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I was wondering if anyone was using backpacks with their dogs. I would like to get Jake a pack, we are starting to run together and I think it would be great if he could carry water for us, also I think that giving him a job will make him happy. Anyone have any suggestion as to which backpack or company would be good to go with?

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I have a Mountain Smith Dog Pack II.  It has three adjustable straps across the back, to insure a good fit, plus an adjustable chest strap and heavy duty 3 point buckle/snap underneath.  Very sturdy.  Not sure what they cost new---my wife picked this up at a garage sale two summers ago, and it had never been used....still in the original package with all the tags (except a price tag) attached.

 

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We bought a ruffwear pack, but it was pretty pricey.  We don't use the pack as much as we use the harness that came with it.   

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Love the backpacks, great for me since I can't carry stuff on a walk, but the dog can hahahaah. Great garage find!!! and it actually fit that's amazing......

im also on the hunt for a backpack for Romeo. I want one that I can put a little weight in it to get him in shape for the show season and he can use on our hikes. I would like to find one that is not super expensive has pockets that wont flap and hit him in the side when he is running and can hold a water bottle or two. I just started researching

Paul that was a great find at the garage sale.

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These are what my uncle uses and we have a black field backpack for Skye. Motley Mutt is where I go to get Skylers three winter coats (she chews them to bits!!) every year. lol

 http://motleymutt.com/p562/Adventure-Dog-Backpacks-Gray/product_info.html?source=googleps&listed_size=Medium&listed_price=35.99

thanks for the link. I like these not to expensive and they come in a variety of colors. Paris thinks she wants a pink one lol. Romeo will have a red.

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Glad I could help!! Yes, not too expensive, but your not sacrificing quality. 

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I saw what looked like a nice one at a Home Goods store for 25.00, ( did you know they have a doggie section? almost every store does it seems!) saw it twice actually it looked like a big one, but they had a medium as well, I think I would like to buy one when she is full grown. It looked like DJs pack only green. 

Bella likes to slurp alot of water when excercising, it would be great if she carried her own h2o on future hikes, does anybody use theirs in actuality?

jbk and b.

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Just order this today ... funny thing, I was considering a backpack for Echo for some time now and just got around to it this morning ... and now I find this forum topic. lol.  $33 and free shipping at AMAZON.COM.

 

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Looks pretty nice, I like the padding, handle and the harness styling. Looks like it will hold alot, is it one big compartment each side?

Thanks for posting:)

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@principessa ... according to the description the huge spaces are somewhat compartmentalized including a bottle holder and separate pouches inside the big compartments with enough places to stash enough water, poo bags, water bowl and whatever else you want to toss in there.  I'll post more info (if anyone wants a more indepth description) when mine gets delivered which should be in about another 4-5 days.

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That really DOES look like a much better fitting back pack than the one I have. I'd buy another one like this one, but I rarely ever use the one I have.

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Sorry it took so long, just not enough hours in a day anymore.  Anyway, I guess taking these pictures with a camera isn't working so well.  I've cropped them down to just the bare bones and the files size is still over 6 meg and with max 1 meg restriction I haven't figured out how to post the pictures with Echo wearing the back pack.

Anyway, it looks the same as the picture above, inside is a zippered mesh pocket to hold whatever and two cheesy spandex straps sew into each side pocket to hold water bottles.  It is functional but nothing worth shouting about.

The pockets are roomy and can hold quite a bit of stuff for that afternoon hiking or trip to the beach.  The handle is securet, however, I would recommend trying to lift a full grown Dobie using it, it might not hold or the straps may injure your baby.

Speaking of straps, they are in my opinion way to long, you would need to cut and re-sew the ends as they tend to hang on the ground.  Guess they were designed for large barrled bodied dogs.

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Thanks Echos Dad for the update! I was waiting to hear if you thought the Amazon product was cheesy or not. Bella could really use a backpack, its going to be very hot here and she likes alot of water when she's excercising.

Another thing you dont have to sew the ends of a nylon or poly strap just cut it nice then melt it with a match and it wont fray. You might want to leave extra so she can grow more....

After I download the pics: I crop, then resize them in a photoshop images/ adjust /resize to about 850 pixels x whatever  or 2mg total then they are fine to use in the Gd photo uploader. There are less complicated softwares than pshop probably a windows function.. good luck! Cropping doesnt neccessarily chop off enough pixels. We have a 10 mg camera so all the photos for emailing quickly or uploading need resizing.

woof from Bella

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If your photos are too large, try editing them in your Windows paint program (standard on most pc's)  If it's something you want to keep in a larger format, just make a copy of it to resize.  Open your photo, right click 'edit' in the paint program, then you can either resize by pixel size or by percentage. I always use percentage to keep the height and width proportionate.  I usually resize down to 40%.  Save your edited copy and load on here.

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ooops--double post.

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Thanks Princess and DJ!  Your suggestions worked .  The backpack is of rather good quality, the only cheesy part is the spandex strap for the water bottle, while it works, I think the straps could have been a little wider instead of only 1/2 inch in width.  Also apologies for the bad spelling/grammer, I guess I was a bit rushed when posting the previous post. 

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Echo is so cute, a very serious girl! How does she like it/ it does look slightly unweildly.

Is Echo full grown?

Thanks and so glad for the photos now you can put more on of her having fun or ?/

 Michael is the camel around here and he says DJ's pack looks cooler, which is definately a big consideration around here!

Woof from PB

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@principessa bella, Echo just turned 8 months mid March, so she has about 10 more months of filling out to go, once she does, the pack should look less cumbersome.

She tolerates the pack pretty well, however you do have to take care to weight each side fairly equally if you are packing more than just a nominal weight, otherwise the pack tends to slide to the heavier side.

It is roomy, so it will definitely hold more than enough for a day's outing.  Not recommended for running with the dog though, but hikes or walks are fine.  A feature I like is that it is very bright, easy to see by drivers, bikers, etc.  Considering it was under $35 with free shipping, I am happy with it and when she goes running it slings over my shoulder and rides fairly well there too.

I think that look she was giving me was more along the lines of "You've got to be kidding me!  You want me to wear what?!"

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Hi,

 I expect Echo to get bigger than Bella who is 62 # and 23 1/2"

So, you're going to take it off and carry it when she's running?? Is she that easy to catch/:)

I would suggest letting her wear it empty on several occaisions

Have fun!

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Sweet, Bella's a perfect weight for a lap dog, not too big and not too heavy, juuuussstt riiiiggghhht! 

I hope Echo doesn't get too big, she's already at 62 #, don't recall how tall, it's been several weeks since I last measured her.

Nah, there's no way I could ever catch her, however, I'm lucky in that she likes to keep tabs on me, and I encourage that when she is off leash and interested in something, I will go hide behind a tree and when she turns to check on me and can't see me she always comes looking.  Not sure how long that will last though.  yesterday when I pulled that trick, she came right to me without any wandering or sniffing and then gave me such a look!  It was like she was trying to tell me, "Yes, I know where you are, now can I go back to finding whatever it was that scurried under that log?" and then zoom, she made a beeline back to the logs trying to root out whatever sought sanctuary in the logs from her.

 

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Yes I do the same thing... "Come on B!!" and thats her cue to come running.... past me.

We are working on her recall! Bella's not really into laps.  Maybe she didn't get cuddled before us..

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LOL, when Echo used to do that - the "hello, zooooom, good-bye" check-in, I would give her the stop or wait command, leash her, do several recalls, treat, play on leash and then let her off leash again, when she came without hesitation.

She can still get selective hearing, but overall she is pretty cooperative off leash, even at the dog park, she won't ignore me for very long.