2010 Honda Element with Dog Friendly Package - Click above for high-res image gallery How does an automaker take a model that's been largely unchanged since inception and give it a little juice seven years into its life cycle? If you're Honda, you go to the dogs. Literally. After unveiling it as a "concept" at the 2009 New York Auto Show, the Dog Friendly Honda Element accessory package has made the transition to production. The theory is that if you're a dog lover, you might consider buying an Element geared specifically toward those needs. The Big H has plenty of experience in this department. As we showed you earlier today, in Japan there's a dedicated Honda Dog website (it's incredible, really) loaded with info about transporting pups in basically every JDM Honda offering. Naturally, there are "Travel Dog" accessories that drivers can purchase for each car as well. In fact, in Japan, there's also a dedicated model, the Vamos Travel Dog, which is specifically outfitted with dog owners in mind – much like the Stateside-market Elements kitted out with the new Dog Friendly gear. As luck would have it, I have two dogs. Hence, I, and they, will be your humble 2010 Honda Element (Dog Friendly!) evaluators. Get your paws over to the jump to read more. %Gallery-86168% Photos by Alex Núñez / Copyright ©2010 Weblogs, Inc. First, a brief backgrounder on our guest reviewers, who mean a great deal to me. Pepper is a 10-year old Sheltie that I bought at a pet store after my first Sheltie, Krypto, passed away all too early due to kidney problems. God love him. I know that pet stores are mostly evil, but Pepper isn't and I figured she deserved a good home as much as any other pooch. Pepper's favorite things are marrow-bone treats, snow (or dirt – the two appear to be interchangeable) and licking people she likes with OCD-like fervor. Millie is a seven-year-old Border Collie mix I found as a puppy roaming the streets of Bridgeport, CT's North End. She was all skin and bones; shoulders and ribs jutting out. Concerned, I took her home where she promptly buried her face in a plate of dog food as I assured my wife that we'd find her a good place to live. What my wife didn't know was that she'd be living with us. Millie's favorite things include making me spend thousands of dollars to fence in my yard, stealing food from anyone dumb enough to leave it within her reach (remarkably, she accomplishes this in feline-like silence, despite the cacophony that seemingly follows her in any other situation) and shedding hair on my couch as if it were an Olympic sport. The only times my dogs generally go in the car is for trips to the vet (Millie's diabetic, so she goes on a fairly regular basis to get her sugar checked) or to the groomer (a place I should take them more frequently). So while I …
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