Rebecca Rose – President of inClover Research pet products
Rebecca Rose - President of inClover Research
We were driving back from the TX Regional Monday morning. Two hours from the show site in southern OK we were driving over a "mountain" on a curve. Going down the hill the trailer started swaying. The trailer was now sliding over the entire northbound lanes. It eventually made the truck fall onto its left side. We continued to slide for some time ending up on an overpass bridge. Jessy, Kaos, Barret, and Bree were in their Ruff Rider Roadie seatbelt harnesses. The Jack Russell Terriers were hanging by their harnesses but not concerned since I do pick them up by their harnesses. I turned toward the back of the truck to check on Elgin. The topper had been torn off. Unfortunately since we were on the bridge many things fell off including Elgin's crate. It was close to a 20' drop. The door came off his vari-kennel and he got out but the drop was so severe he didn't survive.
I will NEVER again crate a dog in the back of a truck even with a topper on it. The seatbelt harnesses really worked (I remember Symantha telling about them saving her dogs when she was involved in a rollover accident). PLEASE KEEP YOUR DOGS IN SEATBELT HARNESSES. We didn't actually roll but it was terrifying as it was. Losing a dog in such a way was devastating. I'm just glad he didn't suffer. DO NOT keep your dogs in the backs of pickups even with a topper on it.
Give your dogs a hug for me. Thanks to everyone who sent emails both through the group and privately. Thanks to those who called. The agility community is incredible. I especially appreciate it because you guys understand how attached I am to my dogs. They mean almost as much to me as my children. They are my children.
I compete extensively in dog agility with my four dogs. We travel all over the US for competitions and we have been strong supporters of using Ruff Rider seat belts since 2000 when I purchased them for my first two dogs. Even when I bought a SUV large enough for crates I still chose to use seat belts, much to the surprise of my agility friends. My four dogs range from a 7.5# Italian Greyhound to a 44# Border Collie. All of them comfortably wear their Roadies every time they get in a car, no exceptions.
A month ago I was traveling with two of my dogs to train with a friend in Kansas City. We were driving 70 mph on I-35 just south of Des Moines. The last thing I remember is driving with my cruise on, listening to NPR, in the right lane of the interstate. What occurred next we know from witnesses.
An elderly woman (80 years old) driving 75-80 mph lost control of her car behind me. Her car (1994 Chevy Lumina) came up on the shoulder and crashed into my SUV (2002 Nissan Xterra). My truck spun around and flipped 5-6 times into the ditch on the right and landed upright. Her car flipped onto the roof and slid. She survived and is fine.
Seeing the photographs of my totaled and crushed SUV it is amazing that anyone, let alone dogs, survived the accident. Calypso, my 44# 5 yo BC, was in the rear seat, drivers-side, and physically was completely OK. He was stiff the few days following the accident but no injuries at all. Syn, my 36# 15 mo BC, was in the rear seat, passenger side. He broke a toe, tooth, and had a concussion. His side of the truck was totally destroyed. Both of their prognoses are very good. Calypso is nervous about loud noises but is back to competing again in Agility. Syn is healing well and they expect him to resume training in another month. I also was wearing my seat belt, and suffered lacerations to my legs and hands (~35 stitches total), and suffered a severe concussion. I was much worse off than my dogs but I am expected to make a full recovery (when are you going to start making Roadies for people?!
I have no doubt that their Ruff Rider seat belts saved their lives. All of the windows on the Xterra blew out and the damage to the truck would have destroyed any crates I had in it. I can't even tell you how grateful I am that Ruff Rider saved the lives of my precious dogs.
The seat belts held up very well. Calypso's seat belt was older (purchased in June 2000) and the buckle on his lower chest (under his legs) broke. However, it clearly did its job as he had no injuries. Syn's (purchased September 2003) had no damage. We did order new ones, just to be safe. One note: neither dog had any cuts, bruising, or lacerations from the seat belts, even though they hit them with considerable force.
My new truck (Toyota Sequoia) is large enough to have crates bolted in. However, I will continue to use Ruff Rider seat belts. We tell everyone we know that the Roadies saved their lives and I know quite a few folks have placed orders with you all having heard our story. Thank you again. Every time I hug my BC boys I thank your company for giving me the opportunity to do so.
From Other Ruff Rider Dog Safety Harness Owners
My dog and I go to the dog park regularly, and I would not feel safe without her wearing her Ruff Rider harness and comfortably buckled in the back seat. She loves putting it on because she knows it means a car ride!
Hi Carl! LOVE your products, and my dogs wear them ALL the time! Thank you for keeping our pups safe! If you have any brochures and/or business cards that you can include in my order, I will share them with as many people as will let me. It makes me crazy to see people transport their dogs unrestrained. 🙂
Rebecca Rose – President of inClover Research pet products
I have been using Ruff Rider safety harnesses for almost 20 years. As a scientist I take my selection of a safety harness for my dog seriously. I chose Ruff Rider because of the quality and safety testing. My dog’s safety is important and Ruff Rider ensures it.
[Lexi] looks beautiful, the leash and a carabiner hook her in safely and she doesn’t tip over when we brake anymore!! I feel much safer and I feel like she’s much safer, without her being a 120lb projectile in my car anymore.
In addition to providing piece of mind while we are traveling it keeps our dog away from the driver and we know she will not bolt out of the car when we arrive somewhere.
I’ve been using my old roadie harness (size 5) on my 7 month old rescue Aussie / Sheltie puppy in the interim but it really is too big for her right now so finally getting around to ordering the size 4. Thanks again for making such an awesome harness! Sincerely, Kathy D.
I am going back to my old Ruffrider Roadies that I have always used. At least they are also safe for my dogs during a calm drive, and my dogs can put their heads down to sleep and not be choked.
Mellisa, Washington, DC
I appreciate your working with me to find the right fit. It’s been a pleasure doing business with you.
Jane, Bill and Prince Ploetz, Dunkirk, NY, April 2003
We wanted to pass along how happy we are with the Roadie. Immediately [our 2 year old Chessie, Prince] rode peacefully!! He leaned into the curves as he tugged gently against his harness. Needless to say, this is such a relief to find a product that can take care of a real problem and bring more joy into our family. Now Prince is a Ruff Ruff Rider! Keep up the good work!!
Sy Elliott, CEO, Heart Therapy Service Dogs
The most valued asset that a heart patient can have is their life saving dog. This is trusted protection.
Nancy, Coordinator, Visiting Pets Program at the Humane Society of MO
Last week I got to look over one of your Ruffrider safety harness and can’t believe the quality! They appear to have the fit and strength of some of the search and rescue equipment I have used; in fact, they look more well made than anything I have ever seen doing search and rescue of animals disasters.
I will NEVER again crate a dog in the back of a truck even with a topper on it. The seatbelt harnesses really worked. PLEASE KEEP YOUR DOGS IN A SEATBELT HARNESSES. Give your dogs a hug for me. [My dogs] mean almost as much to me as my children. They are my children.
I have no doubt that their Ruff Rider seat belts saved their lives. Thank you again. Every time I hug my BC boys I thank your company for giving me the opportunity to do so.