WNCN reported today that a new lap dog bill proposed by Representative Garland Pierce, if passed, could make it illegal for you to drive in the state of North Carolina with a dog in your lap. Phydeaux staffers and customers were given the opportunity to weigh in on the issue.
Daniel Askew is one of our regular Raleigh customers who learned first-hand the importance of using necessary safety precautions while driving with their dog, who fell out of the window. The car wasn’t in motion, but it was enough to make them feel it was important to begin tethering one of their 10lb dogs, according to WNCN.
The dog now uses a K&H booster seat which has been designed, for the safety of the dog, to be secured in the back seat and for the dog to be tethered to it with a car harness. K&H Boosters come in two colors and two sizes and is made to fit all standard vehicles. It is one of a few popular booster seats available at our Phydeaux locations.
Phydeaux Raleigh staffer Emily White, when interviewed by WNCN, reiterated the importance of using harnesses and tethers that have been specifically designed for our dog’s, and our own, safety. She additionally compared the treatment of an animal in a car to that of a small child. “When you’re driving with a dog in your lap or in the front seat”, she stated, “and an airbag goes off or your car turns and they are untethered, it could pose the same safety risks as a lap-riding toddler.” Dog vehicle safety equipment, like child and infant products, is designed not only to keep the dog but everyone in the car safe and happy. All of our staff members are knowledgeable about our travel products. We can fit your dog in harnesses or help you fit boosters, hammocks, and seat covers for your vehicle.
Regular harnesses and car harnesses differ greatly. When considering what harness to buy for the use of traveling with your dog, keep in mind that car harnesses have been crash tested and engineered for severe impact. Sleepypod’s 3-point Clickit Sport harness, featured in WNCN’s video, has been tested extensively for its ability to withstand and reduce the impact of vehicular collisions.
If you’re planning a road trip and are interested in learning about all of the preparations you can make for the safety and happiness of your canine companion, you can read Phydeaux’s “Travel Dog” blog or call any of our three locations where we will be happy to talk you through everything you need.