Many years ago I discovered the wonder of having a dog Mom purse. I discovered this great bag – sort of a small messenger bag but with a lot of purse qualities and a lot of pockets – at a thrift store. I didn’t buy it with a specific intention in mind but it became my dog purse.
POST UPDATED: March 6, 2018
I filled it with everything I would need on a walk with the dogs and kept it by the door. It made it easier and more pleasant to get out for a walk. I could quickly jaunt out the door when motivation struck instead of searching around the house for my must-have items.
And then it wore out.
Searching for a replacement, I spent way too much money ordering purse and after purse hoping that it would be like the last one. But it wasn’t.
It was too small to fit everything in; it was too deep to access things easily; it was too big and cumbersome; The strap kept cutting into my neck; or it didn’t have enough pockets.
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THEN I found a bag that was just right – the To Go Convertible bag by Haiku.
The To Go Convertible mini messenger bag is just the right size – not too big or not too small. It looks like a purse and not some big utility bag.
It has a lot of pockets – 5 on the outside and 2 on the inside. One of the pockets on the inside is big enough to hold a tablet or notebook and the other zips for security.
The outside pockets are big enough to hold a water bottle and my Nikon 1 J5 mini DSLR camera. I use the other two main pockets to keep my keys and my huge Galaxy Note 3 cell phone easily find-able.
Inside I have a notebook to write down blog post ideas, a collapsible dog bowl, a bag of dog treats, hat and gloves or light sweater, sunglasses, wallet, and small necessities like lipgloss, shout stain wipes, and wet wipes.
The crossbody bag has a water resistant lining and coating, which is great for someone who lives in rainy Seattle, and easily converts to a backpack using the alternate D-Ring attachments when I need it to be completely hands-free and out of the way.
The best part about this bag though? The slip pocket on the flap.
I put my dog poop bags in there so know right were to find them and they are easy to get to. And, honestly, I put the full ones in there too until I can find a trash can. I’ve been doing it for months and the purse doesn’t soak up the stink at all (even if I forget it in there for a day *ahem*).
The other awesome thing is that the the bag is made with 100% cyclePET fabrics made from post-consumer recycled beverage bottles, which minimizes damage to the environment by keeping plastic waste out of landfills and reducing the use of virgin petroleum.
Other features include a water resistant lining and coating (important in the Northwest where it rains a lot) and a detachable & adjustable shoulder strap that lets you convert the bag into a backpack (that’s the convertible part). I will probably never use it that way but it’s a neat idea and would come in handy if you needed to make sure it was more securely on you while hiking or navigating obstacles.
When my original Dog Mom purse died I was left trying to find an alternative because the bag was discontinued.
I had high hopes for the durability of this one and I was right. After 3+ years, it’s still holding up great with no tears or seams coming undone.