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Ford Motor Company & American Humane Association Remind Pickup Drivers: Dogs Ride Inside

Posted on September 12th, 2013

American Humane Association (AHA) experts caution that pets should never be transported in the bed of a pickup truck

Did you know that, according to Ford and the AHA, 100,000 dogs die each year riding in truck beds? Did you also know that it’s simple (and affordable) to keep your pet safe in a pickup truck?

According to Ford, there are simple, basic steps that can help keep pets safe and driver distractions down.

Ford and the American Humane Association have teamed up in a new pet safety campaign to remind pickup truck drivers that dogs should never ride in the bed of a pickup truck. Called “Dogs Ride Inside,” the campaign reminds all drivers that simple, basic actions can prevent serious injury or death while transporting a beloved family pet.

“It is estimated that 100,000 dogs die each year riding in truck beds” said Dr. Robin Ganzert, president and CEO of American Humane Association, the country’s first national humane organization. “Unfortunately, we have all seen dogs riding in the bed of a pickup truck, which is an extremely dangerous way to transport your pet.”

“As America’s truck leader, this is an issue that’s close to the heart for us,” said Doug Scott, Ford Truck Group Marketing Manager. “We’re not asking that people go to onerous lengths while driving with pets, but even the smallest steps can make a difference in keeping all passengers in our vehicles safe.”

The American Humane Association and Ford recommend:

·         All animals should ride inside a pickup truck cab – never in the bed of a truck.

Jinx "the Wonder Dog;" Photo Courtesy: Ford Motor Company

Jinx “the Wonder Dog;” Photo Courtesy: Ford Motor Company

·         At the very minimum, your pet should always ride in the back seat if your truck has one. An animal in the front seat can quickly become a driver distraction and cause an accident, jeopardizing the pet and everyone else in the vehicle. The highest volume F-Series trucks – the F-150 SuperCrew® and Super Duty Crew Cab both have spacious second-row seats ideal for man’s best friend. Better yet is to restrain, contain or crate your pet with a pet carrier or specially designed pet seatbelt.

·         Dogs love sticking their heads outside of a moving car, but that’s also one of the easiest ways for a pet to be injured, whether it’s from a flying rock or even falling out of the vehicle.  It’s OK to briefly roll the window down to satisfy a curious nose, but not more than that. Wind can seriously irritate mucous membranes and blow pieces of grit into their eyes.

·         Just in case you and your pet become separated, be sure that all ID tags are properly affixed to your pet’s collar and that they have your current contact information, including cell number(s). Your pet should also have an ID microchip implanted – and make sure the microchip registration and pet license information is up-to-date. Consider including the name and phone number of an emergency contact.

·         Never leave pets unattended inside of vehicles. Remember that cars heat up fast – even with the windows cracked.

This fall, Ford will sponsor a month-long adoption and pet safety tour in conjunction with Fido Friendly magazine. “Get Your Licks on Route 66” will visit 15 cities from Los Angeles to Chicago promoting pet safety and adoption; in the first four years of the tour more than 1,500 animals have been placed in new homes. Shelters along the route and dates can be found at 

About American Humane Association

American Humane Association is the country’s first national humane organization and the only one dedicated to protecting both children and animals. Since 1877 American Humane Association has been at the forefront of virtually every major advance in protecting our most vulnerable from cruelty, abuse and neglect. Today they’re also leading the way in understanding the human-animal bond and its role in therapy, medicine and society. American Humane Association reaches millions of people every day through groundbreaking research, education, training and services that span a wide network of organizations, agencies and businesses. You can help make a difference, too. Visit American Humane Association at and remember to follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

About Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With about 177,000 employees and 65 plants worldwide, the company’s automotive brands include Ford and Lincoln The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford and its products worldwide, please visit

Dog-Friendly RV Vacations to America’s Best National Parks

Posted on June 11th, 2013

Leaving your pet at home or at a kennel while you vacation can be both expensive and disheartening. They’re a member of the family, right? The best vacations are those where your dog can join you and everyone can enjoy time away from home together. We have some great vacation destinations in our national parks, but only some are truly dog-friendly. Following are the best parks where you can bring your best friend on your next vacation.

In the great majority of national parks, you can only have your pet in your vehicle, in parking lots or within campgrounds, and usually on a leash the whole time. You may not be able to get away from the leash rule, but there are parks that allow dogs on hiking trails, beaches and in the backcountry. For many of those on an RV vacation, hiking and getting out into the wilderness is what a vacation is all about.

Grand Canyon National Park is known as a very dog-friendly park. The South Rim, one of the most popular spots in the park and where you get a huge amount of scenery, allows dogs on the trails in this area. Walk your pooch along the rim for more than two miles while you take in the glorious colors of the canyon. Your doggie will also enjoy the Geology Walk along with you and the ranger guide.

Travel north to Zion National Park in Utah for a chance to see amazing rock formations and the colorful red rock canyons. Of course, you can keep your pet with you in your RV as you drive the Zion-Mount Carmel Highway. When you want to park and get out for some hiking, your pet is allowed on the Pa’rus Trail, the trailhead of which is at the South Campground. Besides incredible sandstone cliffs and a wide array of plants and animals here, you will love learning some of the history of this region.

Heading west now! Another favorite American national park which allows dogs to hike with you is Yosemite National Park in California. Take your best friend on any paved trail in the valley, where you will view waterfalls, towering cliffs and clear, blue skies above. This is where most of the most amazing landmarks exist and you can marvel at these wonders without worrying where your pet is and if he or she is getting into mischief.

In Washington State there are two marvelous pet-friendly parks. One is the North Cascades National Park. The Pacific Crest Trail invites you and your pet to hike this moderate to difficult trail with some of the best scenery in the state. If you want to get out into the wilderness a lot more, you can also go right next door to the Ross Lake National Recreation Area where dogs are allowed on the trails.

A pooch enjoying The Grand Canyon....

A pooch enjoying The Grand Canyon….

Not as dog-friendly as some, Olympic National Park in Washington does allow your pet on Kalaloch Beach during the day if on a leash. This is acceptable since this beach is a lot of fun for the whole family. And again, if you wish to get more wilderness experience and see some incredible views, try the adjacent Olympic National Forest where pets are allowed on the forest trails.

Now if you are traveling on the East Coast, there are some parks that will be your top choice of RV vacation destinations. Acadia National Park in the beautiful state of Maine is a great pick for doggie fun. You can take your pet on most of the hiking trails and on the carriage roads as long as he or she is on a leash. If you want your pooch to have a little time off-leash, you can visit Little Long Pond. There are only a few exceptions (steep trails and sand beaches).

Discover one of the best dog-friendly parks in the United States. At Shenandoah National Park in Virginia, your pooch can hit the trail with you on any number of paths in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Take your exercise and give your dog exercise as well on miles and miles of fabulous hiking trails.

And finally, if you have never visited Kentucky, now is your chance. Take your pet with you to Mammoth Cave National Park. Here leashed dogs can enjoy the hiking trails and stay with you in the campgrounds. When you want to visit Mammoth Cave, you can put your pet for a short time in one of the kennels offered for convenience. They are inexpensive and will give you a chance to see the main attraction in this park.

There you have it, a choice of many wonderful parks where you can delight in an exciting RV vacation along with your very best friend.

About the Author

Joe Laing is the Marketing Director for El Monte RV, your nationwide source for RV rentals. El Monte RV also sells used motorhomes through eight different locations across the United States. For more information on purchasing a used motorhome see

Air Travel With Dogs

Posted on January 8th, 2013

I’m a traveler myself. I can’t seem to be able to stay put in one place. That has prevented me from getting a pet and it has been tough. I grew up with dogs and moving around without one felt quite lonely. I decided to investigate this whole situation  and I learned that there are many things I can do to be able to travel with a dog so I can finally add one to my ever-moving life!

If you think about it, a lot of people are scared of flying. Can you imagine how stressed and scared a dog can get if you put him on a plane? Yet sometimes you don’t have a choice! There are several things you can do to provide a better environment for your dog during the flight and it won’t be too bad.

I will get you through the necessary steps for air travelling with your pet and that extra mile you can take to make it easier for our furry friends.

Airline policies and fares

Each airline will have different ways of dealing with this situation, but they will most certainly be well written somewhere. Check out their website or even give them a call to ask them as many questions as you need.

Sometimes you will even need a reservation for your dog, apart from yours! Cargo charges will also apply even if your dog is small enough to travel in the main cabin with you. It’s more about the fare applied to the responsibility of caring for a selfless being.

Make sure you get to the airport well ahead of your flight time because the check in process won’t be a fast one!

A certified healthy pet

You probably already know that your dog is healthy because if you’re going through the whole process of making these arrangements, it probably means that you take great care of him! I know you do. So, getting him to the vet will probably be something you do on a regular basis.

In order to fly, the airline demands a health certificate. You need to have a licensed veterinarian do the examination and sign off on it. You can check with the airline as far as how soon can you give this to them from the moment you make your reservation. They won’t let your dog on the plane if the certificate is not there, so you can keep it with your travel information and show it when you’re checking in, but some people prefer getting it to the airline even days before the flight, as soon as they get it.

Another thing you need to ask the vet is if you’re dog is in a –high risk- category. Heart and lung diseases are of course a no-go for the trip, since chances are the pup won’t make it, so you would need other choices. However, he may be generally healthy but be a short-nosed breed. These tend to overheat easily. It doesn’t mean they can’t travel, it just means you have to take extra measures to keep them cool. The dog’s age is also something to take into account too, because if he’s too young or too old, they are prone to being extra fearful and nervous. At the end of the day, as far as risk issues, it’s your call.

Getting him there

The airline will demand certain aspects to comply for the carrier that the dog is travelling in.

If the flight is short and the dog is small enough to fit in a flexible pet-bag that can go underneath the seat in front of you, you can take him with you in the cabin. At times, you are allowed to take him out for a little bit, but you definitely can’t let him roam the halls by himself.

If the flight is longer or if the dog is larger, you need to take other measures. The airlines will demand a crate of a certain size. It needs to be tall enough for the dog to be able to stand up and not hit its head. It also needs to be wide enough for the dog to be able to stand up and comfortably turn.

Some airlines have restrictions and demands as far as food and water. Of course you know you have to give your dog a healthy and stable food and water supply; however, the airline sometimes needs to know that there’s extra, in case the flight is delayed or the route is changed and you end up on the plane for a few more hours.

A good way to ensure the water supply is to freeze in the dish the night before. This way, on your way to the airport and by the time the dog gets put on the plane, the water will be nice and fresh.

Getting the dog ready

You should feed the dog as little as possible before you travel. You can feed him a little more the day before maybe, but not too much before the actual flight.

Another thing to consider is the dog’s ability to handle being on the crate. To ensure that, you can make him sleep there for a few nights before you travel. Also, you can simulate the movement, since the crate will be handled in the airport (handled with care! but handled nonetheless).

And the last thing you can do is put a piece of your clothing inside of it. This way, the dog will feel a bit more comfortable with your scent there.

I hope that was useful and you get to travel with your furry friend! I know it was for me!

About the author:

Eugenia Sincovich is an Argentinean writer that can’t seem to stay in one place! She loves everything that reminds her that she’s alive and does her best to convey those feelings into her texts. She currently writes for iNetGiant.

Traveling with Pets in the Florida Keys!

Posted on January 5th, 2013

By Joe Laing

Traveling to the Florida Keys in an RV is a great way to take a vacation while taking your pet or pets along with you at the same time. You will be driving from the southeastern tip of Florida across vast bridges and small islands to the southernmost tip of the U.S. And since the Keys are so pet-friendly, it’s the ideal getaway for the entire family.

It’s a long drive to Key West, and you’ll want to stop often to take in the sights on the various Keys you cross along the way. There are plenty of places to stay, but you will always want to plan in advance and book ahead. The Sunshine Key RV Resort on Big Pine Key allows pets. Also, on Grassy Key you’ll find Jolly Roger Travel Park, however you will be required to make a deposit when bringing a pet. At the Key Largo Kampground and Marina your dog’s size must be less than 40 pounds and you cannot be toting more than two pets. Pets are permitted at Sugarloaf Key/Key West KOA and they even have an interactive dog park just for your four-legged travel companion!

You need to have a place to let your dog out to run and get some exercise and the different parks on the Keys provide this. The most popular and talked about dog park in Key West is the Higgs Beach Dog Park, with areas for separating large and small dogs and drinking water provided. It is oceanside, which makes it nice for you.

Long Key State Park has nature trails to explore, and lots of plants and wildlife. Pets must be leashed and are allowed in many areas as long as they are well-behaved. The same is true for Curry Hammock State Park in Marathon, Florida. You’ll love exploring the mangrove swamps and wetlands there.

All through the year, you’ll find many events for visitors. One of the best for dog-lovers is the 8th Annual Key West Dachshund Walk. It is free to attend and you will love watching this unique gathering of dachshunds from around the world. The parade is short but sweet, so be sure to be there right on time at noon. It will probably be over by 1:00! National media coverage will be happening so get ready for some crowds as well.

A wonderfully thrilling activity in the Florida Keys is fishing, of course. You can charter a fishing trip with Dirty Water Charters and get yourself a trophy catch. This company allows dogs under 50 pounds to come along if they are well-behaved!

At the National Key Deer Refuge on Big Pine Key, you are in for a treat. Not only are dogs allowed (on a short leash) but you will discover thousands of acres of forests and wetlands to explore. You will find Blue Hole is an interesting place to visit and Jack Watson’s Nature Trail, too.

You’ll also find that John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park is another great place to stay for a while. There is an RV campground conveniently inside the park. If you want to fish here, you can do so in designated areas, and you’ll need a saltwater fishing license.

Curry Hammock State Park provides a wonderful and thriving habitat for the wildlife of these tropics. If you have kids with you, they can play at the playground. There are picnic tables and grills and mangrove swamps to wander. The weather should be ideal this time of year, but you should still keep that suntan lotion close at hand.

The dog-friendly beaches are a great way to spend an afternoon. Take your pet to Veteran’s Memorial Park located on Little Duck Key. If dogs are leashed, they are allowed here. Anne’s Beach is another place to get some quiet, with nice secluded stretches of beach. Walk along the boardwalk with your pet leashed and enjoy some winter sun.

Remember, traveling with a dog is never completely simple, but you can make it as easy as possible when taking your vacation in an RV. Take your pet with you whenever possible. If you do leave an animal in an RV while you go off exploring, be sure to leave on some air conditioning, or at least a fan, so they don’t get too hot.

Always do your own research ahead of time, because rules do change from time to time and you don’t want any surprises. This way you can have a wonderful trip with your pet in the Florida Keys.

About the Author

Joe Laing is the Marketing Director of El Monte RV, a nationwide provider of RV rentals and used RV sales.

Pets and Pests – Protecting Your Animals This Winter

Posted on December 19th, 2012

Mention pets and pests and most animal owners automatically think of the fleas so common during warmer months.

But fleas aren’t the only pests that can cause trouble for your pets.Indeed, the cold months bring a new host of pests to pester you and your pooch!

From overwintering bugs that can sicken your pet, to bed bugs that can hitch a ride on your animal – there are lots of overwintering insects that bug your pet and your entire household. Be vigilant when the winter months come on – prepare your pet and your house for the colder months and you’ll be sure to enjoy plenty of cozy winter nights with your animal.

How Do They Get Inside: Overwintering Pests

You ever wonder where bugs go when it’s no longer warm? Some die off, others migrate and still others look forward to the warmth of your house.  Common overwintering bugs are ants, termites, box elder bugs and even wasps, which lay eggs on things like firewood; once inside, the eggs hatch and you’ve got a buzzing surprise.

Here are a few of the top ways bugs get inside during the winter:

  • Holiday travel: Many of us will travel during the holidays. Unfortunately staying in hotels is an easy way to bring bed bugs home on your luggage or even your clothes.
  • Winter wood: Often left outside on the ground, wood is an ideal place for an insect to hide out and breed. When the wood comes inside, they come out to play.
  • Cracks and openings: Sealing up your windows and patching even the tiniest holes in your home’s exterior not only keeps energy bills low, it cuts a major entry point for bugs.

What Does It Mean For My Pet?

You may wonder how an insect can be a threat to your pet. Though many are harmless, plenty of insects can sicken a pet. Here are a few ways:

  • Poisonous:  Many pet owners see no harm in letting their pets eat bugs.  But without a guide to household spiders and other bugs, it’s difficult to know which ones are toxic. Would you recognize a brown recluse if you saw one? If the answer is no, you shouldn’t be letting your pet eat bugs.
  • Allergic reactions: It’s important to remember that pets have allergies to all kinds of things – including bugs.  As we mentioned above, wasps and bees aren’t just a summer problem. Hatchlings can emerge in winter wood and buzz through your home. One sting and you’re in for a night at the vet.
  • General discomfort: Bed bugs are the top culprit here. While these bloodsuckers prefer to dine on you rather than your pet, a cat or a dog can become an easy substitute. More likely, however, is that your pet will transfer insects from room to room as he or she lays on infested beds.

Protecting Your Pets

You know how pests can get into your home and how they can harm your pet. Now, what can you do about it? There are a few simple and cost-effective ways to keep your home and your pets pest-free this winter.

  • Take your pet for a winter checkup: Let the start of the winter give you the perfect excuse to give your pet a seasonal checkup. Be sure to ask your vet about common pet allergies and if possible, get your animal tested. Knowing what your pet is allergic to is useful if your pet has a bug bite or even if they get caught nosing through holiday leftovers!
  • Be as vigilant about bugs in the winter as you are in the summer:  Pest control is a year-round effort. Clearing debris and trimming bushes and hedges around your yard is one of the easiest ways to keep pests away during the winter.  Here are a few more seasonal DIY pest control tips.
  • Keep your pet clean: Proper grooming of your pet is essential – don’t slack off during the cooler months when your pet may spend more time inside. Regularly washing your pet will let you spot things like bug bites early. Also keep their sleeping, eating and play areas clutter free. Pests love little nooks and crannies. Don’t give them a hiding place.
  • Travel carefully: Many travelers do a cursory check of hotel bedding after check in. Look a little more closely – if you spot small, black speckles that look almost like tiny droppings, change hotels. Bed bugs are extremely easy to transport and not as easy to get rid of.
  • Invest in an essential oil product: There are plenty of pet-friendly products that contain safe levels of these oils known for repelling bugs. Make your own natural bug repellant or buy an all-natural spray. Spritz your pet for an organic layer of pest protection that smells good.
  • Wash pet bedding and soft toys: Bed bugs in particular will die in heat of 120 degrees Fahrenheit. If you suspect bed bugs are on your pet, contact your veterinarian then thoroughly wash bedding and put it in the dryer for up to 20 minutes. For items that can’t be washed, put them in a sealed plastic bag and place them in direct sunlight for a day or two.

Prepare your house, keep a close eye on your animal and pests won’t be in your hair (or your pet’s!) this winter!

Joan Perry is a writer for, an online resource for DIY pest control. Visit PCE for more tips on keeping pests away from your pets and your home.