Dad’s been a bit of a hero! I know I said he was rubbish for messing up my interview on C4 but now I take it all back!
He was brilliant during our recent holiday to Dorset, pushing cousin Will-I-Am and myself around in our stroller when we got too tired to walk.
My family purchased their first doggy stroller many years ago and since then dad has pushed the family dogs on all their holidays from John O’Groats to Lands End. He has proudly pushed doggy family members up hills, down dales, across streams, along cliff paths, rutted bumpy ground, lugged it up 100s of steps and even part of the way up Ben Nevis…just so no-one missed out on the fun!
A doggy stroller is a must have in our house. The first K9 mobility assistance unit arrived some 20 years ago. It was basically a children’s pushchair that mumzie picked up in a charity shop. Shortly after this they bought an actual dog stroller. It was an early prototype which was a small cart with handles that were very short and gave the pawrents backache, so it wasn’t used much.
It was around 11 years ago that mumzie purchased an all-American off road stroller with large wheels, complete with cup holder and basket for treats and water. Ideal for an adventurous family like us. Since then we have boldly gone where no doggy stroller has gone before!
We’ve had some odd looks, some double takes and even comments such as ‘Are they mental?’ but overall we are greeted with good humour, a smile and a ‘Where can we get one of those?’
We’ve used the stroller for young dogs, old dogs and sick dogs. I can walk around 5 miles but I do get tired after that and need a rest. My cousin Will-I-Am, who joined us on our holiday, has elbow dysplasyia so his exercise is limited. If we didn’t have the stroller he would have to stay at home.
The original stroller from 11 years ago is still going strong, like a good landrover. I’ve also got a red one now, which I call my Ferrari. I keep this one nice and clean and use it at doggy shows when I am repawting. Shows like Crufts are very busy and I could easily get trampled on so it helps to keep me safe and stress free! Mumzie has also rather cleverly adapted my Ferrari to give me some shade on sunny days.
I have heard that some doggies have been upset by silly humans who think they are in a stroller because they are being treated like babies or just spoilt. Just ignore them; our welfare is much more important!
So thank you dad for being proud to push!