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On: Fri, Jul 25, 2014 at 3:41PM | By: Karen Cook

Cars That Go to the Dogs

Summer is the season for family road trips. We load up grilling supplies, bathing suits, pails and shovels, and the kids and head off for fun in the sun. Some of us take our pets along and we know they need some extra care when traveling. They need to be in the backseat, for instance. Putting your pet in the front seat can leave them vulnerable in an accident. The airbag alone can kill them when it deploys, since it was not made to protect small critters. We also never, EVER drive with our pets in our laps. It’s both dangerous and illegal. And we ALWAYS put them in a safety harness.

Automakers give us options for convenient pet transport as well. For example, the Subaru Outback has a sturdy, roomy interior for large pet accommodation and it has an excellent crash test rating.

The Mazda3 has a simplified interior that makes it easy to clean sand, mud, and slobber. The leather option doesn’t cost much and makes the process even easier.

The Honda Accord has generous space and stands up to claws and teeth with little effort. As does the Volkswagen Jetta which also offers rear air-conditioning vents to keep your pets cooler in the back seat.

The Lexus GS has enough room inside to secure two large dogs comfortably and Ford’s F-150 has fold-up back seats that provide ample room to secure a crate if that is your pet’s preferred method of travel. It’s also strong enough to pull trailers for animals like horses or cows.

If your faithful companion is getting on in years, think about a Honda CR-V. It’s spacious but low enough that older pets can still get into it on their own.

Pet owners treat their animals in much the same way they treat their children. Sometimes better. If you are traveling with your pet this summer, don’t leave them in the car, make sure they are properly restrained, and take along a bowl and bottled water. Make sure their excitement doesn’t turn to misery.

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