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Old 18.10.2010, 17:07
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Pet carrier recommendations

Am looking for a front / back style pet carrier like this:



I dont really like the idea and would prefer him on a leash, but I have to concede that with his size, he is definitely short enough for people to miss him in a crowd and might get trampled on in super crowded places - like the upcoming Colmar christmas market.

Does anyone have experience using such carriers or recommendations for a particular brand? Thoughts and suggestions really appreciated.
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Re: Pet carrier recommendations

My ancient wobbly mutt can't go very far under his own steam these days, so I use a Dog Perch Backpack when taking him along on family hikes:

http://www.toughtraveler.com/dogbags.asp

This is a fantastic backpack, very comfortable, well-balanced and secure, even on rough trails and steep climbs. Might be a bit overkill if you are thinking more of something to keep your guy safe in urban settings, though.

In a city I'd think a front pack would be better, as you can keep an eye on him, and better fend off unwanted attention. For some reason, when my dog is in his backpack people seem to think it's acceptable to start grabbing at him. I may need to add a 'Hands off!' sign.

I think my mutt is a bit bigger than your guy, though - Haifisch is ca. 38cm at the shoulders, 11kg. For a smaller dog, you'll have more choices.

One thing to consider - would your dog be more comfortable being carried in an upright-ish position, or would laying down be better for him? If the latter, perhaps a slingbag might work?

http://www.zooplus.de/shop/hunde/hun...etaschen/41659

Hope you find a workable solution.

(FYI - I once brought the collies to the Colmar Christmas market. Once - and never again. It was a mad house; the dogs were terrified by the crush. Perhpas try to go at an off time, unless your little one is well desensitized to crowds.)

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Old 18.10.2010, 19:46
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Re: Pet carrier recommendations

Thanks Frau melloncollie, for the excellent advice as usual. I am planning to get a front carrier as I totally agree with what you said about people grabbing at him when he's at the back and I cant see whats going on.

He is used to crowds, he likes prancing along crowded Bahnhofstrasse if we hit it on Saturdays but I have a feeling that Colmar market will be a different kettle of fish. I cant bear the thought of leaving him at home for such a long period of time whilst we are at the market - hence I am looking into this solution even though I dont quite approve of it - whatever prevents him and his paws from being trampled on and he gets to spend the day with us.

Never tried having him in an uprightish position for too long a period or carriers - I've always used the lead when we're out travelling- which is why I am looking for the advice and thoughts of fellow dog owners on here.

Having said that, he has no problem being in an uprightish position when it comes to cuddles though.
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Re: Pet carrier recommendations

I don't have any specific advice, but when I flew back into Zurich last week, a woman was walking a small dog on a leash, and I have to tell you that I felt very frightened for the little dog, so I think it's a great idea. It would have been so easy to trample the poor little thing.
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Re: Pet carrier recommendations

Awwww, I just love that you are doing this! I have two chihuahuas and one of them is very small and timid. I don't take him downtown on weekends, or busy places. If I do I put him in my handbag (plenty big enough) or carry him. I just hate it when I see a young girl in the busy street pulling along a little dog with his tail between his legs looking scared to death!
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Re: Pet carrier recommendations

Right, read up on the reviews for the various models online. Think it is the way to go. Anyone chanced upon them for sale here in Switzerland? Or do I have to get it shipped? I've checked meiko and it doesnt have it. Just the usual sensible options - nothing mad like this one.
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Re: Pet carrier recommendations

I was at Meiko last weekend and I could have sworn that I saw the exact same bag as you have pictured. I found that they offered a lot more in the store than was on the website. Best of luck finding a bag for your little guy!
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Re: Pet carrier recommendations

After my husband refused to allow me to get a stroller for Charlotte (He thought it was too eccentric even for our 16 year old Jack Russell!), I got her a "Snoozer" carrier, which has wheels AND it also works as a backpack. She has a wardrobe of carriers, but this is the most practical. Have used it for hiking in backpack mode and in town in wheelie mode. FYI, they also make a great doggie bike basket.

http://www.snoozerpetproducts.com/ro...rier-p-32.html

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Re: Pet carrier recommendations

The best Pet-stroller/carrier in Switzerland directly from the general agency Switzerland:

www.hunde-buggy.info

Perfect service, prompt delivery, very helpful people. Highly recommended.
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