Road tripping with Buddy? Make sure you have this $9 seat cover


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Time to hit the road! (Photo: Getty)
Time to hit the road! (Photo: Getty)

Bit by the travel bug? While hopping on a plane and jetting off to a distant land might not be in the cards for a while, you can still cure your wanderlust with a totally different mode of transport: a car.

Road trips are trending, and for good reason. Gas prices are low — in fact, according to the AAA, we’re currently experiencing the lowest gas prices in over 17 years. While that price will slowly increase, we’re still paying about 50 cents less per gallon than last year. If you choose to hit the road, you’ll be in good company, too: over 90 percent of the 173 million Americans who had summer vacations on the books are still planning to take a US-based vacation.

As you’re packing up for your drive down the coast, to the beach, or just until you hit something cool, make sure you don’t forget your best friend — your pup! They’ve been cooped up in the home as much as you, and any trip worth taking should include Fido and Fluffy.

Of course, as any pet parent knows, a car trip for your pup means pawprints all over your precious leather seats, and the risk of accidents if you don’t make enough pit stops. Luckily, Chewy has a waterproof hammock to save your backseat from potential ruin — and it’s half off at just $9.

"You drive, I'll just take a nap back here..." (Photo: Chewy)
"You drive, I'll just take a nap back here..." (Photo: Chewy)

The Frisco Water Resistant Hammock Car Seat Cover is made from heavy-duty Oxford polyester, which protects your seats and floor from spills, water and stains. It works with most car backseats, and requires just three steps for assembly. It even has closeable seat belt slips and handy storage pockets for toys, a water dish or treats. It’s also large enough to fit a human companion if needed.

“My dog gets nervous in the car because he is still small and falls off of the back seat,” one pup parent shared. “I wanted to get something to protect my car and keep him safe at the same time. This is perfect. Completely peace-of-mind driving.”

“I love all of the ways it connects to the seats,” another shopper added. “This is the most stable hammock I've had. It also shows no signs of wear on the straps or stitching so far. It definitely helps keep the fur off the seats. The pockets are also handy. I keep my dogs boots in one pocket and a training leash and clicker in the other.”

If you’d prefer a more traditional shape, the Bench Car Seat Cover does the same job, all with the same amount of steps required for assembly. Paw prints? Mud? Not here!

Paw print-proof. (Photo: Chewy)
Paw print-proof. (Photo: Chewy)

“Very easy to install and protects the backseat!” a shopper shared of the bench-style cover. “Water-resistant so muddy dog park trips don’t end up on the seats.”

In short: If the pups dig it, you should get it: “This is perfect for my dogs and I,” one happy pet parent said. “They shed like crazy, and like getting their paws dirty. They love it, I love it.”

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