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SAVING DOGS: Family invents safety seat for dogs



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PupSaver creator Ray Bennett and Webber, the family's Shih Tzu, in the original product design.

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April 06, 2014
CUMMING, Ga. — Dog owners know driving with a dog isn't easy.

Sudden stops or sharp turns often throw the dog onto the floor or against a door.

That's exactly what happened to Ray Bennett and his dog Webber.

"I had to slam on the brakes and my dog was injured from hitting the dashboard," Bennett said.

After extensive research, Bennett put together a team of professionals from the auto, engineering and veterinary industries who helped him develop PupSaver.

"PupSaver," Bennett said, "is a safety seat for small dogs that can be used in the front or back seat."

PupSaver, which is currently manufactured in China, is the only one of its kind to pass a series of frontal crash tests with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The research and product development has been costly for the small business and they hope to one day be able to produce their product in the U.S.

"We worked with MGA, an NHTSA contracted independent research lab in Virginia. While they do not endorse any safety product, they conducted our crash test to mirror the FMVSS 213, a frontal-impact simulation, which is used to test the effectiveness of infant car seats,"

Bennett said.

Designed for dogs up to 30 pounds, PupSaver is easy to install and locks into place much like a child's car seat. Later this year, Bennett said he hopes to release a mid-sized dog one.

"We wanted it to be similar to a rear-facing car seat," Bennett said. "Upon impact or a short stop, PupsSaver actually catches the dog and secures it, thus eliminating the actual impact."

Buzz on the product is picking up.

"We were featured in Frontgate Catalogue and on QVC's Sprouts Program where we were the winners of week seven's contest," said daughter Ashleigh Bennett, a vice president of sales. "We're selling through shipments very quickly."

In addition, the product was featured on the Today Show and a success at the Global Pet Expo, Bennett said.

"Small pets are the newest members of the American family," Bennett said. "This is going to save a lot of dogs lives. This is the safest way to put a dog in a car."

The safety seat is available at www.PupSaver.com or at local businesses including Rucker Pet in Cumming, Highland Pet Supply in Virginia Highlands and at Pet Fancy located in Roswell.

For more information, visit www.PupSaver.com.

BUS 04-9-14

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