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 Post subject: dog backpacks
PostPosted: Thu May 26, 2011 1:28 pm 
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Anybody use them with their pups?

I have just made another backpack (version 2.0, version 1.0 was full of bugs). I guess it's more saddlebags than pack.

We used version 1.0 last week and Nacho was totally, completely exhausted after a 15 minute walk (with about 2 pounds on him; he's probably 50 pounds himself). It also helped him with his behavior on the walk -- normally he's pretty aggressive with the small off-leash dogs that roam around the park (can't say i blame him but WTFDIK) but with the pack on he didn't even perk up his ears at them, he was all business.

I'd love to hear about other folks' experiences. I thought the whole "with a pack a 15 minute walk is worth a 45 minute walk" thing was a bit of BS but i was really impressed when we tried it out.

I'll see if I can get a photo once i put the finishing touches on the pack.

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 Post subject: Re: dog backpacks
PostPosted: Thu May 26, 2011 5:28 pm 
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I usually put a pack on my dog when we go out hiking (this one, from Ruff wear). I usually just make her carry her treats and her collapsible water bowl in one pocket and a bunch of light rocks in the other, to balance her out. I try not to put too much stuff in the pockets as she's getting fairly old (and kind of lazy) and I don't want to weigh her down too much.

She doesn't seem to mind the pack at all and I have to say that she seems to like having a "job" when we're out on the trails.

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 Post subject: Re: dog backpacks
PostPosted: Thu May 26, 2011 7:50 pm 
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i was looking at a site that compared the different types of packs and your pack got super reviews (the bladders, apparently).

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 Post subject: Re: dog backpacks
PostPosted: Thu May 26, 2011 10:08 pm 
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We use one with our jack russell so that we can take him on hikes off leash. Without it, we have to leash him always because he won't stay close. With a pack with a few rocks on each side, he will hang out with us and not go bounding 50 yards ahead. We have the small REI pack and really like it.

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 Post subject: Re: dog backpacks
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What about the other way around--backpacks you put your dog inside?

Rhodie just had double knee surgery and after recovery he can go hiking with us again! But, it's a long recovery and he is getting old so he can't do >5 miles. I would like to take him with us on longer trips and just plop him in a backpack when he's tired. Does anyone have a brand they could recommend? He is 20 lb with long legs so most of the ones on Amazon seem like they'd be too small.

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 Post subject: Re: dog backpacks
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I haven't personally used one of these, but--I have owned a LOT of Timbuk2 products and really love them. They're super high quality and durable, really good hardware, lots of pockets, comfortable to wear, etc.

Here's their "pooch portage pack": http://www.timbuk2.com/muttmover-dog-ca ... k/329.html

It says it's ideal for dogs up to 20lbs, so I'm not sure. They're pretty great, though, so I predict you could order, give it a try, and then always return it. But check with them?

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Thanks DC! That seems like just what I'm looking for!

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 Post subject: Re: dog backpacks
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Does it come with the dog model? Because holy crepe, that's a cute dog.

I usually take my dogs (they alternate) to work using a soft carrier but that backpack looks really nice, I might have to try that out.

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 Post subject: Re: dog backpacks
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Right? I wanna just bury my hands in the pup floof!

I really like the backpack and Timbuk2 products in general (I was biking a Nor'easter with one of their messenger bags once and water puddled in areas where the flap was wrinkled or curled, everything inside was bone dry--I've been loyal since then!). I wish they made one for really big dogs so I could just tote around my dog. :D

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