ACCIDENTS HAPPEN, RIGHT? RECENTLY ONE OF OUR FAMILIES SUFFERED A TRAGIC ACCIDENT, THANKFULLY THEY WILL RECOVER, BOTH WERE AIRLIFTED TO TWO SEPARATE TRAUMA
CENTERS IN MIAMI. THE COLLISION WAS WITH A MULTI-TON GRAVEL TRUCK THAT CAME DOWN THE HIGHWAY IN THE WRONG LANE. EMERGENCY RESPONSE WAS QUICK AND EFFICIENT, THEIR TWO CAVALIERS WERE IN THE
VEHICLE WITH THEM. HARVEY WAS IN THE BACK SEAT, NOT SECURED. IRMA WAS IN THE FRONT SEAT ON MOM'S LAP, ALSO UNSECURED. UPON IMPACT EVERYONE WAS THROWN AROUND, FORTUNATELY FOR IRMA,
THE AIRBAG DID NOT DEPLOY, SHE WOULD HAVE CERTAINLY BEEN KILLED INSTANTLY. HARVEY IN THE BACK SEAT, BOUNCED AROUND LIKE A RACQUET BALL, MIRACULOUSLY, NEITHER CAVALIER SUFFERED MORE THAN BRUISES
AND SHEER TERROR. CAN YOU JUST IMAGINE? HERE'S WHERE IT GOT TO BE TRULY FRIGHTENING. MOM AND DAD WERE AIRLIFTED TO TRAUMA CENTERS, AND FORTUNATELY THE HARVEY AND IRMA WERE
CARED FOR BY THE ATTENDING DOCTORS AND NURSES FOR TWO DAYS. THE TWO CAVALIERS WERE SUBSEQUENTLY RELEASED TO AN UNSCRUPULOUS 'PET RESCUE' ORGANIZATION RUN BY A SINGLE PERSON. MIND
YOU, THE MOM AND DAD ARE IN THE HOSPITAL, THEY DON'T KNOW WHERE THEIR CAVALIERS ARE, AND WHEN THEY FIND OUT WHERE HARVEY AND IRMAARE, THEY'RE YELLED AT AND NOT COOPERATED WITH BY THIS SO CALLED
ORGANIZATION. HELPLESS TO DO ANYTHING, WE WERE CALLED AND AFTER EMPLOYING THE HELP OF THE FAMILY'S ATTORNEY, SHE AGREED TO RELEASE THE CAVALIERS TO US. THEY WERE FILTHY, SMELLED HORRIBLE,
BUT UNHARMED, HARVEY WAS MALNOURISHED AS HE WAS BEING FED SOME GENERIC FOOD, THEY WERE TRAUMATIZED THEMSELVES, AND OF COURSE, THEY DIDN'T KNOW WHERE THEY WERE.
POINT IS THIS. IF YOU'RE GOING TO HAVE YOUR BELOVED CAVALIERS IN THE CAR WITH YOU, SECURE THEM TO THE SEATBELT THROUGH THEIR COLLARS, SO SHOULD AN ACCIDENT
HAPPEN, THEY'LL BE HELD IN PLACE, YOU'D DO THIS FOR YOUR CHILDREN WOULDN'T YOU?
MAKE CERTAIN YOU HAVE INSTRUCTIONS IN PLACE, PERHAPS ENGRAVED ON THEIR TAG ON THEIR COLLAR, WHO TO CALL, WHERE THEY ARE TO GO, YOU GET THE
PARAMEDICS FIRST AND FOREMOST RESPONSIBILITY IS TO THE INJURED PEOPLE, AND LASTLY ANY PETS THAT MAY BE INVOLVED, OFTEN TURNED OVER TO ANIMAL CONTROL, LOST, SCARED
AND POSSIBLY EUTHANIZED DUE TO LACK OF ABILITY TO CONTACT SOMEONE.
SECURE YOUR PETS, JUST AS YOU WOULD YOUR CHILDREN. THEY CAN'T FEND FOR THEMSELVES. THEY CAN'T TALK, AND THEY DON'T KNOW WHERE TO GO FOR HELP.
ESPECIALLY ON A BUSY INTERSTATE WHERE THIS ACCIDENT OCCURED.
TRAVELING IS GOOD FOR THEM, TREAT THEM LIKE YOUR CHILD. THIS PARTICULAR SITUATION CAME WITH A HAPPY ENDING, THE FAMILY IS BEING CARED FOR IN HOSPITALS, THE
TWO CAVALIERS ARE BEING CARED FOR IN FAMILIAR SURROUNDINGS. DO THIS FOR YOUR CAVALIERS, AFTER ALL THEY ARE YOUR FAMILY. ACCIDENTS CAN AND WILL HAPPEN, SIMPLE AS THAT.
Teach your puppy to ride in a car
Riding safely in a car can be a great way, not only for you and your dog to get from Point A to Point B, but to bond and partake in fun adventures together. Let’s
talk about safe ways to teach your puppy to ride in a car.
Teaching Your Puppy To Ride In A Car
Safety first. Do not let your dog ride on your lap while you’re driving. If there
is an accident, you will not be able to hold onto your dog. And keep your pet away from the airbags. This will likely mean not letting your dog ride on your lap in the front seat. When an airbag
deploys many people get injured and that is the same for your dog.
Decide how you want your dog or puppy to travel with you: in a crate, carrier, or in a safety harness or dog-specific seatbelt. Whatever type of restraint you
choose, your pup will need to become familiar with it. Let him investigate it in his own time—don’t rush the process. You don’t want to
inadvertently cause him to become fearful of the safety devices.
Start car rides when your dog is a puppy. The sooner you get your puppy accustomed to the car and to riding in it, the
better chance you have of your puppy finding it an enjoyable adventure. To begin this process, let puppy explore it while it’s sitting in the driveway. Let puppy sit in the seats, explore the floors,
see what the carpet in the hatchback feels like before turning on the car.
Tips: Bring a favorite toy or blanket in the car with you so your dog feels safe and comfortable. Give your puppy a special treat, toy or dog bone that puppy only gets in the
Once your puppy has played around inside it a bit, close the doors, turn the radio on a low volume and turn on the vehicle. Let puppy experience what it feels
like when the engine is running. If puppy seems okay with that, move back and forth in the driveway to acquaint puppy with the movement of the car before you take a practice trip.
Take frequent trips. If the only trip your dog takes in the vehicle is to the veterinarian’s office, they may equate
“car ride” with “scary, loud, other-dog-smelly place” and become nervous.
Get in the habit of taking your dog for a car ride weekly, if possible. Take a quick drive to a different part of town, where you can explore and take a
walk. Take your puppy with you when you go visit friends and family (with ample warning ahead of time). If you don’t have a set location in mind, simply take a drive around the block or go see the
Important Pet Safety Reminders
Make sure your puppy is microchipped and/or wearing a collar. If there is an accident or if you open the door and your
puppy somehow escapes from his/her harness and dashes off into unfamiliar terrain, you will want to make certain they are microchipped to help you get them back. If your puppy isn’t microchipped they needs to wear a collar and tags with your contact
Carry your pet’s vet records with you. If you’re traveling and are away from your usual veterinarian and your pet needs
medical attention you need to have access to his vet records. Ask your vet for a copy of all of your pet’s medical records and keep them with you – in your vehicle or attached to the puppy's crate or
carrier. When you’re mapping out your route, make certain you know where the local veterinarian’s offices are in the event of an emergency.
Bring food and water. Traveling can be stressful for your pet no matter how much he likes riding in a car. To alleviate
any potential for tummy issues when you arrive at your destination, plan ahead: Pack enough food and water from home. (Even a change in their drinking water can lead to stomach upset.) Don’t forget
to bring collapsible bowls! You may not be able to pack enough water for your entire trip, but ease your pets into drinking the water at the new place. Offer him frequent water and potty breaks.
Avoid feeding them during the trip, if possible, especially if they’re prone to car sickness.
Prevent sunburn. Just as humans can suffer sunburn while driving in a car, so too, can your pets. Shade your puppy from
the rays of the sun as much as possible. Keep the vehicle cool enough, so your puppy doesn’t get overheated. If they’re going to be in the sun, you may want to put sunblock on their skin so
they don’t get a sunburn, this is especially necessary for short-haired and white dogs (and cats).
Never leave your puppy alone in the car. In many states, it is illegal to leave a pet alone in a vehicle. In the summer,
it can quickly heat up to dangerous levels. Within a matter of minutes, the temperature inside the car can reach levels that are dangerous or even fatal for pets. In the winter, leaving
a puppy alone in the car can lead to hypothermia. A puppy left alone in the car could be stolen.
Bottom Line On Driving With Your Dog
Since so many of us consider our pets to be members of the family, we want to include them in our plans—whether it’s a vacation or a trip to the park with the
children. With planning, training, and patience, you and your dogs can enjoy road trips cross-country or just across town!