Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Have dog will carry, dog carriers finding the right one

Animal Free Zones?

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Pawed by: Makana's Mom

Okay, so this isn't a picture of Makana, but she liked the pic. Now you might think there's a reason that animals aren't allowed in certain areas. I agree. I look for signs and if there's no sign I proceed with caution. There are obvious places that say, "no pets allowed". I'm working with the idea that there are places that don't post such signs and I don't want someone to make up a rule just as I walk in with my pet. So for this reason, I'm looking for a bag (pet carrier) or bags that I can bring Makana into a facility, rest stop etc. so that I can do my bizness and she does hers outside so there's no reason to be concerned.

I know there are places that just won't allow pets. We're driving and the hotel is pet friendly, I'm just trying to think through the other challenges of traveling with her. Since others travel with their pets, I'll be doing research on where to go and what to do before we hit the road. I know rest stops have places for dogs to go but some may not allow pets in the restroom area, that won't be good because I can't leave her in the car. So both drivers can't go at the same time. That's why it's better to drive during the cooler times of the year but we don't have this option for this trip so we'll figure it out.

I'm sure that once we're out there, we'll have some close calls but I'm hoping that because she travels well, is quiet when she sees people or other pets, she'll be fine. Actually because of her age she's lost some of her hearing so she probably lives in a less stressed world. In addition, she only barks at people when they enter our home. When I take her on walks she ignores other people and walks faster if there's a dog that is barking at her. She's like her mom in that way, just keep walking and don't talk to any strangers. :)

Sherpa Tote Pet Carrier

Today, I got the first of two bags that I ordered online. We have other bags when we had Nala but she was barely 4 lbs and she fit into almost any bag. Makana barely fits in the largest bag that we used for Nala so I needed to find her something that was inconspicuous and comfortable but not doggie-gaudy.

It had to look like a bag that I would carry and one that didn't look like a dog was in it. Since I already had a bag that was 16", I measured the length, height and width and measured Makana lying down, sitting and standing. The 16 inch bag that I already had was narrow at the top and not as wide so I knew she needed a few more inches in every way. This is a large, the medium could probably fit her but since I'm 5'7" this bag didn't look off scale for me and Makana seems to like it.

This bag, see pic, is black with all mesh on one side for ventilation, which is great but if you look closely you can see Makana in there as she is primarily white with black spots. I found a suggestion on a forum on how to deal with the "see through" mesh. (read more below).
Makana sitting down in the bag, mesh side, goes against your body..

Makana still in the bag, this is the other side.

Only been 1-day and Makana seems to know the bag means she gets to go places!!
She actually looks happy and doesn't run away from this bag. 

  In addition, I saved ten bucks by buying one that was "like new" which was probably a return, it came straight from Amazon. You can't return the bag if you put your pet in it so someone must have returned it and I got the deal! Plus I signed up for the free 30 day trial of Amazon Prime and got free 2-day shipping. Nothing I like more than saving bucks!
Anyway, when I get the second one I'll make a post on that and as we start using it I'll write my thoughts on how it works out. so far this black Sherpa Tote is comfortable for Makana, it's 18" long and when she lays down it's big enough. The 16" bag we already had was too snug and not tall enough. In this large Sherpa, Makana even turned about in it while I had her on my shoulder. The floor seems secure for her to stand and doesn't sag down. While I have the bag against my body (the mesh side) I looked at my reflection while waiting for a sandwich at a gas station and you can't see anything unless you look at the bag directly from the other end and only if Makana moved did you notice there was something in the bag.

Possible solution for the see through mesh:

Considering this, I will get a light weight silk scarf as recommended on a forum to drape over the front and back parts of the bag so it distracts from her white hair that shows through the black mesh. Something like this would look nice, it has to be long so that the I can tie it to the mesh side handle and drape it on the sides; but I don't think I have enough time to wait for it by mail so I'll go to Kohl's or something.

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