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Dog Backpack Lets You Take Your Pooch With You

Buddy, I coulda gone that extra mile

For an extra bark or an extra smile

‘Cause I never felt so free

It was just my dog and me

–John Hiatt, “My Dog And Me”, 2003


How’d you like to take your dog with you everywhere you go?


Let’s face it, pet people.  Your dogs are like children to you.  Your dates may never be willing to commit.  Your spouse may have divorced you in favor of “better” rather than “worse”, but your dog loves you unconditionally “‘til death do you part.”

So, yeah, it is a bit heartrending when you leave for your vacation and there with a healthy wet nose pressed against a window you recently cleaned is your sad-eyed best friend moping as you drive off.  Ah but if your canine comrade is sufficiently small (or if you are rather strong), you are now in luck.  

Rivera and Mojo/ Image: Ruffit Dog Carriers

Ruffit Dog Carriers

The Dallas -based Ruffit Dog Carriers, founded by Jonathan Rivera, has the perfect travel accessory for every pet owner.  The Ruffit Dog Carrier.  It’s a dog backpack that comfortably straps your puppy pal to your back, so the two of you never have to be separated ever again.

Rivera, an adventurer at heart, explains the inspiration behind the product.  He also reveals the potential value.  On the official Ruffit Dog Carrier website he states:

On one adventure (mountain biking) far from home, [my dog] Mojo stepped on a broken glass bottle that left him bleeding severely, and left me with limited time, transportation or options to get him to a vet. I had to pull my shirt over my head to create a ‘cubby’ for him on my back. By some miracle, he survived. This led to my ‘ah-ha’ moment afterward . . . That’s when I began my mission . . .”

Picture yourself hiking through the wilds of Canada, your four-legged friend comfortably close but not running off getting lost in the woods.   Perhaps you’re strolling through the cobblestone streets of Italy, as your poochie-pal takes in all the sights, sounds and scents right with you.  Oh, and if you’re single your puppy papoose is bound to be a fun photo opp and a clever, conversation starter.  

The dog carriers come in a range of sizes from small to extra-large.  They are not, however, for dogs under 25 pounds and 18 inches.  The website shows how to measure your dog.  Priced at $99.00, they can be purchased at the website.