If you’re one of those who travels with your pooch, we know you’ve got your canine’s comfort in mind when you’re shopping for a car. In fact, according to the American Pet Products Association, more than 56 million American households own a dog, and these furry family members factor in when it’s time to put a new car into the driveway.
In a recent survey of AutoTrader.com visitors who have a dog, 75 percent take them in the car once per month or more, and 53 percent take their dog in the car at least once a week.
Before the back-to-school rush, many families will be making the most of one last summer vacation. In fact, the overall national average of a gallon of gas has dropped 13 cents in the past week, and according to a report from Edmunds.com, about 40 percent of Americans plan to take one last leisure trip before Labor Day, a holiday weekend when some analysts believe gas prices will be at their lowest nationwide.
Whether it’s a road trip across the state, a trip to drop off a student at college, a picnic in the park, or vacation to a tropical island, it's important to be prepared for the last outing of the summer.
AskPatty has been receiving emails all sumer long about foods and products that would be perfect to take along in the car for family road trips. (I'm not kidding, I get e-newsletters several times a week from Skymall.com!) Whether you're looking for something to feed the kids on a lunch break or something to help keep them occupied and comfortable along the way, we've learned about it this summer, and are sharing it with you here. We've even got a few items for traveling pets as well.
Christmas is just a few days away, and if you’re still looking for gift ideas, here are a few more. We’ve gathered up a collection of great ideas for the younger drivers in your family. No matter their age or driving level, we've got something here to please all your car-loving kids! Or, if you’re at a loss for what to pick up for that pet lover in your life, or looking for something to make your own pets' holiday a little brighter, we’ve also found a few fun things for your special pets!
I took a little road trip recently, spending
several hours in my Ford Fiesta to drive down to LaJolla, California, for a
chance to experience an Aston Martin Vanquish and enjoy a delicious lunch at
Cusp, in the Hotel La Jolla by
As a work-at-home mom, small adventures like this are a
lovely opportunity for an indulgent treat, a chance to gather with and meet
other like-minded car and women bloggers. It's also a chance to explore new
places and cars that would not otherwise be among my regular portfolio.
Noted. Facebook works for everything from keeping up with friends, keeping track of trends, to learning about great deals on cowboy boots.
Facebook also works for philanthropic outreach. Toyota’s 100 Cars for Good, a Facebook initiative, launched in 2011 and repeated in 2012, awarded 100 cars to 100 nonprofits over the period of 100 days to charitable organizations. In 2012, you helped Toyota give 100 vehicles to nonprofits. Daily winners were determined by popular vote on 100carsforgood.com. Now those vehicles are on the road and helping those in need.
Toyota is currently in discussions about how to repeat the plan for 2013. A representative from Toyota just this week explained that "the program will be placed on hold until further notice due to internal changes. We're pleased that the program has helped many organizations and will continue to build on the program’s success while supporting nonprofit organizations. "
Five nonprofits were profiled each day at www.100carsforgood.com. Facebook users voted for the cause they feel would do the most good with a new vehicle. At the end of each day, the winner received a new vehicle and the four runners-up will receive a $1,000 cash grant from Toyota.
“The average person doesn’t think about a non-profit needing a vehicle to get its work done,” remarked Michael Rouse, Vice President of Diversity, Philanthropy and Community Affairs for Toyota Motor Sales USA.
Rouse explained that the idea for 100 Cars for Good – a Facebook site for voting–was the result of a brainstorming meeting at the end of 2010. “We looked at what was going on in social media with non-profits and realized that, while we didn’t have a dollar budget to contribute, we do have cars and trucks. This program puts our products as the star of the show to help keep non-profits going.”
“Over the past 20 years, Toyota has contributed more than half a billion dollars to non-profits throughout the United States. 100 Cars for Good allows us to build on that commitment in new ways, putting the public in the ‘driver’s seat’ as we work to help community organizations make an even bigger impact,” offered Jim Lentz, President and Chief Executive Officer of Toyota Motor Sales.
In the past, local causes included Central Vermont Humane Society, A Child’s Place of Charlotte (helps local homeless children with school work, socialization and more), All Hands Volunteers (aids communities struck by natural disasters), Special Olympics Illinois, and Abby’s House (provides women and children across Central Massachusetts with shelter, housing and advocacy).
“In year one, when we announced that we were giving away 100 cars, perhaps people didn’t realize it was the real deal. Now everybody knows that it’s a legitimate program,” explained Rouse.
To learn more visit: www.100carsforgood.com. You can also see a short film at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=LjjeHoJbv1Y&feature=youtu.be
So, there's an animal charity in New Zealand that taught
three rescue dogs how to drive cars in an attempt to show potential pet
adopters how smart these driving dogs could be. Go ahead,
watch the video. It's adorable.
You might think you're just a pet lover, but behind your back, your friends call you the "Crazy Cat Lady." Or maybe you've got a couple of great big dogs you call your “kids.” Don’t worry, we speak your language. That's why TrueCar.com, the authority on new car pricing, trends and forecasting, has done some research into the needs of pet lovers, to find the best deals available for cars ranked highly by other pet lovers.
Regardless of whether your animals range from small to large, from cute little pocket pups to giant canines that look more like small horses, this slideshow highlights something for every pet owner’s needs, regardless of whether you're driving an economical car, or something just a little bit larger.
Ready to get the lowdown on what cars are most popular with pet owners? It's all here. We also provided the vehicle’s market average[i] and current potential discount off of MSRP[ii] to give car buyers context on how that vehicle’s price is trending in the automotive marketplace during the month of July. Rankings are based on 2011 Strategic Vision Data received from people with pets about the cars they drive.
Welcome back to another Ask Patty Holiday Gift Garage - last week the focus was on gifts for kids, but this week we're talking about some gifts for those furry kids, our beloved pets. At a loss for what to pick up for that pet lover in your life, or even looking for something to make your own pets' holiday a little brighter? Look no further than the Ask Patty Holiday Gift Garage - Pets edition!
Bark Buckle UP Pet Safety Kit - First and foremost, pet travel safety is very important to us at Ask Patty. We love our animals, and we love our road trips, and if you're the same then you need the Bark Buckle UP Pet Safety kit. The Bark Buckle UP Pet Safety Kit was designed to protect your pets if you are in an accident. First Responders will locate the pet safety kit in your glove box and call your contacts to come get your pet plus inform them you have been in an accident. Plus - it is absolutely positively free, so get yours today.
Canine Calendar for a Cause - Benefitting humans as well as being a perfect gift for dog lovers, this is a beautifully crafted sepia book/planner/calendar featuring more that 150 dogs that are helping find the cause to lead to a cure for Multiple Sclerosis. Photographed by leading photographers, there are doggie recipes, amusing maxims, and wonderful photos. The perfect gift for the Dog-Lover in your life. The Accelerated Cure Project for MS, Cincinnati Cause Chapter.
AKC Pet First Aid Kit - Expect the unexpected. The American Kennel Club® Pet First Aid Kit is an invaluable resource to have on hand in those unexpected pet emergencies. The pet first aid kit includes all the necessary items commonly needed to quickly and effectively treat your pet in an emergency or pet injury. This pet first aid kit is very affordable and comes in an attractive, easy-to-carry case.
Eco-Me Natural Cat & Dog Care Products - Great all natural chemical free products that are safe for your pets. Clinically tested and proven safe and effective. Mix up your own natural dog flea spray, treats,Dry Shampoo and more! These great kits provide you with the all-natural ingredients to make a complete line of pet care products. You supply at-home ingredients such as vinegar and baking soda - and for those of you a little leery, I can personally vouch for this one. Not only do we use these simple and all-natural solutions for our pets, but vinegar, baking soda, lemon juice, and salt represents the entire breadth of cleaning products we use at home all the time. For the cat version of the kit, go here.
Automotive Bed for Stylish Travelers - For those animals who are always 'on the go,' even while taking a nap. You can't go wrong with this Malibu Dream Car pet bed! Available in pink or navy blue, dogs and cats alike will feel right at home in the driver's seat of this car. No safety harness necessary!
Dogtek Eyenimal Digital Video Camera for Pets - Do you wonder what the world looks like from your pet's point of view? Want to keep tabs on where they go, what they do, when you're not at home? The Eyenimal digital camera is for you. This camera, designed specifically for pets, fastens securely to your animal's collar and records their antics from their point of view, with sound. This is a perfect gift for anyone who wants to get to know their pets a little more.
iPet Companion - Hands down, this is the coolest thing on the list. A perfect gift for anyone who loves animals, even those allergic! First of all, for those without pets who just love animals, for those with no time, health issues, or other barriers, the iPet companion website allows you to play with shelter pets in real-time via a video and interactive toy link. These pets, who are adoptable, by the way - and if you're in the market for a pet yourself, please adopt a shelter pet and save a life - will connect with you in a very real way even though you're separated by miles of country. This is why I love the internet.
Second - and this is my favorite part - the iPet Companion Home Edition is a purchaseable iPet setup for your own home. Want to check in on your pets while you're at the office, and even play with them for a bit? You can do it with this. Includes two interactive toy controllers, a camera, and a control box. Once it's setup, you can use the iPet website to interact with your precious pets from anywhere in real-time... and so can your friends! Now, these guys are so popular that they're actually out of stock, but it's just too cool not to mention. The next production run is scheduled for March of 2012, and I'd imagine they'll sell out again fairly quickly. Still - what a wonderful belated holiday gift this would be, right?
My Mom, Jody DeVere CEO of AskPatty.com, invited me to attend the Blogher 2011 Conference on behalf of AskPatty.com Automotive Advice for Women. I am so grateful for the opportunity. I am a Mom of two beautiful kids ages 4 and 6, there is so much for us "Mom's" at BlogHer it almost overwhelming! I’m new to the blogging world and started a blog about worms and organic gardening.
BlogHer 2011 was held in San Diego CA. with 3,600+ attendees at the Marriot and San Diego Convention Center. BlogHer supplied an endless list of parties, sessions for learning and many inspiring speakers. The EXPO, OMG! Just packed with fun free new stuff. I loved how so many sponsors and attendee's supported causes that help our children, people fighting cancer and our mother earth. I wish I could have been in more places at once because there are so many layers of BlogHer11 activities happening. I was so bummed I missed the Operation Glory Flash Mob and the Ford on Foot Family Road Trip picnic!
As a 1st time newbie BlogHer attendee I found everyone very approachable, (even Smurfette). The women have so many positive and helpful blogs. I loved talking to everyone about what they blog about. I found women who are passionate and want to make a difference. Starting from parenting, life styles and cooking as well as being green, organic products and fighting to keep our air clean. I was there mainly to talk about AskPatty.com Automotive Advice for Women and "She" was well received. The women all loved the Ladies Guide to Automotive Repair and often commented; “What a great idea to have a trusted place for women to ask any of their automotive questions." I felt so proud of what my Mom has created and I know she has worked hard to make this possible.
It's no secret that we love our animals at AskPatty. It's also no secret that we love social media events like Twitter parties. So when VCA Hospitals asked us to do a pet-themed Twitter party with them, we didn't hesitate to say yes! It's called Tails, Paws, and Tweets and it's going to be one heck of a PAWty (with apologies for the pun). For those of you who have been a part of a Twitter party before, you know what to expect - and for those of you who haven't, they're a crazy good time, and you can win some fantastic prizes. Head past the jump for the details, or you can go straight to askpatty.com/pub/vcatweets to pre-register.