Thursday, February 19, 2009

New To Me Car Seat for Dog

I've been feeling guilty about taking the dog in the car everywhere I can take him but not having a car seat for him. Actually, he didn't like sitting in the front seat of the car in a car seat when he was smaller. That was back when he got car sick every time he had to go riding. Nowadays, he sits in the back, behind my seat and watches out the window. He's still not happy about riding in the car but its going to have to be a fact of life for him. And he hates staying home too so...what's a person to do???

Eventually I plan to take off for Michigan in the car and he's going to have to ride in his usual perch in the back seat but I would feel a lot safer about it if he was in a car seat. Today I found the perfect seat. Its big enough for him to lay down when he gets tired and its soft and fuzzy, his favorite fabric is inside, Sherpa! The whole cover comes off the frame and can be washed. So, I bought the seat and the nice guy at the pet store helped me install it. In fact, he was such a nice guy he gave Biscuit a couple doggie treats while we were there (which Biscuit immediately spit out)I stuck them in my pocket and he ate them when we got home. He appears to like his seat. He sat in it and every time I looked at him he was either looking out one side window or the other side or watching out the back. He never tried to get out of it, although he could have. Its soooo perfect for him. The only thing is, there's nothing to strap him in and if we did get in a wreck, he would fly out of it so he needs to be attached to something. The car seatbelt holds the doggie seat in place. When I got home and looked it up online, there is supposed to be another hook that hooks onto the car seat and attaches to his harness which would secure him. So I'll get it when I go back Saturday.

In fact I ordered a stroller for him from the same petstore, its orange and has a paw on you suppose it's for a Clemson fan? I saw an orange bow as I was leaving and told the guy I wanted to buy it to match his stroller....he gave me the bow Here's a picture of the great car seat/bed, ours is black quilted on the outside and of course, that's not my cute Biscuit sitting in this store model. Notice the nice drawer in the bottom? Its big enough to hold some food, toys, treats, a lease, etc. I do believe this is the perfect doggie seat. The brand name is "Snoozer" dog bed, one ad I saw on the internet shows one on a golf cart...isn't it perfect?
This pet store is new to me but has been here ever since I moved to SC. Its called Saluda River Pet Food, located in Easley SC, pretty close to me. So anyway, I thought they only sold pet food. Silly me, they have everything in there and if they don't have it, they can get it tomorrow. They are friendly and helpful, in fact while I was there a guy drove up with a dog, the dog was so happy to see the guy that was helping me that it was obvious the dog had been there many times. We went back in the store from my car and the employee was handing out treats to the other dog and talking to him, the dogs owner told me he can't drive by without the dog barking to stop. Now, THIS is a great pet store, don't you think? The bonus for me is, I don't have to drive to Greenville or Anderson any longer when I want to buy something for my spoiled pet, I can get it in Easley. Yaaaay! The stroller will be there today waiting for me but I'm going back to Easley Saturday anyway so will pick it up then. If it is too small or not what I expect, the guy told me its no big deal, I don't have to buy it (unlike another store I bought something from (not Petsmart) I had to keep it although it was too small).

Why do I need a doggie stroller? Well, Biscuit loves to walk but he can only go about 1/4 of a mile before he turns around to go home. I haven't walked the 3 miles down my road since I got him and really need to get back into my walk routine so I figure I'll let him walk until he wants to go home and then he can ride while I finish my walk. If he wants back out, that's ok too, he can get back out and walk some more. Also, I can take him to Hagood Mill in the stroller, where I can knit or spin with the other ladies, he can sit in his stroller and watch the people--safely. Its a win-win situation if you ask me. He won't have to stay home while I run around doing my thing.

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