Journal: Does Your "Best Friend" Ride With You?

Does Your “Best Friend” Ride With You?

Avatar By Yoav Gilad
January 16, 2014
19 comments

I love dogs. I’ve had or cared for dogs throughout my life and enjoy playing, walking and hiking with them. Dogs are a man’s best friend, right? But there is one thing I won’t ever do (at least not if I can avoid it): take my dog along in my classic ride. Sorry, Cali.

How about you? Are you willing to risk your “best friend” scratching up the seats, drooling or, worse yet, getting sick in your prized vintage car? Even something as simple as pet hair covering the seats can be a nuisance, so how much are you ready to endure to share the thrill of vintage motoring with your canine companion?

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Steve Goudy
Steve Goudy

Our little female, Mini, loves to ride in any vehicle. She is my wife’s dog, but if my wife is away I’m her 2nd favorite human. She has ridden in my Fiat Spider may times and likes the wind in her hair I guess. Something funny happened this past summer that shocked both my wife and I. We had to drop my wife’s Jeep off some place and since it was a nice evening out, I thought I’d take the Fiat to pick her up. I ended up leaving first and was taking my time so my wife could catch… Read more Β»

Richard Johansson
Richard Johansson

My dog (dogs) always gets to tag along. No accidents as of yet, and I always keep them fastened with a harness, at least when driving my r107 Mercedes. Plus if one of them would get sick, which I highly doubt they will, the mb tex will take it no problem!

Garm Beall
Garm Beall

Newton always rides with me! Photo bombs your pics too!

Sid
Sid

Nope. My pooch Rossi only gets in cars if he has to and only likes one type of vehicle, the pickup that takes him out where the wild things are. He also isn’t fond of corners. The first time I took him out for a blast in the Raptor he staggered into the house and threw up. Oops, poor guy. He has to-nails like a dinosaur and sheds little needle-like hairs that are a pain to get out of carpet so I just assume keep him out of the car anyway.

Ae Neuman
Ae Neuman

what about the road safety aspect ?
seen too many cars with dogs unrestrained.
some drivers even drive with their animal in their lap.
hate to see the consequences if they were involved in an accident.

Jim Valcarcel
Jim Valcarcel

That worries me too Ae Neuman.

Future Doc
Future Doc

Why would the dog need to be restrained? Dog car-restraints have been shown to be very dangerous. However, dogs are as good as their training. Mine knows the driver’s area is a no-zone, its in the passenger seat, and is happy.

People with dogs in their laps interacting with the driver are reckless drivers.

Ae Neuman
Ae Neuman

your dog must be amazing if it can negate the laws of physics in a case of sudden deceleration.
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http://youtu.be/jO3kQqKdGNg

Jim Valcarcel
Jim Valcarcel

I understand “Future Doc’s” point. However I agree with Neuman. It’s idea of any of our dear dogs to just go flying thru the car with no help. Even a person cannot hold a dog in place in their arms (as Neuman said) the law of physics
takes over and our dog goes flying thru the window.

Eileen Wetzel
Eileen Wetzel

For five years our German Shepard was a common site in and around Wayzata, Minnesota. He would ride in my husbands 1967 Austin Healey in shotgun style, even after a new paint job and new interior installed. He also would ride in the back seat of my 1963 Austin Healey. If the car started he would get so excited. He thought he was a star and had his picture taken many times per outing. My husband and I felt great joy bringing smiles to others faces. RIP Barron 3/8/2001-11/21/2013. One of the best dogs ever!!

Mik Phill Cowans
Mik Phill Cowans

Always! My dog is my best friend and companion, my car; pretty close to that too πŸ˜‰

Scott Keelan
Scott Keelan

Our pup Zorro is a great co-driver. I don’t drive a “classic” car, but about the only time I don’t want him to ride in the passenger seat of our S2000 is if we are going to the beach. He’s a great companion and I have so much fun driving with him next to me that I don’t mind the odd scratch bit of drool.

Jim Valcarcel
Jim Valcarcel

To all the people that put pix of their dogs up for us to see I say THANK YOU!
We talk about how cars have “character”. How do they get their character if not by those
who have spent time in our cars, sharing time with us there. I say our beloved mates
bring part of themselves to our cars. And as far as slobber, and snot, and other things they
leave in our cars? I say lets just chalk it up to “patina”. πŸ˜‰

Future Doc
Future Doc

Absolutely. My hound is trained to sit shot-gun in my MR2. A big towel down on the leather seats solves any issues. I normally use the wagon for driving the pup around but she likes the drop-top, does not climb around, and the hair is minimal.

More people point, wave and smile at her than any other “modification” that can be done.

Just like humans, some dogs are better with cars than others.

Dustin Rittle
Dustin Rittle

If there is anything i love more then the car culture its my sweetheart of dog. She just makes driving even better then it already is πŸ™‚ plus she dont mind getting some wind in her fur lol :p

Daniel Kelly
Daniel Kelly

Absolutely

Johnny B
Johnny B

I’m with you on this one Yoav, I love dogs, but not in my classic car !!

Jim Valcarcel
Jim Valcarcel

My dog can go anywhere that I go. Period! Classic car. Classic anything. My dog is a life, my car is a thing.