I never thought I’d say it, but I found myself seriously considering buying a dog-stroller for Oslo. As you know, Oslo can walk– but only on certain terrain (namely, terrain of the flat & grassy variety) and not for very long. Also, when he walks he tends to drag his back feet a bit which leads to his poor feet getting quite beat up. We tried putting little booties on him to offer some protection, but he hated it and refused to walk. I would so love to be able to load him up and take him out places– allowing him to walk when he can, but ride safely when he cannot. It would really open up a great big world for our little guy, and it would be great to be able to take walks as a family again.
There is no denying that THIS stroller is pretty awesome…. but, I have got to admit, it’s a bit over the top. Everyone is going to think that we’re crazy! Let’s be honest here, in the past I have seen dogs in strollers and thought to myself “That person is NUTS!”. Of course, I now understand that many dogs simply have mobility issues and strollers can really open up the world for them & improve their quality of life. Judging isn’t fair! But hey, try explaining that to dozens of passers by who are rolling their eyes and throwing daggers of judgement at you.
Perhaps a wagon would be a middle ground? Of course then we have to deal with certain safety concerns– specifically, Oslo JUMPING OUT of the wagon. There’s also the issue of spending money on something only for Oslo to recover so quickly that we don’t put it to much use. I don’t know! I’m torn over here!
Regardless. The next time you see a dog in a stroller- don’t be too quick to judge. It could be our Oslo in there, out for a ride… or one of the countless other dogs like him who have mobility problems and their owners just want them to get a bit of fresh air and feel the sun on their backs.