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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