Unitasker Wednesday: The pet stroller

Pet StrollerTonight when you’re out trick-or-treating with the kids, bring your family pet along in this incredibly fashionable pet stroller … or not …

Call me old fashioned, but when I take a dog for a walk the dog should be walking too. I’m not exactly sure why one would purchase a pet stroller, but I guess I could come up with one reason. Your pet is either extremely old or in poor health and the only way you can take them for a walk is by using this stroller.

If your pet is in good health and you are pushing him around in a stroller, I must ask the obvious question, “Why?” Don’t baby your pet by pushing him around in a stroller. Are there pets that are bullying your little companion? If so, you are probably making the whole situation worse by making poor Scruffy the butt of all the other pet’s jokes. So unleash your little princess from the stroller and let the little thing live!

** Unitasker Wednesday posts humorously poke fun at the single-use items that seem to find their way into our homes.

25 Comments for “Unitasker Wednesday: The pet stroller”

  1. posted by tina on

    I guess I’m not to surprized at this. I once saw a woman with her child and dog – the dog riding in the baby stroller and the baby – barely able to walk holding the edge of the stroller and struggling to keep up with mom’s fast pace.

  2. posted by mary on

    That is the most pathetic thing I have ever seen. I saw one lady at the pet store pushing her dog in something similar. It was one of those little “dogs” . Of course the dog was outfitted better than my child.

  3. posted by Laurel on

    You cannot always tell when people are handicapped, I imagine the same to be true of pets. I think most people would not even be able to get there dog to stay in there unless it was recovering from a procedure or aging or so small that it cannot walk very far without being tired.

  4. posted by Jacque on

    Another actual use for this kind of thing: cats living in an urban area.
    http://www.doublebassblog.org/.....oller.html

  5. posted by John in Indiana on

    I see this all the time at the weekend flea markets. At least it doesn’t strike me as bizarre as people carrying their little yappy dogs in baby slings.

  6. posted by Karen on

    Exactly re: cats. If you have indoor cats and you want to take them outside for a walk a carrier is too heavy to carry for long, and although there are exceptions most cats don’t take well to leashes (and can slip out of it and zip away in a heartbeat if something frightens them).

    This being said, yes, using a dog for the advertising is full of dumb, although I bet in less dog-friendly areas you can get away with taking a strollered dog places you couldn’t take one on a leash.

  7. posted by Kit on

    Definitely great for cats when you don’t have a car. The swaying motion of the carrier tends to freak them out over long distances. Also, if you have to sneak them onto pet-unfriendly public transit it’s a lot easier to get a stroller past the gate than a pet carrier, even if it’s one of the soft sorts.

  8. posted by Jon King on

    My comment is “no comment”. Which makes about as much sence as a dog stroller.

  9. posted by Mrs. Micah on

    I could see this being useful for a disabled animal. Or a cat you’re trying to transport.

    But for most dogs—-no. I suppose this is one reason diet dog food sells so well!

    (In France, they love their dogs. You might see some pooches being carried down the Champs Elysees. Not your teacup pups, either, some were the size of stroller-buddy there.)

  10. posted by Allie Orange on

    As an addicted reader of unclutterer, I can’t believe my first post will be in defense of a unitasker item, but we own a similar product (www.kittywalk.com) and use it all of the time! We have an indoor-only cat who wants to be outside with us when we breakfast on our porch and this has worked great for us. We also use it to take him to the vet. Since I have carpal tunel, I find it much easier to use the stroller than to carry him in a carrier. In fact, once we got the stroller, we considered our old carrier clutter and gave it to our vet.

  11. posted by AZLily on

    I’d have to agree about this item having it’s important uses.
    My dog usually walks but rides in a stroller (albeit a baby stroller) if we’re going somewhere she might be in danger (of being stepped on, she’s only 4 lbs) if she were on the ground but I know that I will either have my hands full doing something else or we’ll be out long enough that if she were in a bag my shoulder would be tired and she’d get too tired if she were made to walk (she refuses to move after she decides she’s tired, about 1/2 mile depending on the weather).
    I know some people would argue to just not take the dog, but it’s good for her to be out and about and to experience things and bad for her to be stuck at the house all day when there are events just down the street. We do get some weird looks though.

  12. posted by Tanya on

    I first considered this a weird excessive for pets. However, I travel frequently and also go to flea markets. Since I bring my two small dogs most places, it is extremely convenient to pop them into the stroller when perusing the aisles of flea markets and such. They don’t bother anyone, they are in my company, and they are safe.

  13. posted by Kris on

    Gotta say that yes, this is a unitasker, but yes, it’s a necessary one for all those folks with smaller pets that either won’t or can’t go for a walk on their own.

    Just because one doesn’t understand something doesn’t mean it’s unnecessary, stupid or over-the-top.

  14. posted by Augie at Just Pet Strollers on

    My wife and I run a site that sells pet strollers, and we hear a ton of reasons why people purchase them. Some of your commenters already noted the most common reasons, primarily older or injured dogs.

    Pet strollers are also good for travel.

    They’re perfect for older people to get animals to the vet and other places easily. (And we’ve received comments from several older adults who comment that the stroller gives them something to hold on to as they walk, so it helps them as much as their pets.)

    Cats should not be allowed to roam free, so a pet stroller is a great way to allow cats (who usually don’t take to harnesses and leashes well) to get fresh air.

    Some people in cities get pet strollers to use on their balcony–it’s a safe way of taking an animal outside without worrying they’ll get loose and get curious about what’s over the edge. Some city dwellers also don’t feel safe walking their pets on busy sidewalks around traffic and other people’s aggressive animals, so a pet stroller makes a great way to get a pet safely to a park (where they can then run free.)

    Finally, a lot of folks wish to spend quality time with their pets and take them places they might not otherwise be welcome. We’ve heard some malls are permitting pets in strollers, and some customers take their pets with them to work in strollers.

    There are lots of good reasons for a pet stroller! They aren’t for everyone, but they are becoming much more common.

  15. posted by Maria on

    I’ve also heard of people using them in areas without sidewalks, because the dark macadam gets so hot. Some people put little booties on the dog instead, but I’m sure some dogs wouldn’t be cooperative.

  16. posted by Andamom on

    Umm… I see these daily… Then again, people here in NYC love their pets — FWIW, I don’t think it is that horrible.

  17. posted by PetMom on

    People often forget that small, elderly and very young dogs tire on long walks that don’t faze their owners. With the popularity of toy dogs as “accessories,” a stroller might be a safer bet for a little dog than trying to trot mile after mile after it’s owner’s long legs!

    It’s easy to poke fun and say something like this is not needed but what have you bought that you love and would never be without, that someone else thinks is a ridiculous waste of time and space? Now there’s a question for you!

  18. posted by Christina on

    I guess you need to see why these are used. Alot are older people who want their pet with them or injured animals who cannot walk. I have a dog with IVDD that cannot walk stairs. She is not paralizedat this point and I would rather use a stroller than spend 3,000+ in surgerys. Also a comment on the booties. Look at what they are for. Alot are also for injured dogs to stay surefooted and not slip. You never know if this is a paralized or old dog that can not do all that walking. Concrete is very hard on a animals paws in the first place. You wear shoes for that reason. Their pads are touch but they can step on something and slice the paw right open. I got alot of looks when we had to take our dog out to potty using a sling. And despite all the laughs no one ever thought to ask why. My dog spent 4 days without the use of her back legs and for 6 weeks had to be helped to walk with the use of it. The stroller has many reasons. Think of the rescued dog you might pick up from a shelter. Did you know alot of them have anxieties and hate to be left alone. Taking them with you in a stroller can bring them so much comfort, ease the anxiety and hopefully one day erase it. THink of the dog you see sitting in one. Take some time and ask. Is it the owners wish to have their pet close, is this pet injured or have a disease, is it elderly? Before poking fun at what may be a very expensive not so funny situation. Like the thousands of dollars in vet bills and surgeries. Because no mater what,yes its a dog, but its a family member. ANd most of us would stop at nothing to ensure a long happy healthy life for our pets.

  19. posted by joanne on

    i have whiplash and suffered for a couple of days after carrying one pet rat to the vets. I now have three pet rats who need two seperate carriers. These can be put in one stroller and wheeled onto public transport including trams which ban pets. Also, the strolling along where there are trees and fresh air calms my pets down before and after a vets trip. As i have Aspergers and suffer from anxiety this helps me. This has improved my quality of life consiserably as well as my pets. One of my pets is blind. He is noticably happier than before when I didn’t have one.

  20. posted by Erica on

    Yes, I have one – for my cats. I live in the city, and they are indoor cats. I can’t carry them all at the same time, and even one can be kind of hard to carry when you have a bum shoulder, as I do. Fortunately, our vet here is only 2 blocks away, but where we used to live, the vet was TWELVE blocks away, and my 14 pound cat, 16 pound cat and 6 pound cat proved to be more than I could handle. I actually have been thinking about trading mine in, so I appreciate the information about an alternative!

  21. posted by Karla on

    Like cats, rabbits too are great candidates for pet strollers. My rabbits LOVE stroller walks: rabbits cannot be “walked” like dogs, but it still gives them exposure to outdoors stimuli, like different scents, sights, and sounds than they are exposed to indoors. Plus, I can get exercise while providing them this stimulation, ultimately saving time.

  22. posted by Nunya on

    Thanks everyone for reminding me why I bought mine in the first place (Allie mine is a kittywalk too, the big SUV version). It’s still in the box, but like many already mentioned, I got it primarily to transport 3 cats to the vet; so that they can all be on the same annual schedule, and also carrying a hardside carrier with all 3 of them in it is just too much.

    Not only am I NOT going to sell this after all, I will most likely keep it, dig it out of the closet, and put it together this weekend, then start by taking them hiking in it. Now that I know we might be welcome at the mall too, I can finally take them to get their portrait made, another task I’ve been putting off.

  23. posted by jacqueline on

    hello i have 3 indoor cats the only way to take them outside is in the stroller otherwise the feel insecure and afraid ,for me is very necesary

  24. posted by Elaine on

    I knew someone once who lived in Manhattan and rolled her Pomeranian around in a laundry cart. She thought the city streets were just too dirty for Precious.

    I thought it was lame then and still do. Especially since the pooch was too hyperactive and aggressive for a small apartment and could have benefited from some strenuous exercise.

  25. posted by Diana on

    I have an elderly neighbor who walks her two miniature poodles around our block 4-6 times a morning. The older, smaller dog rides in a used baby stroller after the first loop. Both neighbor and dogs are out getting exercise. That’s a whole lot more than I can say for other neighbors.

    If walking a pet in a stroller is how a person gets themselves moving, I wouldn’t snub my nose up at them for silliness. Every little bit of exercise counts!

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