When you think about it…traveling with our companion animals should be enjoyable…yet, sometimes it’s frightening.

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When you think about it…traveling with our companion animals should be enjoyable…yet, sometimes it’s frightening.

The image of Mango , a Pomeranian, dashing between cars on a freeway recently was a heart stopper for anyone watching the video. Think what it must have been like for Mango and her guardian.

Mango slipped her collar at a rest stop on Interstate 84 near Portland, Oregon, and immediately took off dashing between cars until she ran up an on ramp and into a neighborhood where she was caught.

For all of us who travel with our companion animals there is that moment when we wonder what would happen if we were in an accident and our animal became free-roaming. Would we ever see him or her again? For Mango and her guardian the ending is a happy one. For others that has not always been the case.

When you stop to let your dog out of the car, double leash him or her. Have a slip leash around the neck and a regular leash attached to the collar. That way if one breaks or, as was the case with Mango, the dog pulls out of the collar, you have a second leash still attached. Use a harness instead of a collar. Dogs have a harder time getting out of harnesses, but be aware some still can slip those, too. If your dog is small, maybe carry a pen that you can put the dog in instead of walking him or her. Never leave the dog in the pen, however, if you have to leave your car.

As for traveling in the car with your dog, you should protect him or her by attaching the dog to a seat belt device specially made for dogs, crating the dog, or having a barrier gate between you and your dog. If you should stop abruptly or be hit, your dog will have something restraining him or her.

When you think about it…safety for everyone, including our four-footed friends, is imperative when we are out on the road.

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