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On Friday, one of our clients was involved in a collision on the way to the clinic for a routine re-check with her 5yo chi/poodle named Lena. They were about 60 feet from the clinic when another car hit them- I'm not sure how fast anyone was going, but the speed limit on that road is 35mph. The dog hit something inside the car (she had been riding in the front passenger seat next to her owner) and was dead by the time a bystander ran her into the clinic. No one else in either car was injured.<br><br>
Just wanted to remind everyone that dogs can and do become projectiles in collisions. I'm back to searching for a car harness that will fit Bodhi; he outgrew the last XXL that I bought. The little dog usually rides in a crate in the van; up till yesterday I kept telling myself that it would be fine to "just run" to the pet food store with him unrestrained, since the speed limits are so low, blah blah blah, but I'm never taking the chance again.
 

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Oh, that is so sad. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br><br>
I'm glad you posted this. The poodle we had when I was growing up always just rode loose in the car... it never would have occurred to me to restrain our pooch (who is coming home in a few weeks, he will be my first dog as an adult). <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"><br><br>
I will definitely be looking for some kind of restraint for Finn. Thanks again.
 

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How awful <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br><br>
Pets being properly restrained in cars is so, <b>SO</b> important.
 

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I feel so bad for those people.<br><br>
That is exactly why my dog has a seatbelt harness and my cats have crates with slots for the seatbelt to fit into.
 

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Very important! My dog will start shaking if you even try to put him in a car without his seat belt/harness. He lOVES the car as long as he has his harness and only in the backseat! I seatbelt the other animals crates in as well.
 

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It's imperative that my 60lb spoo is restrained for his safety AND ours.
 

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I like to try to have our dogs crated for their safety and mine. However, after reading this: <a href="http://www.newworldbasenjis.net/kennelaire.htm" target="_blank">http://www.newworldbasenjis.net/kennelaire.htm</a> , I don't think my pets would be protected (I have crates but they are not of this brand). I wonder if the seat belts are better than most crates??? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug">
 

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Your original post breaks my heart. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br><br>
I have seatbelt harnesses for my two dogs, but it's an ongoing issue because my Hubby thinks I'm loony and I know he sometimes just sticks them in the back if it's just him and the dogs. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">:
 

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How do you keep the dog from getting tangled in the seatbelt harness? I've tried & tried but she always gets her legs caught in it & I'm afraid she'll break or injury her leg.
 

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Oh, that is so sad. But yes, a good reminder of the importance of harnesses. Quite a few people thought we crazy, but I don't want anything to happen to us or our dog should we be in a wreck. I wouldn't let my family ride without seatbelts, so I don't see a dog as any different.
 

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We have a seatbelt harness and got one of the leash-like tethers for it so that she would be able to MOVE - she is large and when her back is attached to the base of the seatbelt by less than 4" of strap it's quite uncomfortable unless maybe she was sitting with her back against the chair like a human would - but it really doesn't seem like the tether would completely keep her from hitting things, even on the shortest adjustment. I'm afraid to alter it because I'm afraid it wouldn't be as strong.<br><br>
I still worry even though we use the pet seatbelt faithfully.
 
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