Breaking In the New Ride

Jeep been around

The Jeep has been with us a long time – pictured L-R – Kodiak, Kiska, Qannik and Rusty.


From 2010 – Rusty, Kodiak, Qannik, Natasha and Kiska

The Old Jeep Wrangler has been our ride for a very long time, but the hu-dad felt that it was time to trade in for a new model. So he bought, of course, a new Jeep Wrangler. At least he is consistent.

The new ride

The new ride.

Hu-dad has had it for about a week, though half of that time has been at the shop getting it set up for towing behind the RV for more adventures. So for this past week, he has enjoyed that new car smell, something he hasn’t enjoyed in a very long time. Saturday, however, was our time for breaking in the new ride.


A remnant rug was bought and then cut to fit the back of the Jeep.

Now you may ask why cover the back in rug? Hu-dad says it is easier to pull out an old remnant periodically and replace with a new remnant. For some odd reason, a rug can get really dirty.


The last rug from the old Jeep and scraps left over from cutting the new rug.

Once the rug is installed, then the important safety features are added – a crate and seat belts.

crates and seatbelts

Loading and securing the crate for Frankie and Cheoah – as well as installing seat belts for the rest of us.

And now for the most important part . . .

Loaded and ready

Loaded up and ready to go.


Enough with the pictures – let’s go!

By the way, you did notice that it was raining when we took off on our adventure. Guess the hu-dad will not get to experience that new car smell again for a very long time.


  1. houndstooth on December 22, 2013 at 6:51 pm

    Tell the Hu-Dad he can get one of those trees to hang from the rear-view window that will let him get a whiff of the new car smell every once in a while. lol Enjoy the new ride!

  2. houndstooth on December 22, 2013 at 6:49 pm

    Tell the Hu-Dad he can get one of those little trees to hang from the window that will let him get a whiff of the new car smell every once in a while. lol I hope you all enjoy the new ride!

  3. Mom 'n Ice on December 22, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    Hmmm, not sure what a vehicle without the the “Eau de Wet Sibe” would smell like! Oh well, it won’t take long to get the new one “Siberized”! One warm, wet afternoon will work wonders. Enjoy the new ride, ALL of you!

  4. Dobermom on December 22, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    As I was reading this, I realized – Wow! I’ve been reading and enjoying the Herd’s antics long enough to remember you breaking in the OLD ride! Love your blog and congratulations on the new ride!

  5. LindaP on December 22, 2013 at 11:07 am

    Yea for new Jeep! I love what Furbabys said “Rainy Dog Fur Perfume/Cologne.. The Smell lasts fur ever and ever.” LOL! Typhoon does look impatient. Enjoy your new ride!

  6. jan on December 22, 2013 at 11:07 am

    Wet dog smell is better than new car smell any day.

  7. Furbabys on December 22, 2013 at 9:51 am

    Hot Dog! The Herd has a New Ride! and The Hu~Dad gets to have that hard to buy Rainy Dog Fur Perfume/Cologne.. The Smell lasts fur ever and ever.
    Merry Christmas To The Herd and Hu~Dad <3

    Luv Harley, Molly and Gracie girl

  8. Tracy F. on December 22, 2013 at 8:09 am

    Our hu-dad always sticks with Toyota Land Cruisers. Luckily, when the old one died on the interstate, recently, he didn’t have us with him. He went right out and bought another one, before we had to miss too many rides. He always has most of the seats taken out, for our convenience. With 2 Golden Retrievers, A Husky-Wolf mix, a Shepherd-Pit Bull mix, and 2 (sometimes 3) Maltese, we obviously need a lot of room! He gave up on carpet in the back, and even a custom-made rubber mat, after Daisy ate them! Enjoy your new ride! Beau, Daisy, Okami, Frankie, Cowboy, Cupcake and Lola.

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