A flapping tongue, windswept ears, and playful glimmer in their eyes. There is nothing like seeing a dog stick their head out a car window. But is this the safest way to drive with your dog? I mean, to them it is an undeniable bliss. To me it is heartache, and I’m not just being a worry-wart!
Of course, pet travel safety wasn’t something I immediately understood.
We left our dog free to roam the back seat as a kid. She would switch side to side, leaving saliva and nose tracks along the edge of the rolled down windows. She was so happy, and we were so naive.
Looking back, I’m not sure when I started researching the safest way to drive with your dog, but I’m glad it did. Now that I know the dangers of not properly restraining pets in cars, Berlin (and Bagheera, our cat) get belted up every time we hit the road, even if it’s just a mile away. I mean, statistically most accidents happen close to home! It’s familiar, you’re anxious to get home, it makes sense. Unfortunately, getting rear-ended at even just 30 mph could be fatal for an unrestrained passenger, human or animal. Yikes! So, what can you do?