New Blanky

What a smile!

AJ (aka: The Knucklehead) got a new blanky to dig up today. I wanted him to spend a little more time up front with me, so I figured I'd get something he could move around to be comfortable on that seat. It worked!
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Aren't they just the cutest when they are sleeping, especially when they've "nested"!?
Is that some softness to block falling on the floor should a quick stop be necessary?:)

Aww what a cute picture - he sure does look like he's smiling in his sleep.

The "King's New Blanky". I'm referring to King AJ. It sounds like it could be a short story doesn't it. Darn it, this guy does a great job riding shot gun so he deserves a new blanket.

Nice Blanky fits AJ very well and he looks handsome as co "driver" o sorry co rider. That was nice he can ride up front and you both get to enjoy each other.

Rita Jean

Houston

Oh, his new lovey…we all need a lovey in our lives..
I like the picture, so sweet.

While it is a very cute picture, typically Basenji…. I am going to go out on a limb here... and point out that it is not very safe, for the Basenji or the human.... everyone should be restrained when in a moving vehicle.....

Ms. Pat:

I really appreciate your concern. However, in our case, I drive for up to 10, sometimes 11 hours per day. When I stop for breaks, it's only for about 10-15 minutes to stretch and pee. There is a bed behind the seats and that's where AJ spends most of his time while we're moving.
If we get into an accident, whether we are restrained or not, most likely, due to the weight and construction of the vehicle, neither of us would survive anyway. Therefore, after weighing the risk of injury vs. benefit of letting him choose where he's most comfortable, I let him choose. He knows where not to be when the truck is moving and (IMO) it would be cruel to crate or tie him for those number of hours per day.
I do wear a seatbelt at all times, but this is because of a habit I developed driving regular cars. I feel weird without it now. He gets to stand up, move around, stretch, get a drink of water….Unless there is a way to restrain him without cruelty, he will continue to have run of the areas of the truck not necessary to its operation while we are moving.

I have the passenger side built up with a document case, a duffel bag, my laptop computer and some rugs that I throw on the dash so he can lay up there while we're sitting. All that stuff stacked up makes a fairly level area he can bed down on if he wants to.

Hey AJ's Human,

I don't know if this would help, but this is what I use with my dogs

http://www.kurgo.com/products/azl.html

Since you can adjust the length of the line attached to the carabiner, you can give them a good bit of room to wander, but still have a restraint so they won't be thrown clear of the vehicle in an accident.

and when it's time to get out, you just unhook the carabiner from the cross-line, and use it as a leash, so it's nice for quick stops.

Thank you for the link. 🙂

First Basenji's

Cute, cute, my B's go through blankets, chew, chew, chew, Hopefully when they boys turn 1 yr. it will subside. They are each others blankets.

@nkjvcjs:

Hey AJ's Human,

I don't know if this would help, but this is what I use with my dogs

http://www.kurgo.com/products/azl.html

Since you can adjust the length of the line attached to the carabiner, you can give them a good bit of room to wander, but still have a restraint so they won't be thrown clear of the vehicle in an accident.

and when it's time to get out, you just unhook the carabiner from the cross-line, and use it as a leash, so it's nice for quick stops.

That would be a great solution… and to AJ... I totally zoned out that you drive truck... but still... I worry about a loose pooch in a moving vehicle....

When I had the Aussie Cattle Dog, I had the rear of my pickup set up so he would be secure: I ran a 500 lb chain between the tiedown points just behind the cab using eyebolts with turnbuckles to tighten it Then I used a fastener similar to a carabiner (but that screws together rather than clip) to secure another chain to the center of the first. The second chain was just long enough Chauncey could look forward from behind the cab, but not long enough for him to put his front feet on the edge of the truck bed. There was a standard two-ended leash clip at the dog end of the second chain which attached to his collar loop.

This arrangement made it possible for him to safely ride in the rear of the pickup. And would someone please tell me: what farm or working dog doesn't like to ride in a pickup truck bed?

IMO if AJ was in a crate and there was accident it could cost AJ his life. I like the fact that AJ has a great life and can sit or lay were he likes.

Rita Jean

Nothing like sleeping in a moving vehicle with sunshine for warmth.
AJ looks so comfy.
I love to sleep on long trips with my blanky and pillow.
When I was a young pup, I'd sleep in the back on the floorboard of our Model T!
Yes, I'm that old. :p

When I was a baby, my mom drove around in an old Studebaker pickup. They didn't even have seatbelts in those. She would lay me down on the passenger seat.

And I can remember sleeping on the passenger floorboard of my dad's old blue VW Bug.

I bought Buddy a dog bed when I first got him but he wanted to chew it into a million pieces so I put it away. I just gave it to him the other day and he's doing well sleeping in it as you can see. It's on the couch.

I know, I know you're going to ask if I have seat belts on the couch because during action movies he and I could dangerously get thrown off during a high speed car chase. I'm working on it, OK.

Love that pic of Buddy…he looks so comfy

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