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August 11, 2011

Tails, Paws, and Tweets with VCA Animal Hospitals

Pets 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 to pre-register.

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June 01, 2011

BarkBuckleUP: 2011 Heels and Wheels (#heelsNwheels)

by Pet Safety Lady Christina Selter
Bark-buckle-up This was the most amazing event of the year, Heels and Wheels. Produced by Overstreet Events, it brought together female automotive journalists, female automotive experts, female vehicle manufacture representatives and female bloggers – yes, this was an all female event!

Christina Selter (me) founder of Bark Buckle UP began the tour driving the Volvo c70 topless from Los Angeles to Palm Springs. With just one quick stop to change into my AskPatty hat, it was a smooth ride and though we did hit a bit of rain, it took only thirty seconds to put the top up. We checked in at the Viceroy Palm Springs, a row of tan bodies lining the pool.

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April 25, 2011

Come Tweet it Up with Autocheck's Check My Ride!

Twitter-bird It's that time again - time for another Ask Patty Twitter party featuring car care experts and amazing prizes!  Join us on Tuesday, May 3 at 5pm Pacific / 8pm Eastern for a great time sponsored by Autocheck's Check My Ride

For those of you who haven't seen it yet, is a social network for cars.  There you can track your own vehicle's history and reconnect with the cars that you used to drive every day.  That 1990 Chevy Malibu?  Retired to Malibu.  Your parents' old heap that took you to high school and back?  Finally stopped running in 2002.  My beloved first car, for instance, a 1993 Ford Tempo, has apparently relocated to Indianapolis and is apparently still running.

CMR_Logo Join CheckMyRide's own Jen Gordon,'s Jody DeVere, a whole slew of automotive experts and some pretty amazing people for trivia, Q&A, education, and prizes. Plus, in celebration of National Youth Traffic Safety month, we'll be joined by Mobile Tattletale creator David Metter and will be giving away licenses to the amazing Mobile Tattletale app.

Just pre-register to win and then hop into your favorite Twitter feed aggregator like TweetDeck or TweetChat on May 3 at 5pm Pacific and use hashtag #checkmyride to get started.

Every pre-registered participant does get a free gift and you must pre-register to be eligibile for prizes, but it's free and easy - pre-register here, and we'll see you on May 3!


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April 21, 2011

Do you have a top dog? You could win from Bark Buckle UP!

Bark-buckle-up Our good friend Christina Selter the Pet Safety Lady is going to the New York International Auto Show, and she wants to take all your pets with her - in photo form, at least.

Bark Buckle UP is hosting an online "Top Dog" photo contest at the 2011 New York Auto Show.  Does your dog love to travel?  Upload a picture of your pet and your car for a chance to win great prizes from Sherpa Pet Group.  Judges from New York Auto Show, Bark Buckle UP's founder Christina Selter, Rescue Ink, car experts from Auto Trader and the entertaining host Brian Balthazar will select the three finalists -  and the TOP DOG.  But hurry and enter this weekend - you have from Friday 4/22 through Sunday 4/24 to submit your photos.  Head past the jump to find out how.

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April 07, 2011

Bark Buckle UP Reviews: 2011 Range Rover Sport HSE

Dograngerover Our dear friend Christina Selter the Pet Safety Lady presents a new pet-friendly review, this time of the 2011 Range Rover Sport. If you travel with furry friends, you'd do well to check out her review and watch the videos after the jump, and watch this blog for many more pet safety reviews still to come.

Range Rover Sport's highly rigid body, with its low center of gravity and energy-absorbing crumple zones, offers impressive levels of safety and occupant protection. Dynamic Stability Control monitors wheel speed and steering angle to help make cornering safer and more stable. Roll Stability Control operates progressively to help maintain stability. And of course ABS, in the form of four channel, all-terrain anti-lock braking, is fitted. While for added peace of mind there is a total of six airbags, including side curtains. Range Rover Sport also features Land Rover's legendary command driving position, which offers a clear view of the surrounding environment and helps to put the driver in complete control.

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March 16, 2011

BarkBuckleUP Reviews the 2011 Jeep Patriot 4x4

Patriot The 2011 Jeep Patriot 4x4 has been reviewed by pet travel safety experts (and partner & contributor) Bark Buckle UP and put to the test with Betty & Princess (dogs) on city streets, highways and dirt roads.  In their two part video review, they note some minor styling changes for the front and rear, increased ground clearance, and an steering & suspension to help improve the handling.  As for the "pet area," you can double the cargo space by folding the 60/40 rears seats flat - then you can fit more crates or carries, larger pets and even dogs in travel harness that tether to the cargo area's seven d-rings.  Head past the jump for the videos.

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December 10, 2010

Be Smart Ride Safe®, Buckle UP the Whole Family During Holiday Road Trips





 Join the movement today, Be Smart Ride Safe® Take the Pledge

Help spread the word to your family, friends, and community or even where you work, lets save lives.


The Facts Are In: When driving 35 mph, a 60-pound unrestrained dog can cause an impact of 2,700 pounds, slamming into a car seat, windshield, or passenger. Even if the animal survives, it can impede the progress of rescue workers who need every moment possible to safely care for accident victims.

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September 24, 2010

2010 Mitsubishi Outlander GT - The High End of the Midrange

2010 outlander exterior 2 The 2010 Mitsubishi Outlander GT isn't for everyone. This top-of-the-model-line CUV takes premium gas and retails for $29,500 - before destination charge. But if you're looking for a vehicle that can handle inclement weather securely, tows 3,500 lbs., and can schlep your giant schnauzer (or seven people in a pinch), this may be the one for you.

Sporting a  3.0-liter, SOHC MIVEC V6, the GT pumps 230hp and 215 lb.-ft of torque @3750. It gets up to speed quickly, though I couldn't help feeling I was pulling a lot of weight, as the not-so-cute-ute weighs almost two tons with only the driver in it.

Outlander road selector Fortunately, if you like to push your grocery hauler to its limits, the Outlander GT is the one trim with Super All-Wheel Control and three terrain choices: Tarmac, Snow and Lock (low range). Based on an electronically-controlled active front differential, the S-AWC boosts handling and performance, and it's also a great safety benefit, keeping you planted on the road in various conditions. Read: Take me to the mountains, pronto!

So how's this baby beast on gas? The Outlander's 6-speed Sportronic® automatic transmission features Idle Neutral Logic, a fancy way of saying the transmission goes into neutral when the car comes to a complete stop. That saves gas, helping the GT earn an EPA estimate of 18 city/24 highway/20 combined. Nothing to write home about, but considering this vehicle's abilities, it's an understandable trade-off.

Then there are the GT's goodies. It's loaded with standard features:
- auto on- and off- Xenon HID headlamps
- flap-folding tailgate
- 18-inch alloy wheels
- power sunroof
- tire pressure monitoring system
- leather wrapped steering wheel with cruise and audio controls
- magnesium paddle shifters - for fun and control
- FUSE Hands-Free Link System - Stream music wirelessly using Bluetooth, download your cell phone book, control everything with your voice. If it sounds like Ford's Sync, you're on the right track.
- 710-watt Rockford-Fosgate audio system with nine speakers
- 60/40 split/folding/tumbling/reclining/sliding 2nd row seats. Whew!
- fold-flat 3rd row seat - barely usable, but good for those last minute "Can Johnny come over today?" pleas at the end of the school day. Most of the time, you'll have it folded down. With all seats down, cargo volume is 72.6 cubic feet.

Outlander dash My demo model in Cosmic Blue came with the only factory option available on the GT - a $3,000 navigation and leather package that includes power driver seat, heated front seats, 40GB HDD nav with music server and real-time traffic, a rear-view camera, and auxiliary video input jack. That's a lot of technology, and there are plenty more dealer-installed options available, like a rear seat DVD entertainment system ($1,695) and remote start ($599).

2010 outlander exterior For the animal lovers, Mitsu is touting the Outlander's usefulness as an large-size pet carrier; it received a few mentions in the automotive press for being dog friendly and dog safe last year. No doubt this emphasis on four-footed felicity is now a trend, what with the Honda Element Canine Edition getting so much press as well.

At least Mitsu is putting its money where its muzzle is, offering up a GT as the official wheels of TEAM PAWS Chicago, which raises money to rescue homeless pets. That's always good for a couple of points with the AskPatty staff.

Joanne Helperin Consumer Marketing Director, Blog Editor
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August 13, 2010

Tips for a Fun Road Trip to the Beach with Fido

Nick_Hat_Beach A road trip to the beach can be some of the best times for you and your dog. The fresh salt air, the surf and wiggling your toes in the sand are part of what you both love most about a trip to your favorite dog-friendly beach. My Jack Russell Terrier Zoe just loves the off-leash beach park we visit often in the summer.  I so enjoy watching her frolicking and playing with other well behaved dogs and chasing away those pesky seagulls from our picnic area.  Look into planning a day at a dog-friendly beach in your area this summer.

Here are a few tips helpful tips to make it fun and safe for you and Fido:

Dog Road Trip Safety:

Don’t let your dog to ride in the front seat on your beach road trip, no matter how much your dog enjoys it. Dogs riding in the front seat can be thrown into the windshield if you have to make a sudden stop. If your dog is like mine they want to ride in the car on your lap, this will interfere with driving or they can fall down by the gas and brake pedals, causing an accident. Airbags can also pose a hazard to dogs if they deploy while they are in the front seats. Keep dogs in the back seats hooked to a Bark-Buckle Up harness or in a crate to keep them and your family secure and safe. 

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June 01, 2010

Safe Auto Travel With Your Pet

Dreamstime_8851100 How often have you heard (or even said yourself) that your pet is part of the family?  Strange, then, that very few people take the same care to protect their pets during a car journey  as they do for their children.  You buy the very best quality child seats, the strongest safety belts on the market.  You make sure that the children have sufficient food and drink for the journey, and that they are neither too hot nor too cold.  Then you load in the luggage and supplies.  Last of all, just before you start the engine and set off, you squeeze the dog into whatever space is left and shut the tailgate quickly before everything falls out.

It is much better for the animal's welfare  to consider it in your journey planning routine.  Ask yourself: if you should have an accident, how is the animal protected?  If the animal is in the back, occupying the space between the rear seats and the tailgate, and another vehicle drives into the rear of you, there is a high probability that the rear window will smash, and that the animal will be catapulted at speed out back, probably bouncing off the vehicle behind before going under its wheels to a painful and frightening death.  If the animal is on a seat, unrestrained, then any sort of collision is likely to cause it to fly around the inside of the vehicle, probably injuring itself severely as it collides with headrests, the dashboard, or the occupants - or smashes itself through the windshield.  

There are cases on record where an unrestrained dog has been thrown from the rear seat into the back of the driver's head, killing both.  There are also innumerable accounts of animals having been thrown clear of vehicles during collisions, and have then run off never to be seen again, or have run into the road and caused further accidents - or worse, have been run over and killed by other traffic.  All these general comments refer to all sorts of animals; not just dogs.  So think it through before you put your pet in the car, and show the care and consideration that you have but have never thought about before.

Dreamstime_3668827 The golden rule is to restrain the animal safely.  Tying its neck leash to the door pillar or headrest won't work (you will just end up strangling the poor thing) so check out the many properly designed pet restraints and get one fitted properly to your car.  Alternatively, restrain your furry friend by putting him/her in a pet carrier which has been firmly fixed to the body of the car.  Make sure that the carrier is the right size.  It should be big enough for the animal to be able to stand, turn, and lay, but not so big that the animal slides around inside it when you drive around corners.

Also make sure that you regularly stop and offer your pet some water (and food on longer journeys).  If you need to get out for a break and to stretch your legs, so does your pet - so don't leave him shut-up inside to wilt (or even suffocate); take him with you. If in doubt, consider visiting a pet forum for advice. There are many websites that offer experienced advice, and will provide free answers to your pet questions.

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