We Love all our Fur Babies! Dogs and Cats are an integral part of our families!
When they hurt, we hurt too! So let's review how we can help our Fur Babies thrive in whatever difficulties they may be experiencing!
Just last week I got the funniest (I thought at the time) phone call from my uncle. He is a "Doggie Lover Extraordinaire!" He knows all of the dogs in his building by name and they all know him too! It's a win-win situation for him. He is elderly and could not take care of a dog by himself, so he gets to love all the dogs and not have to worry about their day to day care. The dog owners love it too, because he gives their fur babies a little extra attention and treats. The dogs all love him. Anyways, I digress, back to the phone call.
The Phone Call!He calls me almost in a frantic state and begins to tell me about this elderly dog in his building. He's been worried about him for quite some time. Mr. Beasley (the dog) is suffering from bad eyesight and the ravages of age, arthritis. My Uncle was worried that the owners would put Mr. Beasley to sleep! So the phone call continues, he says to me, "Olivinha (my pet name) you will never believe what I just saw!"
|Happy Fur Babies Going for a Walk!|
The Reveal!He proceeds to tell me about Mr. Beasley and his new "pet stroller". He is gushing with excitement that Mr. Beasley's owners have found a way to make their fur baby's life easier in his later years. As he was telling me all about this it occurred to me that many of my friends are in a similar position. Their fur babies are growing older and suffering some of the same effects of aging that we go through. So with all this excitement I decided that I would check out these wonderful Pet Strollers and give you my honest review!
So here we go!
From Amazon's pages I have chosen to show you these four Dog/Cat Strollers! I have read many of the reviews given to the items by "verified purchasers" and can honestly say I have also spoken to many people about their own dog/cat strollers! So let's take a look and see what we have available, shall we? People in my own building also have dogs and dog strollers. I have made it a point to talk to them about their choices and why they like them or not! I personally don't currently have a dog so my opinion is based on what I have seen and what I have heard from other dog owners, including Mr. Beasley's fur parents and more fur parents who have dog strollers.
Hits and Misses
Dog Strollers are basically a baby type carriage for your fur babies. Like real baby strollers, they have wheels and a "bed area". So why not just get a baby carriage and modify it for your pet? Well, let's just say that safety, is the name of the game and keeping our pet safe and secure is our ultimate goal. In order to retrofit a baby carriage, you would be making a big investment in time and trouble, when there are products already available for this purpose.
|Not the ideal way to transport your pet for long periods of time.|
Pet strollers are rated for the size of the dog or cat. Pet strollers can be used for any four legged pets that you may have. Depending on the overall size of the stroller, you can fit one or two small dogs or cats into these beds. Most will have a certain "pound rating". If you have a very big dog, you will need to look for a stroller that will take your pets weight, or the tires and frame will not hold up for prolonged use. Pet Strollers are generally rated by weight of the pet or pets. Many come in doubles too, for people who have more than one animal in their care.
You can get a very inexpensive dog stroller for a small dog if you are a city dweller and use it on paved walkways and roads. If this is good enough for you then you can purchase a doggie stroller for about $50.00. As I said earlier I do not have one of these myself so I did rely on the comments and found some really disturbing ones that rated the inexpensive strollers as "terrible". So buyer beware. The smaller wheels and portability of the stroller would be ideal. But the smaller wheels do not lend themselves to a nice smooth ride for your pet.
The stroller that cost upwards of $180.00 are considered the "Cadillac" of pet strollers.These pet strollers have wheels that are 12 inches in diameter and are pumped up with air, like a bicycle tire. They offer a smooth ride and are made especially for joggers or walkers that like to go the distance on terrain that is not smooth. Winter would also be a great time to use these strollers, to save the dogs from getting "salt burns" on the pads of their feet.
Transportation of the Pet Strollers
Some of the pet strollers come with a "bed" already for your pet. Some make this an add on feature. Premium strollers come with everything included, meaning that you have a sun shade, bolster pad and bedding as part of the whole package. If you buy a less expensive model, you will need to add these extras to make your pet stroller compete with the upgraded models. The bed is "screened in" so that your dog will not be able to jump out and wander off. Some even sport a window at the bottom area of the bed, so that your dog can lie down and still be watching where you are going. If your dog likes the wind in his face, there are tethers to attach to a harness! Then let the hood down and the screen off and your animals will still be safe! Everything will fit nicely into the boot of the carriage.
Premium strollers are also great for fitness buffs who love to run. The three wheeled construction allows the front wheel to lock into place for joggers. If you prefer a leisurely walk, then the front wheel can be unlocked. You will be able to turn your pet stroller on a dime. It handles like a "Ferrari", where the more inexpensive strollers will chug along like a freight train in comparison.
Boot or Storage Area
Underneath the "bed" there is a boot or storage area, that will hold everything you might need while you are out and about. A water dish, water bottles, treats and even their food can easily be stored until needed. If you are out with your dog for the whole day, this storage area is wonderful and will save you from having to make several return trips to the car for items you might need. Going to the dog park was never so easy for you or your dog. And after a strenuous day of play, your pet will be ready for a nice nap on the way back to the car. Everyone exhausted but happy with a day's outing made easy.
- If you want to know more about Indoor Dog Gates, you can click on that link and read about them. Cynthia let's you know all the ins and outs of Indoor Dog Gates.
- Dressing up our pets for special holidays is something we pet owners do too just for fun. Our fur babies enjoy the attention and we get so much pleasure and fun with the interactions too. Susan writes about dressing up our dogs in this review: Patriotic Dog Bandanas, Collars and Clothes.
- If you are new to bringing home a puppy, you might want to read Bringing Home a Puppy Day!
If you ever get the chance to rescue a dog, you will find that they will change your life even more for the better! My friend Diana Wentzel, rescues dogs and she just recently had then need to get a dog stroller for one of her rescues. In her words, "Mr. Muffin's dune buggy. Let me tell you, it's a good workout pushing a dog stroller through a sandy creek. Still, I would do anything for this precious guy. I'm waiting for him to tell me where he wants to go for his next field trip." She goes on to say, "I have found this to be an essential piece of equipment. For Mr. Muffin, it is definitely a quality of life accessory. I'm sure many dogs would benefit from having one. It means I can take Mr. M. places he would never be able to experience without it.
Along with her beautiful comments, she allowed me to post this picture of Mr. Muffins in his "Dune Buggy"! Photo courtesy of Ms. D. Wenzel!
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