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post #61 of 74
There are disabled pets that truly need them.

My dad's dog, who was like my own dog, needed one as he was disabled but liked getting out and about. A wheelchair did not work for him. We received a lot of cr@p from people left and right who thought we were just catering to him or he was lazy.

He died in June. We sold the stroller to another pet owner that had a disabled doxie like my dad did.

Before I get even more upset, I will back out of this thread asap.

ETA: The stroller subject came up and was laughed at in 2007 on the pet forum. I started another thread about it back then. http://www.mothering.com/discussions...d.php?t=680952
post #62 of 74
Ubermama I'm so sorry. My 13 year old dog has degenerative disc disease and can't walk long. He loves to be out with us and his younger brother dog. I bring my sling and wouldn't hesitate to put him in it, carry him, or use a dog stroller.

I don't see why all the judgment. Some of the posts are in good humor but for many of us, dogs are a part of our family and they deserve assistance just as a human would. Dog strollers are like wheelchairs for dogs. Why should a dog have to be confined to the house?
post #63 of 74
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Originally Posted by jazzharmony View Post
Ubermama I'm so sorry. My 13 year old dog has degenerative disc disease and can't walk long. He loves to be out with us and his younger brother dog. I bring my sling and wouldn't hesitate to put him in it, carry him, or use a dog stroller.

I don't see why all the judgment. Some of the posts are in good humor but for many of us, dogs are a part of our family and they deserve assistance just as a human would. Dog strollers are like wheelchairs for dogs. Why should a dog have to be confined to the house?
I agree! What does it matter to others? We aren't hurting anyone by loving and pampering our pets.
post #64 of 74
mamas i dont think this thread is talking about the older generation who needs it for their dogs or the handicapped dogs.

i think its more about the fashion statement and using the stroller to take the dogs where normally dogs are not allowed.
post #65 of 74
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Originally Posted by meemee View Post
mamas i dont think this thread is talking about the older generation who needs it for their dogs or the handicapped dogs.

i think its more about the fashion statement and using the stroller to take the dogs where normally dogs are not allowed.
totally. I called my brother a few weeks ago and he was pushing his 2 little dogs in their stroller around Target.
post #66 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'm a cat lady, though. If I put my cats in one of those special strollers it would be the most miserable day out ever.
i've worn my kitty in a sling, once, she seemed to like it, the stoller thing is wierd!
post #67 of 74
IMO I don't see the big deal and try not to judge others. Maybe the dog isn't friendly , maybe their sick of people trying to pet their dog, maybe the dog is old or has a medical reason, who knows what their reason is.
post #68 of 74
If the dog isn't friendly then the dog doesn't belong in the store, stroller or not.


I think that's what bugs me the most about dogs in strollers, bags and carriers. It seems that at least some of the owners who do this feel that because their dogs are in these devices it gives them permission to take them into a store where they don't belong. No, not everyone does that and not everyone has that mentality but I am definitely seeing more and more dogs in the mall and stores riding in carts or purses. They just don't belong there unless they are trained service dogs IMO.
post #69 of 74
I haven't read the whole thread, so excuse me if this is totally random.

I try not to think about it much, but then again I wouldn't put my child in a stroller so I wouldn't put a dog in a stroller. Albeit, my dogs are huge labs... could be interesting.

I will confess that I made a ring sling for my mom so she could carry her itty bitty dog in it. The dog would get cold and tire quickly when they were out visiting neighbors so she'd always tuck it into her jacket. I finally made her a sling and the pup curled up in it. And yes, I have tested sling designs on my huge fat cat waaaay back in the day. And he loved it, lmao.
post #70 of 74
I have an australian kelpie (like a border collie but more so...lol) and 2 dachshund mixes. The young dachshund can go as far and as long as the kelpie, but the older dachsie is 14. She can go for quite a ways, but if we want to take super long kelpie walks, she can't come.

I have briefly entertained the thought of making her a cart or wagon that the kelpie can pull. Then I remembered that my roommate has a doggy stroller collecting dust in the garage (her sick and frail mom would use it to take her dog into the mall in summer). So I may just harness up the kelpie someday and see if she'll pull it.

The young dachshund mix goes everywhere with me as long as it is cool enough (or I am certain I can park in the shade) that I can leave him in the car. He doesn't ever go in grocery stores, he occasionally goes into non food type stores, but I always ask an employee first. He's always either carried or rides in the cart and he's calm and quiet and well mannered.

My cat would LOVE to be in a sling. If I could just be touching him all the time, he'd be happy.
post #71 of 74
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Originally Posted by meemee View Post
mamas i dont think this thread is talking about the older generation who needs it for their dogs or the handicapped dogs.

i think its more about the fashion statement and using the stroller to take the dogs where normally dogs are not allowed.
I am pretty sure it is judging everybody, because nobody knows the situation until you talk to a person. But, since you'd all rather pass judgment without finding out a situation, everybody who uses a dog stroller is being painted with the same brush.

And then, when people come in and say "Look we have a valid reason", it turns into "Oh, we weren't talking about you, just those other people who do it when they obviously don't need it"
post #72 of 74
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Originally Posted by jeanine123 View Post
Start worrying.

http://www.sassypup.net/Designer-Dog...e-p-16756.html

I agree that for a perfectly healthy dog it makes no sense whatsoever to me.
and it's actually so bad that a few years back one of the most common "stupid things people say about baby wearing" was "is that a dog in there?"
post #73 of 74
I've seen people running with smaller dogs in a stroller. They were going quite fast and I really doubt a smaller dog could've kept up over any sort of distance.

I've also chatted with people who were just strolling, and they told me that the dog starts out walking alone, but would get tired and they bought the stroller so they could go for longer walks without having to carry the dog (he'd squirm and want to be down where he could do more smelling). They also mentioned that after a rest in the stroller, the dog would walk some more. The dog was sitting happily and sniffing at the air with interest.

I think dog strollers are exactly as bad as kid leashes. Just because some idiots misuse them is no reason to throw away a useful tool.
post #74 of 74
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Originally Posted by SquishyKitty View Post
I am pretty sure it is judging everybody, because nobody knows the situation until you talk to a person. But, since you'd all rather pass judgment without finding out a situation, everybody who uses a dog stroller is being painted with the same brush.

And then, when people come in and say "Look we have a valid reason", it turns into "Oh, we weren't talking about you, just those other people who do it when they obviously don't need it"
which is actually perfect for non dog owners who have never experienced the 'real side' of dog stroller.

this thread has brought out perspectives others hadnt thought about and so understand better.

so i am sure many mamas after reading this thread will look at dog strollers pretty differently i am sure.

and thus i feel this thread contributes to reducing prejudice in society
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