2013 Lexus GS 350: Dog Report
September 22, 2012
Yesterday I had to take my dog Mya to the vet. Unfortunately she had a tumor that needed to be removed from her shoulder. Poor puppy. And I drove her to the vet wayyy in the Valley in our 2013 Lexus GS 350. Fortunately, the luxe sedan was a decent way to do it.
Since LA is suffering from scorching temperatures right now, the cabin of the GS was boiling when we first got into it, but I was able to quickly cool it down by turning on the car and blasting on the A/C before bringing Mya in. The rear seat does have a couple of vents pointing its way from the front-seat center armrest but for some reason I couldn't figure out how to increase its fan speed. The fan speed control up front only seemed to work for the front vents. The only control in the back allows you to open or close the vents. So it just gently blew cold air in Mya's direction. To get her more air back there I had to point all the vents in the front dash her way. I could tell this worked when her desperate panting eventually stopped 10 minutes into the ride.
I like how the seatbelt fasteners protruded from the seats, making buckling her in easy. Very important because I had to be oh-so-gentle around her surgery area which displayed an impressive Frankenstein's monster-like scar (8 inches long!) and didn't want to have to struggle too long with fastening her in while the seatbelt strap pulled her harness against her new stitches. Eesh.
Since Mya's shoulder is tender, when she tried to jump down from the backseat she tried to do it from the footwell to get as low to the ground as possible first. But her big cone kept catching on the door's protruding storage area. Not that this would be an issue for cone-less dogs but it was just sad seeing her struggle to get out while the cone kept catching on the door. Would have removed the cone but at this point she made up her mind to get out of the car and wouldn't stop.
In the end, the GS 350 did fine as an injured-doggy hauler. I'm looking forward to the time when Mya's feeling better and we can use it to take her on a road trip.
Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor