Confessions of an imperfect dog mom: The Cadillac of dog strollers…yes I take my dog out in a stroller!
The best dog stroller on the market…
Yes, I am one of those “crazy ladies” who takes her dog trolling around the neighborhood in a stroller. Kringles, my 16+year old pomeranian has an enlarged heart. He can no longer go for walks…he tires within a minute or two…but Kringles does not want to get left behind either…so I am not leaving him behind! I am sure that there are plenty of neighbors and passers by that laugh or poke fun at the crazy lady with her dog in the stroller…good thing I am not one to care what anyone thinks…especially when it comes to taking care of my dogs. Kringles and I proudly troll the hood and will continue to do so every day that Kringles still can.
The first stroller I purchased for Kringles was rickety and uncomfortable…the cheap plastic wheels made for a bumpy ride and I really could only use it on flat paths at the park…no chance of navigating curbs. Bret, (my wonderful husband) picked out a stroller fit for a king so Kringles could cruise in style. We ordered the “Pet Gear: stroller from Amazon...it wasn’t cheap…it was $366.00 (shipping was free because we are Prime members) but it is now listed on Amazon at $329.00. I have subsequently noticed this stroller on sale in a few catalogs for considerably less as well.
But was it worth it? We’ve been using the stroller for months now and it was worth every penny! We use it daily for Kringles and we often use it with foster dogs we take in as well. Here are my thoughts on the value of this stroller:
1) While it did require some assembly…Bret assembled it in less than 30 minutes…I am sure it would have taken longer if I had to do it but not bad.
2) The basket of the stroller is incredibly roomy…we could fit two dogs in it if necessary. There are times when my Jack Russell, who walks with me and Kringles, tires out. I just add him in the stroller and he rides comfortable with Kringles. The stated capacity of the stroller is 90 lbs…I can’t imagine pushing 90 lbs worth of dog in stroller, can you? When Kringles and Turnip are in the stroller together (combined weight of 35 lbs) I can comfortably push the stroller. There are tethers on the inside of the stroller basket as well to keep a dog that might jump out from running away.
3) The tripod frame and air wheels make it very stable (no tipping even if Kringles is jumping around). The front wheel has two positions, locked and unlocked. If it is unlocked you can turn the stroller with ease but if you speed up in this mode the stroller will wobble (not comfortable for the dogs). I use with the front wheels in the locked position because I power walk. In locked mode the ride is very smooth for the dogs no matter how fast I am walking. The turns are bit more difficult however I have find that if I make my turns wide they are much easier.
5) There are plenty of storage pockets for my phone, keys, poop bags, etc. It has a cup holder on the handle bars. It comes with a rain cover (how cool is that). There is also storage space under the basket.
6) The bottom half of the basket stands high enough and is sturdy enough that I don’t have to worry about Kringles falling out even if have to stop fast.
7) The cushion in the basket is thick and soft. It is lined with a black plush fabric. I add a cool pad to the bottom of the basket on hot days.
8) The air wheels make it a very smooth and comfortable ride for Kringles. They also make it easy to turn and go up and down curbs without Kringles being bounced around. Because of the air wheels and the sturdy frame I can power walk with this stroller while still maintaining a comfortable ride for Kringles. It is really helpful to have the tires properly inflated. My husband keeps our wheels at 40lbs of pressure.
9)The stroller does collapse down nicely to fit in the car. The only downside I could find with this stroller is that it is a bit heavy for me to get in and out of the car…I can lift it but it is a bit of a struggle for me by myself.
10) This is a no zip stroller. The hood comes down and snaps securely with one clip in the front. Anyone who has used a pet stroller for awhile knows that zippers and furry creatures are not a good mix!
Hands down …this wagon was worth every penny. This truly is the Cadillac of dog strollers.
My dogs, like most all dogs, are lovers of routine…we have a daily schedule which makes managing an eight pet household pleasant for everyone…part of that routine is our daily exercise..which now, thanks to the Pet Gear stoller, Kringles can participate in again.
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