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Saturday, October 23, 2010

Dog Strollers | DoggyRide Review

My dogs are tough. They get almost daily exercise and lots of it. We go on long hikes mostly, and, if time or the weather does not allow it, we at least walk in our neighborhood. From the tiniest to the largest of my dogs, this has become a way of life and they all seem to thrive on it.
 I used to look at dog stroller owners as something unique and peculiar. What was wrong with their dog? Did they not want it to get its paws dirty? I was adamant about getting a dog stroller, even though sometimes I couldn't quite manage three dogs on two hands (the hand-shaped dog leash hadn't been invented yet). Having to deal with chronic back issues, I gave in, and three months ago, I purchased the DoggyRide Mini Stroller for my 4-pound teacup chihuahua, and my 10-pound chiweenie. Hallelujah!

I decided on the DoggyRide for the following reasons:

1. It didn't look like a baby stroller. Instead, it looked sporty and utilitarian.
2. Its handle was tall enough for . . . tall people, an invaluable feature.
3. The design was obviously very practical. It has shades, plastic covers, front and rear entry, top ventilation, a large pocket in the back, and large wheels.
4. The handle comes off and can be replaced with a bike kit that easily converts it into a mini trailer you can attach to your bike.
5. It was rather economic compared to other dog strollers.

I take my dogs to horse shows frequently. In the past, I'd have to carry large crates, find shade, if it rained, I also had to find sheltered areas. The DoggyRide took care of all those issues. It is easy to assemble and disassemble, for those who don't own SUVs. It is also light and easy to load in the car.
The dogs, the teacup chihuahua and the chiweenie, both rather spoiled, took to it immediately. I just presented it to them with all doors open and they were ready to explore. I closed the zippers after a few minutes and off we went. Both dogs looked around them suspiciously until we were out of the driveway. After that, they looked ahead taking in their surroundings happy for their moving shelter.
I use the DoggyRide at home too. When we have dog visitors that intimidate my dogs, I bring out the dog stroller. They both jump in and get comfortable, able to stay near the rest of us feeling safe.
After owning a dog stroller for three months, all my hesitations are dismissed. I now only wonder why I didn't invest in a dog stroller sooner.



Cupcake said...

Mommy has a dog stroller for my chihuahua sister Princess. Princess rides in it like she's Cleopatra going down the Nile!

Love, Cupcake

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

We are all probably a bit on the big side for a stroller, but we can see easily how one works so well for you in so many ways. Great investment.

Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

bichonpawz said...

Totally agree with you on all counts...I got mine when Chloe was having knee problems...and she just LOVES it!

Oskar said...

Thanks for the great info. We may look into it if we get extra money papers.

Nubbin wiggles,

Doris Sturm said...

When I was younger and healthier, I always wondered what I would do once Gizzy starts slowing down with arthritis in his old age, knowing how much he loves to be outside and I was torn between a red Radio Flyer for me to pull or just a little sports stroller to strap him into, but the solution came by my failing hips and back so that now I can push my rollator/walker and Gizzy can sit on the seat and it works out quite rollator for two purposes!

JackDaddy said...

As long as everyone is happy, I think it's a great thing! :)

Sagira said...

I bet you guys are so cute in your dog stroller. :)

Benny and Lily said...

Those strollers are cool but mom said don't even think about it.
Snuggles and Snorts,
Benny & Lily

Hailey said...

We have a pink stroller and although my mommy felt ridiculous using it at first, we found it to be quite handy. Especially when we go shopping to the outdoor outlets. We can still look sophiticated, but safe!!!

Hugs & smoochies!! XOXO
Hailey & Lala

Mango said...

I like that you have a safe place to go when there are rowdy visitors. I don't suppose those things come in mastiff size...


Sonic said...

Hmmm... if my humans bought a dog stroller, maybe I'll get to go into the Great Outside more often? That's a great idea!


Lorenza said...

Thanks for the review!
Happy Sunday to all of you!
Kisses and hugs

Draco and his Mom said...

I like your doggie trailer/stroller. I bet it would be great for going to the flea market in. Now at the barn, you and Frankie can lounge about in luxury while the other pups stay in the doggie jail. Lucky YOU.

Nadine, Chewy and Lilibell said...

What??? No cute pictures of them in the stroller?

Waggles & Chi kisses, Chewy & Lilibell

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