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    Cyburbian Joe Iliff's avatar
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    Seeking out the ideal dogmobile

    More pet owners purchasing rides with their animals in mind

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/18040355/

    Apparently, more people are choosing their next vehicle with their dog's needs and comfort in mind. Cars like the Honda Element, Subaru Outback, Volvo XC-70 are given good ratings by dog owners.

    Honda has a concept van/SUV with built-in dog crates in the second row of seats.

    Anyone have a particularly good or bad dog - vehicle combination?
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    We got me a Subaru Forester because of my hell hounds (and my desire to have a big dog like a Rott again)

    Its worked amazingly well for us and the hell hounds LOVE it
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    Cyburbian Flying Monkeys's avatar
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    Get you a pick up truck with a big shiny tool box in back... put the dogs in the back. Get ya' two dogs, case one falls out.

    (Pit bulls seem to bounce best)
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    Quote Originally posted by Flying Monkeys View post
    Get you a pick up truck with a big shiny tool box in back... put the dogs in the back. Get ya' two dogs, case one falls out.

    (Pit bulls seem to bounce best)
    Years ago I was fueling my truck when I heard the most horrendous noise and turned to see a dog being dragged by a pick-up truck -- he had fallen out the back but the leash was still attached to the truck. People were waving frantically and honking horns to get the driver's attention. Fortunately, there was a cop at the right place and time -- he put his lights on and pulled the guy over.

    I don't know what happened to the dog or the driver, but the sound of that dog's nails scraping the asphalt has stayed with me for 30 some years.

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    My dog is in LOVE with my Cabrio! Loves the top being down, but doesn't care for his seat belt.

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    I've got a Toyota Highlander that works well for me. I put some of those doggie jail bars in to keep them out of the back seat. I regularly haul both my dogs, golden retreiver/chow mixes, and haven't heard any complaints from them. Gotta admit that big flatulent dogs aren't the best travelling companions though, pickup truck works better there.

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    Quote Originally posted by Gedunker View post
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    I don't know what happened to the dog or the driver, but the sound of that dog's nails scraping the asphalt has stayed with me for 30 some years.
    I case you don't know, I was being sarcastic. I hate it when I see a dog hanging out in tha back of a pickup...even though they look like they are enjoying it. They passed a law in Florida to stop owners from allowing dogs to ride in the back loose....but you still see rednecks fly by with a pit bull up on the tool box.
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    Dog owners,

    If you must take Fido with you in the truck or car, please take him/her the f**k with you when you run your errands or leave him/her the f**k home! Last weekend my son got the sh*t scared out of him when, after parking in the lot of the grocery, he got out and a dog on the back seat of the adjacent car lunged at him through a half opened window.

    I've had similar experiences with big dogs in the beds of trucks.

    You love your dog. I don't. I might even consider him to be a menace to my well-being or my family's.
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    Quote Originally posted by Flying Monkeys View post
    I case you don't know, I was being sarcastic.
    I knew you were being tongue-in-cheek -- and I chuckled at the bouncing pit bulls.

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    A lot of people are under the impression that every dog wants a really fancy dog ride that makes a personal statement about their canine selves.



    I'm sorry to shatter some people's illusions, but I am convinced this is a grossly overblown stereotype. Most members of the hound family in my experience view cars as very pragmatic accommodations in their lives. For instance my neighbor's dog pictured below is perfectly content driving a Ford Escort. Is it fancy? No. Square? Probably. But she has no ego associated with this issue and appreciates the low insurance rates, decent gas mileage, and could care less about white wall tires, vanity plates, or weekly simonizing.



    Heck, my German Shepard, Greta, takes her work vehicle home at night and relies on it as her exclusive means of transportation. She's not trying to impress anyone.

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    Fat Cat

    Over the years we have had "rescue dogs" ranging from a Bishon to the current Bloodhound. So we have gotten them when they are adults and usually have had to break them of some undesirable habits. So they ride in whatever vehicle that we driving and are very happy to just be with some one who loves them. We do not leave the dogs unattended in the vehicle.
    They have never ridden in the back of our pickup.

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    Maybe someday I will buy a car with my dog in mind... but then I would have to teach her how to drive.
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    Quote Originally posted by Fat Cat View post
    Over the years we have had "rescue dogs" ranging from a Bishon to the current Bloodhound. So we have gotten them when they are adults and usually have had to break them of some undesirable habits. So they ride in whatever vehicle that we driving and are very happy to just be with some one who loves them. We do not leave the dogs unattended in the vehicle.
    They have never ridden in the back of our pickup.
    Man, that is a totally unselfish and commendable thing to do...How do you deal with the separation anxiety? Isn’t it hard to give them up? If I did rescue dogs, I would be afraid of owning twenty dogs in the fist year.
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    The Toyota Matrix is an awesome dog car...especially for the old guy who is arthritic. The back area has no carpet to imbed hair...even the wheel wells. The hatch window is awesome to access the pups. Also, the cargo net acts as a gate when the rear hatch is open. There are also tie downs to attach the pups to (for freaky crazy dog who likes to give chase.) The ride of the SUV is a bit harsh (other car a 4runner) for the old guy.
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    I'm surprised no one has mentioned the Dodge Caravan. I'll side with those who would just put the dog in a normal sedan.
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    Trooper the Beagle wants a pink caddy with white leather seats, pink fuzzy dice and a pimp daddy hat.

    I swear my dog wants to drive, dreams about driving-Ive had NIGHTMARES of him driving and flying planes all with his floppy ears blowing in the wind
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    The pooch does fine in our 2000 Taurus wagon. Though, she can't stick her head out the window anymore, but that's the price to pay to keep the hair out of the back seat.
    I'm sorry. Is my bias showing?

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    I have a Honda CR-V and our 50-lb mutt is perfectly comfy on the back seat esp if my son is sitting with her so she can perch her chin on his knee.

    The unfortunate thing about travelling with her is that any time we stop she has to jump out, do her business, and explore.... It's, um, kind of time consuming...

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    Our two do well with the Subaru Outback. We can put the back seat down and they can get up close to us or poke their heads out of the window. Unfortunately, the Subaru is not a good car for them to drive. Our oldest is trying to learn right now, and while her has no problem seeing over the whee, his paws are too short to reach the pedals.
    Anyone want to adopt a dog?

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    Quote Originally posted by PlannerGirl View post
    We got me a Subaru Forester because of my hell hounds
    Seconded. I've got a Forester, and the dogs love it. For long trips, they curl up in the back seats. For short runs to the dog park, I put the back seats down, and they stand to coimfortably hang their heads outside the windows.

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    Our camping mobile is an '84 Vanagon with a transplanted '94 Jetta 2.0l. The thing really moves...

    But the best part is all gear, dogs, children, wife and supplies fit with ease. The older dog (12 years old today) can't jump as high as she used to, so the sliding door with low foot well serves her well.

    One year we were driving through the Black Range in southwest NM with a friend, all our gear, the dogs, our son (we have since added a daughter), food, and a canoe on the roof. Some people had broken down and we still had room to pick one of them up and take them to Silver City. In fact, we could have picked up a second person if we needed to. And with the new engine, the van handled the mountains with no problem.
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    BF has a Civic for him and the 105lb lab. both seem fine with it though we have discussed that if we get another doggy we'll probably have to get a bigger car. i'm thinking Matrix.

    he had a Jeep Liberty that was a god-send after Katrina. he, the dog-at-the-time, and the kitty (in a big ol' travelling crate) were able to safely evacuate to Wisconsin.
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    Quote Originally posted by wahday View post
    Our camping mobile is an '84 Vanagon with a transplanted '94 Jetta 2.0l. The thing really moves....
    Whoa, that brings back memories. In the mid-80's, I had a '72 VW camper with a Porsche engine. Ran like a bat out of hell, braking was sometimes problematic, and as a friend once told me it had the aerodynamics of a loaf of bread. Still hated to part with it but no air conditioning in Texas and increasing maintenance costs made me do it.

    Didn't have dogs then, just small humanimals.

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    At least small humans have great seat restraint devices, my hell hounds manage to get out of any "doggie seatbelt" I buy

    I guess the beagle does have a hard head he bounced off the dashboard of my old Saturn many times -HARD- but he just bounced around after and licked my face.

    dumb dog

    Can we get airbags in the back for the dogs???
    "They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." Ben Franklin

    Remember this motto to live by: "Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, martini in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming 'WOO- HOO what a ride!'"

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