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I received free items to test out in exchange for a review.  Although free allows us to raise our dogs in the style they’ve become accustomed, I can’t be bought; I will always be honest and upfront with you.

I’m excited to announce that we’re going to adopt again!  And, we’re even open to working with a reputable breeder and have been in touch with the AKC and LongShadow Farms (Australian Shepherds).  If it were up to me, we’d adopt RIGHT NOW, but when we started to get a hold of our grief, my boyfriend reminded me that we needed to make some changes to our property to make sure we don’t have another accident.

A Jump Proof Fence

In the spring, we’ll be making the fence surrounding the dog yard taller – at least 6′ – and we’ll be expanding the dog yard to make sure that there’s plenty of room for our pack to roam and play during the day.

A Safer Dog Car

I drive a 2005 Ford Escape and besides the thousands I’ve dumped into the lemon I love, I’ve added a few things to my car, the dog car, to make it safer too.  And this is just a start.

Kurgo creates products for our cars and I had the opportunity to try the Kurgo Wander Hammock Seat Cover in Khaki with Orange.  This is the 2nd hammock we’ve used in our life as dog parents and it’s far superior then the one we were using.  It doesn’t rip or tear, it stands up in the wash, and it stays on the seats (not flipping over, exposing the seats).  I love it.

Kurgo Wander Hammock Seat Cover in Khaki with Orange

I have no complaints about this hammock except that (1) it doesn’t repel muddy paws magically and that I received a lighter color.  Actually, the color is kind of tough, because the lighter color gets dirty and I can’t stand it so I’ll wash it regularly (I hang dry most of the time, personally preference).  A darker color would match my interior, but I may become lazy about washing it if I can’t see the dirt.  Decisions Decisions.

Another Dog Car Improvement

Another thing we got to try are BreezeGuards screens by Mutt Managers, which I was introduced to this summer.  We don’t have dogs who hang their head out the window and I’m so glad, because whenever I see a dog hanging out the window I first smile, because they look so happy, and then I worry about road debris hitting them.  You should see my front window – loads of dings from the road.

BreezeGuard Screens by Mutt Managers

What I love about our BreezeGuards screens are…

  • they’re custom made to fit our  car perfectly (and the owner made sure our fit was right),
  • our dogs are safe from road debris,
  • (even more) they’re safe from people who are tempted to pet them or tease them when I run in the store (on a completely NON-hot day),
  • I can easily remove the screens, store them in the back, and pull them out when I need them,
  • and the customer service was outstanding – our first screens didn’t fit perfectly so we got a second set; we had no complaints, but Sue insisted that it be right.

Speaking of hot days, the BreezeGuards screens DO NOT make it okay for us to leave our dogs in the car; but they do allow a really great breeze (instead of a hurricane) into the car when we’re driving around town with our dogs.

The only thing that sucks is that one of my flaws has been spotlighted since we had BreezeGuards screens installed.  With the screens, the dog car windows won’t close completely.  This isn’t a big deal in the summer, but on rainy days, it can be a pain, because my car sits outside and I forget to take the screens out and close the windows (duhhhhhh).

Set up is fast and easy, so when we’re taking the dogs on a trip, we put in our BreezeGuards screens and our Kurgo Hammock, and we’re good to go.

On the Wish List

Next on my shopping list is a Kurgo Backseat Barrier for Cars and SUVs. I like this one, because it’s not a net, which Sydney would so get wrapped up in as she steps on the center console to verify that we are, indeed, going on a walk.

My goal is to make my car a safe vehicle for our littermates.

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