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I had the opportunity for a road trip this weekend. I drove from Ellensburg, WA to Bellingham, Wa via Snoqualme pass, about 340 miles round trip . I was very impressed with the performance of the car. The engine out did my V6 in our Ford. The mountain pass is about 3000 feet and I never did have to slow down due to a sluggishness or down shifting. I found that heading back up the pass, the steepest climb, all I had to do was lock out the overdrive and I cruised right up.

Bellingham is the ultimate Element town, a very sports oriented, college town with beaches and hiking trails all over. The dogs and I spent 2 days hiking in sand and mud and the car held up very well. For the most part, few people made a show of looking at the car. 2 people did stop me in parking lots and a few others slowed down. While in Bellingham I spotted 2 other Elements. It was a good fun trip and I still love my car.

Joan
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I loved the pictures of your new Element and especially the ones with the dogs in it (and out of it). I have two big (80/90 lb.) dogs as well and bought my Element (Blue 4WD EX) for their enjoyment almost as much as mine. I keep both the back seats laid flat and a blanket over them, since my dogs like to lounge and snooze while riding. Then can still stand up, walk around, and look out the windows if they feel like it.

Thanks for posting all the neat photos.

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Carla,

How are the dogs doing in the Element? Do they like it?

We picked it in part, because of our dogs. We have 3, ranging from 50lbs, to 105lbs.

We just picked up ours on Tuesday, and have not let the dogs into it.....yet. Waiting to put a few miles on it, first.
 

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My dogs seemed to love it from the very start, and they didn't compete over the space either, which is what they do in a car with a regular bench back seat. (That is, my 80-lb female forces my 90-lb male off the seat onto the floor so she can stretch out on the seat all by herself). In my Element, with both seats laid flat, they both stretched out side by side quite comfortably. There are so many configurations of the seats in the Element - I'm sure you'll find one that's just right for your combination of dogs. I bet they'll love it just like mine do!!

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Well, a pissed off cat will do things a pissed off dog would never dream of, like pee in the middle of your bed!!! But my cats hate riding in any car, so it's unlikely they'll ever see the inside of the Element except for trips to the vet. And they'll hate that no matter what they're riding in!! :x
 

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How about parrots?

I'm getting the E so I can slide the regular parrot cages into the back without having to tip them. Everytime I take the birds somewhere in the Escort wagon, the cages and the birds make such a mess! I've spent the last year looking for a new car that will solve this problem and the Element seems to fit the "beak". :lol:

I also have traveling cages that we will take camping. Plan on fitting some cords across the ceiling and hanging the cages up. The birds like riding in the car but one of them gets carsick (yes, birds do puke). :? Hopefully suspending the cage will help.
 

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As many of you stated, I bought my car more so for my big dog (140lb Female Fawn Great Dane)! Unfortunately her first trip in the new E wasn't enjoyable for her. She's used to riding in my Honda Accord, taking up the whole rear cushy seat. I think that she just didn't know what to make out of the E. I put one of the rear seats up so that she could use the floor and walk around a little. She hated it!

I think that part of the problem was the floor -- it was a little slippery for her -- so I did order the mats for the E -- I find it a little slippery as well. As for someone who stated they put the 2 rear seats down -- I will try that. I am going to put them both down and put a blanket over them, maybe that will feel more homey for her. Maybe she just needs a few rides to get used to the E -- because she usually loves riding in the car!
 

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DjKristinKorpos,

I think you will be better going with the seats down, and a blanket. My dogs seem to like the room.

Remember is it a truck, it won't ride like the accord in the back.
 

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Kristin -

Sorry your dog didn't like her first ride in your new Element - I know how important our dogs' happiness is to us. :) I can understand how the bare slippery floor might have made a big dog a bit uneasy. I'm the one who first wrote in about laying the back seats flat with a blanket over them - my dogs seam to really like that. They can sit or stand on the seat if they want to look around; otherwise lounge and relax. Hope that works for your great dane (I love great danes :!: ). Let us hear how it works out.

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My dogs like to look out the window and my Rottie is not happy unless she is seated just like a human with her head pointed so she can see out the front window. I swear she can recognize where we are going. We put a blanket over both back seats and the dogs are happy. When the back seats are up against the back side windows I have visibilty problems, I would rather have then totally out than to have both rear side windows blocked.
 

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yeah my pup (a border collie) loves to sit in the front passenger seat, and sits like a person, perfect posture.. of course he lives for people to oogle him and if for some freak reason they do not notice him right off he gets bummed!
 
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