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post #41 of 74
Even worse, I once saw a dog in a stroller, wearing a diaper!
This was in Japan.
post #42 of 74
My reaction to this thread just reinforces the fact that I am so not a dog person.
post #43 of 74
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Originally Posted by Purple Sage View Post
My reaction to this thread just reinforces the fact that I am so not a dog person.




Don't hide under that chair, Purple Sage! As long as you're not hurting anyone there no need to be ashamed of what you are ... or are not! Hahaha!
post #44 of 74
LOL You can purchase pet strollers at Pet Smart.
post #45 of 74
I dunno... I see it as the "people have pets for companionship" & "dogs are pack animals, want to be with owner" thing. Personally, considering how poorly trained a lot of dogs (particularly in the USA) are, I think it's a good idea for them to be "contained" in some way - less likely to annoy someone else, owner is happy, pet is happy to go along. Used to be, dogs could follow people around when they picked stuff, or hunted something, but now people spend a lot of time in shops.... that said, I took one of my dogs with me to college, & before kids, I took one just about everywhere I could, just for the companionship for me, & it made my dog happy to be included. I did always make sure that he/she was very well trained & well groomed. Strollers would not have been in the picture, simply because most of my dogs run 100-150 lbs!
post #46 of 74
My dog also goes with me as often as possible and I enjoy finding new dog friendly places to take her. But I think its obnoxious to bring pets places they are not allowed.

First because I believe its very important to respect the feelings of others and I've met a good number of people who are genuinely terrified of dogs or disgusted by the idea of them in a restaurant/grocery store etc. If a place says no dogs allowed, well, thats the rules and they should be followed.

And also because, it does cause issues for people with genuine service animals. Anyone remember the "emotional support pig" who caused that ruckus on an airplane? Business owners hands are basically tied when it comes to animals in their establishments. They can say no dogs, but the moment someone claims their dog is a service animal, they HAVE to let it stay. They CANNOT ask specific information about the persons disability or the dogs certification (indeed, service dogs can be legitimately home-trained). Its very tricky for them as the questions they can and cannot ask must be worded quite specifically. And, if, heaven forbid, they kick out a legitimate service animal, they can face a costly lawsuit. But enough incidents with unruly pets, and you can bet there will be consequences, generally for those with a legitimate need.

I should also point out, I have no issues with Emotional support animals. I have an emotional support animal myself. But they are not service dogs, they are NOT allowed in public spaces with a few exceptions (they are allowed on planes, and in no pet housing- with proper documentation), and they should be well behaved. I worry that people with legitimate service dogs and ESAs will suffer because of pet owners who insist on not following the rules/taking advantage of service animal regulations.
post #47 of 74
My city has a large wooded area with miles and miles of walking/biking trails and loads of people bring their dogs. One day I spotted a woman with about 10 pugs and large stroller. She brought the stroller so the dogs could ride when they got tired. I thought it was brilliant. I have seen someone walking their cat in a stroller once and thought there is no way my cats would tolerate that!
post #48 of 74
I know people have pigs as pets but seeing it in print made me laugh.

I wonder if more people are using their pets as their emotional support as their children have their own lives, or with the various changes we all go trough in life? I understand wanted a furry companion but to me, my dog, as great as she is- she is still my DOG. We do provide her with clothes as the weather can get pretty bad here in the winter and she does get cold, but I don't dress her up- I jsut take care of her.
post #49 of 74
Last week I took the kids to the library and there was a mum with her toddler daughter there. They had a travel system type stroller loaded with stuff so it was hard to see everything (plus I didn't want to be nosy), so it took a few minutes before I noticed that they had put a small dog in the basket of the stroller. Only the head stuck out so you would hardly notice.

It didn't make any noise the whole time we were there, 20 minutes or so. So I'm a little mixed about my feeling on the whole thing. There was no doubt that the mum planned on taking the dog to the library and smuggling it in. My fear was that because the dog was in the basket of the stroller, right at little kid hight, whats to prevent it from snapping at a little kid who wasn't aware that there was a dog in there? The library is one of the LAST places I would expect to find a dog.
post #50 of 74
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Originally Posted by hollytheteacher View Post
Ready for this? This weekend I saw a man carrying his little dog in a pink baby bjourn type carrier and pushing his infant (granddaughter? he was on the older side) in a stroller....

*scratches head
This kind of makes sense, have you ever tried to control a stroller and a leashed dog at the same time? LOL
post #51 of 74
You know I can imagine some mainstream Mamas making some of these comments about toddlers being worn......"That's really bizarre! Kids are perfectly capable of walking, they don't need to be carried around. Why doesn't she let the poor thing walk on her own??"
post #52 of 74
Well I have the laziest French Bull Dog and the thought has crossed my mind to get her a buggy... Not gonna happen, but the thought has crossed my mind LOL
post #53 of 74
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Originally Posted by somegirl99 View Post
Even worse, I once saw a dog in a stroller, wearing a diaper!
This was in Japan.

To be fair, there is a valid market for doggy diapers. Incontinence (senior or recovering-from-UTI) and an unspayed female dog in heat, and doggy diapers are sold everywhere, not just in Japan.
post #54 of 74
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Originally Posted by ~Purity♥Lake~ View Post
To be fair, there is a valid market for doggy diapers. Incontinence (senior or recovering-from-UTI) and an unspayed female dog in heat, and doggy diapers are sold everywhere, not just in Japan.
Our pug went through her first heat before we were able to get her spayed. I cut a hole for her tail and put her in pampers. Those doggy diapers are expensive!
post #55 of 74
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Originally Posted by jeanine123 View Post
This thread made me think of a product I saw a few months ago.

http://hardwareaisle.thisoldhouse.co...igh-chair.html

Doggy high chair.
My pooch would love this!
post #56 of 74
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Originally Posted by jeanine123 View Post
This thread made me think of a product I saw a few months ago.

http://hardwareaisle.thisoldhouse.co...igh-chair.html

Doggy high chair.

:eyeroll

"bring pup up to your level"
The exact opposite of what you want to do for a happy, healthy, well-adjusted pooch. Pups should eat after the humans do, so they know they're at the bottom of the totem pole.
post #57 of 74
Our frenchie is brachiocephalic, and has a hard time walking long distances or in warmer weather. We've discussed getting him one of those because he loves going places with us, but can't hang for very long. He has such a smooshed face he can't breathe well, overheats easily, and can't go long distances.
post #58 of 74
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Originally Posted by ~Purity♥Lake~ View Post
:eyeroll

"bring pup up to your level"
The exact opposite of what you want to do for a happy, healthy, well-adjusted pooch. Pups should eat after the humans do, so they know they're at the bottom of the totem pole.

Yes, of course you are right, but my pooch love to watch.
post #59 of 74
I take no issue with the service animal accessability, or special care for disabled or low-energy pets, or showing love for pets...I'm a pet owner from a long line of animal lovers and have a dog and cats.

I don't however, care much for anthropomorphism...a dog is a dog. As much as we love them, even the very best cared-for dogs lick their butts (and other animals' butts), eat disgusting things, and roll in vile refuse and worse at any opportunity. So I don't want to see a dog in a stroller within the restaurant I'm dining at, and I don't want to see them in the grocery store. Dressing them up like a child doesn't alter the fact of what they are.

Many of the dogs in strollers I've seen around here seem to be meant as accessories. At least, I'm given that strong impression. Generally what I've seen is a woman attired in high fashion with a higher nose in the air, pushing a stroller containing a dog, or dogs, with a matching outfit. Maybe that's what I need to do to attract a man, LOL. YMMV...
post #60 of 74
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Originally Posted by Ms. Sisko View Post
I think it's silly, but I won't start to worry until I see pets in slings. Maybe even a Barky-Bjorn.
I've worn my dog in a sling before. I wanted to walk a lot further than she was willing, and I wanted to have my arms free, so I didn't want to carry her the whole time.
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