If you read Small Simple Things then you know that recently Bentley and I headed out for a "Me Day" in Fredericksburg, Texas. I wanted a day to enjoy the small town's holiday spirit and since I've seen dogs strolling along in their historic district I was fairly sure it is a dog friendly town - and it is! I love taking a dog along with me whenever possible and I do enjoy their company, so I decided to give this day trip a try and included Bentley in my plans.
Yes, I finally bought a doggie car harness after much researching and comparing. I had ruled out one of the doggie bed types since my dogs don't care to snuggle down into those little beds, plus it is too warm here most of the time and that type of carrier would not work in the heat. So I opted with a fairly inexpensive harness from PetsMart. My theory was try it and see how it works for the dog and me; then, if it works later on invest in a more expensive model. It was easy enough to put on him and it is soft so it won't chafe him. I snapped him right into the car, much to his horror. However, I did notice that the lap belt was off the seat and I wasn't sure how comfortable that would be for him. I also wasn't sure about how the harness attached to the seat belt; it just didn't look right to me. He did okay on the ride and didn't seem to mind the lap belt. He did bunch up the towel I had put down and then laid down. And oh yes, I quickly decided it was best to not make eye contact with him for a while!
The enlightenment about this harness came as we were getting ready to come home. I had stopped to make a few pictures and left him in the car while I stepped just a few feet away to get the shots. I ended up crossing the street to get the picture I wanted, but I could see him the entire time. When I got back into the car I realized that he was very much tangled up and twisted up in the seat belt. To get him loose I had to come to his side of the car and open the door. I finally ended up getting him out of the harness and then untangling it all. At that point I realized that the clip attachment I had looked at at PetsMart when I bought the harness was what I needed to attach the harness to the seat belt correctly. They don't tell you that you need both of them! So, lucky little boy rode home on my lap; and we stopped on the way home and got the clip. He may not be happy in the passenger seat, but he is safer and a little more comfortable.