Our Miniature Schnauzer, Angelo, likes to sit on our laps in the front. We have a van with a second and third-row seat, and he has great big windows to see out in all directions, but he needs to be in the front. The problem is he’s short. When there is no lap to sit on, he can’t see over the dashboard unless he stands up on the window. We wanted to find him a booster seat where he could safely sit in it and see out the front windows whether he was sitting or laying down. We ended up buying the PetSafe Happy Ride Dog Safety Seat.
We Bought It Because Of The Color, Height, And Dog On The Sales Picture
My first dog was a Miniature Pinscher. He died a few years ago. The amount of love I had and still have for him can’t even be explained in words.
When we saw the Miniature Pinscher on the sales picture for the PetSafe Happy Ride Dog Safety Seat, we were pretty much sold. We took it as a sign to get it.
It Needs To Be Assembled
I saw a few negative reviews about assembly and a few positive ones, so we weren’t sure what to expect. But my husband had it together in no time.
The cover and cushion came wrapped in plastic and the frame came tied in plastic.
It took some strength to get it to connect, but it was doable. It reassured us that it wasn’t going to fall apart while Angelo was in it!
Once the frame is together, you slip the cover on.
Then you put the lining on and Velcro it to the cover. And then you pull the safety harness through the hole in the cover.
Then you put the little pillow in it and stick your unsure dog in there.
He actually enjoyed it. He fell asleep for a little while.
The next morning, I put it in the car. It wasn’t the easiest thing to put in. You have to put the seatbelt in through a slit on the side, then through the harness to secure it, then through the other slit on the other side, and then buckle it in. I kept making the seatbelt too short and having to start over, but I eventually got it in there.
Then we put Angelo in his seat, and he was pretty content. He knew it was his seat and didn’t try to get out of it.
We had about a 40-minute ride to my husband’s work, and Angelo enjoyed it. He spent most of his time with his head on the side of his booster seat looking out the window.
We had put a little blanket it there for him because who doesn’t like extra comfort. He laid down with his head on that blanket for most of the ride.
He normally likes to stick his head out the window, but the seat belt thing that comes with the PetSafe Happy Ride Dog Safety Seat didn’t allow him to reach that far.
He wasn’t too impressed that he couldn’t reach the window, but I felt safe with him like that. He was definitely tethered into his bed and if I had to hit the brakes for some reason, he wouldn’t go anywhere.
He did get his head almost out the window, so it wasn’t a total loss for him. His hair was definitely blowing in the wind.
We Are Happy With The PetSafe Happy Ride Dog Safety Seat
You can move the seat ever so slightly either way when belted in, but it was extremely stable the whole car ride to my husband’s work and back, and there are a lot of turns, bumps, and stops and starts along the way.
The small cushion that goes in has a slippery side to it and a fleecy side to it. The slippery side was put down and it moves easily… because it is slippery. We are going to put down something to make it stick a little better, but Angelo didn’t seem to have any problem with it.
The booster/safety seat is big enough that he can lay down in it comfortably. He’s about 22 pounds, and there is still room.
I think this was a great purchase for Angelo. Now he doesn’t feel the need to be on someone’s lap because he can see just fine on his own, whether he’s laying down or standing up.
It’s not super soft under that pillow. The PetSafe Happy Ride Dog Safety Seat has a hard frame that is only covered by the thin fleece cover and the small pillow. So, if you have an older dog with joint problems or in need of extra comfort, you may want to throw some extra blankets and pillows in there.
Angelo doesn’t like it too cushiony. He falls asleep too easily when it’s like that and then he can’t sit up and look out the window, which is his favorite thing to do. We’ve discovered this by putting pillows on our laps on long trips. Even when he tries to stand up, he lays back down quickly because it makes him too sleepy.
This PetSafe Happy Ride Dog Safety Seat is perfect for him in size, comfort, and height. And we are going to feel a lot safer when we are on the road with him in this thing.