We know there are few things dogs love more than holding their faces in the wind and letting their ears dance in the breeze while you drive. You’re their favorite person in the world. You’re their hero.
Just remember to also be their protector.
Ford and the American Humane Association remind pickup truck drivers that dogs should never ride in the bed of a pickup truck.
In a campaign called “Dogs Ride Inside,” Ford and AHA stress that simple, basic actions can prevent serious injury or death while transporting a beloved family pet.
“It is estimated that 100,000 dogs die each year riding in truck beds” said Dr. Robin Ganzert, president and CEO of American Humane Association, the country’s first national humane organization. “Unfortunately, we have all seen dogs riding in the bed of a pickup truck, which is an extremely dangerous way to transport your pet.”
“As America’s truck leader, this is an issue that’s close to the heart for us,” said Doug Scott, Ford Truck Group Marketing Manager. “We’re not asking that people go to onerous lengths while driving with pets, but even the smallest steps can make a difference in keeping all passengers in our vehicles safe.”
The American Humane Association and Ford recommend:
–All animals should ride inside a pickup truck cab – never in the bed of a truck.
–At the very minimum, your pet should always ride in the back seat if your truck has one. An animal in the front seat can quickly become a driver distraction and cause an accident, jeopardizing the pet and everyone else in the vehicle.
–Just in case you and your pet become separated, be sure that all ID tags are properly affixed to your pet’s collar.
–Never leave pets unattended inside of vehicles. Remember that cars heat up fast – even with the windows cracked.
At Beach Ford, we want to keep the whole family happy and safe.
Here’s to a fun summer!