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Alexus1325
« Reply #10 on: June 25, 2009 10:05:22 PM »

My mom has a case like this one:

http://www.petsalley.com/petdufflecarrier.asp

Except the top AND sides are mesh. She uses it to take the cats to the vet. Susha and Boris (her ankle-biters) both wear harnesses and are simply carried like a football if it's necessary to carry them for any reason (for example, there's a broken bottle on the sidewalk). Otherwise, they use their little feet.

I agree your DIL shouldn't carry the dog more than necessary, for example only for vet visits, or if she absolutely MUST take the dog somewhere potentially dangerous. Booties to protect the feet may be a better option if walking-hazards are what she's worried about (eg, that broken bottle). Besides, it's easier to clean up feces from the ground with a little baggy than it is to wash out a bag in a restaurant bathroom.
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« Reply #11 on: July 18, 2009 08:26:00 PM »

If the dog is small enough, and the dog in your situation sounds pretty small, I think a plain old sling like the ones some women carry their babies in would work fine. If you're not planning on carrying it for long distances, and if the dog is the cuddly sort who likes being held anyway, a sling would be probably work for carrying it to and from the vet/dog park/etc.
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« Reply #12 on: August 02, 2009 03:17:25 PM »

Congrats on their new dog and kudos to them for rescuing her!  Smiley

I have seen several patterns for pet carriers at the fabric store that don't look too difficult.  There is also the option of a sling.  But I agree that they should avoid carrying her all the time, and let her walk as much as possible, it will help with socialization and exercise.  I have three little dogs and with the exception of my oldest who had a head injury, and cannot lead, they walk almost all the time, on harnesses in case there is any immediate danger so I could pull them up right away.  The one I do carry if we go out is 8 pounds and I just carry her in my arm.  Smiley 

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