Recently, we had some rewards points to use at Amazon and there are loads of household goods I would love to get. Naturally, almost everything we ordered was for the dogs. This was partially because we didn’t want to add too much more stuff that could wait until we move, and partially because the boys needed Nylabones and gear to help make beach trips a little easier.
With plenty of days on the lake to come this summer, we decided the boys could use a backpack. They got the Kyjen Outward Hound Backpack in large. Gambit, whose lanky frame hovers around the pack’s lower weight range of 50 lb, could probably get away with a medium while it fits Edwin, who is at the top of the weight range, perfectly. The price was good for a first backpack that will be used to tote dog gear for a mile or less, and the saddle bags are roomy.
Now the boys can haul some of their gear, and things that are used only on lake trips with dogs can find a permanent storage spot in it- long lead, a light towel, a toy, and the collapsible bowl. I had never seen a dog backpack until a couple years ago, but if it means they can carry a few things, I’ll happily
use one put one on my dogs.
Clipping a roll of potty bags to the outside means no more digging around or grabbing extra bags!
Gambit was perfectly happy to model his new gear, although he did scare himself by knocking into the baby gate after miscalculating his width while wearing the pack.
One of the neatest things about this backpack is that the saddlebags are attached by strips of velcro. If you need to take the bag off quickly or while taking a break to rest, it can just be pulled off without undoing the buckles.
The portion with the straps ends up looking like a vest with a handle on top once the backpack is pulled off.
We haven’t made our first beach trip with the backpack yet, but the boys seem happy to wear it, so hopefully it will make lake prep a little more smooth and remove 5-10 lb of weight from my own bag.
Do you have a dog backpack that you love?
On another note, Crossroads has a new Facebook page for their rescue, CARE. Like them here if your news feed hasn’t yet hit dog, cat and horse cuteness overload. You can also follow CfB on Facebook here.