Three years ago, I purchased a “Pet Gear’s, Car Booster Seat” for Divinity. The version I bought was the large model.
Several people have asked or commented in other posts about this seat. This post should clarify, and/or provide details on how I’ve installed this seat, and setup Divinity’s “seat belts.”
Pet Gear’s largest size seat provides Divinity with enough room to lay down in comfort. The seat itself (not the factory provided harnesses) has withstood lots of use over the past three years. However, I did need to replace the foam in the removable cushion after a year, or more of use.
Divinity has traveled several thousand miles while enjoying the view from this seat. The vehicle’s seatbelt holds Divinity’s pet seat in place. The Pet Gear seat is placed in the front passenger side as Divinity enjoys being co-pilot, and likes sitting next to her dad.
You can purchase a Pet Gear seat either from PetSmart or PetCo. This seat is an “on-line order” only with both these retailers. However, there may be other companies who also sell Pet Gear’s, Car Booster seats.
As for the harnesses that came with Divinity’s seat, they were very flimsy. I could have broken the metal attachments with a strong pull. This is the reason I use actual dog leashes to secure her to the car itself. I am not sure if Pet Gear changed this design since I bought this seat three years ago, but I do not see these “runners” on the top rear back in photographs of newly manufactured seats.
The leashes I use are 6 feet in length. The reason I use 6 foot leashes, is that I already had one, so I only needed to purchase one additional leash. A four foot leash “may” have been the correct length to run directly to the rear passenger seat without too much slack.
The 6 foot leashes allow Divinity to turn around on the seat, but they are not so long as to have her get thrown past the seat in the event of a crash. A bonus of having the leashes run between the vehicle’s seat back, and seat bottom, is that the foam in the vehicle’s seat will cushion any sudden stop for my little lady.
The leashes slip through the pet seats runners, and are then clipped into Divinity’s harness. This doubles the safety factor for my precious little gal.
Note: This setup works well for Divinity and I, as it’s just the two of us. On the rare occasion there is another person in the car, they get to sit in the rear passenger seat behind Divinity as I am not about to remove her seat. It’s too much work removing, and then reinstalling the seat, for the short hops that have occurred.