Hi, friends. Winston here! I don’t know about you, but lately I’ve been dreaming about trips to the dog park. I can’t wait for spring to get here, because that’s when I can thaw my paws and make all my dog park dreams come true!
But I want to make sure my fun doesn’t ruin the family car, so I’ve come up with a few ways to dog-proof your car for spring:
These tough, washable car hammocks are ready to take on the muddiest of days spent at the lake. They’re available at most pet stores and come in a variety of colors and sizes to fit any vehicle. I love sitting in my car hammock because it makes me feel so safe and secure that I don’t even try to climb in the front seat!
2. Cordless Handheld Vacuum
If you have those nice, smooth seats that smell really good (my humans call them “leather” seats, whatever that means), you probably already know that dog hair doesn’t really stick to them, it just floats around and makes it hard to clean them with lint rollers. If I had thumbs, a driver’s license and leather seats, I’d definitely keep one of these handheld vacuums in the car for a quick cleanup!
3. Custom Floor Mats
Sometimes I get a little green on the way to the dog park, and sometimes my breakfast doesn’t want to stay in my tummy. I know that’s a common problem with traveling pups, so I recommend some custom-fitted, weatherproof floor mats to keep your car’s interior protected from all the mishaps related to pups on the go. They aren’t cheap, but boy are they worth it! Sorry, Mom!
4. Wrap the Windows in Plastic
Have you seen all the cool stuff there is outside? All the smells and sights and new things whizzing by—they make my tail go crazy! Sometimes I can’t keep myself from squishing my big wet nose up against the window and creating that hard-to-clean dog-nose art. Turns out that wrapping the window in kitchen plastic wrap is the best way to prevent nose art. Just peel and toss once the trip is done!
5. Make Your Own Doggie Travel Cleaning Kit
The best way to keep the car in shape is to go after messes right when they happen. My people keep a small bag of cleaning supplies in the trunk—stuff like paper towels, microfiber cloths, interior and upholstery wipes, a few trash bags and a couple of beach towels. These will definitely come in handy whenever there’s a car-cleaning emergency. Not that I plan on splashing around in a muddy puddle… just kidding, I’m definitely doing that in a couple of weeks!