Many readers already know that we don’t travel with the dogs a lot. We are pretty much homebodies, and the rare vacations we take are usually without the dogs. The girls don’t care for riding, so most trips for them are short and to places to walk or swim nearby. However, near or far, we need to be sure our pets our safe when in our vehicles.
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When we put our house on the market, we had to get the dogs out while having showings, so we were taking them for rides more often. Once we were under contract, we still had to get them out for inspections, etc. Since Luke enjoys riding, and goes more places, we had come up with ways to keep him safer first. We have a barrier that keeps him in the way back of the car when we take all three, and we would put the girls in the back seat with a hammock style seat cover to keep them safer.
The problem with that was that Cricket would not stay in the back seat. She wanted to get on the floor of the front seat which I was not happy about. Cricket is also at a disadvantage with her small size and two large siblings. She gets stepped on a lot. When we arrive at a destination in the car they all get rambunctious and that’s exactly what I was afraid would happen. She does not take it well when she gets stepped on, she gets MAD, and that’s not something we want to deal with in the small confines of a car.
When we got the opportunity to review another product for Solvit, I knew exactly what I wanted for her. We have their Deluxe XL Telescoping Ramp and love the quality of it. I selected their Deluxe Pet Safety Seat for Cricket to try. I felt like she wanted a secure little area where she could feel safe, and this provides just that. It gets her up away from Sheba and keeps her tethered in so she can’t wander. She can enjoy the view out the window if she wants, or she can curl up and comfortably go to sleep.
The seat integrates with the car’s safety belt keeping it securely in place, and then there is a tether that attaches to Cricket’s harness to keep her safely in the seat. The tether has been tested for safety up to 2,000+ pounds. When I took the below photos of Cricket a while ago, we had traveled up to our new home to take the dogs around the yard. The driveway was muddy and that seat got dirty! The good thing is that the covers and the pillow easily come out for washing. But I actually didn’t wash it before taking the photos for the demo of how it works, so the dirt actually pretty much just brushed off! The pillow is reversible as well.
This product comes with a Lifetime Warranty. It was easy to assemble with clear instructions, and easy to secure into the car. The only issue I had with it was that Cricket was still able to jump out of it when we arrived at our destinations. She just landed on the seat, however, and she still stayed securely tethered so we were safe opening the doors without worrying about her bolting. I just need to work with her more on her “stay” command when she’s excited!