Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Test Dummy Stuffies

Percy:  Hey, woofers, here's some news that will interest you.  It's about dogs.

Merci:  Oh, you're right.  This is interesting.

Buddy:  Yes, it would be interesting for anyone who travels with a pet.

Sam:  Jan has a safety harness for you, Buddy, because you lean on your elbows on the back of the front seat and jump around whenever you see something that excites you.

Merci: You don't jump around, Sam, but since anything in the car can turn into a projectile in a sudden stop, you' should wear a vest with "Lethal Weapon" written on it.

Sam:  The only reason you behave, Merci, is because you're too short to see over the head rest, so you have no idea what is going on.

Buddy:  Well,  this conversation would be a whole lot more meaningful if we still had a car.

Merci:  I agree. But we can be good canines and share the information with those who do have one.  This could help save a life or three. 

The Center for Pet Safety has a video showing Subaru testing dog car restraints and you might want to watch the video to see how the tests turned out.  Hint:  We're glad they were not using real dogs. We feel for the "stuffie" that broke its neck in the interest of protecting dogs everywhere.  (Before you freak out, it's a stuffie.  A stuffie can not break its neck.)

We found the video fascinating because we've often wondered how these companies can afford to wreck so many cars to test their safety. Rather than prattle on, we're just going to let you watch the video and see for yourself how it's done.

Just click the link for the video --
Study Shows Many Pet Car Safety Restraints to be Unsafe.  

How opportune. As we were putting this post together, we came across a very short story on making dog dummies for crash tests.  Pet safety nonprofit makes dog dummies for crash tests.


  1. WE have Harnesses that MOM made fur us to wear in the car... We can still move around a bit butt not fly OUTTA the car....
    We Loved your Discussion. hehehehe

  2. Wow, this is soooo cool! My Mom has a Subaru. She is crazy in love with her Ru. I tend to ride in the back of Dad's truck and I admit to trying to chase cars from back there. BOL. Not too safe, but it's okay because my Dad drives really, reeeaaalllly, seriously realllyy slooooow. BWAR HAR HAR.
    Harnesses are a super good idea, fur real though. Great post today!
    Grr and Woof,
    Sarge, COP

  3. I love the doggie dummies!
    I guess you have to be a cat to appreciate the irony.


  4. Heeehee, your little chat was funny. Oh I'm glad they didn't use real doggies in that test! I would be so scared! I just clip my harness onto the seatbelt and bark at things out of the window.
    Pippa :)

  5. This is a really important topic, so thanks for posting about it! We met the folks from the Center for Pet Safety at BlogPaws, and learned a lot from their representative.

  6. Very good topic and we are so glad that they only used stuffies to test these harnesses on.

  7. That is SO COOL that they're making crash test dummies like that!!

  8. We saw those crash dummies on TV
    Benny & Lily

  9. Momz sez I'm pretty good in the car, except when I want to curl up in her lap for a nap while she's driving...a harness might be a very good thing for me

  10. OMC !
    I sure hope my harness works better than that if I ever should be in a car accident !

  11. Thiss iss a berry scary tobick for my the Mom. She whas a big adbocate ob the harnasses until her the Luke stebbed on one the wrong way and it locked down on the web between hiss toes.

    Then I twisted myself ub so tight in one and struggling against it... wif her dribing down a highway... she fought for sure I habbed injured myself badly...

    I fink the safest fing is riding in a sturdy metal crate... butt whee don't habbs one that fits in the trolley.

    wif lubbs from Little Reufus


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