Sunday, December 19, 2010

Christmas Unwrapped # 4 & 5. People & Pet Safety.

More from Harry Smith on the History Channel


What do decorated trees and a man in a red suit have to do with Jesus' birth? Does Christmas really honor Jesus Christ?


Another reminder about safety on the roads again:
"The season of driving over the river and through the woods to Grandmother's house is upon us. Addressing three aspects of driving will help make holiday trips -- or any trip -- safer and more comfortable.
Holidays are times of good cheer and family road trips. They are also some of the most dangerous times to be on the road. According to a study conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA), drivers are significantly more likely to be involved in accidents on three upcoming holidays. In order of increasing driving danger, Christmas Eve, Thanksgiving and New Year's Eve are statistically risky times to be on the road."
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And another reminder about pet seat belt harnesses:
A doggie seat belt is very important, especially since dogs are usually lighter than humans and can easily be hurt in a car crash. Dogs can also panic and bite when the car encounters an accident. The paramedics will be able to tend to you without your pet's hindrance, and will take it to the appropriate animal authority.  Through a dog seat belt, you can protect yourself and your dog while travelling.

    • Heavy-duty straps attach to a fully-padded, fleece-lined safety vest, and use only FULL METAL connectors at all the load-bearing points - no plastic buckles.
    • Available in four sizes: the Small fits pets from 6-25 lbs; the Medium fits pets from 20-55 lbs; the Large fits pets from 45-85 lbs; and the Extra Large fits pets from 60-120 lbs.
    • Makes it easy to load and unload your pet, and installs easily in ALL vehicles.
 I hope that you are not subjecting your dog to riding outside where the wind and cold can hurt him and his eyes, but if you must, this is better than him getting thrown out of the truck:
Dog Truck Tether System
The Dog Truck Teather with Kwick Connects keeps your pet securely attached and restrained while in the back of your truck.
If you are not prepared with the Tether System, at least please use a harness and cross-tie him in the back of the truck.    A lot of those dead dogs that you see on the highways, have been thrown out of trucks.


Not the ideal way to secure a carrier, but if seat belts are all you have, and the handle is good and strong, it will help in case of an accident.


Ray put a new cut-off in the water line in the garage that goes to the outside faucets.  The old one was too stiff for me to operate, and even Jay and Ray could no longer turn it with pliers.   We have to be ready in case of more freezing weather.

A quick trip to the next town to check on some Diamond Tread that was on sale.  Even though I had called, and offered to pay for it by phone, it was all gone by the time we got there.  Jay and I stapled up the first two sheets of paneling in the cargo trailer.

Another sunny day, not as cold as yesterday.


pidge said...

Just wanted to comment on a comment you left for Gypsy. None of the GPS units that I have bought for traveling work with geo-caching. We bought a hand-held for that. Just wanted to let you know our experience. How many geo-caches have you found? We are over 250 I think.

LakeConroePenny,TX said...

Thank you, Pidge, I will have to check on that.

I haven't looked for any yet, as I have never had a GPS.
I know from the site: that there are some close to where I live.

I could have used a GPS, if I figured out how to use it, when I went to Houston the other day.
I know my way around Houston, as I lived there for 7 years, but there are so many new back streets.

So I was hoping that this GPS, Garmin Nuvi 255W,
would work for both.

Happy Trails Penny, TX

LakeConroePenny,TX said...

Hi again Pidge,
I found this about that Garmin GPS:

Now if I could understand all that, and put the info into use, maybe it will work for me.

Oh dear, another technie thing to learn!

Happy Trails, Penny, TX