How a bump on a Peanut got this inventor on a mission to make dog travel safer.
Ira Stahl is an electrician by trade and an inventor at heart. He’s also the protective papa of two Pomeranian-Poodle mixes, Peanut and Bear. “They’re my children,” Stahl says. The pair can be found riding shotgun as Stahl drives around for his electrical business.
Ira almost had a heart attack when another car cut in forcing him to stop suddenly and his boys ended up on the floor. He was especially worried about Peanut, who bumped against the dashboard. Fortunately Peanut was fine and so was Bear. But it was a wake up call for Ira. As much as he adores his dogs, he did not use any protective gear to keep his dogs safe while riding in the car, and neither do 80% of dog owners!
As pet owners know, it’s not only dangerous to drive without restraints on dogs, in some states it’s illegal. Naughty pet owners can be fined up to $1,000. Ouch.
Ira put on his inventor hat and researched dog restraint products on the market. He saw issues. A vet told Ira that harnesses could hurt dogs in sudden stops; injuries that require veterinary care. Hard cages can also do damage. Dogs tied up suffer stress. He knew he could do better.
Peanut and Bear are active little copilots, so Ira wanted something that was safe but still allowed them to move around, enjoy the ride, see out, see him and to be safe. Nothing he found was quite right. “I came up with a netting system,” he says. “I used cargo netting, pipes and bungee cords. He thought of a ball in the net; how the net bounces the ball back. He imagined an egg falling on a hard surface like a dashboard or cage and that same egg being cradled in a net. After testing and retesting, he proved that the netting absorbed the negative force energy when a car comes to a sudden stop.
One K9 CarFence accommodates 1 to 3, even 4 dogs and or puppies, depending on size within its borders. It uses straps that snap to the headrest, the visor, and seat base. It can be used in the front or back passenger-side seats and it adjusts to the height of the dog to keep it from jumping out. The Fence snaps out quick and easy and rolls up to the size of a medium-sized umbrella.