For many of us, our dogs are our best friends. And of course, we want to take our best friends with us when we travel, hit the park, or while visiting friends and family. Here at O’Brien Ford of Shelbyville, we want to make sure you and your pooch are safe and comfortable for however long you’re in the car together. Luckily, we’ve got a great selection of models on our lot that can do just that!

There are a few things you want to look for that will make any car more dog-friendly. For starters, you want to keep your pet cool and comfortable on warmer days, so rear air conditioning is a must. You’ll also want to consider keeping the water and mud that might come with outdoor play off the floor, so some removable and easy to clean cargo mats can go a long way. For larger dogs, having back seats that fold down can make a big difference in space and comfort for longer drives. And of course, you’ll want to consider how you’re keeping your pet safe – you can often find seat belt-based seats or restraints for smaller dogs, but you may want to consider cargo ties and a pet barrier for bigger pups.

There are also some Ford models we think are particularly well-suited to traveling with your pet. With a large, open cargo space, the 2017 Ford Flex is a perfect option for dogs who need a little more room. If you need a truck, a 2017 Ford F-150 has backseats that fold down in the cab, and a great place in back to put dog food, crates, etc., when you travel for long periods. For something a little smaller, it’s hard to go wrong with the 2017 Ford Escape. Drivers will find easily foldable back seats, a convenient automatic rear liftgate, and other features that make this Ford SUV a great option for dogs of any size.

Whatever you and your furry friend need, you can find it here at your local Ford dealership near Frankfort.