You don’t have to leave your furry friends at home.
You can see how this couple solved the problem of their hiking-disabled frenchie. This is a win-win solution for everyone – and dogs too!
A great idea. And you get a little weight training, too!
Happy hiking, see you on the trails!
The first time Melissa Lipani and her husband, Adam Holmes, went hiking with their foster dog, Luna, they figured she might actually use her own four legs.
“I ended up carrying her most of the way, which wasn’t a great situation for me,” Lipani said. “She loved it.”
The second time, Lipani and Holmes came up with a different plan.
Lipani was familiar with some specialty backpacks made to carry around small animals.
“I fully expected her to wiggle and try and jump out, but once we plopped her in it, she just relaxed like she knew it was going to be fun,” Lipani said.
Lipani says it’s great fun for Luna — plus, of course, for her and Holmes.
It also helps prove that all kinds of pets can be wonderful companions — which is an important point for Lipani, personally as well as professionally; she works for the animal advocacy group Best Friends Animal Society.
The hiking adventures continue, as well, of course.
This past weekend, Luna got carted around outside for an hour of hitting the trails. It was an unqualified success for all concerned.
“She just smiled and enjoyed it, never once fidgeting,” says Lipani. “She seemed to take in all of the sights, smells and views like she’d always gone on hikes this way.”
thanks to Arin Greenwood and Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/dog-head-backpack_5637bd07e4b00aa54a4f0bfc
images from Huff Post