The Things We Do for Love: "I Turned My SUV Into a Dogmobile"

Credit: Leslie May
Johann and Gracie riding in their crates. 

Caroline Golon, the human behind popular humor blog Romeo the Cat, shares stories of pet owners who have gone the extra mile for their pets in this series, The Things We Do for Love.

When Leslie May of Blue Ridge, Ga., was in the market for a new SUV, she looked for one that would handle plenty of trips with her dogs.

May’s two pooches, Gracie and Johann, are both agility dogs, which means the trio travels frequently to events and training. As a result, May turned her Land Rover into a “dogmobile” to keep the dogs safe and comfortable on the road.

Safety First

May knows firsthand how important car safety measures can be. Seven years ago, as she traveled along the interstate, another car hit May’s vehicle head on. Fortunately, no one was hurt. Johann, who was crated in the back at the time, walked away with only a few bruised ribs. “His injuries would have been much more extensive had he not been in the crate,” May says. “This type of accident would throw both dogs into the front if they are not in crates.”

That's why May chose a large vehicle which could not only accommodate two traveling dogs, but also two securely fastened dog crates so that Gracie and Johann ride in style and safety.

The Cushy Life

Each crate has a comfortable bed inside, and May covers the tops of the containers with a blanket in the wintertime or when the dogs are trying to get some shut-eye.

May stocks her dogmobile with every amenity a traveling dog might need: snacks, treats, water, biodegradable poop bags, collars with tags, harnesses, all-natural insect repellent and first aid kits.

When May and the dogs are on an agility trip, May packs additional gear, including wire crates, mats, dinner for the dogs if they are late getting home, “cool coats” if it’s hot, toys/tugs and more.


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