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Baby, You Can(‘t) Drive My Car

Written by PETA | June 30, 2008


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Like most dogs, my hounds, Beau and Gus, love going for rides in the car (OK, Gus sometimes naps on longer trips). Now, it seems, carmakers are beginning to take notice—especially in Japan, where there are now more dogs and cats than kids younger than 15. So look for minivans to become as friendly to furry, four-legged “kids” as they are to more conventional rugrats.

The new Japanese Honda Freed, for example, has a floor low enough for even short-legged dogs to jump into the car. Here in the States, the Honda Element was chosen as the “Best dog car, ever” by (who else?) DogCars.com—for being easy-to-clean and resistant to nose-prints.

We may not all be able to go out and change cars, but now—at the beginning of vacation season—it’s a good time to give some thought to the best ways to travel with our animal companions. PETA’s Web site HelpingAnimals.com has a lot of great tips about how to enjoy a road trip with Rover—or how to take care of him while you’re away.

Of course, if you do decide to take your furry friends along, be sure to plan ahead for pit stops—even without the heat of summer, cars can get way too hot for dogs and cats in no time at all!

Posted by Jeff Mackey

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  • Maya, CVT says:

    One day if my boyfriend and I move away we may have to fly our cats to our new homes. We would avoid it if at all possilbe and we would bring them as “carry on” if we did. But I’ve heard that cats should NOT be sedated if they are travelling on a plane because it is dangerous for them. Does anyone know why?? I’ve heard of the alternatives like Feliway and the calming drops forgot the name but I can’t imagine forcing our cats to endure a flight without sedatives! Does anyone have info on this?

  • Derek says:

    Also don’t forget that “cracking the window” is not enough to prevent heat stroke and death in animal companions in the summer months. Leave a PETA flier on the subject and contact the authorities if you see an animal left alone in a car against the law in many states!

  • kelly says:

    Just remember everyone to use doggie seatbelts on them because if you have to stop suddenly a dog can be thrown right into the window with devestating effect