Safedog - Crash Tested Car Cages to Protect Humans and DogsHaving experienced a minor car crash just yards from home, we started to worry about the effects of a crash if the dogs were in the car at the time. We looked at all the car crates for dogs available in the UK market which were all of a similar design rather than the secure dog cage we were looking for, then happened to be attending an automotive trade fair when we saw these extremely robust looking cages. We tested them for a year in our own car, before becoming the UK distributor for these cages, and whilst we were fortunate that the crate wasn't put to the test, we were (and are!) very happy with the product.
At Safedog we believe that they are the safest car crates for dogs in the world. At the same time I wanted a more robust vehicle. I thought that a Volvo would be too expensive but managed to get a good deal from the dealer in Oxford as Sir Roger Bannister had traded in his old red Volvo in for a newer model and the dealer thought the old car would sell just on its celebrity status! We launched the car crates at a small community event in Beckenham, organised by our local police in 2007; then went on to display them at Paws in the Park and a PDSA show in Bromley.
Since then we've shown our crates at All About Dogs, The Macmillan Dog Day, The Cold Wet Nose Show, The Wag & Bone Show, The Edenbridge and Oxted Agricultural Show, The Autumn Show & Game Fair held at the South of England Centre, Ardingly, West Sussex, Discover Dogs, CLA Game Fair, Aztec Shows, Crufts, Shropshire County Show, Staffordshire Game Fair and many other shows. We haven't yet had a stand at Pup Aid, but have visited the Brighton shows to support Marc Abrahams' campaign against puppy farming.
On a personal level we're delighted with our own crate. Since one of our own dogs had operations on his legs and spine we travelled about 4,000 miles in twelve months to and from Fitzpatrick Referrals in Surrey (well worth all the driving as our little boy is now running round like a puppy again - thanks Noel!) We also covered much mileage on our favourite holiday - a two week tour of beautiful Scotland, including a stay at Guisachan, the ancestral home of the golden retriever.
We've met some lovely dogs (and people!) on our travels, and are pleased to say that our crates have the seal of approval from golden retrievers, flatcoated retrievers, dobermanns, rottweilers, German shepherds, border collies, rough collies, bearded collies, labradors, springer spaniels, poodles, labradoodles, beagles, Italian spinones, boxers, cocker spaniels, cockerpoos, whippets, field spaniels, beaucerons, shar peis, border terriers, Jack Russells, Manchester terriers, Eurasiers, Chow Chows, Portuguese water dogs, Pyrenean sheepdogs, Japanese Akitas, dalmations, chihuahuas, huskies, a New Zealand Huntaway and a Lagotto. During Autumn 2010 we sold crates to a chihuahua family and a Newfoundland owner - the latter also has a Yorkshire Terrier! At shows we often have visits by people who are very happy with their dog cages for cars that they've bought from us - and if they have their dogs with them they'll often hop up into our car as they recognise the crate!
When people are looking for dog crates for cars they sometimes call our ones 'crash proof car crates'. We've never claimed that - but believe them to be the safest car crates in the world!
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