I drive around a lot after dark as many of the new client interviews need to be in the evening after they are home from work. This year, more than others, I have noticed an alarming number of people walking their dogs with nothing to help improve their visibility.
Occasionally, the beams of the vehicle lights will catch a glimpse of a person with their arm outstretched, and then only by REALLY looking, do I see the outline of a dog at the end of a retractable leash. This is an accident waiting to happen.
I don’t think many people realize how invisible you and your pet are out there in the dark. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, put something on you and your dog to make yourself seen.
There are numerous products on the market from simple reflective collars to fancy swirly light collars, leashes that glow and coats that reflect. Reflective tape is good, but it is only seen if the car lights catch it. The collars and leashes that light up will give your pet much better visibility and keep them safe.
For pet parents who allow their cats to be outside at night, it is highly recommended that you keep a quick release or breakaway collar that is reflective on your cat. Maybe if more cats were seen darting across the road at night, more would make it safely home in the morning.
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