June 14, 2006

Don't Forget About Dogs On Your Road Trips

With the dog days of summer coming up and everyone planning their road trip vacations, lets not forget about our 4 legged furry friends.

While statistics were not available on how many animals riding inside a vehicle are injured or killed during an accident, the Web site travelinpets.com points out the physics involved with an accident.

A 15-pound dog will hit anything else in the car with 300 pounds of force during a 30 mph crash, the Web site says.

Furthermore, unrestrained dogs can cause an accident by distracting the driver. Imagine a 90-pound German shepherd deciding the best time to sit in your lap is while you're passing a semi on Interstate 275, or that beagle suddenly barking in your ear as you negotiate a construction zone.

There are many different harnesses on the market today, all giving dogs the freedom to sit-up, stand and change positions all while keeping them safe.

We have these ones for our puppies, we got them at Petsmart.

So when your in your car, traveling with your dog don't forget about their safety too.

Posted by Quality Weenie at June 14, 2006 08:06 AM | TrackBack

Heck, I don't let mine ride "in the truck" unless it's cold cold cold in the winter. I've got a couple leashes in the bed of the pickup, and I hook 'em up. Let the lips flap in the breeze. Snail trails from my boxers aren't pretty on my black truck but hell, they like ridin'.

That's a good point about a 15 pound dog and 300 pounds of force... my two knuckleheads are about 70-75 pounds each. Unless they travel through the back of the cab, or split window, I ain't too worried.

I was happy as hell when the youngin's got ol' enough they didn't need a car seat anymore... I just can't see car seatin' my varmits for a road trip.

Posted by: RedNeck at June 15, 2006 08:26 AM