No longer just for pampered pooches
Okay, so hold off on that eye roll for a second. Hear me out.
If someone had said two years ago..."hey check out this dog buggy"...I would have rolled my eyes too, pictured an A list celebrity twinning their outfit with their pampered handbag dog while wheeling them down the street sipping some form of skinny-mocha-frappa-latte-chinothingy.
Now I've changed my mind.
Mainly because I can see myself using one. Without the handbag or the sunglasses or the coffee. For my 20kg Labrador, to improve her quality of life and get her doing what she loves the most, without it causing her pain.
Indy is my heart dog, she has taught me so much, and every day I am grateful to own such an amazing dog.
Indy will be 10 in March, she was diagnosed with arthritis at 4 and even now she's older bears it with stoic dignity.
But I see it, in the way she leaves the room when there is a sudden noise on TV, in the ruffled fur over her hips, in the way she takes an extra long stretch (still with the big eyes and wagging tail) when she greets me in the morning.
Indy adores the beach, and going for walks in the countryside, but there will come a day when her body's capabilities fall short of what her willing mind longs to do.
How do I know? Because I have been there before.
The dog in the photo is Ellie, our first family dog. She adored water, the beach, the fields, anything outdoorsy and rural. Ellie had a cruciate ligament operation when she was five months old. She recovered fine and we thought no more about it. She lived a full energetic life.
Ellie started to slow down just before 7 years old. “She’s getting old”, “She’s had a good life” were the comments I heard (Oh how I wish I knew what I know now!). She started stopping on walks and wanting to turn home, she would trip or stumble, when you said “Walkies” her eyes would light up, and then she would visibly gather herself to get up to come with us. Her mind was willing, her body was not, then the days came where she wouldn’t get up when you said “walkies”, some days she would, and some days she wouldn’t. I remember in these days driving her up to our neighbours pond for a swim, I had not seen her that happy in years.
If I had known all those years ago, that a dog buggy could have allowed her that freedom without the pain, given her more years enjoying the outdoors, the smells, sights and sounds. I would have jumped at the chance.
Looking back, I would have used it as a puppy for her rehab from surgery, for socialisation so she could go to town not just on our farm, used it with Indy when she was a puppy so that she could come dog walking with me but not be over exercised. And I WILL be using it in her golden years, so that I know that she had the BEST life, and she won't need to miss out on anything. She has been there for me without fail, and I will return the favour 100%.
Meet the team
All the strollers have a rain cover, a rear entry (so dog's don't need to turn round), interior attachment points for a harness and removable wheels for storage.
£15 per day
£40 per week (7 Days)
£80 per month (30 Days)