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« on: December 22, 2008 08:56:11 AM »

My son and his wife just got a new dog.  New for them anyway -- YAY RESCUE.  She's a "Chiweiner" (Chihuahua/Daschund mix) and weighs 7.5 lb.  My DIL wants a way to carry her, and I can't find a "dog purse" anywhere.  Now if just knew where to find a group of people who might be able to help me figure out the best way to make one...  Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.  TIA
« Reply #1 on: December 22, 2008 09:07:20 AM »

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« Reply #2 on: December 23, 2008 07:30:00 PM »

Hi! You could make one a couple different ways depending on how she wants to carry the pup.  You could make a sling style bag that goes cross body (rounded on the bottom is good).  Then the dog could just stick his head out the top.  You could also make a tote bag style (for the shoulder) and cut out a dip on one side for the head to stick out the side.  Make sure you pad the bottom in either case.

My 6lb Yorkie prefers her sling carrier but will actually sit in just about any tote bag she fits in as long as she can stick her head out.  She does not like the enclosed carriers.  Since I don't "sneak" her places, this is fine.  If your DIL wants one that zips up with mesh and all that stuff you should just buy one. Smiley

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« Reply #3 on: December 23, 2008 07:50:21 PM »

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« Reply #4 on: December 31, 2008 04:26:47 AM »

Sadly this link does not have pictures but the directions look great!

There are also a slew of patterns to purchase for these - I know my local Hancock's sells the McCalls and Simplicity patterns for 99cents very often so that would be a cheap way to get a pattern.  You can also check your local library for a book like this...
http://www.amazon.com/Sew-Dog-Dogwear-Custom-Travel/dp/1589231694/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1230726089&sr=8-4  *I have this one - it's great!

Your best bet will probably be a store bought pattern or book if you can get it cheap enough - you will be given the materials you need to properly reinforce it and whatnot.
I have also read that people put their dogs in baby strollers but I can't bring myself to do that for my toy poodle.  He does however ride in a basket on the front of my bike!

oh - someone here on craftster used a sling pattern to carry their cat in.... same concept on the sling.. the link to the tutorial is given in the first post.
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« Reply #5 on: January 01, 2009 09:33:27 AM »

  Cesar Milan does not think dogs should be carted around like children, they are dogs and should be treated as such, you may find yourself with an extremely anxious dog trying to dominate all in the household...purse carrying should be kept to a minimum, Paris hilton is not the goto for how to train or treat a dog.
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« Reply #6 on: January 18, 2009 01:42:14 PM »

my mum and boyfriend are OBSESSED with cesar milan!! his ideas totally work, and we've even got our beagle to answer to commands.....the man is a genius!!

however, when it comes to tiny dogs, sometimes you have to carry them. my bro has a chihuahua and its impossible to take her in busy places without having to pick her up or put her in her bag. she gets so scared around too many people or big dogs, but loves being in the bag, and is still very much part of the pack, not the leader  Smiley  Smiley

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« Reply #7 on: January 19, 2009 09:29:44 AM »

  I know, crowds can be dangerous to tiny dogs,that being said I know someone with a teacup sized dog that was carried  everywhere by her owner(even at home) and now must be carried at all times by her owner and only her owner or she falls apart into an anxious little mess.  that is why I said it should be kept to a minimum.
« Reply #8 on: February 18, 2009 11:02:24 AM »

you could buy some window screen material and make a regular purse with that for the end pieces so the doggie can breathe and see out. 
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« Reply #9 on: February 23, 2009 05:32:04 AM »

It's a really bad idea to carry dogs. My vet rants about it all the time - they get lazy, they get anxious, but the biggest thing is that if you drop them or they fall it is EXTREMELY likely that their legs will break - or worse. They have four legs, you have two. Let them walk their own damn selves.

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

My mom has a case like this one:


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.
« 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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