When Amelia and I started going out each and everyday together we always took our (then new) Sleepypod pet carrier bag because we could sneak into anywhere! No one has suspected I’m carrying a dog with me, the bag looks simply like a gym bag. This is not a sponsored post so for a technical walk through the bags functions do visit their website!
Despite how carefully you plan, you will always run the risk of unexpected errands or Uber drivers who won’t allow a dog. This is why we still tend to take the Sleepypod with us when we go out for long days mostly due to wanting to hail an Uber. When we’ve gone out without our Sleepypod we’ve had some funny situations where Amelia has sat in shopping and handbags as a substitute!
You’ll notice our sleepypod bag sitting on the floor even though Amelia is not in it! It genuinely has changed our lives. No small part of its success is being able to hold it casually, and perhaps not minding the slight damper it puts on your outfit.
SO! how do we make it work?
Amelia and I did some training at home to get her used to the bag and soon she was happy laying down inside on the mattress. You must be thinking but doesn’t she move and make noise? The wonderful thing is that no she doesn’t! I was surprised too.
It comes down to trust in my view. Only I ever hold the Sleepypod, so at this stage she knows ill be holding the bag. I regularly put my fingers in and let her sniff them. I also drop in treats for her which she loves! When she doesn’t need to be in the bag, she comes out. Amelia seems to know this is how she gets to join me! When we settle down into the Uber or at a restaurant she always falls asleep.
Only problem is that if I don’t let her know we are about to move she will do a spin around the bag (I suspect because it wakes her up!), so I always say Amelia and put my fingers in at the top of the bag when I move the bag. Routine seems to be the key!
We’ve been using it for over a year now, Amelia is so excited when I take the bag off my shoulder and open it. She can’t wait to get in. It’s like a funny commercial she reverses herself inside the bag bum first and knows a treat is coming!
When we are out and about on the go we take Amelia’s favourite little bags of Natures Menu Dog Treats
When I first went out with the bag I was really nervous and worried that Amelia wouldn’t behave as she would need to for our little sneak around to work… she surprised me! It did take a little practise but I think it was mostly for me to be comfortable!! I’m super confident that if Amelia and I can do it.. so can you!
You can buy Sleepypod pet carriers directly from their website in USA.
If you are in the UK they are available on Amazon.co.uk: Sleepypod Air: Airline Approved Pet Carrier for Dogs and Cats
Seriously… they’ll never know you snuck in with a dog ♥