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Ask Patty Blog Carnival Week Around the Auto World: March 20

Published Mar 20th 2007, 3:39pm by Jody DeVere in Featured Articles

St. Patrick's Day is over, and the official colors of March are now green and pink. We've got info on cars, dogs, women; and even more blogs on cars, dogs, and women. How can anybody go wrong with a combo like that?

Ap_car_dog In an era of organic dog treats and canine acupuncture, pet owners are increasingly mulling what's best for their pooches when they shop for cars. Safety, as well as concerns about fabric and the height of the threshold, rank high. According to the Detroit Free Press , some manufacturers have tuned into these desires to sell vehicles with special dog-friendly features.

Ap_sarah_fisher Two women are expected to drive in the first race of the IndyCar Series season Saturday night in Homestead, Florida:  It would be hard to find anyone who has not heard of Danica Patrick, but the other racer, Sarah Fisher, actually preceded Patrick.  Fisher has returned to racing Indy cars full-time for the Dreyer & Reinbold Racing team that includes Buddy Rice, Patrick's former teammate, and the 2004 Indianapolis 500 champion. Read more about Fisher at the New York Times .

When looking for a vehicle, pick the one that has proof that it has been looked after and don't listen to the sales people if they tell you it has had all its services done or if they can't provide you with a properly stamped log book or receipts for the work done. Find out why having the service history is a must when purchasing a vehicle at

Ap_lauren_fix AskPatty's expert panelist Lauren Fix won a Stevie Award for Best Marketing Campaign of the Year in the Stevie Awards for Women in Business in New York City last week.
According to, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business honor women executives, entrepreneurs, and the companies they run - worldwide. The Stevie Awards have been hailed as "the business world's own Oscars."

Ap_nascar_shoes They probably won't make you walk any faster, but they might give your day an amazing kick start. Samantha Thompson Smith,  is talking about NASCAR pumps, flats, and sandals designed with the racing culture in mind. The line is coming to retail stores in May, but you can get a sneak peek here at the North Carolina News observer.

Nascar_header According to author Scott Adamson, NASCAR is to be commended for its Drive for Diversity program. Since the top level of stock car racing is now an international sport, multi-billion dollar industry, and pulls in TV ratings second only to the National Football League... perhaps it's time to recruit a big name. He says "I'm talking, of course, about Danica Patrick." Read more at 

Tango Eco-chick  took a trip out to California to test drive the new high-performance, road-hugging, ultra-narrow Tango electric car. There aren't too many of them on the roads right now, though, according to the official Tango Site,  George Clooney has a black one. I'm not sure what makes it cooler: that it is electric, or that George Clooney has one.

Ap_08_ford_mustang_sally Rumor has it that Ford will be offering an appearance package on 2008 V6 coupe and convertible Mustangs, decking the car out with pink interior and trim. Our friends at Jalopnik   say it will be part of Ford's Warriors In Pink anti-breast-cancer campaign. While says the "Mustang Sally" trim will include special fender badges, pink lower side striping, pink seat piping, pink interior stitching along with other Pink accents throughout the interior.  So far, the Ford Media site is keeping quiet.

Ap_child_in_car_smoke With all the anti-smoking press we've seen lately, this seems like such a no-brainer. On the other hand, we suppose sometimes you can't express these health issues strongly enough: This Lady Auto Parts Expert   shares legislation being introduced in Illinois that will ban smoking in cars with kids.

Ap_rick_eickholt Rick Eickholt is the kindly town mechanic of Fergus Falls, who believes he is "paying it forward," when he surprises customers by working on their cars, free of charge.  Thanks, Rick!

Ap_nissan_pino Nissan woos young women with "cute marketing," launching a merchandise line for Pino, including pink bear-shaped cushions, seat covers with hearts, a CD case that looks like fat red lips, and a colorful cover for a tissue box. According to , "Rather than talk about the features of a minicar," Nissan says it is "better to talk about how cute it is."

Ap_hurtt_pamela_nextenergy NextEnergy recently named Pamela Hurtt as Program Manager and 21st Century Jobs Fund Project Director. According to NorthAmericanWindPower, Hurtt will support the development and execution of projects to enhance and expand the commercialization efforts of alternative energy technology (AET) companies.

Ap_flickr_dog And just for the heck of it, we had to include one more flickr photo of a happy dog in his car.

That's it for this week! Thank you for all of your submissions! Make sure to submit next week! Please remember to submit your article using the online form  or by emailing Breanne at

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