Volvo, you can keep your luxurious leather-trimmed baby seats – dog safety equipment for the car is becoming big business, and Škoda has extended its reputation for astoundingly useful extras by introducing this range of animal accessories.
Normally this type of gear would be found at pet and/or hardware shops, but Škoda has decided to make its own specifically tailored to their cars (and, in some cases, cars of similar dimensions).
If you keep your dog in the boot while travelling, one of the helpful add-ons is a double-sided floor panel. One side is the usual carpet, and the other is made with a water and dirt-resistant material designed to keep mud and dribble from sinking in and causing stains. This is available for the Rapid, Rapid Spaceback, Yeti, Octavia, and Octavia estate.
A trunk grille can be included for your Fabia estate or Superb estate, to stop your multi-legged friend from getting all up in yours.
If you prefer your four-legged friend to be more like a passenger than a piece of luggage, there’s a waterproof back seat protector which easily attaches between the front and back seats, forming a hammock-shaped space for your hound to make its own. This particular accessory is probably the most commonly available elsewhere, so whether you want to pay for the Škoda name is up to you (particularly if you don’t drive a Škoda).
The most impressive piece of kit Škoda is offering is the dog safety belt. Available in sizes S to XL – involving a certain degree of guesswork – this is a strong, secure harness with wide straps which fits snugly around the dog and attaches to the existing seat belt. If that wasn’t enough, it also doubles as a lead. Just in case, you know, you don’t already have one.
Thus far there’s no price tag for these dog owners’ doodads, but given Škoda ‘s track record, they’re likely to be both affordable and good quality, as well as removing the headache of measuring the insides of your car or the outsides of your dog. Kudos to Škoda for creating yet more greatness in the name of protecting your little darlings.