January 2nd is National Pet Travel Safety Day. Founded by Celebrity Pet & Safety Expert, Animal Behaviorist and former Los Angeles Paramedic Colleen Paige, itís mission is to save lives by effecting public awareness of the vital need for pet safety in all areas of travel. More dogs are going other places than the vets office these days when they ride in the car. We take them on errands, to our local pet supply store, outdoor cafes, to work, and even to the Apple Store and other dog friendly businesses.
My dogs love riding in their securely fastened crates in my car. Statistics show that the number one reason dogs are injured or killed in car collisions is because they get confused after an accident, causing them to jump out of the vehicle through an open window or door that suddenly opens. The Whole Dog Journal published an article called “Driving Safely with Your Dog” It is filled with wonderful tips on securing your dog safely in the car with crates and seatbelts, keeping your dog entertained while you are driving, and tips for helping dogs with automobile sickness. In addition to following their guidelines, I also play Driving Edition: Music to Calm your Dog in the Car during our trips. Designed for driver alert/ dog relaxed, it adds to a pleasurable trip for humans and canines.
The magazine Fido Friendly is filled with wonderful articles on dog-friendly hotels, inns and other accommodations, restaurants, along with health and wellness tips. Planning a trip too far to drive but you want to bring Fido along? Pet Airways, the first airlines with four-legged room, launched earlier this year. They fly pets directly, only in the main cabin, and have pet attendants that check on your pets every 15 minutes.