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McAvenger: The McDonald’s Augusta Co-Op Incentive

Golden arches, value menu, late night snack in college, a clown you thought was funny when you were a kid, but now kind of seems a little on the creepy side – the thoughts that come to mind when you hear “McDonald’s.”  How about free 2014 Avenger?

McDonald’s Restaurant store owner Andy Harrelson, of Aiken, SC, visited us last week and selected a sleek, red, brend-spankin-new Avenger to give away to a manager in the Co-Op of Augusta.  At a breakfast hosted in downtown Augusta at the Kroc Center, Mr. Harrelson joined other owners in announcing how each store in the Co-Op performed in reaching their goals over the past year.  Each manager earned tickets for their respective compliments, and the tickets were deposited into a Happy Meal box.  Five tickets were selected for a chance at owning the red beauty in the parking lot outside, as well as a hefty check to distribute as bonuses among their department.  Selected managers reached into the box and pulled out the key to a 2014 Dodge Avenger, and streamed outside to test out which key would be “the one.”

One by one, each manager tapped the panic button on the key, the crowd tensed in suspense for who would be the new owner… and none triggered a response.  Perplexed, each manager tested out the button again – Finally, Latoria Bussey burst into a shriek and smile as her key triggered the panic alarm in her brand new 2014 Dodge Avenger!

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Restaurant Manager Latoria Bussey celebrates winning a new 2014 Dodge Avenger as Restaurant Owner Jennifer Bonness rushes to congratulate her.

 

A big congratulations to Ms. Bussey!  That car looks great with you in it!

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Photos by Milton Ruben Social Media Specialist Heather Cortright

Admittedly, one of the reasons I chose to write this blog was so I could find a ton of adorable puppies in cars.

Protect Your Pooch: Car Pet Safety

It takes twenty minutes for you to realize anything else exists when you get home from work every evening because you are too busy being worshipped by that whole body wiggling and spinning in awkward momentum with it’s tail – also known as the tornado.  PetsMart cashiers know you by name when they ask how little Roscoe liked that Hide-A-Treat ball you picked up for him on his birthday last month, and they laugh knowingly as you explain the adorable demon destroyed that “indestructible” toy like it was a cotton swab.  That little fuzz ball just might be the love of your life (sorry, honey).  So these canine-friendly car safety concerns spamming your news feed lately might be making you lose a little sleep (amidst those soft puppy snores coming from the corner of the bed – again, sorry, honey).

 

Admittedly, one of the reasons I chose to write this blog was so I could find a ton of adorable puppies in cars.
Admittedly, one of the reasons I chose to write this blog was so I could find a ton of adorable puppies in cars.

Allow us to help!  Pick up several canine-friendly safety tips for the road from our own list:

 

1.  No Shot Gun for Shotsie! – Vehicle airbag safety systems were created to keep humans safe, not dogs.  When they deploy, it could be at speeds high enough to literally end your pooch.  It’s hard to make road trips without him happily hanging his head out the window and lapping up the passing air, but it’s for the best that they be enjoying the view in the back seat.

 

Pet seat belts are available to secure your pet in the back seat, where they are safe from the force deploying air bags in the case of an accident.
Pet seat belts are available to secure your pet in the back seat, where they are safe from the force deploying air bags in the case of an accident.

2.  Secure Sable – Familiar with the chaotic traffic of Atlanta? All of that speed-up, quickly slow-down, swerve to avoid that lovely gentleman that just cut you off from three lanes over?  That kind of motion can do some severe damage to anything that isn’t tied down – especially a small body that isn’t sure whether they should sit, stand, or run around the car in circles barking at every passing pick-up.  Investing in a pet carrier, pet seat belt, or car barrier is worth the life of your lab, and will help prevent you from being distracted. (Check out how to use a harness with a seat belt.)

 

Pet car barriers can help keep your pets safe from getting tossed around in the car.
Pet car barriers can help keep your pets safe from getting tossed around in the car.

3.  Distract Doby – Everyone is a safer driver when their patience hasn’t been thinned by a very vocal dog warning other cars in traffic that these four wheels are his territory. Bringing long-lasting chew toys are a great way to calm down your canine and distract them from passing prey.  A lot of experts specifically recommend a hollowed-rubber toy stuffed with cheese, peanut butter, or other treats your pet enjoys.  Put that persistence to work elsewhere!

 

This method of securing your puppy doesn't look according to American Humane Society's suggestion...
This method of securing your puppy doesn’t look according to American Humane Society’s suggestion…

4.  Drug Dottie – My poor Shadow, a beagle-aussie mix, was a terrible road trip buddy.  The little thing got so car sick and anxious he would shriek, whine, and well – it was rarely a pleasant trip.  Our veterinarian recommended children’s motion sickness meds, hidden in a teaspoon of peanut butter.  Shadow was a little groggy, but he kept a little more hair, and we kept a little more sanity.  Check with your vet to get suggestions on what to use for your pup’s car sickness or anxiety, especially on long trips.

 

Some vendors sell water bottles that can be attached to a door handle and used like a hamster or guinea pig would.
Some vendors sell water bottles that can be attached to a door handle and used like a hamster or guinea pig would.

5.  Gear Up for … What’s a dog name that starts with G? … Some amenities are a necessary evil.  You may feel comfortable with the 82-degree AC, but it’s likely Rover is already a little anxious, shedding, panting, and sweating.  Pets frequently overheat themselves under stress, so it’s an absolute necessity that they have water available.  Smaller pets can be trained to drink water from larger bottles similar to those used for hamsters and guinea pigs (in my experience, the cheaper they are, they more they leak).  Some genius extraordinaire out there also figured out how to develop a spill-proof water bowl, so there are definitely options available.

 

It took far too long to come up with the concept of a multi-layered spill-proof bowl.  Do they have these for kids too?
It took far too long to come up with the concept of a multi-layered spill-proof bowl. Do they have these for kids too?

6. Never, Ever, under ANY circumstance, leave your pet in the car alone.  On a hot day in Georgia, it takes less than ten minutes for a vehicle to reach 120F with the windows partially open (ask our sales people).  That’s a death sentence to your beloved.  It’s also a felony.  Obviously you wouldn’t want to leave your car running without you in it either, so finding another solution is truly a necessity. If you need to run in somewhere and there’s no one to keep the pup company, you could simply explain the situation to the patron.  Since the passing of the animal cruelty act, a lot of businesses (ours, for example) are understanding and will find some way to help you get what you need without abandoning your animal.

 

In Georgia, when heat rarely ventilates due to the humidity, even leaving windows open partially could still endanger the life of your dog.
In Georgia, when heat rarely ventilates due to the humidity, even leaving windows open partially could still endanger the life of your dog.

Summer road trips don’t have to mean a kennel for your canine – you can easily find ways to safely travel with your best friend!  Please remember to keep them hydrated, and as always, enjoy it!

 

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Tune In for Entune Tutorials

You asked – we answered. We launched a whole new YouTube series to teach you everything you need to know about your Toyota Entune digital information center.

The Entune system makes it easy, fast, and safe for you to access your contacts and initiate phone calls, “read” text messages (without endangering your life – don’t text and drive!), listen to your own music, navigate to the closes burger joint, and so much more! Get a taste by watching our very first full episode, featuring how to pair your phone with bluetooth:

Don’t forget to like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter to keep updated on new episodes!

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This video was shot and edited by Milton Ruben Social Media Manager Heather Cortright

Special Wrapped Vehicles for #MWRIndependence14

Check out these teaser photos of our special-wrapped cars for the three-day Tent Sale at Fort Gordon! We have two cars out there that we special ordered, cleaned up, and decked out – Patriot-style!

 

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You’ll have to come see them in person to get the whole picture – we’re at Barton Field on Fort Gordon next to the stage now through all of the festivities on Thursday! There’s so much going on, it’s going to be worth the trip!

 

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Don’t forget to use the hashtag and follow us to find out about some contests and win free stuff!!

 

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