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Grommet Road Test: Pup-To-Go Dog Carrier


photo of Isabelle in Pup To Go carrier

Not a great self-and-dog portrait, but you get the idea. I'm wearing her in the Pup To Go carrier just like a baby.

The Challenge: If folks carry their tiny pooches in purses, why not wear them baby-style in a doggy version of a Baby Bjorn? Pup To Go dog carriers are brilliant in theory (hands-free small dog hauling), but not so easy to get used to (Isabelle, my little American Hairless Terrier, seemed rather freaked out at first, and I struggled to get the straps adjusted comfortably).

The Road Test: Took Isabelle on a few errands around Boston's North End  in the Pup To Go carrier.

Public Reaction: "Look at that!" "How CUUUUUTE." "Oh, she's like your baby."

Isabelle's Reaction: "Grrrrr."

The Takeaway: Hands-free pet carrying is a wonderful thing, especially for those of us who live in busy cities where you worry about your dog getting stepped on in crowds. Not every pet is going to like being carried around this way (the Pet To Go folks readily admit this), but plenty do (and they've got the adorable testimonials on their site to prove it). If your dog already enjoys being toted in different types of pet carriers, she's probably a good candidate. I can see it being especially great for older dogs or dogs who have a harder time getting around.

More: Check out leashes, collars, and other unique pet products on Daily Grommet.

Here is the Pup To Go in action. Plus, a chance for you to WIN one for yourself (and your pup of course).

What new adventures would be possible for you and your pup if you were the winner?  Leave a comment and we'll give one reader a Pup To Go of their own!


General contest rules: To enter, you must be a U. S. resident, and at least 18 years of age and you must leave a comment sharing how/where you would use the Pup To Go. No purchase necessary. The winner will be randomly selected and will receive a  Pup To Go carrier.  Employees, contractors, and the families of employees and contractors of Daily Grommet, Inc. are not eligible to enter. You are not eligible to win if you have received a prize or giveaway from Daily Grommet in the last six months. Void where prohibited. Contest will run from 8am EST through 10pm EST May 3, 2010.


  • Julia Says:

    These carriers crack me up! Do they make one for my 100-pound Mastiff pup? :-) I think I'd have to settle for carrying my 17-pound Dachshund mix, and I'm not sure he'd be very happy with me for doing so! A friend's brother is planning to use one for his fluffy terrier dog in a walk-a-thon for pet adoption later this month.

  • Cid Vicious Schwartz Says:

    I need one of these for my Frenchie. I walked with her yesterday and she decided to pass out in the middle of the road. Her way of saying "If you did your research you would have know this breed is not made for long walks" Bu the cute factor awwwww!

  • tracy Says:

    i have a min pin and i used to walk around nyc with him in something like this. i don't know what happened to it but it was so adorable when he got too tired or i wanted to go into stores and shop. i also love eating at outdoor cafes with him in his carrier. it was amazing. if he stayed on the ground, he'd bark at the food. if i kept him on my lap, he'd lunge for the food between my hand and mouth. but yet, when he was resting on my chest and could hear my heart beat, he'd behave, allow me to eat and would of course be treated to many bites of my food as a reward for his good behavior. it's no wonder he's named bonkers. lol. i would love another one. it's shake shack season in the manhattan. =)

  • I wish I could enter, but I'm in Canada. My sister is a dog foster mom, and she always has little furry friends to carry about! Great giveaway.

  • Ingrid Bock Says:

    Oh, I want SO much to win this! I have five dogs of my own, and this weekend I'm getting two more as fosters, and it's so tricky to walk them all at once! I have a pet stroller, but two of my dogs are more than 50 pounds, and one is a Coonhound and she is a strong puller, and one of the fosters is another Coonhound...and I have one little squishy older dog who would fit perfectly into the Pup To Go, and she loves to lie on my chest with her legs dangling, so we'd be peachy. Her name is Annabelle, and she's cream colored, and she came from an abuse case that went to trial, so she deserves to be pampered as much as possible (and I do, but the Pup To Go would surely help!)

  • Tori Says:

    Congratulations Tracy! You were out winner for the Pup To Go carrier. Looks like Bonkers will get to enjoy his outing to Shake Shack once again.

  • tracy Says:

    thank you...can't wait to ht shake shack with bonkers this year. =)

  • karyne Says:

    $125. ??!! really?

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