistake of putting the brown paw print one Sephi and Maya had in the dryer. It didn’t ruin it for use, but the cover didn’t look as good anymore.

Fits Most Seats
These dog seat covers will fit the seats of most standard sized vehicles. For the bench seats, there are four corner straps and several clips that can be used to fit the cover to the car. For the bucket seats, there are two corner straps on the bottom and one strap to go around the head rest at the top. There are also a few clips to help with securing the cover in place.

Lifetime Guarantee!
Guardian Gear is the brand of these dog seat covers. And now Guardian Gear offers a lifetime guarantee on their seat covers! This means they are built to last. But if they break at any time during normal use, you can get a replacement at no charge.

My favorite color is the charcoal. It’s perfect for Maya and Pierson. You can’t see Pierson’s hair much on this color. You can still see Maya’s blond hair, but not as much as you would see it on the black or the brown! Which color is your favorite?

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Follow Up Friday #8

Author: MayaAndPierson
August 23, 2013
My Dog Pierson Eating Sonic Ice Cream

I walked with Pierson to pick up my car from the auto shop and we stopped at Sonic on the way back. Did you know they give out a free sample for your dog?

Time for another edition of Follow Up Friday hosted by HeartLikeADog and SandSpringChesapeakes. Follow Up Friday is where we follow up with the events of the week. So check out what you missed, then go see what our doggy blogging friends are up to with the blog hop below.

Pet Safety Saturday – Outdoor Hiking Safety

I can’t believe I completely forgot to include first aid supplies in my list! Thankfully, all the bloggers talking about first aid this month reminded me and I added it on as an update. Jodi with HeartLikeADog.com suggested other items you should brink hiking – “a flashlight as well as an extra collar and leash.” And she also suggested a pepper blaster. I live in Kansas where the predators are not very big. So it never occurred to me to bring pepper spray. But it sounds like a fantastic idea.

Monday – My Car and Pierson’s Poem

It took forever, but I finally got my car back. I almost had it back last Friday but it died on me as I pulled into my driveway. I couldn’t restart it so had it towed to a repair shop. It was about 3pm so, of course, they didn’t have time to look at it that day. And they were closed on the weekend. They finally had a chance to look at it on Monday and guess what? The car started for them! They even drove it around. They couldn’t find anything wrong with it at all. 😛

My car is home now and seems to be doing fine. It’s almost as good as new. Just look at that shiny new bumper! We’re ready to roll for the next pet event. 🙂

Bumper on Car Fixed

Look at my shiny new bumper!

My Car Bumper Fixed

See how pretty it is?

Also, Pierson’s poo poem was selected as one of the winners for the Bad Poetry Day Contest. If you haven’t seen the poem, go check it out on our other blog. The poem is titled, Roses Aren’t Edible, and is a blogging sensation – 30 comments!!! Apparently you all like poo too. 😉

Pet Travel Destination Tuesday

No comments for the post on Seattle, Washington. But I forgot to mention one made by Lindsay with ThatMutt.com from the previous Tuesday. She says, “Our favorite pet friendly travel destination has always been the north shore area of Lake Superior in Minnesota. We can always find dog friendly trails and cabins or hotels. Plus, lots of places for dogs to go swimming.” This sounds like a lot of fun! Tell us more, Lindsay.

Because I own my own business, I pretty much work it seven days a week and our family seldom gets to do much traveling. So, Lindsay and anyone else who’d like to talk about their favorite pet travel destination, feel free to email me with more information and photos for a guest spot.

Question of the Week

How can I keep my dog from wiggling out of the dog car harness?

This is such a common occurrence that we include a tip sheet with all our pet seat belt orders. The fact is if a dog is not used to wearing a harness and hates to be restricted in the car, he is going to try to wiggle his way out of it. And a very determined dog might just be able to do so. How can you keep him from getting out of it? Not by tightening it. In fact, this may make your dog even more determined to get out of it because it makes him uncomfortable. And if it is too tight, he could hurt himself when he tries to wiggle free.

Is there a brand that is escape-proof? Not that we have found so far, though some are more difficult than others. If anyone ever makes the claim that theirs is escape-proof, I can almost guarantee that some dog somewhere will prove them wrong. For one, consider the design of a dog car harness. With safety in mind, the neck of a pet seat belt has to be wide in order to prevent choking. This means it can’t be snug around the neck like a collar.

So what can you do? Our tip sheet suggests training. If you use a Halti or Gentle Leader on your dog for walking, then you probably already have an idea of what to do to get your dog used to wearing a dog car harness. Check out an article we wrote on HubPages for more extensive training tips.

That’s all for today. Thank you so much everyone for stopping by. If you have any questions on pet travel or on any of our products, just comment below or email me at naturebydawn@aol.com. Also, feel free to share information on photos on your favorite pet travel destination.

Dawn with Maya & Pierson

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August 17, 2013
Kurgo Wander Back Pack for Dogs

Maya sometimes wears her Kurgo Wander back pack for dogs when she goes hiking.

I don’t know about you, but I tend to be relatively inactive in the summer because it is so darned hot. I still take the dogs out for walks in the morning or evenings, but nature hikes are no fun in the summer. So now that the weather is getting cooler, I’m excited about taking the dogs on an outdoor hiking expedition again.

Here are some outdoor hiking safety factors I think about for Maya and Pierson:

Leashes or Harnesses

I admit, I don’t always keep Maya on a leash when we hike. Maya is very good at staying by my side and has a very good recall. Pierson, on the other hand, has never been off leash except in our backyard. So I don’t trust him to come when he is called if he sees an animal to chase. Know your dogs. If you are not sure if they will come to you in various scenarios, then keep them on a leash. Also, be considerate to other people when hiking in areas frequented by others. Some people don’t like dogs and are even afraid of them. Furthermore, some hiking trails are also frequented by bicyclists or people riding horses. Loose dogs do not always get along well with bicycles and horses.

Dog Tags

Maya and Pierson always wear their collar and tags. Plus, they are both microchipped. Even though I am confident in Maya’s recall and that I have a good grip on Pierson’s leash, the unexpected could happen. What if there is a loud noise that scares them? It might catch me unawares and make me lose my grip on their leash when they bolt. It’s unlikely but if the worst does happen, at least you have a better chance of being reunited with your best friend.

Wild Animals

Beware of wild animals. Small animals like rabbits and squirrels can be very tempting for your dog to chase. Your dog getting lost because he chased an animal is not the only concern. There are many harmful wild animals to watch out for such as alligators (BrownDogCBR has to look out for these), porcupines, poisonous snakes, skunks, raccoons, etc. By the way, another good reason to keep your dog on a leash is so that they don’t eat wild animal feces. Raccoon poop, for one, can be infected with worms or even canine distemper.

Plants & Biting Insects Harmful to Dogs

Some plants can be harmful for your dog too. Look out for poison ivy and poison oak. Also beware of thorned plants. Biting insects are what bothers me the most on our outdoor hiking adventures. Ticks here are really bad. We also need to be aware of mosquitos and fleas. My dogs use Frontline, but this only kills fleas and ticks when they get on the dog. It doesn’t prevent the little blood-suckers from getting on them in the first place. As a repellant, I am considering a new product from Earth Heart called Buzz Guard. Earth Heart is the same company that makes the Travel Calm that I use for Maya when she rides in the car.

Pet Water Safety – To Swim

If you are hiking near water and plan on letting your dog swim, consider a dog life jacket. Also, know the dangerous aquatic wild animals native to your area such as water moccasin snakes or alligators.

Maya and her dog life jacket.

Maya at Clinton Lake wearing her dog life jacket.

Pet Water Safety – To Drink

Water safety also includes making sure both you and your dog have plenty of fresh cool water to drink. If you can help it, don’t let your dog drink from the lake or river water. It can contain bacteria and parasites that will make your dog sick. I like using the Kurgo collapsible dog water bowl when I go hiking with the dogs. We also won the Frosty Paws travel pack sometime back and it has a fantastic dog water bottle.

Dog Pierson Collapsible Dog Bowl

My dog Pierson is drinking from the Kurgo collapsible dog bowl.

Dog Travel Safety

Don’t forget to travel to your hiking destination in safety. Seat belts for dogs, pet travel carriers, or our new K9 Car Fence, are just a few of the options available to ensure your best friend is kept just as safe as every other member of your family.

Conclusion

I like to take Maya and Pierson to Clinton Lake. The Mutt Run off-leash dog park is nearby and even has a place for Maya to swim. And there are a lot of secluded trails around the lake for me to take my dog-aggressive fluffhead Pierson.

Maya Meets Dog Swimming @ Dog Park

This is one of the rivers that feed into Clinton Lake. This particular area is part of the Mutt Run off-leash dog park.

 

I hope I covered everything. Can you think of any other outdoor hiking safety tips? Where do you like to take your dog hiking?

 

Update – First Aid Kit

After reading another blog post on first aid supplies, I realized I didn’t have a first aid kit on my list. Shame, shame! It is a good idea to have one with supplies for both you and your pet when you go hiking. A complete list of ideal first aid supplies can be found on KeepTheTailWagging.com. Thanks Kimberly, for your great post and reminder. 🙂

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