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Unread 05-12-2007, 04:25 PM   #1
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New Unilimited...good for pets?

I'm looking into getting a new 4 door Unlimited. I take my Golden Retriever everywhere. I currently have a Grand 03 Cherokee and she fits in the way back perfectly. Do you think she will have enough room in the back of an Unlimited?

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Unread 05-12-2007, 04:48 PM   #2
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I am sure it would be fine, do not think there is that much of a difference. Just do not let the dog near the dash or doors, at least if you do not want everything to be completely scratched up. DC has to do something about this cheap plastic...
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Unread 05-12-2007, 05:35 PM   #3
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You'd probably be better off with a truck.
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Unread 05-12-2007, 07:13 PM   #4
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Your dog will love it. My dog is half golden retriever, half great pyrenees. About 90 pounds. She has all the room she needs back there, and I don't have to worry about her scratching anything up, cause there's nothing to scratch in the back.

I used to ride around with her in the cab of my truck, but she took up 2/3rds of the bench seat. And sometimes the 2/3rds she picked included my lap. We're both much happier with the jeep.
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Unread 05-12-2007, 07:38 PM   #5
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jwetzel, why didn't you have the dog in the bed of the truck?
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Unread 05-12-2007, 07:42 PM   #6
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jwetzel, why didn't you have the dog in the bed of the truck?
I wouldnt let a kid ride in the bed of a truck, and the same goes for my dog.
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Unread 05-12-2007, 07:44 PM   #7
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I also have a golden and he is happy riding in the back of the Jeep. He dosen't even wait for me to lift the window. Once the gate is open, he's in. However, I was also wondering about the summer when I take the hard top off. Does anyone know if there is some sort of harness that will give the dog mobility but keep him secure in the back?
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Unread 05-12-2007, 07:45 PM   #8
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Riding in the bed of truck never killed me. Besides, it's a dog. It pisses me off when people drive with animals on their lap. It's as bad or worse than cell phone usage while driving.

Back to the OP. There is a thread buried in here somewhere about dog scratching up the dash and other interior pieces.
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Unread 05-12-2007, 07:53 PM   #9
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The interior dash and door panels on the JK scratch very easily. I can't imagine what the would look like after a few months of a dog hopping around.

You ask but I don't think you will like my answer.

Try this, go to the Jeep dealership and run your fingernails across the door panel and then get back to me.
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Unread 05-12-2007, 09:06 PM   #10
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Thanks for the info.
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Unread 05-12-2007, 10:35 PM   #11
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I just put both of my 90 pound yellow labs in to my 1 hour old 2 door and they fit just fine, coming from an 03 grand cherokee. Also drove the unlimited today they might have more room in it than your Grand Cherokee. With the seat up the back of my 2 door is just about as big as the space behind the seats of my old WJ if not bigger. With it removed...really a lot of room back there when compared to my old YJ. The unlimited is huge inside. My labs are well trained so no worries about them jumping out for me...they will stay put unattended even without top or doors
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Unread 05-13-2007, 12:27 AM   #12
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To answer the question about putting the dog in the bed of the truck... Great Pyrrenees were bred to guard flocks of sheep up in the mountains when the shepherds would go home. Sometimes for days at a time. So they're very autonomous and territorial.

My dog classifies everyone and everything as either "part of the herd", or "not part of the herd". If she knows you're in the herd, she's the sweetest dog in the world. But she considers the truck "her territory" and if a person or animal walked by too close, I have no doubt there'd be trouble. It's not a training thing. It's part of the breed. So I kept her up with me.

Well, that and how could I resist those big, brown eyes?

PS - Believe me, I was not into the "dog in the lap" thing. When she tried that, she quickly found out who the big dog was.
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Unread 05-13-2007, 01:45 AM   #13
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I'm looking into getting a new 4 door Unlimited. I take my Golden Retriever everywhere. I currently have a Grand 03 Cherokee and she fits in the way back perfectly. Do you think she will have enough room in the back of an Unlimited?
A Saint Bernard is frequently an occupant in the back of mine (:
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Unread 05-13-2007, 07:08 AM   #14
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For taking the top/doors off and keeping your furry friend in the Jeep, try cargo nets @ raingler.com. This is what I'll be doing. I have 2 german shorthairs that are extremely birdy. For that reason, I wouldn't let them ride in the back of my truck. Letting a dog ride in the back of PU sounds great until one jumps out at speed. 1 of my dogs jumped out of the window to go after a hog while I was driving to my hunting camp (we were going slow - no one was hurt) and the other dog once jumped out of my flats boat to get a pelican sitting in the water. . Sometimes keeping the dog contained is just necassary. But try the raingler cargo nets they should contain your dog but also let him roam somewhat freely in the back of the JK.
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Unread 05-13-2007, 07:10 AM   #15
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I have two dogs, one is 100lbs or so, and the fit fine back there. As for making a dog ride in the back of a truck, this is a bad idea all the way around. These white trash, backwoods, uneducated, idiots don't ever think of the problems, or consequences, that could arise from this practice. No matter how well a dog is trained they still are very instinctual animals. All it takes is a rabbit, another dog, a cat, or even a small child to set off herding or protective acts. From a moving truck this can be disasterous. Secondly, no matter how well you think you can drive, things happen. A dog, no matter how big, if thrown from a truck during an accident, or while trying to avoid an accident, becomes dangerous unsecured cargo. On top of the obvious, a dead dog, there is now the potential for a chain reaction accident. Other drivers trying to avoid an animal in the street can easilly hurt themselves or others in the process. Third, and last, These animals should be considered part of the family and treated as such. Unfortunately, this is not alway the case. Like bigwrm said, you wouldn't let a kid ride back there (we hope!) so why a dog? The morons that practice this act should, find there dogs a loving home and, get a bucket of chicken and a porno mag for themselves. I'm positive that it would be better company. In, or out of, the truck.
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