Humans don't realise that a dog - a proper, serious dog - requires appropriate comfort, particularly on long drives. Forget being tied up in the back of a ute on a hot or rainy day. If you want to get the best out of us - as in good manners, not barking all night or raiding the garbage bin - then we need to be afforded a certain degree of comfort.
The Boss showed me this the other day and it's just the thing. He seemed to think it was funny but it's not funny at all. The Nissan people have come up with this car with me in mind.
It has a pull-out ramp, for when I don't feel like jumping in the back. It has a warm-water washing wand, shaped to encircle a dogsbody (that's a double entendre, in case you didn't realise) and a fur-drying hose, as well as interior drying outlets after we've had a swim on a cold morning.
It gets better: there's a non-splash water bowl and on-demand snacks, plus a closed-circuit TV so I can instruct The Boss as we're driving. And it all looks pretty comfortable and easy enough for you to keep clean for our next adventure together.
Now, you need to pay attention to this or we'll start driving ourselves. Dogs can drive, you know - there's a surprising amount of it going on. I've tried to get into the driving seat a few times but it doesn't work when The Boss is in there - particularly when he comes home from work in his suit and I climb on him with a filthy paw.
You'd think he's sense straight away that I'm keen to have a crack at it but he gets rather grumpy about it, if you don't mind me saying so.
One of these days he'll be sorry when there's no dog to greet him - we'll all be off doing our own thing. And with all these cars made for dogs, its not far away, I can tell you. Woof.