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Shelby in the car

Shelby in the car on a warm day

The barking problem appears to be partially solved by placing Shelby into the front seat instead of the back. Still not a perfect solution. She still goes nuts when we reach our destination, but at least she isn't whining the entire time.

Here's a photo of her, pushing her luck and inching her way towards the driver's seat.

May 17, 2006 | Permalink


Awww, it looks like she's saying to you, "I just love ya all!" I could just hug her to pieces ...

Posted by: Maggie | May 17, 2006 6:22:16 AM

nice when ya figure out a solution isn't it? Kricket also seems to know when we have arrived at our destination even when we haven't stopped yet, she also cries and carries on if Bob has to stop and get out of the car for gas and so on, she looks for him as if he is going to be gone forever!! They are funny little guys, Thanks so much for this site, I know how much time it must take but I apprciate a place where we can all talk about our beautiful little Pugs!!

Posted by: Ann Crago | May 17, 2006 7:45:40 AM

When it's just Meimei and I in the car I always let her sit up front (still buckled in) and she always managed to sit on my lap while I drive. It's so funny - she sits facing the road - so it looks like she is driving! Totally unsafe, I know...

Posted by: Amanda | May 17, 2006 8:15:54 AM

You know, I almost suggested that she sit in the front seat, but I assumed you had either already tried it or the harness wouldn't work up there. Glad to see you found a solution.

Posted by: Randon | May 17, 2006 2:09:46 PM

Now that Shelby is in the front seat maybe you could give her a chewy treat when you get near your destination that would keep her mouth too busy to whine. Gosh Shelby, what a big tongue you have!

Posted by: Bo | May 17, 2006 3:04:38 PM

Our Lola (a pug, too - a little over a year) is the same way. It's reassuring to know other dogs do this, too. Lola is best behaved in the car in the passenger seat next to me. She still tries to inch into my lap, sneaky girl, but I manage to keep her back. However, when we near the destination, I brake or put on a blinker, she goes ballistic whining and yelping. Don't get it. She's a nut, but we love her for it.

Posted by: Nicole | May 17, 2006 3:06:02 PM

Now you know, She knows more about cars and driving than the average person. You can see it in her face.

Posted by: J. Martin | May 17, 2006 7:34:03 PM

Car rides rock! You are so cute, Shelby.

Posted by: Tyler | May 18, 2006 6:42:19 AM

See, you panic for nothing. She just wants to see where she's going, and to be near you.

Posted by: Lisa | May 20, 2006 9:47:57 AM

I just had to comment on how cute Shelby is. My daughter has two pugs, one also named Shelby, who's 6. Murphy, her older pug (14 1/2), also disliked riding in the back seat, but she simply was disgusted at being "banned" to the back seat and verbally let us know her opinion. Thanks for a beautiful website about a wonderful dog.

Posted by: Kaaren Andrews | May 23, 2006 2:08:24 PM

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