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Product reviews

Another hip pack for dog walking

While looking for something else, I came across another hip pack for dog walking or going to the dog park: the WalkyBag, either “Pro” (fully loaded with leash, harness, poop bags, etc.) or “Custom” (with only the Gulpy-type bottle; suitable for people who already have the items the Pro is loaded with). It looks like it’s a bit bigger than the OllyDog Walker reviewed earlier by Dog Jaunt, but you might like having the extra pocket. Like the OllyDog Walker,  … Read more

Hip pack for walks and dog parks

When I set out for a walk with Chloe, my pockets are stuffed with treats, a clicker, the house keys, a roll of poop bags, my phone, deterrent spray and a Gulpy. If I’m going to the dog park, I might also wedge in a mini tennis ball. At night I add a flashlight. All’s well (or well enough) when it’s cold or raining, because I have jackets with endless pockets. But when the summer rolls around — and it  … Read more

Chloe’s tote: Organizing your dog’s stuff

Looking at her checklist, you can tell that Chloe travels with a lot of stuff. And her stuff comes in small pieces, like toys and rolls of poop bags and tubs of eye wipes and packets of treats. Without some way of keeping things organized, your hotel room or guest room or car will quickly get messy, and the thing you want at any given time will never be at hand.

My solution is a tote bag. (I love totes, so  … Read more

Messenger bag carrier for a small dog

Chloe’s messenger bag, the PetEgo Contour Messenger Black Label Bag, is my secret weapon. Without it, I could not sneak her into a fraction of the places she goes. It comes in two sizes, and she fits in the larger one (13Hx20Lx10W). That’s the one illustrated on PetEgo’s page for the product; please note that their human model is petite, and the bag is less imposing in real life. It also comes in a sporty orange-and-grey color combination, but I  … Read more

Collapsible food and water bowls for small dogs

We initially used collapsible bowls for Chloe’s food and water at her on-the-road home base (that is, the place where we set up her travel crate and a bowl of water). I’ve moved away from that, because I think small stainless steel bowls provide more stability — Chloe, playing, sometimes bounces perilously close to her soft-sided collapsible bowls. Now I have one tucked into my purse and another in the car’s glove compartment, for emergency use during an errand trip.  … Read more

Dog paw booties

I jeered at dogs wearing booties, until the day we found ourselves stranded in NYC by a winter storm. Chloe frolicked out into the snow, but as soon as she hit the salted sidewalk (and I mean within a second or two) she started crying with pain and tried to lift all four paws off the ground at once. Happily, there was a pet store nearby selling these disposable rubber booties. She was initially dismayed, as you can see, but  … Read more

Collapsible travel crates for a small dog

Even those of you who share a bed with your dog will care about this, because a crate is a godsend for a traveling dog. There will be times when you have to leave the dog behind while you go to a museum that checks bags, or to dinner in a place with short tablecloths or strong lighting. A pet-friendly hotel may not require a crate for dogs (though some do!), but you’ll feel more secure about housekeeping coming in  … Read more

Dog safety harness for car travel

Half of my car’s back seat is occupied by Chloe’s Snoozer (medium) Lookout Model I, which she and I both like. It’s too bulky to travel with, however, and for trips where we plan to rent or travel in a car, I pack a safety harness for her. Finding one that worked, however, took some doing.

I first bought a CanineFriendly 3-in-1 vest harness, and while I liked the harness part (padded with fleece and sturdy but not weighty), it gave  … Read more