Hurrah! We have now got a dog-mobile! After a month of trawling the internet, we finally decided to go see the vehicle I posted about the last time. Early this week, we drove down to Essex, with one stop overnight en-route, and went to the seller’s showroom to take a look at it. We had a few questions we wanted answered:
- the vehicle should be as clean as it looked online
- the vehicle should have all its paperwork
- the vehicle should be roadworthy, drive well, and good for many more years of happy motoring
- above all, the vehicle should suit our beloved canine.
First of all, we tried to get Zack to enter and exit the car via the boot. This did not work too well, and our elderly doggy fell flat on the ground with all four legs spayed out as he tried to jump out of the boot. Then, we moved the seats forwards and encouraged Zack to climb in through the side door. This worked a little better although he had difficulty co-ordinating his hind legs with his front ones at first. However, by the third try, he had mastered the art of it. In fact, he practically skipped into the car and out again without any incident.
Once Zack was in the vehicle, we wanted to make sure that he would have ample space to lie down or move around. The third row of seats had by this time been hung up into the side of the vehicle by the salesperson, and whilst this provided more floor space for Zack, the seats’ overhang had cut off some of the headroom by the windows. Zack, however, was not fazed by it all, and simply found a place to lie down between the seats, taking up the space where the third row of seats had been previously.
Then we went for a drive. A dog that feels queasy in a vehicle and then spews his dinner is not a very nice experience to have, both for the dog and the owners. Zack took everything in his stride and simply lay there quite serenely in his allotted space within the vehicle. Hubby, who was ensconced in the second row of seats even managed to find space for his legs despite being near enough 6’2″ tall.
I sat in the driver’s seat to see whether I would find it a comfortable driving position and it was. Then I moved over to the front passenger seat and enjoyed a smooth drive along a very busy motorway. Hubby listened out for untoward sounds whilst seated behind me. He reported that all sounded well.
That night, we mulled over the suitability of the vehicle, the initial cost of it, the logistics of transporting it to us in the Lakes, and the long-term running costs. We had searched long and hard for a suitable vehicle to take Zack out and about, and it had taken us a month to find one. We have now found it!
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