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Car safety for dogs!

Updated on November 27, 2014

Secure your dog and keep them safe in the car!

On a very hot, 90 degree day in July 2007, coming back from an agility trial, me, my sis Gracie, and Mum were involved in a dangerous car accident on Interstate I-70 just west of Dayton, Ohio.

It was a very scary situation, and one we don't ever want to repeat. But one thing is certain, if Mum hadn't had us dogs secured and restrained safely in the car...well, I just hate to think of what could have happened to me and Gracie.

Here we will explore the ways in which you can keep your dog safe in your car when traveling.

And remember, it's important to keep them safe on long and short trips - even to the local pet store!

Why restrain?

There are so many reasons to take precautions when traveling with your pup. Each year thousands of animals are injured, die or become needlessly lost in car accidents.

Let's explore:

  • Your pup could distract you and cause an accident.
  • If you were involved in an accident, your pup could escape from the car and become lost.
  • They could be seriously injured or needlessly die if loose in your vehicle.
  • Other equipment or items in your car can injure your pup in just a slight fender bender.
It doesn't have to be! Please be safe, be aware, be educated; and help educate and bring awareness to others.

Read on for more information on what you can do. And please remember, keep your pets out of the front seat and safe from the airbag!

Center for Pet Safety tests pet harness on the market to help you make a more informed choice for your dog!

In February 2012, the Center for Pet Safety, a newly formed organization, tested four (4) pet harness on the market and found that all four failed in simulated crash tests indicating that all the pets would not be protected if they were wearing these harness during a car accident.

In October 2013, they released the results of the Center for Pet Safety's 2013 Harness Crashworthiness Study Summary Report sponsored by Subaru of America.

The bottom line? Be sure that if you decide to utilize a pet safety harness for your pet, purchase one of the highest quality that passes both the V9DT requirements (info below) or meets the Center for Pet Safety standards for the weight of your dog.

We understand that after the results of the CPS tests were announced many of the manufacturers included in the 2013 study are actively modifying their designs to improve crashworthiness, integrity and are actively working on quality control monitoring solutions.

Below we've listed many of the tests restraints and their plus and minus points from results of the CPS tests.

Types of dog restraints for automobiles!

There are several ways to restrain your dog in your automobile. It's a personal decision and one that is based on many individual factors. We'll explore here the various ways to help you make a more informed decision.

One of the most popular dog restraint for traveling in cars is the crate. Whether it's a soft crate, wire crate or plastic crate will depend on your individual circumstances and the available space in your vehicle.

Crates are a preferred choice when you have the space available, and the best choice when you have equipment in your car that can shift during an impact. All that equipment can be very dangerous, not only to you, but your pup.

Another good choice if you have one dog or dogs that get along well with each other, is a dog seat belt. They come in a wide variety of price ranges and you get what you pay for. Read our link on seat belt reviews to help you make a more informed decision.

If you have a small dog, a dog car seat may be a good choice. They come in several styles, and are secured with your seat belt, or an included restraint that attaches to your seat or seatbbelt. These help elevate your small dog so that they can easily see out the window, and are cushioned for comfort.

Great harnesses and seatbelts to keep your pup safe!

Ruff Rider - Roadie Elite Dog Safety Harness

The most popular dog harness restraint is the Ruff Rider.

The Roadie Elite Dog Safety Harness is tested to US human seatbelt standards. Researched and independently tested, Ruff Rider's Roadie Canine Vehicle Safety/Training Harness keeps the dog you love safe while you are driving, braking or turning and affords the best protection in extreme situations.

It easily attaches to any vehicle's seatbelt system, and it includes a built-in short walking lead for all-around use. Every Ruff Rider Roadie is veterinarian-approved & exceeds S.A.E. tensile strength standards for human seat belts. The CPS found that there was no failure with this restraint for any size dog.

  • Allsafe Car Safety Harness

    The Allsafe Car Safety Harness for dogs is the only canine auto harness/seatbelt that has passed crash tests in both Europe and the US, resisting pressure of up to 1 ton. This high-quality German-designed car harness was crash tested by the German Auto Club in head-on collisions at speeds up to 30 mph using a dog dummy and was certified according to the stringent standards of DIN-75410-2/ECE R-17. The CPS found that there was no failure with this restraint for any size dog.

  • Bergan Auto Harness

    We buckle up. Why shouldn't our best friends? Minimize driving distractions and increase protection for both you and your dog. Bergan's Auto Harnesses meet V9DT B2009.1. Pet Safety Durability Test (see www.v9dt.com). The CPS found that there was no failure with this restraint for any small to medium size dogs, however had a failure rate for dogs at 75 lbs.

  • Click N Roll Dog Seatbelt System

    The Click N Roll Dog Seatbelt System is a dog auto harness accessory that offers the ultimate in comfort and security for your dog. Simply snap the belt reel into a seatbelt buckle on the rear seat of the vehicle. The extra-strong steel clip and swivel anchor your dog's harness (not included) in seconds, yet the retractable belt (up to 27.5") allows your dog enough freedom of movement to stretch out and rest comfortably on long trips. The CPS found that there was no failure with this restraint for any size dog.

Does it pass the test?

The Center for Pet Safety is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit research and advocacy organization dedicated to companion animal and consumer safety. They are an independent safety science entity leading a unique mission for companion animals and their owners. Their organization was developed after 8 years of pet product industry and consumer research. Currently, CPS is focusing on Pet Travel Safety. Using scientific testing and Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard specifications, we study pet products and establish criteria and test protocols to measure whether pet safety products provide the protection claimed by advocates and intended by the manufacturer. Learn more!

V9DT is a new standard that has been developed with manufacturers and independent laboratories. It establishes a minimum durability standard for automotive pet harnesses. Look for the “Complies with V9DT” logo on product packaging in retail stores to be sure you have the best product on the market today.

Great travel crates!

If you can fit a crate in your car it is the safest form of travel for your dog. It's what we do! Here are some recommended crates that will fit nicely in a van or SUV.

  • Mim Variocage Single Dog Safety Cages - single and double

    For more than 20 years, MIM has worked with functional designs of safety details in the vehicle industry and they have documentation from hundreds of crash tests. Using this information and their experience, MIM developed a vehicle dog crate following the major car manufacturers' use of crumple zones. Then they worked with Swedish government agencies to develop the Safe Pet Crate Test to test the safety of passengers and dogs in crates during a traffic accident.

  • Ruff Tough Single Door Dog Kennel

    The Ruff Tough Single Door Dog Kennels are the most durable, compact and versatile dog kennels on the market. A Ruff Tough Kennel was dropped from a height of 12 feet with no effect. No splits or cracks - WOW! The Ruff Tough Kennel was fired at with a full choke charge at about 15 paces - only a handful of pellets penetrated! The Ruff Tough Kennel features safety tie downs for you to secure in your pickup or SUV. You can easily bolt the Ruff Tough Kennels together up, down, sideways or both with the heavy duty metal inserts.

  • Kennel-Aire Professional Series Wire Kennel

    Safety for your dog, simplicity for you! Ease is the bottom line with the Kennel Aire Professional Dog Kennel. It folds to a suitcase, so you can store and carry it anywhere, and the FDA-approved plastic floorslides out easily for cleaning. Kam lock and dual pin closing mechanism provides the ultimate in security

  • NozToNoz Soft Dog Crates

    Stylish home, portable crate, collapsible kennel, lightweight ease, hip and reliable dog house. Easy to set up and take down. Very upper class. The sides stretch tight and give this crate a look we don't see in other soft crates. It's durable, well ventilated, easy to carry, comfortable, and our dogs' first choice at nap time. Sturdy and lightweight. When we tested this crate, we had a 200 pound man sit on a corner of the set up crate and it didn't budge!

  • Precision Pet Great Crate for Dogs

    Here's a folding 2 door dog crate for everyday use that won't cost you an arm and a leg. It's built to last and it looks good too! The doors secure with unique slider latches. Another handy feature is the unique pan release mechanism. The black plastic pan stays put which makes it nearly impossible for your dog to slide the pan out. The crate folds easily into a flat, suitcase-type package with a comfortable carrying handle. Includes a Puppy Divider Panel with every crate. We don't recommend this crate for dogs who are escape artists. No crate will hold a strong dog who wants to get out. A truly crate trained dog will be happy in any crate. Due to manufacturing variances, the sizes listed are not exact. We don't recommend purchasing one of these crates if the space it must fit has less than an inch of tolerance all the way around.

  • PetMate Vari-Kennel Traditional Pet Crate

    Classic Kennel is reliable and practicle and is made with durability that will last for years. Assembles in seconds without tools, made of easy-to-clean, high impact plastic, and packed with features designed for your pet's safety and comfort.

Sad statistics for dogs who travel!

The Travel Industry Association of America says, "of the 71 million people in the U.S. who own dogs, over 29 million travel with them."

According to the 2007-2008 APPMA National Pet Owners Survey, "only 20% of pet owners use a restraint for their pet when they travel."

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Find dog beds, all natural foods and treats, collars, leashes, charms, training and agility gear, vitamins and supplements, books, clothing, toys, crates, dog seat belts, t-shirts and other cool stuff for two and four-leggers!

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Remember: it's not safe for your dog to ride in the front seat, in a seatbelt or in a crate, if you have an airbag!!

And if you have a newer model of auto, take precautions around side air bags and leave space for your dog away from the car doors in a crate or seatbelt.

Get your free safety kit!!!!

Be Smart Ride Safe® with Bark Buckle UP's Pet Safety Kit!

The Bark Buckle UP Pet Safety Kit was designed to protect your pets if you are in an accident. First Responders will see a sticker on your car window to direct them to locate the pet safety kit in your glove box and call your contacts to come get your pet, and inform them you have been in an accident.

The kit includes:

Pet emergency information that outlines:

Shots and other records

Veterinarian information

Pet travel safety tips

Closest contact

Along with a first responder decal for your car window!

It's super easy and the first pet card and decal are free (with a buck or two for shipping). Additional pets are just $1.00!

Do it and be safe! We did!

It's the law in New Jersey!

As of June of 2012, under New Jersey law if you are found with an unrestrained dog in your car you could face fines up to $1,000!

How Gracie and I are secured in our car!

A note about how my sis, Gracie and I are secured in our car as indicated in the main image of this page: Our car is a 2003 Land Rover Discovery, and has no crumple zone in the back end. The back of the our Rover is fully reinforced and built to withstand very large impacts. Consequently we opted to secure in softer crates because of how our car is made.

If we were to secure in wire or plastic crates any movement within the self contained back end from a crash would most likely result in the wires and plastic of the crates breaking immediately and potentially becoming dangerous spears. This is the best and most secure scenario for our car only, and not one I would recommend at all for those vehicles that have crumple zones or do not have self contained, reinforced areas within their car.

If your car does have a crumple zone in the back, it's always best to crate or secure your dog via a car harness in the middle section of the vehicle.

Be safe!!!

Give me some woofs!

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      Donna Cook 2 years ago

      Howling good lens! My fur-kid, Buffy, chewed the mesh restraint leash in half. Replaced with metal chain from the hardware store and it's OK so far.

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      Scott A. Butler 2 years ago from England

      Great article with good information, thank you!

      I mentioned a product for dogs in one of my own lens not long ago that I thought was pretty good too.

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      Johann The Dog 2 years ago from Northeast Georgia

      @alexmichaels73: She's probably scared. Here are a few things I'd try. Secure her in a crate, as dogs feel more comfortable, or a seat belt if you don't have room for a crate. You can also try some of the calming sprays on the market. Or since she's good in the car when she's tired, try tiring her out before the trip. Hope those ideas help!

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      alexmichaels73 2 years ago

      Do you happen to know why my dog panics so bad when driving?

      She keeps yawning and whining like crazy throughout the whole trip, no matter how long it is.

      If I tired her out in the woods after that, she sleeps fine in the car, but otherwise it's a nightmare!

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      emilytjohnson 2 years ago

      Two thumbs up for this lens! I'm not actually aware of several dog safety measures that you mentioned here. I often travel with my dog and I let him sit beside me in the front seat, but after learning that it's not safe, I realized that I need to be extra careful. Thanks for letting us know about it.

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      nuvetlabsreviews 2 years ago

      This Lens is cover with valuable information and hope every visitors will attain good info and will enjoy with this.

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      ToxicFreeClub 2 years ago

      Great Lens!!! Love all the info.

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      trophytimegundogs 3 years ago

      Nice article and very accurate

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      My car is an MX5 it only has front seats.

      I use a dog harness and a loop to atach to the seat belt

      The car is vintage so airbags do not exist anyway

      the front floor is built up so he can sleep if he wants too

      I see the pictures of dogs in the back seats with belts and my dog is more secure than those! i also have the option of removing passenger seat and putting dog cage there too. much more secure than in the back of most cars I have seen. can also suggest that you use a towbar for extra protection for dogs in back

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      socialcx1 3 years ago

      Woof! Woof!. I think that this is a fantastic lens and fully deserves its purple star.

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      stevestallingstampa 3 years ago

      Great information on pet safety. My dogs are family, I would do anything to keep them safe.

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      ChenB 3 years ago

      This is so true. Until recently I never even thought about dog restraints in a car, I have always been used to just letting the dog in to find a seat, and that's what most people seem to do. This is an eye opener and it's good to know about these, I will look into them. Thanks!

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      LauraCarExpert 3 years ago

      Wow I was not aware that there was so much needed to care for a dog while driving. Thanks for this very informative lens!

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      writerkath 3 years ago

      Important information, and terrific presentation of products! We puppy-sit my brother-in-law's dog, and she is always trying to wriggle into the front seats to be with us, and I'm always worried she'll slip when we're braking or turning. One of these harnesses would be ideal for her.

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      flearemovaltips 4 years ago

      Great info, I never realised it's so unsafe for dogs to be in the front seat. Mine has always travelled without restraint and I should really look into taking more safety measure

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      Margot_C 4 years ago

      Great lens! I didn't know that law existed in NJ, but I think it's a good idea. Unfortunately, there are a lot of irresponsible pet owners. Many of them aren't trying to be cruel -- they just don't fully understand the consequences of their actions. Thanks for helping to educate them.

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      kabbalah lm 4 years ago

      good idea to keep your pets safe

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Great lens...you definitely covered everything about car safety for dogs! Dogs that are unrestrained that can get into the front seats can be very distracting. I have lost count of the number of people I have seen driving with their dog in their lap and with the dog's head and upper body hanging out the window. There probably should be a law that requires dogs to be restrained.

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      Renaissance Woman 4 years ago from Colorado

      Keeping my two boys restrained while driving has been a major challenge. You have presented the exact resources I need right now. Thanks for stressing animal safety. I hadn't thought about the airbags. Egads!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Woof woof woof! Great info!

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      makemoneyonline5 4 years ago

      Wonderful lens! I am sure all pet lovers appreciate your tips and information :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      great lens idea and content. Nice job, thanks

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      bestgiftz 4 years ago

      We love bringing our dog in the car but I need to look into a restraint.

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      LoveToClean 4 years ago

      That statistic you shared about only 20% of pet owners using a safety restraint is rather eye opening!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      When I was a kid in the 1960s, none of us kids wore seat belts. Now it is unthinkable to drive a kid anywhere without having the child buckle-up. Maybe years from now, dog restraints in cars will be common-place. Let's hope so. Thanks for this important lens.

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      MariaMontgomery 4 years ago from Central Florida, USA

      My little Maltese, "C.C." has her own car seat that stays in the backseat of my car. She loves it, especially on trips. It is cushioned so it makes for nice naps, and it sits up high enough that she can see out of the window. You can see a photo of her on my lens about my favorite Maltese. I will look for more photos of you and Gracie.

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      TransplantedSoul 4 years ago

      Great advice. We keep out two dogs confined in the van when driving. They can' climb over the seats and are secure. It is so important.

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      Jen withFlash 4 years ago

      Great information! Thanks!

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      StewartClan 4 years ago

      This is great. Got some really good information about travelling with the dogs in the car; something that has worried me for a while now. Thanks for this great information, I really liked this lens!

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      thegrowlinggour 4 years ago

      Great Lens & Information Squidlikes!! Every pet lover should read this Lens & put information to good use to protect our loving & loyal furry family members.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Great information. Thanks for not only pointing out the seriousness of the problem, but also giving us the answers we need.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      As a Dog lover I thank you very much for this very important lens and as owner of Canine Auto.Com I would like to thank you for mentioning our site here.

      Making automotive travel safer for Dogs is our goal.

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      sheezie77 4 years ago

      Great lens, Squidlikes

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      petsworld 4 years ago

      i m agree with you , pet lover should read this

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      lclchors 4 years ago

      very important lens every pet owner should read

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      Sky-lab LM 4 years ago

      Very informative. I just started to use a plastic crate because I was worried about what would happen if I had a car crash.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Jeez, after watching that first video, with the dog crashing into the window; I think it's time I get my dogs off my lap, out of the front seat and use the restraints I bought years ago.......

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Good one... Thanks for this safety lens

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      AlphaChic 4 years ago

      Hi five to you! This is a great lens with a very important message. Well thought out and very complete. I, too, was in a bad accident with my dog and because he was crated, the worst we suffered was a bad fright.

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      Johann The Dog 4 years ago from Northeast Georgia

      @Gypzeerose: Thank you!

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      Johann The Dog 4 years ago from Northeast Georgia

      @jholland: That is just toooo scary! Glad she is safe!

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      Johann The Dog 4 years ago from Northeast Georgia

      @anonymous: Great tips Pamela!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I attached a large card laminated with the names and phone numbers of several dog friends that I knew could come get my dogs if I were in an accident on the crate I keep in the car. I also leave a leash on my dog while they are in the crate I have one dog that is very freaky and would be hard to catch and might make it easier for someone to nab him if he got out after an accident. Hope an accident does not happen but better safe than sorry.

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      PuppiesUnleashed 4 years ago

      Having your dog in a proper carrier is good advice. It's not always easy or practical but you should do it. If you can't do that then a pet barrier is another good option.

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      jholland 4 years ago

      Great information. My Husky-Shepherd mix traveled through more than 30 states with me in the 10 years after she came home from a shelter. She was a perfect traveling companion - but I learned after the first long trip to secure her in the car. At a gas station hundreds of miles from home, she bolted from the car before I could get her leash. Watching her play chicken with oncoming traffic was not my idea of fun and she was safely restrained after that.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Wow, great lens. This is something most pet owners never think about. My husband stopped to help at an accident scene once; the man who was in the car was injured, and his two dogs had run off, terrified. He did get them back the next day, though, and they were OK. Wish they had been restrained!

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      Rose Jones 4 years ago

      Back to pin your lens to my "Dog" board.

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      Ontoddy 4 years ago

      Our dog 'Sisa' hates the car she hides under the car seats! Woof!!

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      omesanko 4 years ago

      This simply shows how the owner loved his pets, animals are like humans who must be care, they have a feelings who need love. I like this lens, thank you for this information, I will buy like this to my car, for the safety of my pets.

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      linkreggie 4 years ago

      very informative lens and it very helpful to me as a pet lover.. thanks for sharing your tips and more power to your lens

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      Johann The Dog 4 years ago from Northeast Georgia

      @christie11: Good for you Christie!

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      Johann The Dog 4 years ago from Northeast Georgia

      @Lee Hansen: That's pawsome about your kitty! Good for her and you!

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      christie11 4 years ago

      Great lens! Love it! Safety for your traveling hound! My dog gets buckled in the back seat. No more front seat for her.

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      Fay Favored 4 years ago from USA

      This is exactly what I've been trying to get across to pet lovers. Adding this to my pet lens so people will visit here.

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      Lee Hansen 4 years ago from Vermont

      I travel with a cat, and she rides with a harness and a soft carrier. I think that small dog booster might be fun for her in combination with a proper-fit travel harness. Must research this topic for kitties!

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      Heidi 4 years ago from Benson, IL

      An awesome Lens. As the owner of a Golden retriever, I can tell you that it is not fun or safe to travel in the car with an unrestrained dog. I recommend that everybody at least think about ways to stay safe when traveling with a pet.

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      Marilyn Thompson 4 years ago from Washington State

      Great lens! A good dog owner looks out for their pooch just as they would a smile child, when they do there will be many doggie kisses to enjoy.

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      jordanmilesbask 4 years ago

      Great lens...Thanks for the tips..

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      blazingzone lm 4 years ago

      Cool lens and very good tips.

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      Johann The Dog 4 years ago from Northeast Georgia

      @Gypzeerose: Oh no! That is so sad.....So glad you are looking into crates or a way to secure your pup!

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      Rose Jones 4 years ago

      This is an excellent lens, and very important. We had a friend who was recently in a car wreck. All the people were okay, but the cocker spaniel who was sitting in the front seat had his back broken with the impact of the airbag. We always have our dog sit in the back but I have started to look at some of crates after reading your lens.

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      Mottley420 4 years ago

      great lens, could you give my lens a read? Its about Pinterest. https://hubpages.com/community/pinterest-tips-and-

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      RachelDillin 4 years ago

      Thank you for the information. Very important, and I see people all the time with their dogs just roaming the car

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      jlshernandez 4 years ago

      People who own dogs should read this lens. Thanks for posting.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Every time I see a dog hanging out a window I cringe. Great tips!

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      puppyprints 4 years ago

      I like that they have made a standard (V9DT). I did not know that before

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      gatornic15 4 years ago

      This lens is a great reminder of how important it is to restrain our dogs in vehicles.

      Thanks for sharing!

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      FalconFan LM 4 years ago

      This is something that never crosses most peoples minds. It's very important to restrain your dog in your car! Great lens, very helpful!

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      intermarks 4 years ago

      Wonderful! Many people never though for their pet safety when traveling with vehicle, they will just let their dog freely on the seat. This lens really give a very good idea for people who frequently travel with pets.

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      allenwebstarme 4 years ago

      Nice lens and useful tip.

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      peggygallyot 4 years ago

      my granddaughter uses one of those bags designed to carry dogs about. all she has to do is open the lid and the dog goes in quickly

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      Clairissa 4 years ago from OREFIELD, PA

      Great information! I use a dog car seat for my dog. Blessed!

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      jammarti 4 years ago

      Great lens! I have a dog named sammi. I used to bring her on a trip to my mom's house and most of the time I use a seat belt. By reading your lens, it gives me an idea what to use for car safety on dogs.

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      jessy-simmons 4 years ago

      Great lens! Very helpful for people looking to learn more about it. Defnitely better and more extensive than the wikipedia-page about it ;). Anyway, I have a lense about the same subject; dog car seats. Shall we link to each other to make stuff easier to find for people?

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      Johann The Dog 5 years ago from Northeast Georgia

      @infiniti99 lm: Wow, 150 lbs, that's a big boy :) I can tell you what we did, when we looked a new car. We took our crates to the dealership to see what cars they would fit in, before we decided on our final purchase. Maybe you could take him and see if he fits well in whatever vehicle your looking at? A good car seat belt would be good too! Good luck!

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      infiniti99 lm 5 years ago

      I have an enormous Labrador Retriever named Finnigann and I strap him into my truck but it's a lot harder considering he takes up the back seat all 150lbs of him.He loves to ride with me and does it often benn considering buying a 4 door F-250 ANY OTHER IDEAS.

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      biminibahamas 5 years ago

      Houdini, my Maltese is always bagged and tagged when we ride in the car. Actually, he has his own car seat that allows him to look out the window, but it also is clipped to the seatbelt so he is restrained. So much for sticking his head out to catch a breeze!

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      fuelfixeruk 5 years ago

      my mother in law has these in the trunk of her car. I always thought she was a little crazy, but reading this i see the importance of protecting your pets while driving. And to be honest, the puppies enjoyed it.

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      MUMMYB 5 years ago

      Really lovely lens with some very useful and important information.Thanks.

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      Linda Pogue 5 years ago from Missouri

      Interesting. I did not know such products were available, but then I don't currently have a pet, either. Blessings.

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      dpethealth lm 5 years ago

      good information to keep in mind

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      dpethealth lm 5 years ago

      nice to know about all of the options.

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      sarahrk lm 5 years ago

      I travel quite often with my dog and always keep her in her bed, straped into the back seat.

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      MJSchrader 5 years ago

      Thank you! I just bought my dog a seatbelt!

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      Lucy2004 5 years ago

      Great informative lens

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      BlueTrane 5 years ago

      My dogs always travel in crates...for their safety and my family's

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      i need some dog safety... i have a really small dog?

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      ekkoautos 5 years ago

      love your dog, then choose the dog car safety, dog is so lovely

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      bames24 lm 5 years ago

      I had no clue about restraints... I normally use their leash inside the car to keep them secure in the back seat. And I never roll-down the windows in the back of the car. I even keep the child-lock on. I get so afraid that they might get hurt if they see something that excites them on the road. Thanks for the information about restraints... I will definitely look for them.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I guess it's a pity dogs can not read your lens about them -- they would love it!

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      DogsEatingGrass 5 years ago

      My dog loves to ride in the car and always wears his seatbelt

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      JJGJJG 5 years ago

      Great information for one of those nagging worries. thanks

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I'm a dog lover so I appreciated your lens, 'thumbs up'!

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      andreaberrios lm 5 years ago

      Very important issue! Pets are like family, we should always keep them safe.

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      TheGourmetCoffe 5 years ago

      Agree 100% with your lens and wish more pet owners were aware of dog car safety, at home and in the vehicles with the owners. Thank you for sharing your insights.

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      doginformation 5 years ago

      A great topic and one well overdue. As a dog walker, I insist that all dogs that I pick up have a harness and are secured by metal chain link from their harness to a car restraint point. It doesn't take long and can really save lives. Thank you for the info!

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      tuliprose lm 5 years ago

      Great information. I'm always shocked that every year dogs die because they have been left in hot cars without an open window. So, making people aware of dog safety is always needed.

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      kyhillbullies 5 years ago

      Loved it

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great info and great videos...same thing as an adult. Buckle up for safety and your pets too! Your four legged friends will appreciate it!

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      termit_bronx 5 years ago

      ..blessed by an angel for The SquidAngel "I Love That Word" Quest :)

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      gherishjhoven 5 years ago

      Thank you for sharing a great lens... Jeep going... :)

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      sue826 lm 5 years ago

      Good informative lens - well done.

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      badalternator88 5 years ago

      cute dogs :) i am going to get my ponyo one ..love it so much

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      Frankie Kangas 5 years ago from California

      Woof! Woof! Excellent lens and topic. I'm so afraid for the dogs I see in the back of trucks leashed but not kenneled. Dumb and dangerous. Blessings and bear hugs, Frankie

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      wayne_luvinlife 5 years ago

      very nicely done!

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      TrainMyPitbull 5 years ago

      Great info. I definitely have to check some of this out for my pit bulls. So many useful things out their for our pets.

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      Jessi 5 years ago from United States

      Awesome lens with some great information! I like the Flickr photos of what we don't want to see and what we want to see - it's very creative. :)

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      WorkplaceSafetyG 5 years ago

      Wonderful Safety information! Thanks for offering. I will be sure to buckle up my buddy after reading your lens:-)

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      profilesincolor 5 years ago

      Wooof (Good on You!). Thanks for sharing! :-)

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      ResearchAddict 5 years ago

      Great lens with lots of useful tips. Now one of my faves - and lensrolled!

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      norma-holt 5 years ago

      Another great lens. *-*Blessed*-* and featured on Angel Blessings for dogs on Squidoo

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Johann, thank goodness you and Gracie were kept safe by Mum's diligence! This is such an important issue and I have lensrolled and to be featured on my I Want a Dog lens. Thank you for sharing you harrowing experience! Safety first!

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      jml013093 5 years ago

      This is a cool lens, nice topic choice. Not many people are concerned about their dogs safty in the car.

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      Snakesmom 5 years ago

      Love the lens so much I am using the lensroll to add to my lens on fire safety for animals! :) Nice work.

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      Deano1979 5 years ago

      Lots of helpful info

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      Philippians468 5 years ago

      this is definitely helpful! thank you for sharing this! cheers

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      Johann The Dog 5 years ago from Northeast Georgia

      @Blackspaniel1: That's a great point! We put ball bungie cords on our crate zippers to keep 'em closed. You gotta watch those pups, some are very good escape artists!

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      Blackspaniel1 5 years ago

      I have had a dog open a zipper on a canvas kennel, and I have had a dog undo a seat belt that was attached to a special harness. You can try, but dogs can get out of most devices.

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      JoyfulPamela2 5 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      Thank you for helping dogs and their families! *Angel blessed and featured on "Angel, the SquidDog Angel"! =D

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      greytdogz 5 years ago

      Now this is a very important key to pet ownership that, unfortunately, not enough people think about. Thanks for writing a thorough lens on the subject. Hope it educates a lot of people.

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      Virginia Allain 6 years ago from Central Florida

      You've covered this topic quite thoroughly. This is a real service for dog owners to have all this information.

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      AlphaChic 6 years ago

      I love your lens. The pet safety kit is a great idea. I've often wondered what would happen to my dogs if I were hauled away in an ambulance.

      I, too, had a bad car accident when one of my dogs was with me. If he hadn't been in his crate, I think there is a good chance he would have been hurt.

      Lots of good info and ideas.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      its amazing how many people leave the dog in the car and its 100 degrees outside.. crazy.. blog rolling your lens with mine, i follow back on twitter - the idea girl

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      Murphypig 6 years ago

      very interesting. Thanks.

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      DogToys LM 6 years ago

      Really impressive lens, thankfully my own dogs aren't a problem in the car.

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      thescubadude 6 years ago

      As the owner of a dog products store, I wanted to thank you for a great article on a really overlooked aspect of dog safety. Good job :)

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      Archie_Right 6 years ago

      I'd also add that people shouldn't allow dogs to stick their heads out of the window (many dogs love to do that) since they have very high risk of getting eye damage by dust of bugs or other flying objects.

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      CR2000 6 years ago

      Nice done :)

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      GoPoochYourself 6 years ago

      Thank you for this. I know a few people who have been in car accidents with their dogs. :( It's very important to keep them buckled up in the car

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      ZoeNature 6 years ago

      Excellent lens providing very valuable information for all dog guardians!

      Thanks so much Johann!

      Favorited & lensrolled!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Thanks a lot for this lens, though i am new to squidoo this lens is very informative and authoritative too. Hope to read from you next time. Keep it up.

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      brittyJK 6 years ago

      Good.

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      Deb Kingsbury 6 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      I'm going to get a car safety harness for my Sassy. We've been driving together a lot lately, and I do worry about her safety. And it's not good that I often keep one hand on her collar and one on the wheel, so I've been thinking about getting something other than confining her in a crate, which I've never done.

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      Holley Web 6 years ago

      Since Shadow like to drive I need a restraint for her. Excellent ideas and love that free Buckle UP Safety kit! ~Blessed~

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Excellent ways to avoid accidents while traveling with your pet dog.

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      dryder 6 years ago

      Excellent information

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      RuthCoffee 6 years ago

      I recently saw someone driving like a maniac with their dog in the truck bed. Poor thing was having a hard time staying put. I guess some people think their dog is indestructible.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Such a very important topic, and so glad Mom is so smart to look after her precious cargo, thanks Mom! - Kathy

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Excellent information , we agree crates are one of the safest way to travel with your pet.

      Feel free to visit our lens: www.squidoo.com/premier-dog-crates

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      fixyourdogproblem 6 years ago

      A great lens, safety if just as important for our pets as it is for people.

      Thanks for sharing so many options.

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      SafeCard LM 6 years ago

      Hello,

      You shared some very good info on here!

      thanks for sharing it. We do need to be very careful when driving with an dog in the car not only for the dogs safety but for other people that are on the road too.

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      kerastasehaircare 6 years ago

      I read in the paper the other day about a dog getting hurt in a car crash so i do believe that dog safety is a must. Good len!

      Kerastase

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      VarietyWriter2 6 years ago

      Great lens. Blessed by a SquidAngel :)

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      Airinka 6 years ago

      I have never thought about safety of dogs.

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      Laraine Sims 7 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      I've often wondered if there was such a thing as a seatbelt for dogs. Thank you for this information. Our dogs are important to us .. part of the family. 5*s and fav. You can see our dogs in my LaraineRose lens if you like.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      auto insurance tips, I was also introduced to these pet seats. I bought one and it really is awesome.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      So true! I remember when I was a young girl, my mother would let my dog, Baron, stick his head out the window. One day she hit a bump and poor Baron wen't flying out of the car. Fortunately, he was not hurt but it was a real wake up call. Great Lens!

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      AlisonMeacham 8 years ago

      This is such an important subject. I so often see dogs on drives laps, running around in the back of the car or with their head out of the window. Their owners just haven't had the sense to think things through....

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      falanfanny 8 years ago

      Impressive presentation.I really enjoyed with your lens.Feel free to check out my the carrentallocator blog

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      cannedguds lm 8 years ago

      This is what exactly I've been looking for! I always take my Bassett Hound with me everywhere I go so I'm sure I really need this for her safety! thanks for sharing!by the way, I'm inviting you to take a look at something that has a wide collection of different dog checks and I'm sure you will love what you will see! They've got all kind of checks from Basset Hound checks to Pomeranian checks and many, many more!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Hello - I'm the author of the Dog Seatbelt Feature Comparison. I beg you to add the Champion to your list of Great Seatbelt Links - www.canineauto.com

      Thanks!

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      Pamela2Heaven 8 years ago

      Great job~

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      beachbum_gabby 8 years ago

      woofs! well presented and helpful lens for us dog lovers. :)

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      WritingforYourW 8 years ago

      Good information and something I will have to consider. My dog has a bed in the back but half the time he's standing up in the car, so I really should look at some of these options.

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      alslad 8 years ago

      People in general will say that their dog is just like a family member - I wonder how many of those people make sure their kids are strapped in while the poor dog is left to bounce around in the back. Thanks for raising awareness of this issue!

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      KimGiancaterino 8 years ago

      You did a great job here! Congratulations on making the Giant Squid 100 Club. This lens has been Angel Blessed and is being featured on my Squid Angel Diary.

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      eccles1 8 years ago

      What a nice lens for our safety of our beautiful dogs great job!! too many people are careless with their pets in the car.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Great lens, very informative, thanks.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I left my footprints here. Nice lens. 5 stars of course.

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      WhippetTalk 8 years ago

      Thanks for the lens! I get so angry when I see dogs in the back of pick-up trucks without any restraint. 5* and a lensroll!

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      RaintreeAnnie 9 years ago from UK

      Great lens on an important issue for dogs and their owners. Thank you Johann!

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      Karendelac 9 years ago

      I am passionate about animals and your lens is a solid 5 stars. Please visit my top rated Bird Rescue Lens ~~ I just released a state of the art Titanic lens as well ~~ Please click on Karendelac above, to view them.

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      jpvh28 9 years ago

      Great Lens! I gave it 5 stars! I saw, by your blog, that you are involved in pet adoption. I wrote a lens that dealt with Puppymills, you may be interested in: squidoo.com/TheDogPark/

      I would appreciate it if you would check it out!

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      Gatsby LM 9 years ago

      This lens totally rocks Joanna! 5* Best Natural Dog Food

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      DogWhisperWoman1 9 years ago

      5* Jonna! This lens rocks! Aggressive Dog

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      Guinness LM 9 years ago

      Great job again, Johann! Thanks for sharing critical travel safety tips. 5 stars, Favorites and Lensrolled to Best Dog Health Care Solutions To Dog Health Problems

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