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.