Pet owners and non-pet owners alike have their dander up over a new law that went into effect in the Garden State. New Jersey police can stop a vehicle with an improperly restrained pet and issue a ticket ranging from $250-$1,000 and be subjected to a disorderly conduct offense under animal-cruelty laws. Fines for humans
not being properly restrained are $46, according to a New Jersey government website.
Response around the web has been heated about the Garden State being a Nanny State, and this being just another revenue stream for the government. It definitely seems unbalanced for fines to be 5-20 times heftier for unrestrained pets than for people. As a native Coloradan, I'm naturally biased against heavy government intervention with a carefully cultured independent frontierswoman mentality. (I realize that driving a minivan and living in suburbia probably negates everything I just said.)
Underneath the rhetoric, however, is a truth many pet guardians may have trouble owning up to: unrestrained pets can be a distraction to drivers, just like cell phone use, adjusting the radio, eating, applying cosmetics, and many other non-driving related activities that many of us regularly engage in.Â Not only can pets distract drivers, a pet can be injured or lost during the chaos of an accident. Restraining our pet just makes sense...for pets and their people.
Are Fido and Fluffy doomed to a life of automotive boredom? Here at BaxterBoo, we are all about fun, and safety can be a part of that. Here are our best car safety products to illustrate that it's cool to be a cat or canine in the car.
Small Pet Safety
Alma Eliza from Brooklyn, New York shows us that it's cool to be safe in her Doggles and Deluxe Lookout Car Seat!
For dogs and cats up to 18 pounds, pampered pets love our Deluxe Lookout Car Seat.This booster seatÂ accommodates a pets natural desire to look out the window, which helps to reduce motion sickness. This deluxe model features a bottom storage drawer to hold pet supplies. It secures easily with a seat belt and also features a strap to be attached to your pet's collar or harness. The washable cover has a cozy sherpa lining. This product is made in the USA, so you can still show support and love for our country even when politicians and bureaucrats make us crazy!
The Signature Pet Car Seat & Carrier is a great value as it doubles as a car seat and a carrier in one. It's nicely ventilated with lots of mesh panels. It easily straps in your car and converts to a carrier when you zip it shut and use the comfort handles. With it's interior safety tether, you can let your pet look out the pop top and still have him be restrained. Also available in blue. Fabulous price point on this one!
Big Dog Safety
For folks who don't reside in New Jersey (where they require a pet to be harnessed) an excellent option for restraining medium to large-sized dogs would be one of our back seat or cargo area barriers.
This one by Kurgo is an especially great value with smart features: Universal fit for most vehicles from a compact car to SUV â€¢ Easy to Install & Remove â€¢ Looks good enough to make it permanent â€¢ Front seat stays clean of dog hair â€¢ Protects passengers & cargo from roaming dog â€¢ Protects dog from launching forward during quick stops â€¢ An optional mesh window (included) can be added to give the Back Seat Barrier additional height for large dogs â€¢ The detachable mesh window will not obstruct use of rear view mirror â€¢ Works best on vehicles with movable headrests.
Safety for Most Sizes
Another of our favorite products that works for most dogs is our Over the Head Comfort Harness
that includes a car seat restraint loop.Step out into the world in style and comfort with the revolutionary Over the Head Comfort Dog Harness by Mutt Gear and Doggles!
Why We Love It:
- Easily fits over the head and adjusts to a perfect fit around the belly.
- Lined in reflective trim and includes a car seat restraint loop.
- Made from recycled plastic water bottles!
- Contour chest panel made of soft, durable 1680 denier nylon and fits over the head.
Sporty dogs will love this cool Black and Gray Over the Head Comfort Harness. Designed with ultimate comfort and movement in mind with ballistic materials on chest to protect from sticks and rubs. Perfect dog harness for any dog who loves to get out in the world and explore! Available in multiple colors.
Other helpful product links: Dog Auto Harness with Tether
Auto Zip Line with Harness by Kurgo
EzyDog Chest Plate Dog Harness
Pet Tube Travel Solution
We know that our customers love to protect their pets, but do you think this law is too intrusive?