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Now that's a Hundemobile!

Knowing that I'll need another car sometime in the not too distant future I half-heartedly keep an eye on what's new out there.

My requirements are pretty simple: 4 wheels, an engine, and 'mutt friendly'. So I was excited to see this article about a new Nissan, the X-Trail 4Dogs:

http://www.motortrend.com/news/nissa...dog-sanctuary/

Comes with an easy-clean boot area, a built in water bowl, a food dispenser, safety harnesses, and a telescoping ramp for the oldies. Oh, and a 'dog cam' and freakin' shower and fur dryer!

Given our typical hike usually involves rolling in cow patties or worse, a quick shower to clean up stinky canines before driving off home sounds like a brilliant innovation.


Alas, 'tis but a concept car.

But if they ever bring these into production - sign me up!


One downside, though - the boot area is only meant for 2 dogs. Here's a tip, Nissan designers: Folks crazy enough to want this car probably have more than two dogs...
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Old 04.03.2017, 18:06
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Re: Now that's a Hundemobile!

nice idea.
the concept has one disadvantage though: try travelling with 2 children, a dog and luggage.
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Re: Now that's a Hundemobile!

Only good if you have a pug and a spaniel, anything bigger and they will not fit! Now come on Landrover, let's see what you can do with the defender (old style)
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...Here's a tip, Nissan designers: Folks crazy enough to want this car probably have more than two dogs...
...but just in case you're reading this, meloncollie will happily take one as a test model just to try out all those features, and then report back.

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Only good if you have a pug and a spaniel, anything bigger and they will not fit! Now come on Landrover, let's see what you can do with the defender (old style)
Yeah, I wanted to see the Saint Bernard hop in the back too.
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One downside, though - the boot area is only meant for 2 dogs. Here's a tip, Nissan designers: Folks crazy enough to want this car probably have more than two dogs...
My friend posted this on facebook last night but I forgot to send it to you. He and his wife also have three rescue dogs, 2 labs and a boxer. I reckon this will happen pretty soon.
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Knowing that I'll need another car sometime in the not too distant future I half-heartedly keep an eye on what's new out there.

My requirements are pretty simple: 4 wheels, an engine, and 'mutt friendly'. So I was excited to see this article about a new Nissan, the X-Trail 4Dogs:

http://www.motortrend.com/news/nissa...dog-sanctuary/

Comes with an easy-clean boot area, a built in water bowl, a food dispenser, safety harnesses, and a telescoping ramp for the oldies. Oh, and a 'dog cam' and freakin' shower and fur dryer!

Given our typical hike usually involves rolling in cow patties or worse, a quick shower to clean up stinky canines before driving off home sounds like a brilliant innovation.


Alas, 'tis but a concept car.

But if they ever bring these into production - sign me up!


One downside, though - the boot area is only meant for 2 dogs. Here's a tip, Nissan designers: Folks crazy enough to want this car probably have more than two dogs...
Have you also thought about who's going to clean the interior each time our best friend shakes their fur after a shower .

The concept would never work e.g. for a samoyed, who's fun and enjoyment from a good walk only manifests itself in the home after a few hours sleep following that wonderful excursion, despite all attempts at showering and drying-off in-between. Or will the next version also include a robot fur brushing system .

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Re: Now that's a Hundemobile!

Something makes me think that the designers and marketing gurus who came up with this are not dog owners.

A two way video intercom for the dog, when it's less than 2 meters away from you?

A vent in the trunk so that wet dog smell is equally enjoyable for all occupants?
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Re: Now that's a Hundemobile!

Just had another look at the advert picture, speakers and a tv screen???. How long would they stay clean?
The pug is in a nice soft bed. Wet but clean wet spaniel gets in and shakes, so much more than just smell of damp dog!
I do think that owners of real dogs (and both of these can be real dogs, depending on the owners) will see through the hype and stick to the current system of old towels and a nose clip till you get home
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Just had another look at the advert picture, speakers and a tv screen???. How long would they stay clean?
The pug is in a nice soft bed. Wet but clean wet spaniel gets in and shakes, so much more than just smell of damp dog!
I do think that owners of real dogs (and both of these can be real dogs, depending on the owners) will see through the hype and stick to the current system of old towels and a nose clip till you get home
Agree - hopefully I'll be allowed past any robotics if ever I have grandchildren as well (not looking too safe at the moment).

The idea of wishing off immediate dirt on exiting the car does seem attractive, for those of us without a hose-pipe. But if we didn't have a hose-pipe, then surely we wouldn't get a dog who enjoys a good romp.
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The idea of wishing off immediate dirt on exiting the car does seem attractive, for those of us without a hose-pipe. But if we didn't have a hose-pipe, then surely we wouldn't get a dog who enjoys a good romp.
Or that indeterminate smell of badger of fox sh1t!! Maybe we should have poll on which is worse? My avatar loved to collect either or both, luckily present pup has not picked up that habit (yet!)
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Re: Now that's a Hundemobile!

We saw that one a few days ago - we have the CleverPet toy that was highlighted in the back, Rusty loves it.

I would love to see some higher-end manufacturers integrate an optional add-on package like that into their lineup, though.
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Re: Now that's a Hundemobile!

If you are fortunate enough to take your dog(s) for walks without the need for a car you can still appreciate the need for a dog friendly auto. Until recently having owned 3 dogs for many years the only solution was a van often found to be the choice of vehicle by tradespeople
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Re: Now that's a Hundemobile!

Waste of money and space and weight!
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Re: Now that's a Hundemobile!

yeah, I still need a dog box - our pup is too reactive in the car. Leather is nice though....much easier to clean than fabric.
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Re: Now that's a Hundemobile!

I could do without the doggie cam, certainly.

Heffalump, like Melon before him, is a Meistersinger. But unlike Melon, who was wont to tunefully wooooooo-ooooo along to the Ode To Joy, Heffalump's repertoire is pretty much limited to the canine version of 'Ninety Nine Bottles Of Beer On The Wall' - which does not make for a joyful journey.

I don't need anything that brings Heffalump's song stylings any more upfront and personal while I drive.


That shower thingamajig, though - I want I want I want. If you have mutts like mine who hone like a missile onto any extant fox poo, you'll know that a clothes line on the nose is insufficient for the 3 hour journey home.
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That shower thingamajig, though - I want I want I want.
There is another technical approach, also useful if you have a short haired dog like a beagle, who's hair gets stuck into carpet better than porcupine quills: Sandblast then paint everything with a Teflon based coating - either the car interior or the dog. (Doing the dog would be cheaper, and make washing up quite simple.)
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Re: Now that's a Hundemobile!

We live near one of the car wash stations which has a dog wash as well but since no one seems to clean up after they use it the state of it was just awful.

The plumber recently told me that many people are building dog showers into their laundry room. I bought a portable dog shower which was quite practical and easy to use. (and a fraction of the cost of what the plumber quoted!)
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The plumber recently told me that many people are building dog showers into their laundry room. I bought a portable dog shower which was quite practical and easy to use. (and a fraction of the cost of what the plumber quoted!)
I had a 'dog spa' in my house in Chicagoland. There was an old shower in the basement, unfit for human habitation, so I fixed it up and turned the room into a doggy shower and dry-off. With an entrance direct from the garden, it was a godsend. Dogs came in filthy, manky, and stinky, emerged clean and fragrant (well... more or less) before trotting upstairs to snooze on the sofas. The dog shower turned out to be a huge plus when I sold the house, too.


Oh how I miss that dog shower. And closets. And space to think and breathe...
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I could do without the doggie cam, certainly.

That shower thingamajig, though - I want I want I want. If you have mutts like mine who hone like a missile onto any extant fox poo, you'll know that a clothes line on the nose is insufficient for the 3 hour journey home.
Can try this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZwOt-540Fdg

or this:

http://safaripetspa.blogspot.ch/
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Re: Now that's a Hundemobile!

It's a good thing Lily the Pup is very fastidious. Only thing she rolls in are bed sheets and carpet. She is a weird dog. But she's also a dog that hates, really hates water. Showers, yuck! Some of the Asian spitzes are like this .... so we figure there's more than a bit of that in her. Fortunately, she only requires a bath three to 4 times a year. More like a cat, i suppose.
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