How to Choose a Booster Car Seat for a Small Dog
For my very first birthday (June 14th, 2011), my bipeds got me a booster seat. Now, for some people this may seem extreme; but the fact is that every year thousands of dogs are killed in automobile accidents. Many from hanging their head out the window and getting debris lodged in them in some horrid way. Others are in the front seat and when a collision occurs the airbag kills them or they get projected out the window. In other situations, the dog being loose distracted the biped and caused the accident in the first place. It’s horrifying to read about to be honest.
There is a great video on dog car safety I invite you to watch if you don’t believe me. So what can we do? Well for large dogs there are seat belts and tunnel like restraints available. For us little ones? There are crates, carriers that double up as car seats or … booster seats!
My bipeds got me a very stylish booster seat.(UPDATE: the cover is now black to match the new car AND the pillow is a fuzzy black Shag … Yeah baby!)
I can see out the window from its safety and I am also harnessed in. There are even safer options BUT for me this was the best one. It gave me some extra safety and kept me from getting car sick. The safest options sadly also reduce visibility out of the car … and I need to see where we are going to avoid feeling nauseous. My booster is really well padded and that means that I am also more comfortable than on a lap (not as hot in the summer) with every bump in the road being smoother as the seat absorbs the shock. I love it!! it’s MY space.
Plus you know what? In the winter when I am covered in snow, or in the spring when mud is all over my belly and paws … a quick towel and tadah!! The car and the bipeds laps remain clean.
This is a particularly great purchase for those out there that love road trips. Especially long ones. In my travels I see far too many dogs that are in danger and honestly until recently I was one of them riding on my bipeds laps in the front seat or *gasp* the drivers lap!
There are many models to choose from so do your research and take your pick. Base it on your own needs. We chose ours for comfort, appropriate height (I am xxs after all) and the ability to harness me in for safety. The bipeds also needed it to look good …. Of course.
Safe driving everyone!