Happy Trails

By Peggy Scott

January 18, 2008 4 min read

HAPPY TRAILS

Your pet will be ready to roll with on-the-go gear

By Peggy Scott

Copley News Service

Snap on that leash and pack those squeaky toys - it's road-trip time, and many of those vacations are likely to include four-legged family members as well. According to the experts at PetFriendlyTravel.com, some 11 million pets joining their humans on the road over the Memorial Day weekend in 2005.

Pets can be wonderful traveling companions. While they may not be very good at car bingo, they won't complain about your driving or try to change the radio station. And there are some nifty items available to help make sure the trip is safe and comfortable for everyone.

TAKEOUT FOOD

Planet Dog's travel food and water bowl makes doggie dining on the go a breeze. The collapsible poly-canvas bowls come in bright stripes and are machine washable; $7.95 to $9.95. For more information, visit www.planetdog.com.

IN THE CATBIRD SEAT

Sometimes felines like to get away, too. The Kittywalk Cozy Cabin Travel Carrier lets cats hit the open road in a secure, enclosed space that offers plenty of opportunities to see the sights. The mesh enclosure has portholes and a zippered storage compartment; $129.99. For more information, visit www.DrsFosterSmith.com.

ON THE LOOKOUT

Diminutive doggies and even cats can enjoy the view from Muttropolis' Animals Matter Companion Car Seat from Muttropolis. Offered in sizes to hold pets up to 25 pounds, and offered in sand, charcoal and pink, these seats are molded to fit the shape of the car seat and attach to a car's seat belt; $199 to $229. For more information, visit, www.muttropolis.com.

SAFE AND STYLISH

Even a small fender-bender can send an unsecured pet flying. The chic Companion Safety Harness Vest from In the Company of Dogs offers seat-belt-like restraint in a padded vest that doubles as a walking harness. Offered in camel and charcoal; $69.95. For more information, visit www.inthecompanyofdogs.com.

GET A LEG (OR FOUR) UP

For pets, getting into and out of SUVs and trucks, that first step is a doozy. The PetSTEP II HalfSTEP and PetSTEP II portable pet ramps give pets easy access to just about any vehicle. Available at most independent pet-supply retailers from around $80.

GOTCHA COVERED

Protect your car or SUV's upholstery and give Fido a comfy ride. Luxury Bench Seat Covers from Muttropolis are machine washable and fit SUVs and mid-size cars with bench or fold-down rear seats. The covers are available in cashew, cocoa, granite, onyx and slate blue; $95. For more information, visit www.muttropolis.com.

PAWS TO FRESHEN UP

Pit stops along the road can mean messy paws. The In the Company of Dogs Paw Plunger is a portable footbath that makes cleanup easy. Fill the container with warm water and plunge each paw into the soft bristles to whisk away dirt or mud; $39.95. For more information, visit www.inthecompanyofdogs.com.

DON'T FALL INTO THE GAP

Give four-legged back-seat passengers extra leg room with a Seat Extender from In the Company of Dogs. This inflatable cushion fills the space between the front and back seats, helping prevent a pet from getting wedged on the floor. The seat extender comes with an electric pump that plugs into a vehicle's 12-volt outlet; $69.95. For more information, visit www.inthecompanyofdogs.com.

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