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sparkleball lady
« on: January 26, 2008 06:47:43 AM »

I'm looking for a pattern or how-to for making a saddlebag or backpack for my dog Simca.

This would be for carrying groceries or library books, and it would give Simca a job in the family.

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« Reply #1 on: January 26, 2008 07:08:17 AM »

this isn;t a pattern...but I found a like for a doggy backpack.



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« Reply #2 on: January 26, 2008 07:24:23 AM »

My fiance and I are trying to save money for a wedding, so I wanted to see if I could make something inexpensively that works.  But the price on this one is pretty good.  Thanks for the link!

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« Reply #3 on: January 28, 2008 12:42:15 AM »

Try this link:
or this one:   http://www.houndsofcaid.org/pages/crafts/dog_pack.html

Good luck,


sparkleball lady
« Reply #4 on: January 28, 2008 07:35:05 AM »

THANK YOU!  Anne--  this is indeed what I'm looking for.  However,  it may be beyond my expertise, and I may have to cough up the $ for a ready-made one.   I wonder how much I would save if I have to buy all those catches and that webbing.  The photos are great, except for showing how she cut the overall shape and sewed the pouches.  I'll have to read it carefully to learn more.  Anyway,  not to complain because you answered my question perfectly! 

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« Reply #5 on: January 28, 2008 07:39:30 AM »

Try this link: http://www.houndsofcaid.org/pages/crafts/dog_pack.html

Anne,  I just checked the second link which I'd missed in my excitement.  This is fascinating--  much more than I need, but my fiance will LOVE it.  This is excactly the kind of thing he loses himself into:  history and how-to.

Thanks again.

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« Reply #6 on: January 28, 2008 08:28:59 PM »

BTW, either Simplicity or McCalls has a doggie jacket pattern that includes a mesh pocket for trekking frisbees, what ever.  It would work for light stuff, but would probably slide around if loaded with more than a frisbee or a couple of balls.

Sorry I don't know the number or which publisher...I couldn't find it online.

You can probably come up with your own pattern.  Look at several types of packs and decide what you want in yours.  The biggest challenge is deciding on how many pockets you want and how to secure the pack to the dog so it does not slide around (particularly important on long treks.)

Good luck.
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« Reply #7 on: February 15, 2008 06:24:16 PM »

I just made one for the pet swap.  You can see it here:

I'm not even going to try a tute, but I can summarize it.  Basically, I took the main material and draped it over my dog to determine the size.  Then I cut two rectangles that draped over the dog.  On the top one, I sewed pockets.  On the one that was to go underneath, I sewed on straps to go under the belly and around the chest.  I test fit it on the dog, then decided to add the shape along the back.  So I just freehand cut so it would taper.  Then I sewed the top and bottom together, turned inside out, and sewed up the open side.   

Actually, you need more pictures that what you see in the swap thread.  I have a few from before I mailed it.  I'll upload them and post it on the pet completed project forum.

Edit to add: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=227818.0
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« Reply #8 on: February 19, 2008 09:54:00 AM »

 Dogs aren't really built to carry a lot of wieght on their backs. A good doggie backpack should be constructed so the dog carries the weight on their shoulders (like the affordable agility pack in the previous post.)  Dogs can safely carry a pack that weighs up to 1/3 the dog's total body weight. Start with lighter weight in the pack and then work the dog up to finally carrying the heavy pack. For example my Peke Blitzkrieg (yes, Blitzkrieg as in the Ramones song "Blitzkrieg Bop" Grin) is 12 pounds so he can safely carry about a pound in his backpack. Mostly a couple of plastic pickup bags and the car key. And let me tell you, Blitzkrieg's whole attitude changes when he's wearing his backpack, he holds his head little higher than usual and there's an extra bounce in his step. He thinks he's "working" and is a confident guy.

Here's some examples of my dog wearing a properly fitted doggie backpack

Blitzkrieg has a Ruffiwear backpack that I got on eBay. I'm sure you could make something like it if you made a couple of zippered bags and attached them to a dog harness from a pet store.  
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« Reply #9 on: March 22, 2008 08:44:50 PM »

Wow, yeah, I found a pack for my Gus back in the 80's, and he could carry about 25-30 pounds in it!  He could carry his own food and water along with some firewood when we went hiking and camping.  He loved it!

I want to get a dog that can carry a few bottles of water and my keys, sort of a service dog/purse, as I can't carry more than 5 or 10 pounds on a good day! 

I saw that office dog thing too, that looked neat!

As long as it fits properly, you could make the pouch nearly any shape you need, or just ergonomical to the dog's shape or whatever.  Use webbing straps and click clip thingies.  You don't want the chest band too tight, as a working dog breathes much deeper than usual and so needs more chest expansion room.  The neck/shoulder strap is what holds it on the dog, and the belly/chest strap jujst helps stabilize the pouches so they don't bounce around.  If you can get a sport or dry weave fabric, or something else that breathes, pup will feel quite comfortable!

PS, you dog is beautiful, and I bet he could carry 20-30 pounds eventually!

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