The Epitome of Walking the Dawg

OK, OK, no excuses, I KNOW its been a dawg’s age since I barked around here! Figured its ABOUT TIME!! So, there’s a ton to catch y’all up on but this post is all about the Oaktown Pack’s NEW RIDE!! We LOVE it but we will love it BETTER when we are done installing the low rider conversion kit so we can REALLY ride in East Oaktown style! Ima turn over the ‘puter now and let my Paw tell ya more about it ’cause I’m not exactly technically oriented. My skill set is in regulating not engineering!! So here he goes:

Queen of all she surveys

As with older dawgs, the aging members of the Oaktown Pack can’t walk as far as they once did, and the result is the silly humans who walk with them were getting a lot less exercise. Codie Rae is now 13, having been a Tripawd since 8 months of age. Between her rear leg amputation and her age, she is no longer able to walk the 2 miles a day she once did. Austin was born with the bad hips so common in German Shepherds, and after losing one of those rear legs and having arthritis in all his legs, the length of his walks are even more limited than Codie’s. Last year we tried Austin in a cart, but his orthopedic issues are so extensive that it was not a viable solution. A cart won’t work for Codie Rae either. Therefore, the next best alternative to allow us and the dawgs to travel farther on our walks was a stroller. After researching dawg strollers ad nauseum, we settled on the large size Solvit HoundAbout II™ Pet Bicycle Trailer with the optional Strolling Kit. This stroller has the largest cabin we came across–Codie Rae is the smallest of our dogs at about 55 pounds, while Austin is closer to 70 pounds, necessitating the large size stroller. Even 80+ pound Travis Ray will fit when he needs it!

Austin just chillin’

Assembly out of the box was no problem and the instructions were easy to follow. Some of the reviews for the stroller mentioned the bottom of the cabin was not as strong as some would like and their dogs sometimes struggled for footing. Not good for a tripawd! So we cut a piece of one-quarter inch plywood to drop in the bottom for reinforcement and to give the dawgs more stability on their rides (19″ x 30″ was almost the perfect size). The stroller comes with a pad for the bottom, which goes on top of the plywood. When I first used the stroller I found the handlebar to be a bit low for my 6 foot 2 inch self. By raising the handlebar as high as possible I find the position acceptable. The full stroller weighs about 30 pounds. The Houndabout II™ has an aluminum frame, which is lighter than the original steel framed trailer. We have a pickup and the stroller rolls right in the back, but it barely fits so I usually remove the front wheel assembly to make it easier to fit in the back of the truck. If you have a smaller vehicle the stroller can be fully broken down for travel.

Smokey soakin’ up some rays

Three OP members are now spending most of their “walks” in the stroller, and they all enjoy the ride! Codie Rae was the first and she took to it without any problem, while Austin was a bit reluctant. Prior to his first ride we put the cabin unit on the floor in the house and used treats to get him in through the rear door. Now Austin gets excited to see the stroller and steps into it through the rear door, often with no coaxing. Codie is small enough I pick her up and drop her through the top of the stroller and then hook her to the internal leash that attaches to a small D-ring on the inside. Smokey is the least enthusiastic but seems to enjoy his rides in his own way.

Pimpin’ our ride AND the Tripawds brand whenever we can!!

The HoundAbout II Stroller pushes with ease and did I say the dawgs love it? Besides me getting the exercise I desperately need, the dogs get the mental stimulation of watching the world as they travel around. And, if needed, the large diameter wheels allow us to go off-trail and over irregular terrain. But the best part might be the reaction of people to seeing a big dawg in a stroller. Priceless! As one young observer noted, it’s the epitome of walking the dawg.

Ralph, Codie Rae, and the Oaktown Pack

6 thoughts on “The Epitome of Walking the Dawg”

  1. Paw forgot to say they are working on a how-to put the thing together in 3 seconds flat video. He says its easy. Me? I’m not so sure.

    WRD of course we are bringin’ the wheels! You’ll love ’em 😉 Plus we gotta fun project for ya–Google ‘scraper bikes’ …..

    Paula wait, did I miss something? I am glad a stroller is working for your pack as well!

    Sally, one thing we did not mention in the piece is that my dad’s wife Lesleigh suggested to him that they send us money for a stroller because I had told him Austin was really having trouble with his hind end and mentioned we were thinking of getting one. So I guess we got one of those gifts from the universe you were talking about! And its so great that it benefits the whole pack and Ralph!

    Thanks Jackie and Michelle! Its really adding value to their lives!

  2. Duuuuuude! We need to pimp that thing out. Where’s the spinners?

    I want one bad. My people aren’t convinced. Can you bring it and show them I will ride in it? So cool.

  3. Love the new ride! I got a stroller for my almost-15 year old Westie so he can enjoy the outings with his 2 puppy brothers…the tots get a work-out, and Kodi gets to take in the sights. Win/Win!

    Paula and Warrior Angel Nitro

  4. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE THIS TUTORIAL ON HOW TO WALK THE DAWGS!!!! 😅😅

    You have such a good looking pack. Codie Rae really does look quite Regal in her carriage. And I’m amazed at how young she looks! Really! She’s a very pretty young lady!

    It’s quite a testimony to the cart that all the DAWGS like it, well, maybe not Smokey, but he’s getting there! And Austin gets bribed with treats! Smart boy!

    Glad you are avle to utilize the cart so they can all still enjoy their walkies😎
    You’ve come up with a great way to continue to give quality to the pack as they age and as the dreaded tripawd arthritis conti yes to show itself.

    It was wonderful to see yoir pack again!!!! I think the last rime we saw everybody was at the watermelon eating pawty….two years ago!!!!

    Hugs to all the pack and their hoomams😚
    Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!

    PS like yoir license.

  5. What a pawsome outfit, omd they are styling!! Love the pictures, and love how you care for your furbabies 🐾💕🐾

  6. Awesome new ride for the Oaktown Pack 🙂 Keep on strollin. Thanks for the hints with the plywood.

    Michelle & Angel sassy

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