After a very long walk at North Creek Park (fabulous for dogs and birders like me - if you live near Mill Creek, WA), Bea, Bo and I walked into the Mill Creek "Paddywack" store to find him a durable backpack that will eventuallly hold some serious stuff. I need to take Bo's walk to the next level (as Cesar says) and give him a job AND tire him out a little quicker. Bea just can't sustain his activity level over time and I like to do things with BOTH dogs. Paddywack is a fabulous shop in Mill Creek and spendy too; I was prepared to pay WHATEVER they wanted and have him fitted properly for the perfect pack. Disappointment!!!! They had NO EXTRA LARGES in any of the packs in stock. WHAT?! I know. Insane. Googles and Amazon searches have only further convoluted my search. They seem to all be built a little differently and the Amazon reviews I rely on for most purchases are pretty inconsistent.
What Perfect Pack do you have and use? I want it to carry some weight so in the summer, Bo can haul water for both dogs. I want it to be easy on/off. Reflective material on it somewhere would be a bonus and if it came in red/black, even better. He's 75 lbs and as chesty as they come. Bea does not need a matching pack...it's all she can do to carry herself around. LOL
Please help me find Bo's perfect Backpack!
We wanna HIKE!
From Ruff Wear
Attached saddlebags feature an efficient, weight-forward design
The Web Master™ Harness frame provides load stability and weight distribution
Padded assistance handle makes it easy to help dogs up and over obstacles
Trail-ready details: stash pockets, coated zippers, and external gear loops
Single-piece, anodized aluminum V-ring leash attachment provides a secure leash attachment point
Low-light visibility with reflective trim
Last edited by JeannieCO; 03-03-2013 at 08:52 AM.
Three Hooligans and 1 Angel - Wilson, Sally, Emma & Jack
Tonka doesnt have one but Ezydog makes a pretty nice looking pack!
I am thinking this would be good for Chanel ( I carry the waters now )
Love that picture of Bea and Bo! I could never visit you b/c I would gooo gooo gaga over them LOL
Everyone wants to kiss a bullie
Well, I did it. I went to REI and spent way more than necessary for the ULTIMATE DOG PACK for Mister Bo. @JeannieCO - I really like the features on the one you have --- but the pickens (oddly enough) were slim. I got the ONLY XL in the store and settled for the REI brand. We are going to road test it today and I promise photos and a full download on Bo's "getting some acceptance" about a pack being on him. ROFLMAO!
The REI Ultra dog pack http://www.rei.com/product/832677/rei-ultra-dog-pack combines well-designed features with durable, high-quality materials to make your dog's backpacking experience sheer joy! (I like that "sheer joy" part) It has a lot of features but these are ones that sold me on this pack:
100% post-consumer recycled PET body is built tough to stand up to heavy outdoor use (Recycled!)
Water-repellant zippers help seal out the elements and protect the contents from moisture (perfect for where it never stops raining)
Zippered top pocket on each saddlebag holds small items within easy reach (Bo will be carrying cigarettes and lighter from now on. Yes!)
Harness combines mesh for breath-ability (yes!) and padded sections for comfort; perforated EVA foam reduces weight without sacrificing comfort or durability
Modeling photos to come! Or perhaps, a video of Bo spazzing out when I put the pack on....? Bwhahahahahaha!
Last edited by Vicaroo1000; 03-04-2013 at 06:29 AM.
Yeah. it's about time Bo carried Bea's water. She's thirsty a lot. LOL
@babybully That's Little Bea. She's not a huge fan of exercise -- but she manages to keep up. This backpack is going to slow Bo down a bit --- level the hiking playing field a bit in Miss Bea's favor....
Jack actually really likes his on him, maybe because he's a working dog. Will be looking for pics too. I hadn't looked at the REI ones yet.
We're practicing the no touch, no eye contact, no talk right now for when people come over. All must sit and stay before anyone can enter. So far it's helping but it's a slow process.
Three Hooligans and 1 Angel - Wilson, Sally, Emma & Jack
How do you guys find the backpacks for your bullies tiring out and getting too hot? I have always wanted to try one out but Tonka overheating has scared me :S
Forgive me! I thought I'd already posted the Bo's Backpack Update. Anywhere, he's our little hiker in his new gear. Earlier this week, his load limit got increased by one 12 oz water bottle in each side of the pack. He could tell the difference. LOL He's always happy to get it put on him (so we must assume that he likes having a job to do). He's managed through the challenge of having one of the straps ride across the middle of his penis --- it probably felt strange! --- and he can pee now, as normal, unabated by the strap. When he's wearing it, he focuses MUCH LESS on peeing on everything. (When it's just me and him, he only gets to pee when I say so but when its me, Bo and Bea, he has more time to devote to peeing on every single bush possible because we're always waiting on Bea to catch up to us. When the pack is on, he's focused on carrying --- which is awesome.
Here's the SURPRISING thing about this addition to our The Walk repertoire; Bea LOVES it when Bo has his pack on. She moves a little faster and skippity do dahs a little bit more than normal. During a regular walk, she plods along and it an exercise in patience (from me and Bo) just to not get pissed off at her dwadling. If a leaf blows by, she's like Mario Andretti on the thing - WARP SPEED CAPTAIN! So it's not like she CAN'T move....its that she don't WANNA move. LOL Walks just take longer; that's our reality. But when Bo's got his pack on, it's almost like she is saying:
"HA HA HA!!! He has to wear that thing and I don't!"
"Hooray - an equalizer! This will slow him down!"
or (and this is probably more reality)
"Something new and different is happening! Hooray!"
Regardless, it's VERY cute to watch her little rosebud ears flippy flop down the stairs AHEAD of Bo as he's getting his act together with the pack freshly attached!
This summer? REAL SWIMMING with Flotation Vests! Many of you all already have them and I'm convinced real swimming is going to be another great source of exercise for Bo and Bea. I ran into a gal yesterday who I hadn't seen in AGES. She got her "dream dog" years before I did and her sweet Daisy is TEN YEARS OLD! She showed me some pics of her swimming when they're out in their boat as recently as last summer. Active dogs and weight management - maybe we can make them live forever huh? LOL