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If you haven’t noticed, we are in full swing of “Dogs Hanging Their Heads Out of Car Windows” season. Ears flopping, tongue lolling, eyes like little, tiny slits. Oh, the exuberance! You have to admire the purity of it. But why do dogs carry on this way?
As would make sense, most experts link this behavior to a dog’s incredibly developed sense of smell. Some estimates say the canine olfactory system is a whopping 10,000 to 100,000 times more discerning than our own, thus creating a nasal smorgasbord of scintillating odors when they engage in their doggy version of wind surfing. Liken it to you noticing if a teaspoon of sugar is added to your cup of coffee. In dog terms, they could determine if a teaspoon of sugar was added to two Olympic-sized pools of water.
Pair these mad smelling skills with the simple opportunity of a road trip (with their beloved human!) after being cooped up inside all day, waiting for your return, perhaps, and it really gets them going.
Warning, Will Robinson!
But experts also caution against the dangers of indulging your dog’s “need for (airflow) speed.” Debris – dirt, sand or otherwise – can land in your dog’s eyes and ears as he’s joyously soaking in the sights, sounds and smells. Not only that, but there is a very real risk of your dog falling out the window if he’s not properly strapped in. You have to admit that it’s crossed your mind as being possible, but then another voice chimes in to tell you that would just never happen if you don’t have the windows lowered all the way. Well it has happened, and it is a real possibility.
Keeping Spot Safe
Of course, the best way to keep your pet safe from injury or worse while tooling around in the car is for the window to remain closed. But who can deny their faithful companion this rapture, this hallmark of dogdom? Their delight is your delight, after all. So here are some options to help reduce those risks.
Dog Harness A dog harness fits across your pet’s chest and shoulders, creating secure points that won’t press against his throat or obstruct breathing as a traditional collar might do. These tie down points of the pet harness can be clicked into the existing seat belt in your vehicle to really stabilize your dog and limit how close he can get to the window. If this puts you on a shame spiral because it’s too limiting and raining on doggy’s parade, the pet harness may be used in tandem with some other straps to free him up a bit. Read on.
Dog Belt Best used along with the aforementioned dog harnesses, a dog seat belt is an extension to the the car, truck or SUV seat belt. While it limits how far your dog can reach out the car window, a good seat belt for dogs will also be easily adjusted to find just the right length for your dear furry friend.
Dog Zip Line If you really want to provide Spot with the best of all worlds as he is chauffeured about, a zip line for your back seat is the way to go. Again, it’s ideally used with a pet harness, but a strap that extends between both windows in your back seat gives your dog the freedom to move from one side of the vehicle to the other.
Pet Barriers For some, using a barrier to keep your animal within a certain area of the vehicle (like the back seat or the cargo area in the rear of an SUV) is the best option. While this doesn’t provide the stability of securing a pet with a belt, it does improve the safety factor while driving to prevent the dog from jumping back and forth from one seat to another or even onto your lap.
There are several different styles of pet barriers for cars, depending on your make of vehicle and needs. Some, for example, are a flexible mesh design and roll up for easy storage. Others are adjustable wire mesh or even a heavier steel construction to block your dog’s access to the car or van’s rear or front seats. A vehicle pet barrier that fits bucket seats is yet another option.
One final note. Quite literally as this is being written, a car drove by with a tiny, furry face peering from the open window on the driver’s side, e.g., standing in her human’s lap. NOT cool! We need to keep those animals safe! Are you guilty of letting your pet loose in your vehicle? Would you admit to it??
It may have taken a while, but you finally wised up enough to figure out your old man actually knows a little something about something. Why not show him how smart you’ve gotten in appreciating that fact, plus a thanks for all he does for you, with an awesome – not lame – gift this year for Father’s Day?
To help you in that pursuit, we’ve created the following pigeonhole categories to describe all (most) of the father-types out there, along with links to corresponding gifty areas of interest. This will point you in the right direction, where you’ll see tons of ideas, one of which is sure to flip Daddy-O’s lid.
Should you get your selection narrowed down but can’t quite drop the hammer, ring us up and speak with one of our terrific Product Experts. (They may not know yet that Personal Shopper has been added to their job description, but they’ll definitely be able to help you out.)
So keep your eyes peeled! Specific items for each “brand of dad” will be suggested on our Facebook page in these coming days leading up to the celebration of all things patriarchal, along with a special Father’s Day board of inspired gift ideas on Pinterest.
One other thing: when you follow us on Facebook, we’ll have a special discount offer you can use to save a little dough on the big purchase. And won’t that impress your pop?!?
Here you go:
Sportsman Dad (hunting, fishing) – Lives in camouflage, adores meat, levitates a little bit when the weather starts to cool and fall approaches.
Athletic Dad (bicycling, golfing) – Enjoys the fresh air and early mornings, taken to wearing shirts that are obnoxious either in their retina-peeling brightness or pretentious left chest insignia. This is the Grey Poupon group of dads.
Outdoorsy Dad (camping, boating) – Granola eating, sandal wearing dad who smells of bug spray or sunscreen or both; spends an inordinate amount of time listening to the weather report.
Green Thumb Dad (lawn, garden) – Obsessive about every blade of grass in his lawn or potato bug that rolls into town, suffers saddle sores from extended hours logged on riding mower, makes frequent trips to the local garden center for “one more thing.”
Fanatic Dad (football, baseball, etc) – A bit of a loudmouth and a livewire, often in charge of coordinating and executing Operation Tailgate.
Grill Master Dad (patio, barbecue) – Also adores meat (ref. Sportsman Dad, above), has a vaguely smoky aroma about him, spends extended periods of time sitting in a lawn chair looking at nothing.
Handy Dad (repairs, improvements) – A male Martha Stewart who can rig or build anything around the house that needs a fixing. Also, makes many, frequent trips to the local hardware store for “one more thing.” (Ref. Green Thumb Dad, above.)
Man’s Best Friend Dad (pets) – Even though he drives a dually, this dad is known for the little doggy perched on his lap as they cruise through town on errands and, though inseparable, Doggy often has a little accident whenever they are reunited after any length of time apart.
Did you find your dad in any of these categories? Don’t forget to check out our Father’s Day gift ideas on Facebook and Pinterest and to get your hands on the upcoming discount code!
Happy Father’s Day!
I was doing some reading recently about the shopping habits of people who buy online…Which means just about all of us these days, but I wanted actual facts and statistics, so I decided to do a bit of searching. I was hoping to find something specific about the mindset of people who shop sales and clearances, figuring this is a “type” of shopper with their own unique set of twitches and triggers.
I have a sister who is definitely that type. With everything. She finds unbelievable discounts on clothing for her kids, entertainment coupons galore, even half off a 50 pound bag of the best oatmeal I’ve ever eaten (50 lbs!). She works very, very hard at finding those deals, and she succeeds.
While I did unearth some interesting information, I was unable to find that single, awesome infographic that sums up at a glance the psyche of the bargain hunter. What I found instead was research revealing details like this:
Apparently, men respond much more frequently to a price that is listed in the color red. Not sure if that translates to prices listed on a website (vs. in-person signage at a brick and mortar), but I thought that was interesting.
Or graphs illustrating that Kuwait is the e-shopping leader in the Middle East and North Africa.
And you wouldn’t believe the crazy, spaghetti bowl flow charts that mapped out processes I couldn’t even begin to explain.
If you are already shopping on DiscountRamps.com, I encourage you to stop at our great Clearance Center. We have dozens of products at reduced prices, from pet items to motorcycle stands and accessories, to bicycle carriers and many other items in between. And what we have up on clearance changes regularly – quite frequently, in fact – so it’s worth the occasional check-in just to see the latest and greatest…No more rooting around for the good deals is needed. Just click here. Happy bargain hunting!
Here is a new item we added to Discount Ramps.com!
The Solvit CareLift Dog Harness is designed to assist aging, disabled and dogs recovering from injuries. Features rubberized handles for shoulder and rear hip support. Two sizes fit medium and large canines. Includes 1 year manufacturer’s warranty.
Thanks for reading! Jay Tamez – Discount Ramps LLC