Next Monday my bulldog Porter and I will be hopping in a rented minivan to drive cross-country to move to Eugene, Oregon. My plan was initially to put him in his cage (just a single wire cage, not a hard-sided travel kennel) so that he could sleep without getting rolled around by braking and such. I may still do that—he needs to get at least twelve hours a day or his wrinkles begin to lose elasticity—but at the suggestion of one of my soon-to-be-ex-roommates, I’ve just bought him a Pet Vehicle Safety Harness from Solvit. It has a padded piece that goes all around the front that connects to the seat belts in the vehicle, in theory giving them a little bit of motion while they’re sitting but still locking up tightly if there are any sudden stops.
I’m not actually sure Porter will want to be sitting up for more than a few minutes at a time, but if he can still manage to lay down in the seat at all it should be a safer option for him than being in a bungeed cage. And if not, at least we’ve got the first piece of equipment he’ll need when we go skydiving.