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Uh Oh! The Dog Is Hurt! Now What?

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. 

Possible option #1
Possible option #2

While the main reason to take this stretcher along on your adventures is, of course, for the dog, it could also be a multi purpose item, which is always a plus when considering where to use up weight in your pack.  One alternative option that comes to mind is possibly a cover from the elements.  I bet you all could come up with several and I would love to hear them so please add your comments below!

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Kurgo Baxter Dog Backpack ~~~~ Reviews by Rene’

Kurgo Baxter Dog Backpack – I was very excited when Kurgo said they were sending the Kurgo Baxter Dog Backpack for us to tryout and review! I had been watching their products for a while, and I watched the mail daily for their arrival!
Bonnie got to wear the pack first, and it fit her very well.  Truth is, these packs will fit most dogs well because there are multiple ways to adjust for individual fitting.  The chest strap, under-belly straps (2), the side pack straps (4), and the between front belly strap and chest strap, all adjust .  

(I probably should have tightened the chest strap a bit more here, to have the pack sitting up a bit farther on Lady Bonnie’s back.) 

Travel With Your Dog with Kurgo Adventure Products!

While we didn’t put anything in the pack for this first outing, we did certainly “test” it!  

I do suggest you take the pack off before letting your dog into the water as both bags were full of water when she came out of the water, and she wasn’t really in there for very long.  I had to unzip the bags and pour the water out!  You could also try putting your dog pack items in Ziplocs before putting in pack, to keep items dry. A positive note is that, if they do get into the water before you have a chance to take off the pack,  the pack itself handles the exposure just fine.  I hung the pack up to dry, and it was like brand new when we reached for it again.  


The Kurgo Baxter Dog Pack felt like I had a solid control of my dog.  It would require a significant fight on the part of your dog, before they could back out of this pack.  I also like where the leash hook is placed.  

And the handle on the top of the pack is very handy in assisting where extra control is needed. 

Lady Bonnie has the 3.75Liter  Kurgo Baxter Dog Backpack while Hendrix The Hiking Dog has the 7.5Liter Big Baxter

When on our adventures I will usually have dogs on and off lead.  While on their off lead time, the packs stayed perfectly placed. 

However, when I had Hen and Bonnie on a tandem Y leash, the packs seemed to slip around a lot, to the point of even loosening up some of the straps. While my dogs do a fantastic job on the Y leash, they are dogs, and do switch up positions, and stop and go on each other.  If you are going tandem with these packs, be sure and have the straps snug.   

Lady Bonnie seemed to also be quite happy about her whole experience with her pack! 

One more awesome point I should make about this pack. When you are done with your adventure, and are ready to relax and open a cold one? The leash hook is a bottle opener!!  I think KURGO is definitely onto something there;  multi use packs!! 

*I received these packs, in exchange for an honest testing and review. 

Travel With Your Dog with Kurgo Adventure Products!

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