Last weekend was National Dog Day and you better believe we celebrated Oshie! My furry best friend has been by my side now for the past 3 years and is the most faithful, hilarious companion a gal could ask for. So when Ford Canada approached me with an opportunity to go on an adventure with her in a 2018 Ford Escape, I couldn’t refuse, especially when I heard it’s the best car out there for dog owners.
There are so many day trips you can make around the Lower Mainland that you can customize for your dog: Crystal Falls followed by Mariner Brewing Company in Coquitlam, or walking along the river followed by an ice cream for you and your dog at Rocky Point Ice Cream. I’ve done both of those trips before and adore them, but since it was Oshie’s special day I wanted to do something both of us hadn’t done before. So we decided to head to Fort Langley for a lunch and hike.
We hit the road and took Highway 1 the whole way there. Since I drive a small compact car I typically try to avoid highways—there’s something about your car shaking as pickup trucks race by you that keep you driving local—but in the Ford Escape I felt 100% safe. The car sits much higher that I’m used to which allowed me to see so much more of the road. The Escape is also a sturdy enough car that I could hold my own when cars sped by me. And while it is a larger car, it handles like a dream—it’s smooth, responsive and so easy to navigate!
By the time we arrived in Fort Langley we were starving so we immediately made a beeline for Wendel’s Bookstore & Cafe. It’s such a cute spot to hang out and browse through their extensive array of books and magazines, or just grab a casual lunch out on their dog-friendly patio! They offer my favourite coffee—Moja—and have some of the most amazing sandwiches. The best part was that Oshie could sit next to me the whole time.
After lunch we needed to go work off all our energy so we made a short trip over to the Fort to Fort Trail. At just under 8 kilometres long, it’s the perfect hike for all skill levels and leg lengths. Nestled along the Fraser River and surrounded by lots of lush greenery, the walk was a perfect afternoon pick-me-up to our adventure day. Unfortunately, with her short stubby legs, Oshie got pretty tired about an hour into the walk so we cut the hike short and headed back to the car.
With Oshie passed out cold on the way home, she wasn’t much of a navigator for me. Luckily with the Ford Sync 3—which offers voice navigation and updated traffic information—getting home was a breeze. I even was able to call my husband en route to let him know where we were and when to expect us home!
This is my second time driving the Ford Escape and it’s still one of my favourite SUV crossovers. It’s incredibly fuel efficient and so fun to drive. Most importantly, however, it’s the best car for dog owners! The Escape offers a low bumper, which even a short stubby dog like Oshie can easily jump into. I don’t normally travel with Oshie in a crate—she loves the view from the passenger seat—but for those that do, the Escape offers great cargo room since the back seats fold down flat. There are even metal trunk loops that allow you to safely secure your dog or crate to the seat!
I had the best day celebration National Dog Day with Oshie, and an even better week driving the Ford Escape. If you’re looking for the best car for dog owners, look no further than the Escape!
Thank you to Ford Canada for sponsoring this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.