If you're like me, you take your four-legged furry best friend almost everywhere you go. From quick errands to long road trips, our dogs spend lots of time with us in our cars and especially here in New England, where we're crossing state lines all of the time.

Massive Caldor Fire Threatens Lake Tahoe Area Of California
Getty Images
loading...

I was surprised to learn that each New England state is a bit different and very similar in its laws affecting how we drive with our four-legged furry besties. According to News Orvis and Pet's That Travel, here's where each New England state lands when it comes to distracted driving, proper restraining, convertibles, and pet cruelty laws.

Global Warming Impacts Patagonia's Massive Glaciers
Getty Images
loading...

New Hampshire

Right now, unrestrained pet laws only apply to the bed of a truck, according to the News Orvis article, which outlines actual law.   In this case, your dog must be properly and safely restrained when he or she is traveling outside your vehicle.

And of course, there are anti-cruelty laws for animals that law enforcement can look at on a case-by-case basis when it comes to the safety of your pet, according to News Orvis.

Life Around Cannes - The 72nd Annual Cannes Film Festival
Getty Images
loading...

Massachusetts

News Orvis says distracted driving laws kick in here when it comes to your pet roaming freely in your vehicle. These laws indicate that anything or anyone that could distract or impede your driving opens you up to fines.

Dogs on your lap or in the front seat unrestrained, jumping around in the back seat, or hanging out of windows could be an issue, and police can fine you, according to the News Orvis article.

Meanwhile, the article also says that pets riding outside of the vehicle in the bed of a truck, for instance, must be in a crate or cage that is properly secured to the truck.

Gulf Coast Area Braces For Hurricane Gustav
Getty Images
loading...

Additionally, if the police feel that your dog is being treated or traveling in a cruel and inhumane way, you can face fines if they appear in danger according to the News Orvis.  This includes convertibles, as your pet could easily jump out if they aren't in a seatbelt.

Mall Holds Drive-Through Pet Blessing For World Animal Day
Getty Images
loading...

Maine

Just like Massachusetts, if your pup isn't restrained inside your vehicle while you're driving, law enforcement officials technically can fine you with current distracted driving laws, and that includes any pups riding on your lap, News Orvis says.

Also, if you drive a convertible, News Orvis sites law that says your dog must be in a pet seatbelt. If your doggie rides in the bed of a pickup truck, they must be in a crate or cage that is properly secured to the truck.

Mall Holds Drive-Through Pet Blessing For World Animal Day
Getty Images
loading...

Rhode Island

All dogs must be in a crate or restrained with a harness or dog seat belt designed for use in a vehicle, according to News Orvis, but that's it on the books for now.

Vermont

Current cruelty to animals statues make it illegal to transport or confine an animal in a cruel manner which is at the discretion of the officer, according to News Orvis.

Connecticut

Connecticut doesn't have a specific law requiring dogs to be restrained or secured while riding inside a vehicle, according to News Orvis. However, you can be charged with distracted driving.  Additionally, dogs in an open truck bed must be in a crate, cage, or secured to prevent them from falling, jumping, or being thrown from the vehicle.

RANKED: Here Are the 63 Smartest Dog Breeds

Does your loyal pup's breed make the list? Read on to see if you'll be bragging to the neighbors about your dog's intellectual prowess the next time you take your fur baby out for a walk. Don't worry: Even if your dog's breed doesn't land on the list, that doesn't mean he's not a good boy--some traits simply can't be measured.

MORE: Some of the Memes & Tweets That Have Made Us Laugh (and Maybe Think)

More From Q97.9