Kurgo’s Cargo Cape

Over the Thanksgiving holiday, we watched Teton’s pal, Copper.

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Teton is definitely an only child if you catch my drift, but he and Cop are buds and I think it’s safe to say they had a great time together.

When ever I needed to leave the house and could, I took Teton and Copper with me.

Enter the Goosemobile.

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One of Teton’s many nicknames is Goose (or The Goose, Gooser, Goosen, etc.) so naturally when I started driving our Subaru Outback and taking Teton everywhere with me, I dubbed it The Goosemobile.

Since I’m a crazy dog lady, the middle seat of the Goosemobile, when not being used to transport human passengers, is covered with the Kurgo Wander Bench Seat Cover.

Before recently, the hatchback, where Teton and Copper spent most of their time and where Teton usually hangs out, was filled with an old dog bed and a few blankets. Now it still has the bed and blankets, but underneath is the Kurgo Cargo Cape!

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Kurgo’s Cargo Cape protects your car interior from wear and tear caused by scratches, dog hair, dirt, water, and all sorts of other things.

The cape is quickly and easily installed like all Kurgo products and stays put once it’s in place. That being said, however, because of the Cargo Cape’s unique and thoughtful features like the split zipper and easy-release buckles, it’s also quick and easy to adjust it to accommodate other variations in your vehicle.

One of the best features of the Cargo Cape is the bumper guard. Check it out.

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This heat duty material is fully waterproof and can be stored up or folded down as is shown in the photo above. It’s a super nice feature to have if your dog jumps in and out of the car and has a tendency to scratch the bumper, but I also think it’s great for other protection purposes like moving plants, tools, etc. in and out of your car.

As with all Kurgo products, the little things are the big things. Like the addition of mesh pockets on each side to hold leashes, towels, or other things your dog might need.

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Kurgo’s Cargo Cape has been a great addition to the Goosemobile. If you’re looking for something to protect the back of your vehicle, I highly recommend it. Especially with Kurgo’s lifetime warranty!

Happy tails…

DISCLAIMER: HER DOG BLOG WAS SENT THIS PRODUCT IN EXCHANGE FOR OUR HONEST REVIEW AND NO COMPENSATION OTHER THAN THE PRODUCT WAS RECEIVED.

 

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Kurgo Wander Bench Seat Cover

I love taking Teton with me everywhere I can. Luckily, (I think) he likes it, too. One of his favorite places to go is the “man store” (Lowe’s or Home Depot) but he’s not that picky and he’ll gladly take trip to the local pet store or to Grammy and Grampy’s house on the lake.

Sometimes, in the colder weather, he gets to sit in the front seat with the butt warmers on. ♥

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However, most of the time Teton is either in the back of the car or in the middle with a seat cover.

In my opinion, the best dog car seat covers are those made by Kurgo. And no, I’m not just saying that because they sent me one to review. In fact, I’ve purchase two Kurgo car seat covers in my lifetime because I think they’re that good.

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Along with the Impact Dog Car Harness they sent us a while back, Kurgo was kind enough to include their Wander Bench Seat Cover in Charcoal Grey.

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This waterproof, stain resistant, machine washable cover is a very reasonable $40 and has a universal fit that means it’ll work for most vehicles. It comes in three colors – Black, Hampton Sand, and Charcoal Grey – so you can easily match it to the interior of your car.

Once you open the Wander Bench Seat Cover, you’ll pull out a sheet of instructions on how to install it.

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Complicated, am I right? In truth, it wasn’t bad at all. I skimmed the directions and headed outside to install it in the Goosemobile, which took me about five minutes.

One of the best things about this seat cover (and all of Kurgo’s products) is the attention to detail in the little things like buckles, stitching, and pockets.

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Storage pocket detail. (Image source)

The Wander Bench Seat Cover, once installed, is super secure. It barely moves once your dog (or kids, passengers, groceries, etc.) is sitting on it thanks to it’s under-seat and back-of-seat attachments. Curious about those? Check out Kurgo’s video.

I’m so happy with this seat cover from Kurgo. Teton is, too, because it means more car rides for him!

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Check out all of Kurgo’s car seat covers here. You can’t go wrong with any of these options!

Happy tails…

DISCLAIMER: HER DOG BLOG WAS SENT THIS PRODUCT IN EXCHANGE FOR OUR HONEST REVIEW AND NO COMPENSATION OTHER THAN THE PRODUCT WAS RECEIVED.

Ultimate Road Trip Guide for Traveling with Dogs – Guest Post by Woof & Whiskers

Hi, friends!

Spring Break is coming up for many, and if you’re like me, if you can take your dog, you will!

Kelly of Woof & Whiskers has a wonderful post about traveling with dogs. Check it out here.

To whet your appetite, her awesome infographic is below!

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Thanks to Kelly of Woof & Whiskers for sharing her blog!

Happy tails…

 

A Weekend in the San Juan Islands

Hello.

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You may remember that my friend Melissa and I took Teton and his bestie Biju to the San Juan Islands a few weekends ago.

I could go on and on about how cute our accommodations at the Snug Harbor Resort were or how great the weather was, or how many cool views, beaches, and wild animals we saw, but I think the smattering of photos that I have will take care of that for me. All I can say is, whether the weather is nice or not, a trip to the San Juan Islands with your dog is something you must do!

If you follow Her Dog Blog on Instagram (which you should! ;-)) you may have already seen some of these photos. Either way, enjoy!

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Check back soon for a new toy review. Have a wonderful night!

Travel Accessories for your Dog

Tonight’s post is a very special one – Her Dog Blog’s first ever guest post!

The folks over at Rover.com (a pretty rad dog-sitting website) submitted this post about the basics of traveling with your dog.

Travel Accessories for your Dog

In recent years, traveling with your dog has become a common practice for several people as more businesses in the hospitality industry accommodate pets. After all, a dog is a member of the family and leaving it behind only adds stress while you’re trying to relax. Traveling with your dog is much like preparing to go away with a child; there are many accessories you need to consider in order to keep your pooch as comfortable as possible.

Traveling by Car

If you are traveling by car, it is much easier to have space for all required accessories for your dog. The first consideration for safety is to provide car seats or harnesses to restrain your dog in the back seat of the car. The type of restraint depends on your dog’s size; smaller to medium-sized dogs require car seats while larger dogs can use a harness attached to a safety belt in the same manner as installing a car seat. Remember the window shades used for children to keep excess sun away from your dog and other backseat travelers.

During travel, it is important to have easy access to water, food and snacks, along with dishes for such items. Traveling with dogs requires frequent potty and drinking stops, plus an occasional snack or meal, depending on the time frame. Harnesses and leashes should be in easy reach for those moments when “nature calls.” As a responsible pet owner, you must remember the “poop” bags to pick up and discard your dog’s waste.

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Dog Amenities for the Destination

Destination necessities for your canine begin with a travel crate, bed and blankets for comfort, once you get to your destination. Crates come in various sizes and are easy to open and close for travel purposes. When staying in a hotel, resort or private home, you can rest assured your dog is safe and out of trouble when crated in your absence.

When reaching your destination, you will need to provide your dog with activities to keep him busy. Without doing so, your dog will find inappropriate ways to be entertained. Bring along all the favorite toys, along with some new ones to keep him curious longer. Choose to provide some rawhides and dental bones plus puzzle toys for hours of fun. Puzzle toys are those you can fill with treats; the dog will spend hours trying to get it.

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Contempo Tessa Interactive Toy

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The Easy-to-Forget Dog Travel Items

Some minor items to consider on a dog-by-dog basis include items for grooming and first aid. If you have a dog with a longer coat, it may require regular combing and brushing, even while on vacation; preferably do so outside. If your dog has any medical conditions that require medications, be sure to place these items on your list. Depending on your destination, it may be wise to call your veterinarian prior to your departure, per chance there are other health concerns and vaccinations needed. It is always advisable to have your dog’s vaccine record with you, since many travel destinations require it when allowing a pet at the establishment of choice.

Even for the healthiest of pets, put together a first aid kit for your dog to include such items as bandages, anti-biotic first aid creams, tweezers, cortisone spray or cream, cotton balls and swabs plus nail clippers. Your veterinarian’s number should always be in your contacts in case of an emergency concern.

Orvis Pet Travel Kit

When traveling with pets, you want to bring along all the comforts of home, in portable form, so that your pet feels at ease. There will be times when the pet must stay in an unfamiliar place; providing the most familiar items in your absence will guarantee fewer anxieties for your dog.

Laruen Colman serves as the digital marketer for the dog boarding and dog sitting community at Rover.com and is a true dog lover at heart. Lauren spends her days at the office with her dogs Squish and Brando by her side. For more dog tips, you can follow Rover.com on Twitter @roverdotcom or on their blog, Dog Boarding News.

Teton and I want to know: What’s your must-have item for traveling with your dog?

If you’re interested in submitting a guest post to Her Dog Blog, send us an e-mail at herdogblog@gmail.com.

We’re baaaaaaack!

We missed you!

Yeah, you.

We had a great wedding and an awesome vacation on the Oregon Coast.

Tonight, for your viewing pleasure, a smattering of photos from our minimoon.  Enjoy!

Photo cred goes to the husband.

We’ll be bloggin’ more this weekend about our Silly Buddy bow tie and that snazzy new harness you see  here on The Little Blogger.

See you soon!