Over the last 20 years, pets have increasingly found their way into the homes and hearts of their owners. People today are much more likely to treat their pups with additional concern and care than in the past. It’s hard not too – we love our dogs! One topic regarding our beloved pups that has become more popular in recent years is dog safety in the car.
I recently reached out to the online community asking for stories and experiences about dogs involved in car accidents. I will be writing a series of posts (#whataboutfido) highlighting the responses and the importance of dog safety in the car.
I spoke with Susan, who owns a German Shepherd (Luna) and a beagle (Lola). On a sunny Saturday afternoon in 2011, Susan was driving in her Chevy Tahoe when Lola unexpectedly jumped out the window. This isn’t something we think about or see every day, but it happens more than you may think.
Susan always took Luna and Lola for car rides. They especially loved the wind in their hair as they stuck their heads out the window. Usually, it was Luna that had her head out the window because she was bigger, and it was easier for her to stand on the back seat and reach the window. Susan had to roll the window down lower if Lola wanted a turn to feel the breeze.
Susan was driving around 30mph on a residential road when suddenly Lola, the beagle, was able to get herself high enough that she jumped out the window. Susan was so caught off guard, at first, she wasn’t sure what happened. She immediately pulled over as she saw Lola running around the street limping and confused. Luckily, she was on a residential road so the chances of Lola getting hit by a car were significantly decreased.
Susan explains that she was shocked Lola jumped out the window of a moving car. She had never exhibited any behaviors in the past that would lead Susan to think she would do something like this.
Susan was able to get Lola back in the car and she immediately took her to the vet. Lola was very lucky to only have minor injuries since a jump from a moving Chevy Tahoe isn’t an easy one!
The solution to this problem is a dog car seat also referred to as a dog restraint system for the car. A dog car seat will keep your dog safely restrained in a moving vehicle as well as in the event of an accident.
This type of incident is completely unexpected, but you don’t need to be unprepared. When it comes to dog safety, it is better to be safe than sorry. Hopefully, you’re reading this and have never experienced anything like this- let’s keep it that way!
A dog car seat is a one-time purchase that has so much more meaning than just a cute dog accessory. It can be a life-saving product for your beloved pet.
This YouTube video demonstrates the unpredictability and danger an unrestrained dog in a vehicle can be to itself and others. This is not Susan and her pets, but she can directly relate as this is the same situation she found herself in with Lola. There is nothing graphic in this video, but it is scary to see.
I will be posting these stories weekly! Our mission with this campaign is to raise awareness about dog safety in the car. Although, this topic may be unpleasant to think about it is important. Please share this story with others using the hashtag #whataboutfido and let’s get the word out to keep Fido safe!
Would you like to be part of the #whataboutfido campaign? Do you have a story to share that and could help save lives? I would love to connect with you and feature you in an article! Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.