Every fall I head to the Rochester Writer’s Conference at Oakland University in Rochester Hills, Michigan. I have for about six years. (Next year is the 10th Anniversary, so I’m expecting a party).
This year, I brought my terrier Victor – not to the conference, but on this trip because this state, particularly around Rochester, Clinton County, and Sterling Heights, has some interesting dog-friendly places to visit and even shop. While I was at the conference, Victor stayed at the All American Pets Resort, and I’d do it again. (Check out Travel Michigan Part One).
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Rochester, MI is about a four-hour drive from my home including short stops, such as the U.S. border at Sarnia/Port Huron where I need proof of rabies vaccination (though this time the guard didn’t want to see it).
Victor is actually a great car traveler, preferring to hunker down in the backseat, stay put, and not indulge head-out-the-window impulses. I can use my Kurgo harness to hook him into the seat belt, but he still feels unsteady in the seat, easily thrust forward if I have to brake even slightly.
He lies down but rarely sleeps.
Meet the Solvit Car Cuddler™, here to solve my unsteady dog issue. I met with Solvit at SuperZoo pet industry trade show in Las Vegas last summer and the company sent me a Solvit Car Cuddler to try out. It’s part vehicle seat cover and part dog car seat with three sides of firm soft bolsters and a furry (synthetic) padded seat base. It covers the car seat protecting it from dog hair and dirty paws and uses multiple connection points to hold it firmly in place.
Truth is I love this product, and so did Victor.
The thick bolster – providing the ‘cuddle’ – cradled Victor well so he didn’t feel he was rolling forward with each press of the brake. He slept easily and I could clip him into the seat belt if necessary. Dried mud also brushes off the fabric easily.
The Car Cuddler arrived in a compact box in pieces. I had to assemble the seat by pulling the bolster and seat pad into the cover, which was easy even for one person. Plus, I now know how to disassemble it for washing.
The cover straps around the car seat in three places, and I’m leaving it in the car permanently. (I only wish I had it before dogs destroyed the backseat of the car). It’s also something I can remove and use as a dog bed on the road, if I forget to pack another for use in the hotel room.
Check out the Solvit Car Cuddler here.
So what did we do in Michigan the day after the conference? Stay tuned for Travel Michigan Part Three on Friday. Spoiler Alert: It’s not so awesome. Always travel with dog wipes. Thank you Earthbath.
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