Dogs, cats, and babies are all a bit unpredictable when it comes to riding in the car. Some of them love going for a drive. Others are not nearly so happy.
Just take this adorable French bulldog puppy, Bosley. He’s not happy about being in the car and he wants everyone to know it.
Unfortunately, Bosley can’t use words, so the world will never know exactly what upset him that day. Maybe it was his snug little car seat (kudos to his owner for making sure he was safe on the road!). Maybe the trip had gone on for far too long. At any rate, Bosley wanted to let everyone know that he didn’t appreciate the direction his day was going. His owner managed to capture it all on video.
Bosley’s not the only French bulldog in the car.
His sister Beatrice was also along for the ride. But she didn’t have nearly as many problems in the car as her brother did.
Of course, some dogs have the opposite problem: they love riding in the car so much, they’re not interested in getting out when the ride is over.
In this video, a dog is anxiously awaiting her owner to take her for a drive. There’s only one problem: he’s not planning on going anywhere.
“Where you wanna go, baby?” asks her owner as he opens the door to reveal the hopeful pup. “Daddy’s not going anywhere right now.”
It doesn’t matter to his dog.
She refuses to get out of the car, hanging back between the seats hoping her owner will change his mind. He tries in vain to get her to follow him into the house, but she refuses. Her owner bursts out laughing as he tries to gently tug on her leash to get her to follow him.
“Come on, go inside,” he says. “We’ll go later. Come on, we’ll go for a ride later, baby. Let’s go inside. What are you going to do, just sit in here? Okay, see you later!”
But she still refuses, adorably avoiding his eyes. Maybe if she keeps ignoring him, he’ll give up and take her for the ride she so desperately wants.
When it comes to cats, on the other hand, there’s little predicting how car rides will go — especially if they’re not in a carrier.
Lots of cats absolutely hate car rides and make the interior their personal scratching and climbing post as they screech and meow for help. Others, surprisingly, love it — though that can be just as difficult to manage. Cats who enjoy going for car rides often sun themselves on the dashboard, climb the seats for a better view, or try to wind around their owner’s feet (and the gas pedal).
This kitty seemed almost frozen in place during its car trip. We can’t really tell if it was excited or horrified. Though it meowed loudly a couple of times, it mostly just sat and stared with a frenzied look on its face.
Another cat, however, absolutely loved taking a drive around town.
It had a special hammock attached to the car window, and it took every opportunity to enjoy being up high and watching the world go by. Its tail twitched happily as it sat in its perch.
After a while, it climbed out to clamber around the boxes in the back of the car, looking out at the street before climbing back up into the hammock. It seemed perfectly content to kick back and look out the window, just as though it was resting at home.
That cat hammock must be pretty comfortable, because eventually, kitty even drifts off, snoozing happily as houses pass by outside his window.
He wakes up briefly when the car parks, interested in the passersby, but it still doesn’t disturb his snooze. There’s no doubt that he’s happy where he is … no matter what’s outside.
The bottom line is, when it comes to travel, your pet’s reaction will probably depend much more on his or her personality than species. Cats and dogs might be animals, but they’re also individuals. What one likes might not work for another.
But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t occasionally drive with your furry friend.
In fact, it’s a good idea to take them for a ride every now and then so they can get used to being on the road without panicking. Of course, you should do everything you can to make them safe and comfortable and feel as peaceful as they can.
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