My friend Patti chuckled as she slid into the passenger’s seat. It was a knowing chuckle. Definitely an “I am laughing with you” sort of chuckle as opposed to an “I am laughing at you” sort. She is a dog person as well and as such understood inherently upon accepting a ride that a bit of dog hair would be involved. It was worse than usual, however, as I had agreed to pick up a friend’s dog at the boarding kennel. He was very excited and “blew ” his coat as they are wont to do when excited. And for some reason when I chose my car I forgot how insidious those short little hairs can be. No one would guess that these are actually solid black fabrics seats.
Car Manufacturers Attitude’s Change
Has anyone else noticed that car manufacturers are targeting Dog Moms and Dads? They certainly hope so. If I had done my homework maybe I wouldn’t have ended up with rear doors that don’t quite open far enough for my chubby, slightly arthritic English Bulldog with an enormously wide chest. It isn’t even a matter of sucking it in, he is simply too wide in the shoulders.
But it seems to me most Dog Moms and Dads take their dog’s needs into consideration and manufacturers are beginning to include features that appeal to the dog crazy among us who enjoy taking our dogs with us for recreation. According to Fido Friendly magazine, nearly 90% of their readers choose automobiles with Fido in mind. And Fido Friendly specifically targets people who travel with their dogs. If you can’t get there by car with Fido in tow, you might consider one of the agencies that specializes in moving your pets safely, be it across country or to a different country. One such business which is based here in Austin, PetRelocation.com, has been doing this for years and has an exemplary reputation. You may think moving across country with your dog was no easy trip, but imagine the sorts of arrangements that must be made for, say, your favorite poisonous dart frog.
Cars Built With Dogs In Mind
My favorite is the 2010 Honda Element which is probably every dogs “Dream Car.” From the materials used in the interior, to the built-in ramp, it was specifically designed for canines without forgetting about the comfort of the bipeds who are buying it for them.
Top Five Features To Look For In A Dog Friendly Car
- An interior that is easy to keep clean
- Room for crates, which usually means seats that can be folded down
- Interior configuration that is easy to change from dog friendly to people friendly
- Tinted windows to help keep them cool as well as not easily visible
- Good heating and cooling for your dog’s comfort and good ventilation for yours
With the growing trend to make this country more dog friendly expect to see more manufacturer’s offering automobiles with dog-enhanced features.
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