Friday, July 15, 2005

"Why would anyone need a pet stroller?"

Well, it only took a week after launching the blog to get my first message from someone accusing us of having a less than firm grasp of reality. "Why would anyone need a pet stroller?" he asked.

The first week seems like a good time to address the question many people ask: "Why a pet stroller?" I hope some pet stroller users will post their own ideas and experiences because the uses and needs for a pet stroller are as limitless as the number of pets and pet companions. Here is a brief list of pet stroller uses and situations we've been told by our customers:
  • Boaters: I already mentioned one message we received from a boater who loved using the stroller to get her dog onto the boat safely.
  • Traveling: The right pet stroller can make it much easier to travel with a pet.
  • Alternative to pet carriers: Some pets can be walked into their vet's office, but some pets need to carried. Rather than using a heavy carrier, some customers find it much easier to use a pet stroller (which really is just a rolling pet carrier).
  • Cats: Cats can be tough to walk on leashes--if you don't get them into harnesses at a young age, some cats will never adjust to a harness. A cat stroller is a great way for cats (or rabbits, ferrets, or other animals) to get some fresh air.
  • Injuries: Animals with certain types of injuries cannot be walked for long distances but still want to get outdoors.
  • Safety: We have had city customers use a stroller to get their dogs to parks--the stroller keeps them safe on congested urban streets. Another customer had a dog that could get aggressive, so walking him in the dog stroller helped to keep him calm (and other dogs safe.)
  • Teacup dogs: Some small dogs cannot be walked very far, so customers find they can get all the way to the park and back if they use a pet stroller.

Those are some of the most common purposes we've heard from our pet stroller customers. If you have any additional ideas or experiences, please post them here or contact us via our site to share your own experiences.


Anonymous said...

Don't forget the monkeys! Stroller work for them too.

Anonymous said...

There's an outdoor mall in my neighborhood that let's me walk my dog, Rocky, so long as he's in the stroller. Kids love to see him in his stroller! April, CA

Anonymous said...

I tried taking my dog when I went to play tennis, but she kept chasing the balls. Even when I tied the leash Lulu managed to get in the way. Now I take her in the stroller and she enjoys the air and sun and I enjoy tennis without worry about Lulu. Diana, Jacksonville, FL

Erica said...

I am purchasing a pet stroller after seeing all the Katrina Disaster coverage on TV. I have 3 corgis and if I was home alone in any disaster and needed to get them out on my own I couldn't. I am getting the All Terrain one so I can wheel them out of any disaster that may hit California. Please donate to all the animal victums of many have been left behind to fend for themselves.

Pet Lover said...

Erica, Thanks for the post and the purchase. I just wanted to let you know that our small store is donating to the relief effort. In addition to trying to drum up support for the HSUS Diaster Relief fund on this blog, we're also donating up to $500 by matching donations to the HSUS that are made in our store in Milwaukee.

We hope your Corgis will love their pet stroller for more than just potential disasters, but if it gives you piece of mind, that's important, too.