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Californians can now legally break into cars to rescue animals
Californians can now legally break into cars to rescue animals

By now, everyone knows that it's a terrible idea to leave pets in cars, especially during the warmer months. And yet, we've all seen pets trapped in cars. Sometimes, owners crack their car windows thinking that will help keep interior temperatures low, but in fact, it doesn't do much. Even on a...Read More»

Testing in-car pet restraints
Think Your Pet Is Properly Restrained In The Car? Think Again, Says Subaru

If you're a pet owner, you probably know the basic rules about road-tripping with your favorite pal. Bring plenty of food and water. Don't leave her in the car. And never put her in an open truck bed. It's also a good idea to restrain your pet while you're on the road. Whether you're dealing with a...Read More»

Ford & American Humane Association remind pickup drivers: dogs ride inside
Ford & The Humane Association Tell Pickup Owners: Keep Dogs Out Of Truck Beds

Here's a startling statistic: according to the American Humane Association, 100,000 dogs die each year while traveling in truck beds. Some are ejected during accidents. Some jump out while the vehicle is moving. Others die from debris, low-hanging limbs, and exposure. Now, Ford has partnered with...Read More»

2013 Chevrolet Equinox
What Are Five Things Your Car Has To Have To Be Pet-Friendly?

If you own one of the approximately 78.2 million dogs in more than 46 million American households, or one of the 86.4 million cats, you know how to take care of your pet when it’s in your home. But when it comes to taking Fido or Fluffy out in the family car, do you know whether your vehicle...Read More»

Owen, in the Six-Month Road Test Hyundai Veloster
Six-Month Road Test Hyundai Veloster: The Fido Test

It took only a couple of weekends in our six-month road test 2012 Hyundai Veloster to glean that this small car could work surprisingly well for some city-dwelling dog owners. Yes, that's a bit of a surprise—especially considering its rakish, low-slung coupe profile. Usually, if you want a...Read More»

'Camping' ad from Subaru's 'Dog Tested, Dog Approved' campaign
Subaru Says: Skip The Super Bowl & Take Rover For A Romp

This Sunday, millions of folks around the world will huddle around the warm glow of their TVs to watch the biggest game of the year (or at least the commercials). But Subaru is encouraging dog owners to take a break from the Super Bowl shenanigans and walk their pooches to the park. It's all part...Read More»

Dogs in the car [photo by John d'Addario]
6 Tips For A Perfectly Pet-Friendly Vacation

Normally, the staff at High Gear Media write in the "royal we", but occasionally we offer suggestions from a very personal perspective. This is one of those times. A couple of months ago, as summer arrived, I put together a checklist of things to consider before taking a vacation with your pets. Of...Read More»

Honda Dog Friendly Element
Have A Dog? Survey Says You're Probably A Distracted Driver

There are over 78 million dogs living in American homes, and chances are pretty good (around 40%) that your household includes at least one canine companion. But if you're among the millions of people taking Fido out for a drive in the family car, a new study indicates that you're doing a terrible...Read More»

2010 Honda Dog Friendly Element
Drivers Confess To Bad Dog Habits In The Car

In a nation where 78 million dogs reside in more than 46 million households, it’s no surprise Americans love their canine pets. But when it comes to packing Fido into the family car, a new survey finds that drivers admit to some pretty doggone dangerous habits behind the wheel. Who can blame...Read More»

'Car Show' by Thomas Hawk on Flickr
Roadtripping With Rover: 9 Tips For A Pet-Friendly Vacation

If you live in the northern hemisphere, you probably started thinking about your summer vacation months ago. And if you have pets -- as over 71 million households in the U.S. do -- chances are fairly good that you've considered taking them along for the ride. Taking a pet on a trip can be fun, but...Read More»

2011 Toyota Sienna SE: photo by Todd Allen
Family Car Advice: Never Leave Kids Alone In The Car

After a cruel winter in many parts of the country, and some areas still struggling after destructive tornadoes and floods, it’s a breath of fresh air to look forward to summer – and a little relief from all our woes. But, just as certain as summer follows spring, every year there are...Read More»

Honda Element Dog-Friendly package
Tested: 2010 Honda Element, Dog-Friendly Package

We've always thought of the Honda Element as one of the best vehicles for dog owners. Thanks to its tall cabin, easy-clean cargo floor, and versatile seating arrangement, it's long been a favorite among active folks with dogs. For 2010, Honda finally took advantage of the Element's usefulness—or...Read More»

Dog in driving gear
TCC Tip: Don't Let Your Dog Ride Shotgun

Your dog may in fact "want to go for a ride"--but that ride could end up hurting you both, according to a survey from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. The charitable wing of the roadside-services provider says as many as one-third of dog owners report their pets distracted them while driving...Read More»

2010 Honda Dog Friendly Element
Do Dogs Leave A Larger Footprint Than SUVs?

Are dogs worse for the environment than SUVs? You'll find a number of sources trumpeting the widely publicized results from New Zealand researchers, concluding that yes, dogs are worse for the planet than SUVs. But don't kick out the hound quite yet and head for the Hummer dealership; according to...Read More»

2010 Honda Dog Friendly Element
2010 Honda Element Lives Up To Its Pet Pawtential

Thanks to its easy-clean cargo floor and tall, versatile layout, the Honda Element has been a longtime favorite for dog owners. Yet the number of official pet-friendly accessories for the Element, along with most other popular dog-haulers, has been surprisingly limited, leaving families to search...Read More»

2008 Subaru WRX STI police car, Itasca, Illinois
Illinois Subaru Parade Gets Guinness World Record

When we hear "Subaru", we're more likely to think of world rallies than world records. But last Saturday, Subaru of America set a new Guinness World Record for the largest parade of Subaru cars in the world: 339 of them, to be precise. The Guinness organization even sent an official adjudicator...Read More»

Skull and crossbones
OnStar Partners With Poison Control To Help Kids, Pets

We all know that OnStar can indeed be handy for making a last-minute reservation, that it's proved invaluable in helping police track stolen vehicles (or stop thieves in their tracks as operators remotely shut down engine function), and that it's saved lives by alerting authorities when airbags...Read More»

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