Thank you to Pet Magasin for sponsoring this post and letting us share our love of hiking with our pup!
When Brandon and I first got together one of our first dates was a bark in the park holiday event at the Huntsville Botanical Gardens in Alabama. I bought his chihuahua, Tebow, a red argyle Christmas sweater and we went down to see the lights. Tebow did not have a good time. We ended up walking at least 2 – 3 miles around the gardens looking at the holiday decorations and he was miserable. About halfway through the first mile he sat down and had NOPE written all over his little face. Brandon ended up carrying him for the rest of the night and I pretty much gave up on taking him to any outdoor events after that. I didn’t want to push a doggie stroller and I refused to carry him everywhere.
We moved to West Virginia this past June and I have been wanting to take our dogs out hiking. There are hiking trails all over our neighborhood. I knew Wilkins (our chiweenie) would love it but Tebow was always a big ol’ NOPE. I was getting frustrated until Pet Magasin offered us one of their premium pet backpacks. I wasn’t sure if Tebow would like it but I figured it was worth a try. He LOVED it and was instantly like, “Yeah, I can do this.”
I’ve never seen him so chill, haha.
Even though Brandon wore the backpack when we took Tebow out it was easily something I could have worn. Just to test it out I put it on (it straps across the chest and the stomach so it’s secure) and we put Tebow in it. He’s 7.5lbs but the whole set-up was perfectly comfortable. I 5’2″ and I had no issues at all walking around with him in it. It didn’t feel any different than a regular light hiking backpack.
Tebow was very secure in it too. Our dogs wear dog harnesses instead of collars when we take them out so there’s no pull or tug on their necks. Inside this pet backpack is a hook that secures his harness to the backpack so he can’t jump or fall out. The bottom of the backpack has a flat semi-hard surface so he has a solid place for his feet and if he doesn’t want to stand up and look out, the sides open up to display mesh-covered windows. That way he has plenty of air circulation and basically a 360-view. Honestly, the dog couldn’t be any more spoiled in there!
We took him out for a couple of miles all along the trails while Wilkins walked and explored right alongside me. At 15lbs he’s too heavy for the pet backpack, not that he would have wanted it anyway. He’s our little explorer and has to have his nose in everything. If you have a little dog you want to take hiking or to outdoor events, this is exactly what you need! As a bonus, there’s a side handle so it doubles as carrier and it conforms to airline carry-on measurements so you can use this as a travel carrier too. It’s probably one of the best pet products we’ve ever had.
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Do you take your dogs to outdoor events or out hiking with you? I’d love to hear your tips and recommendations! Tweet me @ashleyfromhp or drop them below.