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Old 04.08.2014, 12:18
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Dog bag on wheels

Will be going on hols later this year, and we have to take our (daughter's) elderly dachshund with us. We will be visiting a few towns and were wondering if anyone knew of a dog bag on wheels- where the dog compartment can remain on the flat as we pull him- so he does not get too tired and at the same time allows us to take him with us without carrying him- as we don't want t leave him alone in the holiday apartment. We will have guests from the UK, and want to show them the sights (Southern Tuscany is wonderful, Pienza, Montepulciano, Montalcino, Bagno Vignoni and Orvieto (Umbria, but not too far). Thanks for any advice. I've seen many bags on-line, but none seems suitable.

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Old 04.08.2014, 12:28
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Re: Dog bag on wheels

Odile I have a trolley for dogs/cats but it's pink and I can let you borrow it
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That would be fantastic- Slinky won't mind the colour, I'm sure. Will pm for collection, cheers.
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Old 04.08.2014, 12:32
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Ok or do you want me to send you pictures first???
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Old 04.08.2014, 13:03
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Re: Dog bag on wheels

The other day at IKEA a lady was using an old fashioned baby pram for her two dogs. Might be an idea?
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As we will have 4 in the car + luggage- a pram is not ideal Mélu But the colout or style does not matter to Slinkster or us- as long as it works
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Re: Dog bag on wheels

Odile, here is a thread I started when Haifisch first lost mobility:

Hiking with my old dog - Need some ideas.

The two 'transport systems' that worked best for us were the ToughTraveler Dog Perch backpack, here:
http://www.toughtraveler.com/dogbags.asp

And a simple lightweight folding baby stroller, the kind you would use on a tram, not the big buggy thingies. Mine folded completely flat so pretty easily transported. I found one at a local Brocki for about CHF 20.

(I've loaned my small dog traveling gear to another handicapped dog, else I'd send mine to you.)

The first I used on real hikes, over rough terrain. Haifisch was ca. 10kg, at the top range for the bag. He sat comfortably, back well supported, was able to look around and amuse himself while we were hiking.

However, I don't know how a Dachshund would fit - would that position be a problem with his long back? The Dog Perch is really just as well supported hiking back pack - if you already have an excursion pack you could probably improvise something that would fit Slinky.

The stroller worked well as long as we were on paved or closely packed gravel trails. A plus to the stroller is easy in and out - we wanted Haifisch to walk as much as he could, taking breaks as needed. I used this on our daily walks and short outings.

I tried, and rejected, many of the pull-along trolley type bags because they were too confining for Haifisch. He wanted his head free, didn't want to feel like he was crated. Other dogs seem to like them, but they were definitely not for Haifisch. And he didn't like traveling backwards, as he had to with some of the trollies.

Another option is a baby sling - the fabric wrap. Not good for serious hiking, but for a casual stroll it might work. An advantage is that you can position Slinky any way he is comfortable.

Be prepared for strange looks from passers-by. And be prepared for folks trying to grab pet your dog without asking. I don't know why people think a dog-in-a-bag is an invitation to be an idiot, but many do. If Slinky is bothered by strangers invading his space, as Haifisch was, be prepared to intervene.

The Belltie is now pretty wobbly and unable to keep up with family hikes. As he is too big for carriers I've gone back to what I used with Psychocollie and Melon: a Bollerwagon. Mountain hikes are no longer possible, obviously, but there are enough paved trails to keep the Belltie happy.

Good on you for seeking a solution - too often elderly or handicapped pets get left behind when a little creativity means they don't have to be. I am convinced that keeping an elderly dog interested and engaged in the wider world is key to maintaining quality of life.
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Re: Dog bag on wheels

Thanks Meloncollie for all your suggestions. Will have a try with Angela's trolley- we are not going on hols for a while yet- but want to prepare well in advance to make sure he is happy. The backpack would not work, as you say, because he is too long! But my neighbour is selling a soft babycarrier- will ask if I can try it too. Slinky was found in a flat in the UK, with lots of other pure breed dogs probably stolen to order- then abandonned, crated for a long while until found- so a crate is just not suitable for him. But as long as he is with his 'granny, and can see out properly, he will be fine. Very kind of all of you to help. He is good for his age, about 14 which is fab for a dachshund- but can't go for long walks anymore. His front legs are like a seal's and his back legs all bent out- he is so cute. Not my kind of dog at all, must say- but got very attached since we had to adopt him

Sadly our big mutt Gatsby (found by friends abandonned in the Valais, then later adopted by us in the UK) is even older- but at 42kg, such a solution is not possible- but she loves to stay with our neighbour. She is a Beauceron cross Alsatian.
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Ok or do you want me to send you pictures first???
I would think a photo would be useful. Surely the actual design of the carrier is more important than the colour.

Is it something like this?

http://www.shopwiki.co.uk/d/332882/6...ee-UK-Delivery

Or this

http://www.petplanet.co.uk/product.a...73&pf_id=61786

Which would seem ideal for Odile's needs for the little dog.
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none actually must make a picture or find something similar brb
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Ok it's pretty much like this but in pink

http://www.amazon.co.uk/New-folding-...ds=dog+carrier

Must admit that Audrey loved it
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ahahah Slinky will love it, I'm sure. OH will pretend he doesn't know us though, I'm sure. Don't need it yet for a while- but will arrange to pick up later, if that is ok. Thanks again.
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Re: Dog bag on wheels

Incidentally, "Dog Bag on Wheels" is my new favorite insult.
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Re: Dog bag on wheels

Say it in French, even better

Sac à chien sur roulettes

and add douche + pink

douche sac à chien rose sur roulettes

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Re: Dog bag on wheels

A friend of mine bought one in Cats and Dogs last year to take her cats to the vets in.
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Ok it's pretty much like this but in pink

http://www.amazon.co.uk/New-folding-...ds=dog+carrier

Must admit that Audrey loved it

Such a shame yours does not seem to fold Angela- as the one in the picture clearly does. Will keep looking, but thanks.

BelgianMum- thanks for the links, but Slinky is too long, as a sausage dog (dachshund) for those- the bag needs to be wider. He was abandonned in a flat with lots of other pedigree dogs in the UK, stolen for re-sale the RSPCA thought- so he just can't be crated, as it was so traumatic for him. Angela's 'pram' would have been ideal as he would be higher up, so in close contact with us, not crated, and able to go forwards- and with my bad leg and back, would have been fine with me pushing him.
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SOrry!!! Anywho if you will be in Neuch, the Maladiere's mall has a pet store and they had a carrier with wheels pretty wide but again I think it's like the one BM showed
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for some reason, the thread reminds me of
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Grrr- what a horrible picture. Slinky is NOT going to the knacker's yard

Sorry, but no sense of humour when it comes to stuff like that. The poor animal has a broken back, it seems.
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