I really enjoy cruising around in my vintage two-seat sports car. When Miles came into my life, I was pleased to find that he loves the zippy little ride as much as I do. The only problem? There is no back seat, no extra space in the back, and, the passenger area cannot accommodate a dog crate. Safety is a major concern.
I know this isn’t just an issue for me, because these days, I am seeing more and more people driving in SmartCars and other small vehicles with their dogs, with nothing to protect the dog in the case of a crash. Most car accidents happen on those short trips near home, and even in a roomy vehicle, it can be tempting to let the dog hop in, and take off.
After a lot of research, I found myself in conversation with Richard Casey and his partner Janice Iannelli, the founders of 4×4 North America.
A while ago, Richard and Janice became interested in researching vehicle safety equipment for dogs. Being a tech nut, Richard found that not only are the standards for canine safety equipment in Europe top notch, but, that none of the excellent products engineered in Europe were available in North America. And so a company was born: 4×4 North America now brings European-designed vehicle safety equipment – made just for dogs – to North America. The items are impeccably designed, and each meet rigorous and internationally accredited safety standards.
4×4 North America imports a specialized German-engineered dog safety harness that solves my predicament, and, makes going on fun drives with your dog in any sort of vehicle much more safe. The AllSafe Dog Harness is one of the only canine auto harness/seatbelts out there has passed many crash tests in Europe and the US – click here to check out the specs and to see some cool crash test videos. The detachable tether attaches easily to any vehicle seatbelt. The harness is easy to get on and off of the dog, beautifully made, and can be worn outside of the car too. It is padded, sturdy, and has reflective banding for additional safety. Being able to hop into the car, and cruise around with my wingman feels more freeing than ever, now that I know that Miles is safe.