2012 Ford Explorer Long Term Road Test

2012 Ford Explorer: Buckle Up the Hounds

March 15, 2012

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If you're familiar with this blog then you've no doubt seen my dog reports where I write about how my dog Mya fares in various long-termers. In every case, I always make sure to buckle her in. (The above photo is taken in our 2012 Ford Explorer.) Not only for her safety but for mine. In the event of an accident, a free-flying 60-pound dog can do a lot of damage. However, this morning I experienced yet another reason folks should buckle in their dogs.

While I was taking her for a walk, we reached an intersection with a stop sign when we suddenly heard a dog barking/whining loudly. It was coming from the backseat of an approaching Ford Explorer. The dog, a Boxer mix, was hanging out the window and seemed to get more and more anxious as its car approached us but I didn't sweat it because 1) the car was moving, 2) the window opening was high up since this was an SUV and 3) the car. Was. Moving.

But as the Explorer was passing before us, the dog then decided this was a good time to jump out of the window, at which point it fell on its side, stood up and shook it off, and then limped over to where me and Mya were standing, dumbfounded. Meanwhile the driver kept driving down the street. Eventually she stopped and ran out to retrieve her dog, who, thankfully seemed to be OK and really intent on smelling Mya. And all the woman said to me was, "Well she's never done THAT before!"

Now, I know that this doesn't really have anything to do with this particular car but it does go to show that even if you are driving a tall vehicle like our Explorer, your dog might still go out the window. Please, folks, buckle up your dogs.

Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor

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