Carrying Dog Poop on a Walk.
Looking back at the recent snaps of our holiday in West Wales, I realised that most of the photographs of yours truly involved a conspicuous bag of doggy poop. I always seem to be carrying dog poop on a long walk; dangling from my hand, in the least most photogenic way. It’s fine at home, because I know where the bins are and generally, my dog Floss, seems to have a better routine when it comes to ablutions.
But on holiday, in strange territory, it always seems to be the minute we start off up the beach, or along the path, Floss just has to poop – which means I spend the next four miles carrying a full bag of dog do.
If the weather is hot, it’s hardly pleasant on the old nose either. I find my human walking companions tend to trot quickly ahead, or lag behind. All depending on which way the wind is blowing, of course.
I wondered whether to purchase a back pack for Floss, (so she can carry her own poop to the nearest dog bin). I did a quick internet search to see if I could find anything suitable.
What astonished me, at first, was that the main products on display before me were backpacks for dogs. But wait – your dog doesn’t wear them, you’re meant to put your dog in them.
I mean I suppose I could carry the dog. She might be less inclined to need the loo, but that would be no fun for me, or her. Besides, it would be like carrying a sack of spanners with a mind of it’s own. Nope; I can’t imagine why anyone would put a dog in a back-pack, (or handbag come to that).
Backpacks for dogs.
I moved swiftly on with my quest and found an amazing array of backpacks for dogs to wear. Many are very sporty looking. Many sport considerably high numbers of pounds to purchase, but will last a lifetime.
The Pallisades ™ back pack, for example, costs a whopping £169.95. That’s a lot of lolly just for a means of stowing away doggy do for the duration of a walk. But, it would be worth it to be free of a bursting full pooh bag and have friends again.
There are other makes such as the – ‘Outward Hound DayPak’. It currently costs just under twenty pounds and is available on Amazon.
These look comfortable and practical and may suit the average pocket. If you’re planning a lot of long hikes, kitting your dog out with a back pack means he can carry his own supply of water, treats and pooh bags.
I wasn’t totally convinced Floss would take to carrying a rucksack of her own – after all she’s getting on a bit now, at ten years old. She’s never been expected to carry her own bags before, so it seemed a bit mean to make her do it now.
Eventually, I came across the ‘Dicky Bag Dog Waste Bag’ and I thought; that’s a good idea! This handy product is made in Cornwall and, according to the makers, is a “unique, patented award winning design”. It means people who purchase one, will never again have to carry a smelly dog bag around on their walks.
It’s waterproof and lightweight and attaches by a carabiner clip to your belt, or rucksack. There are several other makes of similar design and prices – some look rather like a small hiking bag worn across the shoulder and big enough to hold other items, such as poop bags and your dog’s favourite ball.
I am definitely going to get one of these – it’s going to look a lot more attractive on family snaps and it’ll be marvellous not to have to carry a pungent poop bag.