I’ve been a life long pet owner, starting at age 4 or 5 years old with a beautiful Cocker Spaniel named Jinx. As I remember, she never traveled with us, but back then most didn’t travel with their pets. Today, pets are just part of our collective lives. At our bank’s drive-up window, Chelsea, howls for her treat/biscuit. The teller even remembers her name. At our local hardware store, she heads right for the cashier’s counter for treats. The store folks even howl when Chelsea starts howling.
I can never imagine being in a car accident with her getting hurt simply because I didn’t take the time to secure her in place.
Something you may not think about is that after an accident, first responders often are confronted with a dog or cat that is frightened or injured and has to be restrained to get access to injured occupants. In many situations, the pet escapes and while running through traffic, they cause another accident. Or just run away. Here is a recent story of one such situation where the dog wandered off, but was rescued. Very heart warming.
Since the early 1970s, Volvo has offered dog cage/cargo barrier accessories (MSRP: $350) that securely mount in the rear of our wagons. In fact they are designed and tested to help restrain rather heavy loads. For a short video about the feature visit this link: Volvo Cargo Guard and click on “Load Compartment Divider.” In a 35 mph frontal impact accident, a 60 pound dog turns into about 2,700 pounds of flying fur – not good.
So please, buckle up your pet as you would your child, and yourself of course. For more information about traveling with pets see: BarkBuckleUp.com