Mr. N has never met a place he couldn’t traverse on his own four paws but sometimes being on the ground isn’t the safest place for him. Occasionally, we will go to crowded places like street fairs and pet expos where there is a danger of him being stepped on. Usually I either carry him or bring a bag to tote him around in but even his seven-pound self starts getting heavy after a while and my arms and shoulders ache. Enter the dog stroller. Mr. N likes having his little bubble from rude dogs and he is more apt to curl up and fall asleep in a stroller than being carried. It was tremendously useful having one at BlogPaws for the added storage space and so Mr. N could sleep it in during workshops.
Pupsaver, the company that makes our favorite car seat for dogs, has ventured into making dog strollers as well. The PupStroller has all-terrain swivel-oriented wheels, front-end suspension, rear-brakes, an internal tether to keep the pup secured and a fully enclosed mesh retractable sun shade. Storage is provided in the form of a storage basket below and a console on top with a cup holder. The 18-pound stroller currently comes in a black-and-white Houndstooth pattern. Assembly is easy as I managed to do it without calling for assistance. When Ikea furniture has to be assembled, I just excuse myself for a couple of hours until we magically have furniture.
Dog strollers are a great mode of transportation for senior dogs or disabled dogs or dogs who are temporarily injured. They also serve as protection from aggressive dogs or wildlife like hawks or coyotes that want to eat your small dog. We firmly believe that dogs need regular exercise but if it is not a safe walking situation whether due to health or surroundings, strollers are an excellent way to ensure your dog still gets fresh air and stimulation and exposure to new sights and smells.
Mr. N’s former foster assisted with a test drive of the stroller as she uses a stroller on a daily basis. Gem, her puppy mill rescue is disabled and can’t walk comfortably for more than a few feet. The stroller accompanied her across the country on a trip to Florida with her two small dogs. The dogs enjoyed a comfortable ride while seeing the sights and doing therapy visits although the puppy was very tempted to chew on the mesh.
She praised how easy it was to set up the stroller and break down, saying that it was the easiest in that regard out of all the strollers she’s tried. However, she thought the stroller was a little heavy to be loading it in and out of the car multiple times a day and she suggested having the storage basket opening a little deeper to make it easier to put bigger items in.
I didn’t find loading it in the car to be a problem but it’s definitely not something I would want to be carrying around. I think it’s the trade-off between durability and weight. We tried out the PupStroller on various terrain including cobblestones, the street, the pavement, unpaved roads and over potholes. The stroller had no issue with any of those and could handle going for light hikes. The PupStroller is the dog equivalent of an all-terrain or jogging stroller. If you’re looking for a lightweight umbrella stroller for dogs, this might not be the best fit. But if you’re looking for something sturdy that can handle any terrain you throw at it, the PupStroller is your friend.
Mr. N’s foster has told me that he would repeatedly try to jump out of the stroller at her house. He was content to sit in the PupStroller and wait until the fifth time I stopped to take photos at which point he politely informed me that he was done and he needed his walk now. I took him with me to the food cart pod and to the Nob Hill Shopping district and he stayed in the stroller while I ordered lunch and went shopping.
You also might attract added attention if you have your dog out in the stroller. He got awwed and cooed over by various people. No one gave me any grief about having him out in the stroller but I hear that happens to people from time to time. A man also barked at him but people (always men) do that periodically so I’m not certain if that was due to the stroller.
I have a couple of accessory suggestions for a warmer riding experience. I would like a water-proof cover. I’ve seen them on baby strollers where they attach on top. Living in the PNW, getting rained on is always a distinct possibility. Mr. N got wet and was shivering a little bit. He would greatly appreciate a heated stroller pad because he has no insulation whatsoever.
What do you look for in a stroller for your dog?