I’ve tried several sling carriers that you wear and can tuck a small dog inside. None of them have worked for us though. Besides the fact that some of them were not comfortable for me, none were long enough to hold a long-backed Dachshund securely enough for my comfort.
I recently had the opportunity to try the Snuggles ‘n Stride™ sling bag from Linentails.
When the sling bag arrived, I threw it over my shoulder. I was disappointed that the pouch rode pretty high up on my side. That was, until I put Gretel in it. To my surprise, I discovered that this was not my Grandma’s linen. It had a hint of Lycra in it to make it soft, stretchy and comfortable. The “bag” part hung down around my hip and cradled Gretel perfectly. It was super comfortable for me. I was in love!
I wasn’t sure Gretel was in love though. I think she was a little unsure at first because the bottom was not solid and felt a little unstable to her. She relaxed after a couple of minutes though and curled her little legs up inside the bag. Once I tucked a little fleece blanket around her (it’s cold here and I wanted to take her outside), she was really enjoying it.
Related: Backpacks for Carrying Dachshunds and other small dogs.
There were a couple of “negatives” for me but two of them didn’t have to do with the bag itself.
First, Gretel added width to my body so I had a harder time fitting in between the racks and tables at some stores. I was afraid of knocking something over! I was able to navigate fine with some extra care though. It will just take some getting used to for me.
Also, I can’t recommend this bag to people for carrying their dog hiking. I get that question all of the time but I don’t have a good solution for Dachshunds to recommend (yet. I keep looking). I think this bag would work well for a stroll around the neighborhood though.
The ride was a little bouncy for Gretel. Her head kept bobbing up and down while I walked. I felt like it had to do with where the bag sat on my hip. I worried that she would get a little “seasick” after a while but she didn’t seem to mind at all during the hour we were out.
I would definitely recommend the Snuggles n’ Stride sling bag to someone who wanted to carry their smaller dog with them.
- Made with a natural linen fabric and handcrafted in the beautiful country of Lithuania
- The Linen is made of flax fiber, which is grown without the use of pesticides, artificial fertilizers, or chemical treatments
- Features two pockets on the shoulder strap to hold keys, ID, and money
- Pockets on both the front and back sides of the bag for easy rotation between arms
- Magnetic clasps on the pockets instead of Velcro in order to maintain cleanliness and strength through everyday use
- Comes in three different designs and two sizes
About the Author
Hi, I’m Jessica. I’ve been studying the Dachshund breed since 2007, owned 3 of my own, and shared in the lives of thousands of others through their owner’s stories. When I’m not sharing what I know on this blog, you can find me hiking, camping, and traveling with my adventurous wiener dogs.