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Tripawd Backpack Carrier
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28 January 2017 - 9:58 pm
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My husband and I adopted a tripawd (Henry) a few months ago. We lead relatively active lifestyle (hiking,  canoeing,  etc)  and always bring our 4 legged golden, Bailey, with us.  Our tripawd adoptee is a Golden mix weighing in at 38 lbs. I have been searching for the past 2 months for some kind of solution to carry him on our longer trekks once he gets tired. We don't need anything yet, as we are in the middle of a Wisconsin winter, so are looking for something to purchase for spring and summer. Obviously for his size it's very hard to find a lightweight solution that we can take on obscure trails. Although I have yet to actually use the product, i wanted to bring it to the attention of the community : after months of searching,  I found - they have backpack carriers in many different size.  Henry was barely over the size requirements for their large so I emailed them to discuss Henry's size and if he would fit. They emailed me back shortly after stating that they are actually working on an extra large that will fit him perfectly and hope to have it ready this spring for sale. I know I will be keeping an eye on their site for the launch of the xl size but wanted to inform the rest of the community of what seems like an awesome product!  Especially if your tripawd is a little bit smaller than mine at the moment.  🙂 

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puljorl11 said
I found - they have backpack carriers in many different size...I will be keeping an eye on their site for the launch of the xl size

This looks great. The XL size is good news too. Thanks for sharing!

And, they have a K9 Sport Pack Amazon Store so anyone interested can read reviews and purchase there to help keep Tripawds online.

We'll add this to the Tripawds Gear blog . Perhaps you could provide a review and photos once you get yours. Happy Hiking! way-cool

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We are a pretty active mountain family, too!  We've used several different methods for portaging dogs in the past (either due to tiredness or injury). Our preferred method is just to use a standard top-loading pack (we have an old osprey that works great). Once you condition the dog to it, it's pretty cozy for the pup and the beefier harness system makes it easier to carry the load.  Most of the 'dog specific' carry bags we've seen are not very comfortable for hauling loads (our smallest dog is 75lbs).  In a pinch, you can actually use a pair of carabiners to secure a ruffmaster harness (with your dog in it) to the frame of a solid hiking pack. We've had to do that to Rosie (75lb french mastiff tripawd) who refuses to sit quietly in a pack, but will happily dangle from her harness like a xmas ornament, go figure.

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This is not one of our dogs, but you get the idea of how to cram a dog into a top loading pack. laughing

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Just wanted to let you know they have come out with the XL K-9 Sport Sack FLEX. I have not bought it yet but am really considering at my tripawd is now 45lb and we love to go hiking! 


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Just picked up the K9 Sport Sack Knavigate (has a wide range of sizes that can hold a dog up to 50lbs) and will start training our 34lb hound mix, rear legger tripawd Juno to it. We'll take our time as she's a bit nervous so we go slow with things like this. However I think she'll enjoy the opportunity to still be out and about with us on longer hikes and walks even after she's petered out. 🙂

We considered just using one of our regular hiking packs, but I think the easy access design of this pack will make the training process a bit smoother for our slightly anxious pooch.

Natalie & Juno (aka June)

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