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#5940 - 02/21/10 10:12 AM seat extender filling foot space in back seat area
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http://www.inthecompanyofdogs.com/itemdy...No=1&pos=11

This inflatable device solved an old problem for me. It molds itself perfectly to the space. I put a thin yet firm mattress on top so Feli's paws couldn't get trapped in the gap between the back seat and the seat extender.

Feli couldn't balance and support herself well enough any more to ride in a car. A crate wouldn't do, she felt safest having the back of the back seat to support her when I had to use the brakes. Plus I could pet her while stopped at a red traffic light. I discovered it only a few weeks before her death. It made it possible for her to go on car rides together again, instead of having to stay at home, feel left out, and be bored.

Years ago, for my previous senior, I had foam blocks cut to measure but they didn't fill the gap completely, leaving the middle area open, not safe.

The hammocks wouldn't have worked for Feli - she needed solid ground with her back problems.

edit reason: typo


Edited by shepnterrier (02/21/10 10:13 AM)

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#5956 - 02/21/10 10:42 AM Re: seat extender filling foot space in back seat area [Re: shepnterrier]
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nice to know I have foam in mine
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#5967 - 02/21/10 10:54 AM Re: seat extender filling foot space in back seat area [Re: Bradyddr]
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what will they think of next? my guys go into the back of the SUV, they like to be able to move around a bit

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#5972 - 02/21/10 11:00 AM Re: seat extender filling foot space in back seat area [Re: teresa]
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I bought a van and took the seats out, problem solved. rofl
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#5976 - 02/21/10 11:06 AM Re: seat extender filling foot space in back seat area [Re: Amaruq]
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I have a wagon and the backseat folds down, I keep it down so the dogs have more room.
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#6070 - 02/21/10 12:43 PM Re: seat extender filling foot space in back seat area [Re: Lin]
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I also use a seat extender, similar to yours! I use a large hammock as well. It works great and is well worth the money.

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#6095 - 02/21/10 01:11 PM Re: seat extender filling foot space in back seat area [Re: GSD07]
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Thank you for sharing this, Sarah! Anything to help our dogs-- and especially our seniors!-- feel more secure and comfortable riding is fantastic. Being able to go with you must have meant the world for your special dear Feli. wub
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#6146 - 02/21/10 02:11 PM Re: seat extender filling foot space in back seat area [Re: Braverhund]
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This wasn't about giving my dog more room. I have a station wagon, and I used to fold down the back seat, too, so the dogs could move in the back.

The problem I faced was different: As a senior gets wobbly, and especially a senior with back problems, they cannot support/ balance themselves anymore as the car breaks/accelerates quickly and goes in narrow curves. The dogs do far more work to counteract inertia than we do snugly supported in our bucket seats. Curl up flat in the back of your car, or get on all fours, and have somebody else drive, and you'll get a physical sense of it. Have the driver short stop, accelerate to merge, and drive a narrow curve. You'll feel how much force is acting on your back, and how much your back and stomach muscles need to work to keep you in place.

This device solved the problem immediately for her. I showed it to Feli's rehab vet who recommends it to her patients now.

What she needed was a firm back (the back of the backseat) plus firm ground to push her front paws in, to wedge her in when the car slowed or accelerated or in a steep curve. Without it, she got extremely distressed - and this was a dog with nerves of steel. It was out of sheer back pain, and fear of that pain.

It wasn't a gimmick for my dog. Although, I agree, the advertisement makes it look like one. And the retailer that sells it offers mostly gimmicks and 'cute' stuff. It was out of despair that I even look at the 'travel' section of that cataloge. They sold Gel-Flex beds for a while, also as a 'luxury' bed, but I found it the best bed for a senior w/ orthopedic issues and occasional incontinence.

I hope it is of use to those whose seniors also have trouble keeping their balance in a car. Or post-op dogs. Driving a freshly spayed female back home from the vet after the surgery, I'd use it.

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#6149 - 02/21/10 02:13 PM Re: seat extender filling foot space in back seat area [Re: Braverhund]
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Thank you, Patti! You had seniors, too, didn't you?

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#7038 - 02/22/10 10:39 AM Re: seat extender filling foot space in back seat area [Re: shepnterrier]
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Interesting, thanks for posting. What you are saying definately makes sense!
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