I don’t usually do product reviews. They tend to involve food that Frankie can’t eat, because he’s diabetic, and toys that Frankie won’t play with because… well, he’s part terrier. Ask him why he’s a refusenik.
But when I was approached to try the Mommy Bus, I was at first confused — was I being mistaken for a mommy blogger? — and then, after checking out the product, charmed.
In case the picture doesn’t make it obvious, the Mommy Bus is a pet carrier in the shape of a passenger vehicle. The side pockets and the wheels are both zip compartments. The side and front windows are mesh that your pet can breathe through.
Note that I use the word “pet” instead of dog because it’s the perfect size for a cat and, in one picture, the website shows a cat inside. I do wonder how the mesh would hold up to cat claws.
But what finally convinced me that I needed a Mommy Bus for Frankie was the video.
The song was really catchy. The dogs were adorable. The women — mother and daughter? — and pups all looked like they were having a blast.
And best of all, the video promotes car safety. The Mommy Bus was placed in the back of the car and secured with a seatbelt every time.
I was sold.
I told the Mommy Bus folks that I would try it on Frankie and if he didn’t like it, I would give it away in a contest.
It arrived yesterday.
I couldn’t bring myself to unwrap it.
For one thing, the wrapping was so gorgeous I knew I couldn’t replicate it. For another, I knew in my heart of hearts that Frankie is as much of a Mommy Bus dog as I’m a Mommy Bus mommy. As in not at all. Frankie doesn’t enjoy being carried around, and while I would love to be a clean car-well-dressed-shopping-and-dog-toting-person, I’m just not.
When they make a carrier in the shape of an old VW van and have a line of elastic waist clothing to go with it, I’m there.
So reluctantly but realistically I’m giving it away, in pristine condition. I haven’t tested it for functionality but I can vouch for its adorableness. It’ll make someone with a small (less than 15 pounds) dog or cat a great Christmas gift (it’s too late for Hanukkah, sorry, plus there’s that red and green ribbon…).
But I’m serious about car safety. No one wins a carrier without promising to secure it in the back seat of their car — or, if it’s a gift, telling the recipient to do so. Before you enter this contest, then, read Friday Focus: Five Car Safety Tips. I’ll know if you just pretended. I have my ways.
Then come back to this post and comment below why your pet — or the gift’s proposed recipient — deserves to travel safely in the Mommy Bus.
That’s it. The winner will be chosen by the magic Random.org machine.
I’m afraid this contest is restricted to entries in the United States, because I’m paying postage and it’s not a light item.
The contest starts today, December 2, at 6:30 AM Mountain Time and ends Monday, Dec. 6 at 11:59pm MT. I’ll announce the winner, who has two days to claim it, on Tuesday.