• Feb 12th 2009 at 5:01PM
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Click above for a gallery of K9s at the Chicago Auto Show

For the second year in a row, the Chicago Auto Show has been invaded by our furry, four-legged friends as the Bark Buckle UP campaign announces its Pet Safe Choice Awards. We moseyed on down to the show floor to spend some quality time with the dozen or so K9s in attendance after they'd graduated from the American Kennel Club S.T.A.R. program. More to the point, here are the winners of the Pet Safe Awards:
  • Pet Safe Vehicle of Choice: GMC Acadia
  • Pet Safe Hotel of Choice: Hilton Hotels and Resorts
  • Pet Safe Airline of Choice: American Airlines
  • Pet Safe Retailer of Choice: PetSmart
We were a bit shocked when the group informed us that 98% of all dogs that travel in vehicles do so unrestrained. This could be a major safety hazard, especially since pet travel has reportedly increased by 300% since 2005 and a 60-pound dog can turn into a 2,700 pound projectile in a 30 mph accident. Needless to say, that's unsafe for both pets and their owners. In other words... better buckle up.

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      • 6 Years Ago
      Wow, that's a really unattractive group of Grid Girls.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Dang, Kimura beat me to the catch.

      But anyway, #5 is the cutest.
      • 6 Years Ago
      #13 is the best :)
      • 6 Years Ago
      I love dogs.
      • 6 Years Ago
      What kind of dog is #4 ? Would like to read more about them.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Thanks for the reminder about securing my dog. I have had a harness for the car since the day I got my Springer Spaniel from a shelter... But I have to admit, that the last few months, I've not used it. I've been rationalizing that "it's only two miles" to his doggie daycare or "it's only twenty minutes" to the dog park or running trail. But I know I would much rather have a dog to take such places than lose him in an accident, so I'll dig out the harness and start using it again.
      • 6 Years Ago
      @vegas guy, seems foolish of you to ever click on a link, they are rarely what they seem to be and another thing you leftists need to understand that 53 million people didn't vote for Obama so man up and learn to take some heat because it comes with the territory. We had to hear a relentless Bush bash from the get go so quit whining buddy!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Nice dogs!! I miss my GSD!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Look at all the furry AWD vehicles!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Chicago got voted the 3rd most miserable city in the Country according for forbes! Ive never lived there but here are some reasons I found by someone who has lived before. Pretty interesting.

        • 6 Years Ago
        I love how your "link from a friend" ends up being an Obama bash. That's classy. Do you really think people like you who want our new President to fail need such a lame trick to give them more talking points? Don't you guys get your marching orders when you get up off your knees and wipe your mouths after your daily Rush Limbaugh visit?
      • 6 Years Ago
      #5 is definately a handsome young chap. so cute...I like the photos towards the end with the rotweiler and the other dog goin at it haha..
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