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Old 07-23-2008, 07:20 PM   #1
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Boxster + Dog

I am fortunate to have a beautiful dog as well as a Box. It was quite nice here a couple of days ago (low 80s) and I decided to take my aging dog on a walk near the water (shes shaggy and getting old, so I thought the cooler the better). I figured I would take the box and drop the top so I can get some enjoyment out of the ride as well.

My dog being quiet large (pics below), wasn't too comfortable in the passenger seat. Does anyone else take their dogs out in their boxes? If so, any tips on how to set up the passenger seat so my dog can lie down while I'm driving and so that I can see the side mirror?

Or if you just want to post pics of your animals thats cool too! I love showing pics of my dog.





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Your dog is really pretty. What breed is she? Sorry I don't have any advice about how she can fit better in the seat. Here are some pics of my dog, and as you can see, she is pretty small.



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Here's my buddy ( Marley ) :

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Old 07-24-2008, 06:24 AM   #4
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My golden retriever's been in my boxster three times in the four years I've owned the car.

Every single time, she's scratched the crap out of one or more items. The seat, the door sill plate, the center console, etc.

She goes absolutely everywhere with my wife and I (stores, work, friend's homes, etc.) but only in the Lexus' back seat... not the boxster.

I will say though that when she's sitting up in the seat with the top down and rests her head on the window sill (a trait all Goldens posses), everyone driving by can't take their eyes off her

If I had a smaller dog like Lovebunny, I'd probably take it in the car more often.

Securing a large dog in a car can be done and they make harnesses for your seat to protect the dog and keep it from jumping out:

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Old 07-24-2008, 08:58 AM   #5
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Unfortunately my dog is probably too stuborn to like being tethered to the seat. If I could get her to put her head out the window I bet she would be a lot more comfortable (she had her face planted against the windshield last time). Btw all your dogs look great, I been thinking that when the time comes I may want to get a labradoodle or a goldendoodle. Have a combo of the big dog/little dog thing thats cute as hell.

Oh, my dog is a Bouvier (des flandres). shes a belgian sheep dog
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Jump, did your dog have her tail cut?
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Old 07-24-2008, 10:03 AM   #9
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My dog went away after 15 years.

But I do have this girl. She sleeps on top of it every night to make sure the top is covered with hair and there are little footprints all over the car.




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my pooch is always sad b/c I never take her for rides in
her [almost] namesake.....



actually, she loves to go for rides in a car but only if she can face backwards
i.e. the "tailgunner" position in my SUV (go figure )
Otherwise, it gets ugly........
(don't ask me how I know )
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Named after Marley from the book Marley and Me?

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Actually, "Marley" after Bob Marley

Grogan's book came out in 2005. My Marley was born in 2000.

Great book, though ( and yes, I cried at the end )

Can't wait for the movie ( with Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston ) due this Christmas !

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Those are precious and beautiful pets.
I'll take one of each, please.
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I'm loving looking at everyone's dogs, and even though I'm not a "cat person," cartagena, your cats are adorable. There is a kitty in my neighborhood that I always see sleeping on the top of a conertible BMW around the corner. It must be a comfy place for cats.

Even though I have a cute little portable dog, I don't ride with her much. She does pretty good in the car, but I worry about getting in a wreck with her even with her harness on.

I've taken my brother's dog Zoe with me a few times, and one time I was going over some high speed bumps entering a parking lot with her. It's about three bumps and I have to sort of rev up my engine to get over them and sometimes the car rocks back and forth a bit in the process. She was standing on the seat leaning forward and every time the car would rock she'd rock back and forth with it. It's hard to describe, but she was so cute bouncing back and forth. Here are some pictures of her.



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Jump, did your dog have her tail cut?
Yes, it is common for pointers to have their tails cropped when puppies. Who ever did my dog did it a little short though. I believe it is to prevent picking up burrs when hunting. I don't think I'd want to take your dog to the same places I take mine, beautiful dog but it looks like a Burr magnet!

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Hey GearHeads,

Let's at least get back to convertibles and uglee dogs.

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what kind of dog is that? here is our bolognese.
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Jump, my dog also had its tail and ears clipped as according to her bread (so she doesn't get nipped at by goats and sheep). And I can sympathize with the burrs, she gets a ton (pic below I took an hour ago, she went rummaging through some plants today), but its a double edged sword, she does real well in the snow thanks to her hair. I would have loved it if I had a chance to try some dog specific sports with her like herding, but oh well. LB, by any chance is your dogs name tinkerbell? Whenever I hear paris hilton and dog in the same sentance I cringe, but I think it would be very fitting for your dog And the only thing my dog does when I go over speed bumps is fall...haha





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my pooch is always sad b/c I never take her for rides in
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actually, she loves to go for rides in a car but only if she can face backwards
i.e. the "tailgunner" position in my SUV (go figure )
Otherwise, it gets ugly........
(don't ask me how I know )
Thats weird! I bet kids behind you love it though
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I've got a Springer Spaniel that rides with me all the time.

I got a blanket that I keep in the rear trunk and use it to cover the seat. Also ended up using an old pillow to lay across the console, since "Jake" lays down from time to time. (Before the pillow, he was starting to lightly scratch the console between the seats.) The pillow makes shifting slightly awkward---one has to kind of arch your forearm and elbow over him, but it's not too bad.

First time I had him ride with me (ie pre-pillow), he lays down and next thing you know both windows were randomly going up and down, seemingly of their own accord. Kind of freaked me out at first, since I didn't know why it was happening. (My pre-Boxster DD was---and sometimes is still---an old Camry, so I wasn't used to having the window controls anyplace but on the door.)

Anyway, got the pillow and problem solved.

Fragdude, sorry but I got no suggestions. You could try the pillow trick, but she's got a lot of size on Jake. (I think her front legs would probably end up draped across your lap.) Good luck.

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Here are a few pics of my babies. Suki is about 9years old American Cocker and Houdini is 3.5 years old English Cocker. They both were adopted from shelter. They rarely travel in Boxster.







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