Rafey saddlebags – advice!!

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  • #62919
    Justine&Rafe
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    Ok, so I maaaaay get a few people laughing at me for this, but IMHO it’s a GREAT idea…

    I want to get a saddlebag/rucksack for Rafe.

    For those of you who’ve met either Rafe or other flatties before you can stop laughing now.  I’m being serious!!

    And yes I’m aware whatever goes in it will get wet and muddy, but it’s most of his crap I end up taking in a human rucksack when we go on long walks.

    Anyway, I’ve decided he can carry his own rubbish.

    As there are about three gazillion diff types of saddlebag/doggy rucksack out there, does anyone know of one they’d recommend?  I’d really appreciate views from people who’ve got them for their dogs and could give advice from experience.  I don’t mind spending more for a decent one if that’s necessary.  And for those who don’t know Rafe the bag would have to cope with a really active (big) dog, and -especially with my parents – over long distances.

    Cheers guys!!! xxx

    #111107

    I don’t like to see dogs with ruckscaks, sorry. Its just not right  :-\
    :nono:

    #111108
    Sweetypye
    Member

    I don’t mind after all a dog is a pack animal ROFLMAO

    But what I don’t get is what IS all this STUFF that owners have to take with them?

    I walk MILES with my dogs, I take NOTHING bar my car keys, phone, leads and whistle!

    Never needed to carry anything else, so do elaborate what is REQUIRED!

    #111109
    deebee
    Member

    went for a walk in the woods the other day and got lost.  a sat nav would have been good. or a compass. or a flare.

    #111110

    [quote author=Sweetypye link=topic=13473.msg257852#msg257852 date=1232112297]
    I don’t mind after all a dog is a pack animal ROFLMAO

    But what I don’t get is what IS all this STUFF that owners have to take with them?

    I walk MILES with my dogs, I take NOTHING bar my car keys, phone, leads and whistle!

    Never needed to carry anything else, so do elaborate what is REQUIRED!
    [/quote]

    POOP BAGS!!! ;D

    #111111
    Anonymous
    Guest

    And I hope poo bags  ;D
    All I take is poo bags, phone, spare slip lead.
    Val

    [quote author=Sweetypye link=topic=13473.msg257852#msg257852 date=1232112297]
    I don’t mind after all a dog is a pack animal ROFLMAO

    But what I don’t get is what IS all this STUFF that owners have to take with them?

    I walk MILES with my dogs, I take NOTHING bar my car keys, phone, leads and whistle!

    Never needed to carry anything else, so do elaborate what is REQUIRED!
    [/quote]

    #111112
    Sweetypye
    Member

    If I am walking miles over open country side filled with rabbit, deer, sheep, horse, cow, fox, badger, bird etc droppings I aint going to be carrying poo bags!

    I kick it under the growth off the beaten path.

    How much poo does your dog DO if you need to carry the bags (and presumably poop) in a large holdall?????????????????????? :what:

    #111113
    Justine&Rafe
    Member

    Welllll… Ok, so maybe the bottle of water might be for me, but if I go out for a walk then there’s Rafe (given) his lead (which CAN be looped around me, but that would go in), his ball, poo bags, treats… And that is on ordinary walks.  For longer walks I’d need his collapsible bowl and a bottle of water in case we don’t come across any – he’s a thirsty boy, and I don’t think it’d be fair to deprive him of water over 6 miles.  And I’d possibly take his flourescent jacket – small but GREAT if any on-road walking.  And my keys.

    I don’t think much else would fit into a rucksack, but if it would then I’d put in some of my stuff – food (in freezer bags else guaranteed soaked!) – and depending on how sensible it seemd at the time, my wallet.  It doesn’t seem so sensible as I write it down!!

    There is No End of stuff I take with me on longer walks.  And I wouldn’t use a rucksack every day, just for days where I’d be taking more stuff.  And yes, if I had lots of stuff I’d take my own rucksack too!!

    As far as seeing dogs in rucksacks, you see huskies and malamutes in the UK in the summer, people teach terriers to retrieve, and gundogs to do heelwork to music (er, that may be me and Rafe, too!).  All of which it could be argued is unnatural.  Ok, they may not have been born with one on their back, but if they enjoy the work (and I wouldn’t make him do it if he didn’t) then it’s work, and gundogs were bred to work!

    #111114
    Justine&Rafe
    Member

    Oh god I wouldn’t carry Rafe’s poo in a holdall!!!  He poos like a shetland pony!!!

    I have to hold that at arms length, and I (being naughty) tend to ignore it if over open moors in a bush.  It’s only for if he drops one in a car park or other civilised public place.  Then I find a bin QUICKLY.

    His poos are also toxic.  Fact.

    #111115
    *Nick*
    Member

    The reason we don’t have one is simply because it would get caught up in the trees and brush. So instead I got a fanny pack that holds treats, phone, camera, poop bags, smokes and a drink. Works well.

    it’s this one actually http://www.thenorthface.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?partNumber=A656&variationId=69H&storeId=207&langId=-1&catalogId=10201

    #111116
    Sweetypye
    Member

    Well I have walked 30 miles without anything other than mentioned, there are always water troughs, puddles, even a ball will fit in my pocket………………..  taking a rucksack is just more clobber to pack, ,unpack, clean etc and expense

    God my dogs are deprived…………………. :boooo:

    #111117

    i just make sure i have big pockets  ;D mind you, because I have retrievers they carry their toys etc in thier mouth anyway!  😀

    #111118
    Justine&Rafe
    Member

    Hee hee!!

    C’mon, it’s not for EVERY walk, and it’s not like it’s going to hurt him!!

    I just want one, to play with!  Besides, and please don’t take this the wrong way, I don’t mean to offend, but none of you have ever used one… The main reason I started looking into this was because I saw a flattie at Burghley last year with one, behaving impeccably… when I spoke to the owner about how well behaved her dog was, she said that the dog loved the backpack and would become all “work-mode” when she put it on.

    Now no barking at me because I know there’s no quick fix to doggy manners, and those who know me know I’m trying hard with him but he’s exuberant!  But if he enjoys wearing one, it puts him into more of a work mode and settles him a bit, then what’s the harm in him carrying around his own crap?!  

    #111119
    Justine&Rafe
    Member

    Aaaand, the posh rucksacks have cooling pockets in them coz his pampered lordship does get hot in summer, despite his shockingly poor coat.

    Yep, he carries his toys until he’s bored with them.  Then I have to otherwise I’m constantly sending him back for them.

    #111120
    Justine&Rafe
    Member

    And Nick that pack of yours looks pretty high tech!  I’m still going to stick with trying to find one for Rafe tho, coz then he can carry it!

    Yes yes, I’m hearing the chants of “LAZINESS” from here!!  ;D

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