America’s love for dogs is getting stronger and stronger. In 2017, there were 89.7 million dogs living in household as pets. Our furry companions make life more joyful. Now that summer is approaching it is time to plan your next road trip with your best friend! With a little bit of planning, patience and a lot of love, your vacation will go smoothly!
- Check with the vet. Since he knows Fido good enough and holds his medical record, he’s the best person to talk to about your plans. You can also consider purchasing an identification microchip for your pet before a road trip. These chips are embedded beneath your dog or cat’s skin and provide your contact information. If Fido does run off, the chances of getting him back will be higher. While you’re at the vet, it is also a good idea to get a record of any vaccinations your pet has received, and any medication that might be needed for the trip.
- Get the right equipment. The two best ways to travel with your pet inside of your car are with harnesses and crates. Check out this list of top performing harness for your dog here.
- Few weeks before the big trip, start taking your pet on short car rides. This way, you can try out your travel equipment and see how great your dog is doing in a moving car.
- Plan wisely your itinerary by looking for dog-friendly-stops. You can use com, a road trip planner that will list all of the dog-friendly hotels, campgrounds, restaurant, activities and more. They also list beaches and off-leashes parks, veterinarians and pet supply stores. Just to give you an idea, experts suggest stopping every two hours to let your pet walk around and relieve itself. Best way to prevent pet accidents and discomfort!
- Pack his belongings! Collar, leash, food, water, bowls, medications, blankets and pillows. Everything to make him feel safe.
+ If you were looking for a pet-friendly new ride, check out the best cars for dogs.
Why is it important to restrain your dog in the car
Unrestrained pets can become missiles, injuring you or your passengers. An 80-pound pet colliding with your seat at 30 mph exerts 2,400 pounds of force. Unrestrained pets can also be ejected into traffic, endangering themselves and other motorists.
On the road
- Some dogs get very excited to be in the car. You know, the jowls and ears flapping in the breeze kind of happiness. Right before hitting the road, take him on a nice walk to relax him.
- Make him feel comfortable and safe. To do so, make sure that his harness is tighten and fits properly.
- Act like usual. Do not use the sad nor apological voice. Stay positive and calm.
- Turn off power windows!
- Try to stop ~ every 2 hours. When stopping, always keep an eye on him and never leave him unattended inside of your car. Many dogs die each year because of heatstroke. More and more places are making it illegal to leave a pet in a hot car. If you leave your pet inside you might come back to a car with a broken window, no pet, and a police officer with handcuffs waiting for you!
- Give him snacks that are high in proteins.
Enjoy your trip 🐶
A German in New York
We are thrilled to introduce Patricia, our international sales manager. Originally from Germany, she moved to New York ten years ago. “I got a scholarship for track and field. The university recruited me for running.” Because spots are in her DNA: “I started running when I was 18.” She was a semi-professional in Germany there and this tells a lot about her personality. She’s very energetic, and a funny person. Which is valuable when you work in sales because a good energy is key to a good communication and building trust: “I have developed great relationships with some of our customers.” Yes. you’ll often hear her talking about soccer games with some of them.
Within the past two years, Patricia has opened many doors. “I moved from NYC to Santa Barbara two years ago to work at resqme. Inc. My work is about maintaining our current business relationships with our existing customers and creating new business opportunities.” To do so, she’s often at tradeshows and makes cold calls on an everyday basis. Moving here also brought a new hobby to her life. She started training for Triathlons, which involves swimming, cycling, and running over various distances. “Mens sana in corpore sano” – “A healthy mind in a healthy body”, is her motto. “Triathlon helped me developed my skills and my awareness. It is tough. You have to deal with obstacles” she says. This meaningful relationship with sports brought more than a routine to her life. “During a race, you do not stop because it hurts. You keep going.” Just like you would do in life! She says that being able to set up goals, focus on them and get there has “so much in common with my job too.”
A product you can trust
What is it like to work for resqme, Inc.? Celebrating two years in the company, Patricia has become an ambassador for the product she believes in. Our car escape tool, the resqme, is carried by more than 4 million drivers worldwide: “the resqme car escape tool saves lives, we save lives with this product, it’s a gracious and amazing circle. The trust that people put into us is so rewarding. I feel that we have a life deal with everyone we sell the tool to.”
At resqme, we are building a community of people who care for each other.
At resqme, Inc., we like to say that we are more than just a company. It is also true with the people who buy our tools, who are more than just customers. We are all building a community of people who care for each other. This enthusiasm for our line of safety products also brings some challenges: “Because the product is so great, we are getting more and more interest and every customer is a priority in its own way.” As she focuses on the Business 2 Business relationships, Patricia also sees an increase of requests from promotional agencies or through bids. “With an imprint on it, the resqme is the right tool to promote safety values! We had orders from the NASA or UNICEF, it is so rewarding to see these big companies or agencies putting their logo on our tools!”
A worldwide future
What’s next for Pat? The opening of resqme Europe, located in France is something she’s looking forward to: “I’m very excited for the opening of our European sister company because it will make it so much easier for our European customers to get our tools!” She’s also looking forward to get there to meet our German partners. “Europe is very central, on a spatial and political scale. We have our part to play to increase everyone’s everyday safety there!” On a personal side, she is training for the Ironman Italy, trying to qualify for the World championship in Kona: “It takes most of my time!” When we look at the 140.6-mile journey that presents the ultimate test of body, mind and spirit, we understand why!
+ Patricia was recently interviewed on a local Santa Barbara TV channel. Watch her demonstrate our tool and go more in details about the mental relationship between sport and life in this video.
We exhibited at the Lifesavers Conference in San Antonio, Texas. The annual Lifesavers National Conference on Highway Safety Priorities is the largest gathering of highway safety professionals in the United States. It brings together a unique combination of public health and safety professionals, researchers, advocates, practitioners and students committed to sharing best practices, research, and policy initiatives that are proven to work.
We had a great time sharing stories, tips and experiences with everyone visiting. Safety behind the wheel is our priority and resqme, Inc. is committed to make the road safer. Together, we can save more lives!
Special thanks to our partners at KidsAndCars, a non-profit organization formed to protect children in and around motor vehicles. You can donate to then when buying a Kids & Cars resqme car escape tool here.