Your dog sticks its head out the window, tongue out, thirsting for the open road. But is your car safe for him? First of all, although cute, the head-out-the-window thing is not recommended (would you allow your child to do that?) With your pooch tucked back in the car, consider this: a car isn’t usually recognized as part of a pet owner’s inventory, but when you think about it, pets travel by car all the time – from a jaunt to the park for a picnic to the dreaded visit to the vet for a checkup. With all of that shuttling around, your dog deserves a say in the car you drive.
Pet owners unite! It is surprising that there have been very few vehicles built with pet-friendly features, but that’s all changing. Pet owners are becoming more educated as to the needs of their furry friends. For those of you who don’t know what to ask for when shopping for a new set of wheels, we have one suggestion that is sure to satisfy your sense of style, while keeping you and your dog safe and comfortable.
The Cadillac Escalade, the front runner of a new generation of high-tech automobiles, although not specifically built for pets, has several pet-friendly features that should be considered benchmarks for pet owners.
The Cadillac Escalade frees Fido from the regular and often dangerous slipping and sliding along the seats with its road-sensing suspension and all-speed traction control. These two features allow the driver to have much better control of both the car itself and the comfort of the drive. Negotiating bumpy terrain is ‘smooth sailing’ with the Escalade, so you needn’t fear that your pooch might hurt herself while riding on rough roads.
“Escalade’s comfort is a perfect fit for both man and beast. There’s plenty of room to sprawl out, and with heated seats in both front and rear you’ll be sure to keep your “tail” warm on cold winter days,” says Cadillac spokesperson, Kerry Christopher.
The Escalade also features a removable third row to give your pet more room and an Ultra Sonic Rear Park Assist to warn you of small objects, (animals or others), behind you as you reverse. These options, coupled with some doggie-driving accessories (like doggie safety belts), can ensure that your dog has a safe and happy journey.
So the next time you are shopping for the car of your dreams – think about the features and what they mean – not only to you but also to your four-legged friend. And if you get a chance, take a spin in the new Cadillac Escalade, it’s truly a pooch-magnet.