I prefer that Chester and Gretel walk everywhere. I mean, I take them with me so they get exercise. Sometimes we go to a place where it is too dangerous or stressful for them to be on the ground though. In those cases, I prefer to have something I can carry them in.
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.
The first thing that stood out to me about this bag is the philosophy behind it. Linentails believes that bonding with your pet makes you happier and healthier. Multiple studies have shown that a dog’s touch can lower your blood pressure and heart rate, help strengthen your immune system, and relieve pain. This intimacy is good for your dog too. The Snuggles ‘n Stride sling bag allows you to keep your dog close to your body where you can touch, hug, and talk to them.
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.
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We headed out the door to give this sling bag a real test. I hiked up a really steep hill by my house. I expected the bag to be a little uncomfortable because of my “leaning uphill” body position but it wasn’t at all. I spent about an hour visiting little shops with her and I never got a tired shoulder. Gretel never tried to get out of it either. Every shop we went into thought it was the cutest thing and several “just had to get a picture”.
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