My dog Honey has super powers—of friendliness, good manners, and shedding. Oh, the shedding.
No matter where I am. No matter what I do. I’m accompanied by little golden hairs.
I drop them in my food. I staple them into my papers. I wrap them into gifts.
I’m looking for the kryptonite that will defeat her super power of shedding. And that’s why I’m betting against my dog. I’m hoping that in the battle of the century, Honey has met her match.
Dog Hair Keeps Us Housebound
I’m stupid. I decided to go car-free in a town that makes it hard to have fun with my dog.
Ithaca doesn’t have dog-friendly public transportation like Seattle. Ithaca doesn’t allow dogs on their outdoor, pedestrian mall like Burlington. Ithaca doesn’t even allow dogs in its lakefront park!
When we had a car, we got out-of-town. We drove up the lake to one of the lovely state parks to spend the day. We did this every warm weekend.
But without a car, it’s very hard to escape Ithaca. We aren’t allowed to do much with Honey here. So we just stay home.
It’s okay. It’s the price we pay for making an ethical choice in a world that worships cars. But I worry that being car-free in Ithaca might be dangerous.
Dog Emergencies Without a Car
Our regular vet is about half a mile away. For wellness visits, we just walk.
And if we had a weekday emergency, I could carry Honey if I had to. Thank goodness I don’t have a Newfie.
But what if we needed an emergency vet in the middle of the night?
Cornell Vet Hospital is three short miles away. If Honey was unconscious, she wouldn’t object to the bike cart. But those three short miles are straight uphill. It would probably take me an hour to get there towing Honey on my bike.
We’re members of Ithaca Car Share. There’s a car I can borrow just 3 blocks from my house. But dogs must be crated inside cars or we’re charged a $250 fine. And most of the cars are tiny.
I’d have to walk a mile to the nearest mini van that could hold Honey’s crate.
What if there was an easy way to transport Honey in a rental car without using a crate that still managed to keep the car clean?
The Dog Hair Rental Car Shuffle
When we have to go long distances, we rent a car at the airport. As long as we return the car clean, they’re fine with us having a dog.
So we cover the front and back seats with old sheets—yep, it looks ridiculous—and bring the car home early so we can vacuum the carpets thoroughly before returning it.
What if there was a way to contain dog hair in a rental car (because the sheets thing really doesn’t work) so we could rely on Ithaca Car Share in an emergency? Or if we wanted to bring Honey to a training class or other activity nearby? Or even to pick up a larger foster dog at the SPCA?
Enter Honey’s opponent, the Wander Hammock.
Kurgo (affiliate) was kind enough to send me one to review and another one to give away to a lucky S’Wagger. I haven’t tried it yet. But I’m hopeful that it will make renting a car much less messy. Especially since we have a sailing trip in Ontario planned with Honey this spring.
We’ll be renting a car this weekend and putting the Hammock through its paces. Who will come out ahead? Honey and her hirsute handsomeness or the Hammock?
If I’m right to bet against Honey and for the Hammock, I’m going to make a pitch to Ithaca Car Share. Perhaps they would be willing to offer a pilot program where one car is available for dogs to ride uncrated, as long as the driver installs the Hammock first and leaves the car clean. If it works, maybe they’d be more flexible with their dog guidelines.
It would certainly make me rest a little easier to have more transportation options. And I might even get to enjoy some fun dog activities with Honey like nose work classes or the pet festival at the indoor mall (go figure, the indoor mall allows dogs twice a year but the outdoor mall forbids them).
Betting Against My Dog
So that’s why I’m betting against Honey. I’m hoping that the Hammock will be powerful enough to contain most of the dog hair on a trip. And that we’ll have more travel options.
What do you think? Will fluffy golden fur be victorious? Or will the Hammock lock down most of the fluff and contain it before it covers the carpet, front seats, and cup holders?
For our sake, I hope Honey is a big fat loser. So we can all win something better.
Your Turn: How do you cope with dog hair in the car? Or have you given up? Do you have any suggestions for traveling with your dog in a borrowed car?
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