Is A Pet Stroller Right for Your Dog?
Pet strollers are one of those things that I may have discounted when I first saw them. I mean, I take my dog for a walk for exercise, why would I put her in a stroller? However, I’ve come to realize that there are a lot of great reasons to have a pet stroller.
Benefits Of Pet Strollers
There are lots of situations where a pet stroller comes in handy, here are just a few.
Senior dogs– many older dogs still enjoy an outing, but for many senior dogs walking is painful.
Injury or recovery from surgery –it is difficult to keep your dog from running around while they recover, a ride in the stroller can at least keep her nose and mind active.
Overweight or out of shape dogs – let your dog walk and ride as needed, sometimes a dog will get a second wind after a short rest in the stroller
A long walk on a hot day – if the pavement is scorching, you can push the dog in the stroller to the park. (It was really hot when we took these photos, I would have ridden in the stroller if I could have.)
Emergency Evacuation – the right pet stroller can double as a crate in an emergency situation and is much easier to move around.
Festivals, concerts, and conferences – these can become tiring for humans and dogs alike. Nelly has napped in the stroller. It also helps keeps her safe from being trampled, aggressive dogs, and eating food that has fallen on the ground. The stroller was ideal for Alice’s dog, Darla, when we went to BlogPaws.
Shopping –I’m not much of a shopper, but when I am shopping, I want to look at the merchandise, not worry if my dog has found something she shouldn’t. Keeping her in the stroller, lets me concentrate on my purchases. I also think people are less likely to complain about dogs being in a store if the dog is in a stroller or carrier.
I think she likes having a high vantage point.
We can always find time to pose by some lovely flowers. Don’t you love Nelly’s Mattie + Margot collar?
The Pet Gear No-Zip Special Edition Jogger Stroller arrived very soon after ordering. It came unassembled. I felt a little intimidated when I opened the box, so I handed the job off to my husband. He put it together in less than 20 minutes.
Pet Gear No-Zip Special Edition Jogger Stroller Features
No-Zip –I am always having trouble with zippers breaking, so this appeals to me. I don’t want Nelly stuck inside the stroller while I struggle with the zipper. (Note, I forgot to close this properly for the photo, it does latch.)
Drink Holders – I was a little disappointed in the drink holder. It is too shallow to hold a standard water bottle, but it works well for soda in a thermos cooler. There is room for keys and other necessities as well.
Large Mesh Windows – Nelly is very much a Mama’s girl. These windows allow ventilation as well as letting her see me at all times.
Storage Basket – Although the storage basket isn’t huge, it is big enough for my purposes. I can also put items behind Nelly if needed.
Hard Plastic Wheels – It traverses well on grass and gravel. But runners might prefer a stroller with a bigger front wheel for easier control and a smoother ride.
Weight Capacity –45 lbs. I can easily put any two of my dogs together in the stroller, but not all 3. However, other models can accommodate larger dogs.
The only real issue I have with this stroller is that it is not simple to collapse. Before you fold it, you have to unwrap two velcro flaps. It may not be difficult, but it is an extra step that I don’t want to have to do. (You also need to reattach them before using the next time.)
Do you think your dog would benefit from a pet stroller? If there is anything else you’d like to know about this pet stroller, just ask!
About Alice G Patterson Photography: Based in Syracuse, New York, Alice specializes in dog photography, senior portraits, as well as product and portraits for women in business.