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24 Aug 2000
"We discovered that over 60
percent of our design people own companion pets and are concerned about their
safety while traveling," Kevin Smith of Saab told us. The first automotive
company to offer a full line of vehicle accessories specifically designed for
pets who travel, Saab consulted with the Humane Society of the United States for
help in designing their pet travel gear.
"The Saab 'real-life safety
philosophy' says that safety systems and structures should be designed to
protect all occupants, including pets, in real-world collisions," says
The complete Pet Gear lineup includes items for the pet's health, safety, and
comfort during travel such as:
The Batzi Belt
attaches to three-point safety belts but still allows the pet freedom of
movement. It's very important that the belt only be used with a safety harness,
not attached to a dog's collar, Saab advises.
designed for the cargo area of the vehicle, allows the pet to move around but
restrains him when necessary.
The Pet Harness
is a canine safety harness that fits around the torso of the animal and can be
used with the Batzi Belt or the VersaLeash. It can also double as a harness for
walking the pet outside the car.
The W.A.G. Bag,
a water and gear bag that carries anything your pet would need while traveling,
has a compartment for holding a gallon of drinking water, with a spigot to
The Travel Bowl
features a flat bottom and even a cinch top to keep food or water from spilling.
You can fill it from the W.A.G. Bag when Pooch gets thirsty. No need to stop.
The Approach Pack
is a kind of backpack for Fido so he can help carry part of the load while
hiking with his human.
Pets Welcome Book
lists "pet friendly" accommodations and parks across the country.
Saab is donating 10 percent of the proceeds from the sale of the Pet Gear to the
Humane Society. Kudos to Saab for making traveling with pets easier and safer!