“ Brand: Paw Things „
My little Yorkie Mollie, now in her thirteenth year, enjoys a leisurely stroll around fields and parks; yet to get there for her little legs; it is a long, tiring walk.
Although I have purchased several items to carry Mollie to the parks, all were only suitable for reasonably short journeys, taking about 10 to 15minutes to reach the desired destination.
She was quite happy to sit in her present carrier in the upright, doggy begging position for that length of time, after which she would become restless. This became evident, when I stopped on the way home for a natter with a neighbour, sitting on her tail for longer periods made her fidgety. It was this observation that prompted me to search for something better for her.
Our local pet shop had nothing suitable, so off to the internet I went to find a carrier more suited to her needs; one in which she would be able to stand on all four feet, sit or lie comfortably. There are plenty of such carriers on the market, but I have not found one that is kind to my shoulders or arms. Most have short handles and even the ones with longer handles or shoulder straps, are a strain for weaklings like myself to carry very far with a 5-kilogram dog aboard.
A few years ago I purchased a large pet stroller when my collie cross was very ill and it was far too hot to take him to the vets in my car, but it is too big for Mollie. I was looking for something similar, but smaller.
It was on Amazon that I found the Go-Pet, a small animal transport system, a lightweight pet stroller costing £59.99 and a hefty £16 delivery, even so, a small price to pay to ensure both pet and owner are safe and comfy.
They are slightly cheaper at www.paw-things.com A Welsh based firm selling them for £54.50, though I am not sure of their postage costs. The link to their Go-Pet page is http://buy1or2.com/go%2Ddog/
If you already have a carrier and just want the frame, this can be purchased separately for £29.50
Weight of the whole stroller: 3.5 Kilograms, just a little under 8lbs
Stroller frame height from ground to handle: 38-inches.
Carrier height: 16-inches
Can carry dogs weighing up to : 14Kgs, 30lbs
The Go-Pet stroller is available in two, two-toned colours; Midnight blue and magnolia or Dusky rose and magnolia. It comes with the frame folded and the carrier, also folded, enclosed in a strong denim storage case and an A4 size sheet of easy, systematic instructions on how to construct the stroller.
It arrived, well packaged in ready to assemble parts, two sets of double wheels, the back wheels one, fixed to the axel, one free, the frame, a plastic tray, and the carrier, which was folded and enclosed in a denim type case.
The frame is made of rust-resistant tubular steel, I thought at first it was aluminium because it was so light, but a test with a magnet confirmed it to be steel. The six wheel tyres are made of solid rubber; the four front wheels swivel, making the whole unit much easier to steer than fixed-wheeled strollers. At the rear are two footbrakes, one for each wheel. The handle was nicely padded with a soft, spongy, rubbery material.
Midway down each side of the frame is a large, black plastic, quick release fixture, enabling the frame to be folded down when not in use.
A strong, black plastic storage unit, clipped onto the frame handle has two cup-holders one on each side of a lidded storage area, very useful for keeping doggy bags, or other small objects safe.
At the base of the frame is a canvas sling onto which the carrier is attached with the four clips on the bottom of the carrier.
The carrier is described as being made of '600 Denier, water-resistant fabric,' and oblong in shape with a convex roof. Both ends are double zipped so that they can be opened in order to fold the carrier flat for storage or make the exit larger for bigger dogs. When closed the rear has a small, fixed mesh windows and a sun-blind-like flap that can be folded up and held open by Velcro strips.; the front has a large, zipped, mesh door which, when folded back opens the exit area wide enough for most pets to be released from the carrier. Each side has fixed mesh windows with foldable sun-blind-like flaps and long storage pockets.
On the roof of the carrier is a strong fabric carrying handle and the floor of the carrier is padded with a removable, washable fleece lining. A short restraining leash is sewn to the front, but I found this be unsuitable for Mollie because it was long enough to allow her to dangle from the front of the carriage, should she decide to try jumping out.
My experience and opinion.
I found the assembly instructions easy to follow and it took me about ten minutes to construct the unit and attach the carrier.
Eager to try it out, I popped Mollie into the carrier, clipped her lead onto her harness, fed the end through an opening in the rear end of the carrier, where I had eased back one of the zips, then tied it to the handle and set off down the road, stopping briefly on the way to greet a friend.
After a short conversation, we then continued our journey to the fields, but unbeknownst to me Mollie, while the stroller was stationary, had jumped out of the open flap and was toddling on in front, that is until she took a left turn into the wheels, acting as a brake. I had forgotten to shorten the lead and there was enough left to allow her to leap free and explore whilst I was chatting.
I found the whole unit so light, requiring very little effort to push up and down hills, on gravel or over fields, providing the grass was not too long, of course. I believe that because it is so light, that it would also travel well over sandy areas. The steering was a joy. The pivoted front wheels made it delightfully manoeuvrable.
Molly is very comfortable in the carrier, the fact that she runs to the stroller when the word 'walkies 'is mentioned, seems to confirm that she feels safe and at ease in her new mode of transport, which I now refer to as Mollie's trolley.'
I think it is an ideal way to transport small animals, especially ones that are poorly, or are unable to walk far, but still love to be out in the fresh air.
I know a man, a wonderful animal lover, who used to put his ailing dog in a wheel chair to take it to a safe place for a short walk on grass. The dog loved his trips to the countryside.
Pets are not allowed in shops, but in one of these, I am sure, there would be no complaints. I was thinking particularly of puppies. I remember when Mollie was a pup, too young to walk far and too young to be left on her own for long; I used to take her shopping in a rucksack with just her head peeking out of the top, having asked permission from shopkeepers first naturally. Most allowed me in with her, but was not the ideal way to shop with a dog in tow, so to speak.