Half way there…

By Sunday, December 12, 2010

We've driven 994 miles so far, from Tampa, Florida to Bryant, Arkansas.  Chilly and I are taking a break from the road to visit with my Aunt Shirley and Uncle Mike. Great food, warm bed, and family. You can't beat it! If you follow my blog, you know that we are on a holiday road trip as part of the Toytoa PET initiative--to educate pet parents about the importance of using restraint devices designed for pets while traveling by automobile. (Read my Nov. 14th blog entry for more info about the program.) More and more Americans take Fido along in the car, whether it be to run errands, go to the dog park, or to take a family vacation. One in three pet owners admit that they have been distracted by their pet while driving in their vehicle, according to a recent study by AAA and Kurgo.  We all know that distractions can and often do lead to accidents. If you're headed out on a long trip with you dog for the holidays, here's what we've learned works ...

AAA/Kurgo Doggie Distraction Facts

By Wednesday, December 8, 2010

If your pet goes along for the ride in your vehicle, be sure you take steps to properly restrain them.  Check out these survey results from AAA and Kurgo. 39 percent of U.S. households (45.6 million) have a dog, according to American Pet Products Association. 1 out of 3 dog owners admit to being distracted by their dog while driving, however twice as many (2 out of 3) admit to engaging in distracting activities with their dog while driving, according to the AAA/Kurgo survey. Looking away from the road for only two seconds doubles your risk of being in a crash, according to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports  6,000 people died in 2008 in crashes involving a distracted or inattentive driver and more than half a million were injured. However, many traffic safety experts believe the actual number to be substantially higher. Only 17 percent of dog owners who have driven with their pet use some form of pet restraint while their dog is in their vehicle, according to the survey ...

Getting ready for a Chilly ride!

By Sunday, November 14, 2010

At last! I took delivery of my 2011 Toyota Sequoia Platinum Edition last week.  Let me just say, this SUV is one bad mamma-jamma. I can't wait to show you why this is the best large SUV pick for pet owners! Chilly (my 1 year old lab mix) and I will travel from Tampa to Denver and back in December to set an example for pet parents who want to know how to travel safely with their pets in vehicles. Chilly just placed his order with Kurgo for a Tru-Fit Harness and Zip Line so he can safely enjoy the ride in the back seat.  As soon as it arrives, we'll install it and show you how it works! In case you missed it, since July, I've had the way-cool honor and opportunity to serve on the Toyota P.E.T. (pet expert team), along with five other influential pet experts across the U.S.  Collectively, we'll be sharing our knowledge and expertise  with Toyota to help them develop programs and communications to effectively teach pet parents the importance of pet ...