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A Dog Mom’s Wish List for a New Dog Car #Subaru

Last week I was rear ended.

I was going south on I-5, I was stopped for traffic and the guy behind me didn’t stop until he slammed into my rear end bumper.

I’m damaged (but I’ll live), my car is damaged, and what seemed like a minor fender bender at 6:20am has turned into a major pain in my butt (back and hip).

My car is almost paid off.  It’s only worth a little more than I owe on it.  Repairs might add up to more than it’s worth.

Will my car be totaled?

I don’t know how I’ll feel about my car being totaled, giving it up, or whatever happens when this happens.

But, I did let my imagination have a little fun as I imagined what type of car I’d get and brand highest on my wish list is a Subaru and not totally because of the dog approved campaign.

I’m not about to get a car, or am I?

A Dog Mom's Wish for a New Dog Car, Subaru

I love the new Subaru CrossTrek, but it’s too small for our pack so I was thinking of a Suburu Outback.  But that’s not all…

Color – I’m partial to blue, because of Blue, because blue is my favorite color, and because my blog is blue and white.  But I like the dark red too.  Maybe even a little more.  For now, I’m stuck on these colors,but the interior has to be black fabric (four dogs)…

  • Twilight Blue Metallic
  • Venetian Red Pearl
  • Caramel Bronze Pearl
  • Ice Silver Metallic

Extras – I don’t need anything fancy.  I want it to be an automatic and I would love to have a hook up for my iPod (podcasts).  I’m really low maintenance, it’s all about the dogs at this point.

Dog stuff – which brings us to the accessories for the dogs.  I gave up on having a pretty car; I just want to keep our dogs on the seat, in their seat, in the car, and safe while we drive from the house to the park and back again.

Here is my shopping list for a new dog car…

__X__  Rear dog seat cover by Ruff Armor – this is super tough and can stand up to four dogs over time, protecting my car.  I currently have a Kurgo Wander Dog Hammock Seat Cover in Khaki with Orange that are pretty awesome.  The hammock does the best job keeping the dogs on the seat if you don’t use a seat belt tether.

Ruff Armor Rear Dog Seat Cover

Kurgo Wander Hammock Seat Cover in Khaki with Orange

_____  Kurgo Backseat Barrier for Cars and SUVs – because Sydney and the puppies love trying to jump into the front seat (Zoey wants to be in my lap) and a barrier will keep them safely in their part of the car.

Kurgo Backseat Barrier for a Dog Car

_____ Breezeguard Screens for the car windows – we live in an area where rock chips are a normal occurrence and I’ve stopped replacing my windshield.  The thought of those rock chips hitting our dogs as they hang their heads out so I love Breezeguards.

BreezeGuard Screens by Mutt Managers

_____ Kurgo Direct to Seat Belt for Dogs – my accident was a great reminder of how something that seems minor  can still lead to a lot of damage.  I hate to think of how hurt our dogs would have been if they had been in the car with me so I like the idea of keeping them tethered to the seatbelt so that they’re not being thrown about the car.

Kurgo Direct to Seat Belt Tether

I still have no idea if I’ll be driving a new (or new to me) dog care in a month or so, but it has been fun thinking about getting a car that’s meant for a dog family rather than getting a car and trying to make it work for a dog family.

So what type of car do you have?  Does it work for you and your dogs?


Update: there are 12 more days in the campaign.  We’ve only sold 13 t-shirts, we have a long way to go to really make enough to support Scrub-a-Mutt!  Please Rock a Keep the Tail Wagging t-shirt and support rescue!


  1. The doggie seat belt that you show is very much like the ones that we got for our two Yorkie pups. I feel very sure that in an accident they will not be thrown about inside the car and that is quite comforting to us. We like to take them for rides.

  2. We have three cars. A 99 Jeep Cherokee Sport, an 05 Mazda 3s hatchback, and a 13 Ford F-150 crewcab. All are great dog haulers. My dogs are big and tall, so this is important. Two can ride in the back of the Mazda, with the back seat folded down, but it is a little tight. All three can ride in the back of the Jeep, with the back seat folded down, but its a little tight. Very comfortable for two of the dogs in the back of the Jeep. The truck has a full sized back seat, and the seats fold up, so its a fairly comfy ride for two dogs.

    I am so sorry to hear about you accident, I hope you were not injured. Maybe it is a blessing in disguise, and you will get a car that works for your family.

  3. Kimberly, I hope you’re ok after your accident. And thanks for recommending RuffArmor!

    • Thanks, Laura

      I look forward to making to writing more about it. Having four dogs who love mud puddles, it’s going to get a lot of use.

  4. Very sorry to hear about your accident, and I’m glad you’re okay!

  5. I’m so glad you’re OK. I have a Grand Am and would love a Subaru as well. Can’t wait until I can afford a newer car! A Subaru is first on my list!

  6. Sorry to hear about your accident! Hope your pains go away quickly!

    • Thank you! Much better now :)

  7. I drive a 2009 Subaru Forester. This is my 7th or 8th Subaru. I absolutely adore Subarus. The only reason I’ve had so many (because they are known to run well into the 100-200K miles range) is because I leased them for many years, so I would trade in every 3 years. When I got the 2009, I loved it so much, I decided not to lease, but to purchase. My dogs ruin the inside of every car I’ve ever owned. Subarus are safe, safe, safe… and reliable, reliable, reliable! I am usually alone when traveling (except for always having a dog or two or three with me) so I need a dependable, safe automobile. Subaru has never let me down. I should be on their ad! ha ha I did participate in their Puppy Bowl blogger campaign last year, it was fun.

    • Oh, I forgot to say that all three dogs, me, and all our gear fit very nicely into the Forester :)

  8. I want a Honda Element. I have a Honda Fit, which is a hatchback. My two German shepherds fit in the back, when the seats are down, but I don’t think I can get a third dog until we get a bigger car. I also don’t think I’ll get much trade-in value for the Fit, since Leo has chewed up a good part of the interior.

    • That’s another problem with having a dog car – it’s a dog car. There’s no damage in our car, but I will have to have it detailed before trading it in.

  9. Hi Kimberly,
    So sorry to hear about your accident but glad you are ok. Kimberly, when I bought my current car which is a sedan I ordered split (back) seats so I could fold them down as I do not take passengers other than dogs. I can fit up to 4 dogs in that back area. Due to the different sizes and ages of dogs that board with me, I didn’t want to be doing so much lifting or having dogs jump down from an SUV. I also wanted a smaller car that could fit into tight parking spots in Seattle or the eastside when I work with my training clients.

    • Thanks, Diane

      I think that’s one of the appeals of a Subaru – it’s lower to the group, the dogs can easily get in and out, and they are so roomy. My car wasn’t totaled, but I had fun mentally designing my new Subaru for a few days.

  10. Sorry to hear about your accident. Hope you’re well recovered now. Keep safe!


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