So, before anyone stresses it, Hendrix The Hiking Dog is doing just fine! Hen is also a fantastic model!! But what if we were on an adventure and he actually got hurt?
I have participated in a few conversations lately about this exact topic, and I decided to put some time and effort into answering that question. Hendrix is 90 lbs., and Lady Bonnie is 60 lbs. Those puppies aren’t going to be carried back to the truck; especially Hendrix!
In doing some research, I came across what I consider to be a very doable solution. I contacted HANDICAPPED PETS and they agreed to send me the Walkin’ Pet Transport Stretcher in exchange for my honest testing and review!
While, I know that having a large injured dog in the wilderness, or away from immediate vet care, is always going to be a difficult situation, I am breathing a little easier, having this stretcher with me.
Measuring at 47″ X 29″ and having been tested to 250 lbs., this stretcher is more than capable of assisting the movement of a large injured dog. The handles are padded with neoprene for added support/comfort.
The stretcher has a velcro safety strap. While not sure it will help much to secure your dog, it will give the dog a more secure feeling. While I haven’t attempted to drag Hendrix in the stretcher, as I don’t want to make him afraid of the stretcher, in case we really need to use it some day, I believe there are any number of ways to secure the dog, and use the stretcher. How it is utilized will depend on how many people are available to help transport.
In the event that I am out alone, which is most likely the case, my plan is to use my hiking stick at the top of the stretcher, while securing the rest of the stretcher around Hendrix.
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