Since Zoe has been going to obedience class twice a week for the last month or so, I've spent some time thinking about her safety riding in the car so often. I always drive carefully when she's along for the ride, but I certainly don't have control over other motorists, or Zoe if she's launched by a collision.
Soon after we adopted Roxie in 2001, I had similar concerns. With good intentions, I purchased a safety belt harness for Roxie right before she was to travel with us to the beach on vacation. We buckled Roxie up and took off down the interstate as one happy, beach-bound family. About an hour into the trip, we were jolted by the sounds of a SCREAMING greyhound in the back seat! I immediately pulled over, and found that Roxie had somehow managed to turn around in the seat and tangled herself in the safety harness like a pretzel. It was a challenge to free her, and after the trauma we all experienced, the harness was never used again.
On the way home from class on Tuesday, Zoe and I stopped at Petco to check out the safety belt harnesses. While I don't wish to relive the dog-pretzel incident ever again, I know that Zoe's safety makes the harness worth a try. Today will be our first time trying the safety belt harness with Zoe. I'm hoping for a positive experience, and welcome your comments regarding traveling safety tips or harness trials with your own dogs. Please wish us luck!
|Petco photo, for example purposes.|
In honor of St. Patrick's Day, we'll leave you with a cute JibJab video of Xander Leprechaun, and a couple of photos of the Dogs Rock hounds relaxing. Hope you have a great weekend!