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Protect your Greyhound in Vehicle

By Beth Levine

It was the of 1995, a beautiful weekend I was driving home from the dog with Sophie and Owen, my two and Haley, my mixed breed. All in the back of the station wagon. was fairly heavy and I crawled the freeway in the Seattle suburbs at 35 mph. Suddenly, I saw the red flash of the lights in front of me. I stepped on the gently, grateful for the few car lengths’ between the preceding car and me. That voice, that longtime forced me to look up at the rear mirror.

My heart leaped to my as I realized the car behind me was coming too and too fast. I suddenly felt the as it rear-ended me, forcing my car into the car in of me in a series of jarring impacts. clutched my chest as I heard the of my beloved dogs against the wagon barrier, and heard cries of pain and anger as were thrown against other. Sophie, my alpha was furious that her subordinates dare step on her and was on the verge of disciplinary action. I was helpless, separated from them by the barrier, and too mentally focused on was happening on the road to prevent a serious dog fight.

When the settled, it was a five-car accident. We to the shoulder to await police My dogs forgave each and the raised hackles peacefully back into place. I was weak and trembling. Except for pride and the $1500 damage to my the worst injury was my sore It could have been far My dogs could have seriously injured or killed in the accident or the ensuing dog fight. I was my seatbelt, but what about That was the day I began planning to buy and a properly dog-safe vehicle.

Loose vs. Contained

Car safety is an consideration for dog owners. Otherwise and responsible owners often let dogs ride loose in the even hanging out the windows, regard for the possible danger in such activities. My own mother, who was about seatbelt use when I was a scoffed when I told her my to buy a dog-safe vehicle.

Dogs out of windows can suffer eye injuries debris flying by. They can be from the car in case of accident or can if they see something tempting on the of the road. If the windows are rolled up for dogs can suffer fatal in a matter of minutes. In an accident, dogs can be thrown around in the colliding with windshields and human or canine passengers, resulting in serious injury or

By far the best solution for containing safely in a moving vehicle is a van or vehicle outfitted with crates for all canine occupants. realistically this is also the expensive option and probably the practical or affordable for the average breed dog owner. While a wagon may suffice for crating breeds, sports utility or even many mini-vans are too to hold more than two crates. Thankfully, there are options for ensuring the safety of our Greyhounds even if we are unable to a luxury van and must make due a modestly sized or priced

I originally bought my barrier my mixed breed loves to plastered to the front window and nothing of climbing into my lap as I try to She is a sheltie mix and loves to bark, at other dogs, and she would around barking madly time we passed a dog while Physically separating her from me I was driving was the best option. At the the wagon barrier seemed to adequate safety for my canine

Barriers are generally available in sizes in multiple styles. are metal barriers that with vertical pressure to the floor and the roof of the car. are other barriers that to the windows with suction There are also barriers of netting or webbing. Whichever you choose, take care to the barriers as securely as possible to the directions provided by the manufacturer. I pass vehicles on the road barriers attached in a makeshift I cringe because in an accident, the itself is sure to become a projectile. Barriers are advantageous they are relatively inexpensive, available, and do adequately segregate the from the passenger area, is an important safety consideration. do not, however, afford safety. In an accident, a dog can still be into the barrier, potentially injury or even dislodging the itself if the force of the impact is And, as was illustrated in my own accident, can be thrown against each resulting in dog fights at absolutely the possible time.

Canine consist of a harness designed to compression to the chest, through the car’s seatbelt is fastened. are generally considered safer barriers, because they the dog in place in case of accident the same efficiency as a seat-belted They are also relatively readily available, easily (thus allowing the vehicle to be for occasional human passengers), and a place for as many dogs as are seatbelts. On the other hand, Greyhound owners have that they are an awkward for Greyhounds, considering their and inconvenient propensity to tangle

Crating dogs in an appropriate- vehicle is the safest way for them to if one is lucky enough to be able to this solution. Expense is certainly the major drawback, Beyond the cost of the vehicle mini and cargo vans get gas mileage and are generally costlier to and insure. For those of us who are unable to to maintain and insure more one vehicle, our only choice is to in our more costly dog-safe Mini-vans will only for crating two or three greyhounds. of multiple dogs may be required to a full or extended cargo

However, vans are advantageous for reasons that are persuasive to merit serious consideration. In an there is no safer place for a dog in a crate. A properly-sized crate not only protect the dog from but will contain the dog in the vehicle in of broken doors and windows. will contain the dog if emergency are required to open the vehicle to drivers and passengers. Your crated dogs have chance of getting loose on the and have no chance of getting a dog fight whether they in the chaos of an accident or merely in canine disputes. Dogs can be left in the vehicle during the of the summer with side and doors opened.

Some buy or design barriers of various to use in mini-vans as well as in station but by far the most popular use of a van is to outfit it crates.

Plastic airline-approved such as The Vari-Kennel made by and the Furrari crates are airline crates. General Cage, Cage, or Kennel Aire wire crates. Wire often come in more sizes to maximize usage of inside the vehicle, but many do not consider them as safe as a crate. Most airlines do not of wire crates for shipping, for Many dog fanciers forego convenience in the interest of safety. if space is an issue, wire are a safer solution than the dogs ride free.

Crates must be appropriately as a crate that is too large less protection in case of Generally a crate should be big for the dog to stand up, turn around, and lie again. Head clearance is not A crate of excessive size allow the dog to gain more in a collision, increasing the force which it will impact the A snug fit is far safer than a one. A 500 Vari-Kennel is quite for most Greyhounds. Crates also be securely fastened the vehicle, as a flying crate is an more dangerous projectile a flying dog in the case of accident. cords work nicely to the crates. Another option, if one is mechanically inclined, is to rig the existing

My Ideal Dogmobile

I am a single with a modest salary, and was not on replacing my reliable station anytime soon until my car accident abruptly changed my After much consideration I that buying a van was a sacrifice I was to make to ensure the safety of my family members. I researched vans and finally settled the Volkswagen Eurovan for a variety of I prefer a foreign-made car, a transmission, and was acutely aware of the limitations of most mini-vans. I my choice on the number and size of the I currently had (two Greyhounds, one 25 mixed breed), and the dogs I was to add during the time I would own the van Greyhound and a Whippet). I knew my optimal van would be able to fit 500 Vari-Kennels and two 300s. I knew rear air conditioning was an important for my needs. I knew that and repair records were an consideration, as I planned to put above miles on the vehicle driving to canine activities. I went to and measured van interiors, and the only one I that would accommodate the and number of crates I needed was the which also matched my criteria as well.

Outfitting my Eurovan

I secured a car loan, ordered spare from my favorite pet supply order catalog, and began my for used Eurovans. Within a of weeks, I was the proud owner of a VW Eurovan. The first thing I did I drove it home from the was to remove the rear passenger and secure my new crates with cords. Later, I built a platform to raise two of the crates the rear wheel-wells, maximizing the surface area and providing space underneath. I love my van Willi — a good German for a good German van) and its purchase one of the very best financial or otherwise, I’ve in my entire life.

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My Greyhounds in competitive dog activities, including coursing and obedience. I knew I would need an appropriate not only for the safety of my dogs in but to haul them and equipment to dog and coursing trials. With my I am able to leave the dogs both for their own safety and of the interior of my van (Greyhounds often car interiors in their excitement to the lure) regardless of the weather. it is hot I can open the rear and side and rest assured that my will not overheat. I have over 1,000 miles to dog shows and Greyhound specialties in the dog of summer, and my canine companions traveled comfortably and safely in air-conditioned van. I hope soon to make a cross-country with my dogs and am confident my van will get us all there as safely and as as it gets us to our visits to the dog park.

Dog Seatbelts

Many crateless use the Sure-Fit Premier harnesses seat belt leash/holders. A inexpensive alternative for those who do not vehicles large enough to crates, they are available PetsMart chain stores; Changing Horizons at 1-888-751-0877 or or other pet supply The retail price is about $20 for harness and selt belt

Vari-Kennels win thumbs-up as the safest (if the bolts are tightened properly). The is next, followed by the collapsible

Metal barriers are excellent to dogs from becoming into the windshield. Maureen made a barrier of lawn type webbing, sewn with a heavy craft on her sewing machine. This is on the dog.

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