Symantha Miller Testimonial
I just wanted to share my accident story with you.
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 seatbelts 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 seatbelts, 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 pecious 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 seatbelts, 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.
Terri Cook Testimonial
I just went through a horrifying experience and wanted to share so that others won't make the same mistakes.
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.
"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." Nancy, Coordinator, Visiting Pets Program at the Humane Society of MO
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"We wanted to pass along how happy we are with the Roadie. Our 2 year old Chessie, Prince, had developed anxiety about traveling in our van. Up to about 1.5 year, he travelled great. Then, he started getting anxious in the van, shaking, hyperventilating and wanting to climb into the drivers area desperately. He is also a certified therapy dog and this limited where he could work. We ran across your Ruff Rider and thought we would give it a try. 2 weeks later....Viola, Happy Prince, Happy Jane & Bill. Immediately he 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!!" Jane, Bill and Prince Ploetz, Dunkirk, NY, April 2003
"As soon as Frasier saw it, he volunteered to try it on. Surprise, it fit! We finally found one that's just right for my smallish standard poodle. Frasier seems comfortable in it -took a nap in it as soon as I put it on. I'm going to let him wear it when I walk him tonight and, tomorrow we'll take it for a spin when we go to agility class. I appreciate your working with me to find the right fit. It's been a pleasure doing business with you." Mellisa, Washington, DC
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