Wednesday, December 31, 2008

It’s better then a WALK in the PARK

San Diego, Ca, December 22, 2008 – It’s better then a WALK in the PARK – “Come Ride with Bark Buckle UP,” California’s only media pet safe vehicle ride & drive, will take place on Wed., Dec. 31 from 6 am to 12 noon.

Broadcast and print media are invited to bring their dog to ride in one of the nominees for the 2009 Pet Safe Vehicle Awards. Rides will be available in vehicles from Volvo, Ford, Kia, Toyota, Chrysler, and General Motors.

Vehicles will also be on display. Don’t have a dog? Let us provide one for you.
During the ride & drive media will learn about the issues related to unrestrained animals traveling in moving vehicles and to review how to properly secure pets by using available pet safety products…capable of safeguarding animals, owners and others should an accident occur.

Each participating dog (or member of the media) will receive a FREE doggie bag filled with great pet products.

In-vehicle pet safety - Be Smart Ride SafeTM
According to national statistics the number of pets traveling in vehicles is at an all-time high. Because most animals travel unrestrained, the corresponding risk to vehicle occupants, pets and first responders called to render aid is increased. The challenge of securing a frightened or injured animal before treating victims can be of
equal concern.
• A 35 mph accident, a 60-pound dog can cause an impact of 2,700 pounds (Bark)
• Pet hotel travel has increased 300% since 2005 (APPMA)
• 82% of dogs travel in the car and on vacation (APPMA)
• 98% of dogs travel unrestrained in a moving vehicle (CA Traffic Safety Workbook Bark)
• 63% of US households – 71.1 million homes - have a pet (APPMA)
• 50% of dog owners consider pet travel needs when selecting a vehicle (APPMA)
APPMA: American Pet Products Manufacturers Association.

Pet Travel & Safety Gear GIVEAWAY to the public Dec 31st Opening Day starts at noon next to the Ford Flex for the first 200 people that bring a picture of their pet to the display will receive One Free Pet Travel or Safety Gear product while supplies last. The giveaway retail value is more then 6000 dollars in prizes. The Ford Flex is
one of the “nominees for the 2009 Pet Safe Vehicle of Choice Awards” come check it out and see how to keep your pet safe during travels.

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