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Question In the car

I'd love to hear what everyone else is doing with their Hav on car rides. Moose falls right alseep when he's in my bf's pick-up truck, I'm assuming it's because it has a bench seat and he can cuddle right up next to my bf's leg. In my car, on the other hand, he whines and doesn't sit still. I can't tell if he wants to get close to me or just look out the window. I'd like to get some sort of contraption that will either allow him to look out the window or at least keep him in one place. It's not so much that he wants to explore while I'm driving, it's that he falls over when I hit the brakes (softly) or make a turn. Now I don't want anyone to start thinking that I'm putting Moose in danger. I have a two door coupe and I could only keep his travel crate in the back with the seats folded down for so long. I've looked into the cushy booster seats and the seat belt restraints, but before I make a purchase I want to know what everyone else is using.

I like the idea that this harness comes with a seat belt restraint, but I can't quite imagine how it works. http://simplysmitten.com/p2024/Comfo...duct_info.html

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We drive either a mid-size SUV or a 4-door sedan. In either one Pepper wears his seat-belt harness. It allows him enough room to stand up and turn around while keeping him securely attached to the seat belt.

If he's in a window seat he will sometimes stand up to look out the window.

He's very comfortable in his harness and gets excited whenever I bring it out.

Here's a link to something very similar to the one we use:
http://www.canineauto.com/champion.htm

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I studied this myself a while back. Here's the link to that thread, which I found very helpful: http://http://havaneseforum.com/showthread.php?t=6373&highlight=seats

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Sheri, I think you need to take off one of the "http://" to get it to work.

Rachel, I have a car seat and a harness . . . hadn't thought about taking him out of the seat and just using the harness. Might have to try that. He seems to get really twisted up sometimes in the seat. It was great when he was smaller and couldn't see out.

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Kathy, you are right! I changed it and checked it, and it works now. Thanks!

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Car Ride

I just wanted to let you know that Murphy goes to work with me every day. I have a doggie car seat that he rides in, it puts him up high enough that he can see out the window if he wants and there is a tether strap to keep him secure in case of a sudden stop. He usually sleeps the whole way to work and he is a wonderful traveler. The car seat that I have is made by Outward Hound. I highly recommend it.
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Nala uses a Fido Rido in the car-it's like a lifted car seat with a harness. She has loved it since the first time I put her in it. I think I read about it on the forum somewhere.

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After hearing everyone's advice and suggestions I decided that a booster seat would be the best thing for Moose. BUT, I was unwilling to fork over soooo much $$$$ for something that I felt like I could put together myself. So, I'm really excited to share my solution!
I'd like to make this long story short, but I can't help but be proud of my problem-solving tactics. Here goes . . .
I spent Easter Sunday at my parents house. They're both completely smitten w/ Moose and it's really quite hilarious to see how different they act w/ him compared to their 175lb rottweiler. My dad has a huge barn with a work shop where he has hand-made everything from the toys I played with as a child, to coffee tables and tack trunks. Everytime I've needed a fix, my father has come through with a hand-made solution. I figured he could help me out. So the three of us sat and brain-stormed. Not even 10 minutes later, all three of us were out at my car testing our product. We took a canvas tote bag (similar to this one in XL w/ long handles: http://www.llbean.com/webapp/wcs/sto...=677-sub1&np=Y ) and stuffed it with two fairly dense square-shaped pillows. The pillows were large enough to cover the bottom surface of the tote and thick enough so that about 3/4 of the tote remained empty. We hung one strap over the head rest of my passenger seat and set Moose down. It turned out perfect!! He can curl up in it and rest his head right on the edge of the canvas, which forms a sort of craddle. When he sits up, his head is right at ledge of the window so he can see out and the tote is still deep enough to keep him contained. I'll have to take a picture on our next ride so you can see exactly how it works. I have yet to purchase a harness for him, but once I do I figure I'll set up a short tether to really keep him secure. I really like what we came up with though. It's easy to disassemble and won't take up much space to store. AND, it cost $0!!! Can't beat that!

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Stella rides in a car seat that is up high enough for her to see out and she's also harnessed in. She's in the front seat with the passenger airbags disabled. Here's a link to the seat I have:
http://www.petstreetmall.com/Deluxe-...eat/6220/2317/

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Rachel,
I'd love to see a picture of that carseat you made for Moose!

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