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Riding in Style

This month has been crazy. Mom was very busy making our Halloween costumes. She prefers to make mine since I am weirdly shaped as she likes to call it. I am not a very long or tall dog, but barrel shaped. Costumes don’t always fit me properly. Two years ago I was Lily Potter (Harry’s Mum) and last year I was Batman. This year mom was having trouble thinking of a good costume. She finally decided on a Ninja Turtle. My Twitter pals voted on which one I should be. They decided on Michelangelo. It is a pretty pawsome costume. Mom even dressed up as the reporter April O’Neil!

How do I look?

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This month I got to try out this pretty cool seat cover that helps keep your car clean and it works with the harness I tested out a few months ago.

We actually used my hoo aunts’ car to test out this product, because moms’ car got attacked by a tree when a big storm came through. It hurt our house too.  The good thing is that no human or animal got hurt during the storm. My hoo aunts car is pretty similar in size to the Lily mobile, so we figured it would be a good substitute.

If you read our previous blog post about the Kurgo Tru Fit Smart Harness, then you know that Kurgo has videos with products so you wont have to worry about using one of their products together incorrectly. Using a product like a car harness incorrectly can possibly harm us, so we highly recommend watching the videos.

The product we tested this month is a Kurgo Heather Bench Seat Cover in a charcoal color.

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Mom made sure she read through the instructions and watched the video a couple times to make sure that she knew the proper way to put it on the seat. She found it to be super easy. They do a great job of writing written instructions.  She was able to have it up and running in under 5 minutes.

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The two flaps at the bottom are for seat belt access. Remember me mentioning abut my harness a bit ago?  This works with my harness. We can have access to the seat belt so that I can be properly buckled into the car.

There are two sets of clips that go around each of the headrests. There are also two plastic tubes that you push from the front of the seat into the back. This helps the seat cover from sliding off. There is one more additional clip that wraps around the back of the seat. This is optional, but we chose to clip it. There are also two pockets to store stuff, such as a leash, poop bags, or treats!

Feeling the fabric, you can tell that it is very sturdy and will protect your car seat. Moms seat is leather, so this seat cover and help protect it from nails poking holes in the seat. If you  happen to have a cloth seat like my aunts car, then you can prevent something like  dirt or mud from getting on the seat. The seat cover has piped edges,  so that if some dirt got on the cover, it would get caught by that. It is machine washable on the gentle cycle and should be hung to dry.

After she got the seat cover on and took some pictures, it was time for me to hop up in the car and get me buckled in.

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There are two different ways that you can secure your pup in the car. The way mom secured me in is the best way. The other way allows your pup to move a little bit more. I was strapped in nice and tight. I did not like that way. I like to be able to move a bit, but the best practice way is what will protect us best if there was a car crash.

I did like the way the car seat cover felt. It was quite comfy and did not feel scratchy or too rough on my fur. It looks very nice in the car as well.  The cover is 55 inches long, it should fit most vehicles.  It fit my aunts car quite nicely.  She has a Mercury Mariner and mom has a Suzuki Grand Vitara , or did have one.  😦

Mom really likes this seat cover and cannot wait to test it out on the next Lily mobile. She gives it two thumbs up and I give it four paws up. We are really loving products from Kurgo. They seem to know what pups and pup parents want in a product. Having a product that makes mom happy and me comfy is important.

We have a different seat cover that we received in monthly dog product box and found this seat cover to be far more superior in ease of use and sturdiness of the material.

If you want to learn more about this seat cover or other great Kurgo products then click here.

Don’t forget to look at all the great products that Chewy.com  has to offer, including Halloween costumes! Why should the humans have all the fun on Halloween?

 

***************************we received this product at no cost to us in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are mine and my humans*********************************

 

 

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Walking and riding in style

Stepping outside, you can totally tell that it is July. It has been pretty hot here in Kansas City.  We usually have pretty warm to very hot summers. Walkies get limited in hot weather. My black fur does not like this heat. Which is why I like our winters, they are totally unpredictable. We can have days in the 70’s or days that are so cold, I am in a sweater for walkies. Why can’t it be winter? Walkies are so much better in the winter.

Speaking of walkies, this month  I saw a harness that I could test out. This harness is for walking and it also keeps me safe while in the car. It is made by a company called Kurgo. We had never heard of them, but reading a little bit about them, we learned that they are totally in the business of taking care of us canines. They have just about everything a dog could need for being out and about. Leashes, harnesses, car covers, coats, cooling coats, collars, booster seats, and so many other things.

The harness we got to try out is called is the Tru Fit Smart Harness with Enhanced Strength. It serves as a car harness and a walking harness. Keeping me safe while walking and riding in the car.

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My usual harness has a loop for the leash in the front. The Kurgo harness has a ring on the back for your leash as well as the chest area so you can use this as a no pull harness. The latter is the leash option that I am accustomed to, so that is what we used.  It has a padded chest plate for added comfort and protection. All the hardware is metal. no plastic pieces on the harness.

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See those two metal buckles on each side of me? That is what you use to secure the harness onto me. We highly suggest watching the video that is on Chewy and Kurgos website that shows just how easy it is to put the harness on to your dog. We are used to plastic quick snap buckles, so watching the video was a big help.

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Can you tell that I am a very serious model? Just waiting on one of those fashion designers to have me walk their runway show. Once mom got the hang of how to put on and take off the harness we were out the door and off to do some walkies. I was born ready to do walkies.

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The harness fits nicely. It has 5 adjustment points, so you can get a near perfect fit. I am a bit of a barrel shaped pup. So sometimes it is hard to find things that fit properly. Kurgo recommends sizing up if you fall in between two sizes. My chest is right about 28 inches and the medium harness goes up to 28 inches, so we went with a large harness that goes from 24 to 34 inches. If you look on  Chewy’s site or Kurgo’s site, they have a sizing chart to help pick out the perfect size for your pup.

I think it is a very comfy harness and I like the padded chest plate. I also liked that it did not rub under my arm pits like other harnesses did. Walking me was easy as pie according to mom. I only tried to pull once when I saw some people I wanted to say hi to, but was quickly corrected.

We mentioned that this is not just a walking harness, but a car harness as well. It has been crash tested for dogs up to 75 lbs. If you go here, you can read the crash test report on Kurgos website. Don’t worry, no actual dogs were used in the crash testing. When securing us in the car, use the provided carabiner to secure us in. There is a best and a good practice way to secure us in the car. The video I mentioned before also explains how to secure us using your cars seatbelt demonstrating both the best and good practice methods.

It was time take a car ride and test out the car harness feature. I had to get my flu shot, so we decided the short ship to get vaccinated would be perfect to see how it worked. We tried both the good and best practice. I preferred the good practice which allowed me to move a little bit, rather than the best practice which keeps me pretty restrained.  Make sure you do not clip the carabiner onto the leash hook, you have to clip it onto the harness itself.  Due to the high temps, no pictures were taken. Riding in the car with the AC blasting is one thing, but taking pictures while the car is parked is a whole different story.

We have been using this harness for about two weeks now. After using a harness with snap buckles for a very long time, we have found that we prefer the nesting buckle system that this harness uses. The Nesting Buckle System is based on the engineering for harnesses used by rock climbers and linesmen. This makes sure that it is safe as well as strong.

We really like this harness. It is very easy to put on and adjust. Having the ability to hook the leash in two different spots is a big plus. It is a little heavier than other harnesses, but we feel that is because it is made with metal instead of plastic pieces. We have only used this in the car twice, once to get my flu shot and the other for a very short dog park trip. It was very easy to buckle me in both times using the best and good practice methods.

We really like this as a walking harness. In just a few seconds, we can be out the door and walking. Mom thinks I walk differently using this harness. Different in a good way. I don’t zig zag as much. It could be that the old harness was not sitting right under my armpits, so I kept having to adjust how I walked so it would not bother me as much. She feels I have been walking more in a straight line the whole walk rather than part of it.

We have purchased different harnesses that say they are no pull harnesses and very few of them were actually no pull. This harness is one of those few. We feel it ranks very high in terms of no pulling. When she says walking me was a breeze, she really means it. She says it was as if I was not even attached to a leash, I was that easy to walk.

If you are looking for a sturdy harness that can be used for everyday walkies as well as being a great car harness, then look no further than the Kurgo Tru Fit Smart Harness. We highly recommend this product. It has become our new walking harness. Which is saying a lot, because we recommended our old harness to just about anyone that was looking for a good no pull harness.

If you want to learn more about this Harness, then click here.

You should also check out all the other great products that Kurgo has to offer on Chewy here.

If you think all those products are pretty pawsome, you should see all the other great things that Chewy.com has to offer. They have super fast shipping and seriously the best customer service.

Check out my instagram  post of me walking and doing my thing.

 

***************************we received this item to us at no cost in exchange for an honest review, all thoughts are mine and mine alone*******************************