Dog Purse

Ok, so I’m going to level with you here. It’s Friday, it’s the end of summer, and I just wanted a reason to post the above hilarious picture of a Manhattan woman carrying her Brussels Griffon in what can only be described as a camouflage (on trend!) crossbody pup-sling. The picture appeared in the New York Post yesterday and caused me to laugh for approximately a full minute. The accompanying article doesn’t include any information about the woman or her dog, but there’s just so much going on in that little dude’s face. (I’ve decided he’s a dude.)

Before I moved to NYC a couple of years ago, I never understood the allure of carrying your dog in a bag. Dogs are heavy, and even the tiniest ones start to feel heavier after a while. Plus, they have legs! They have legs and they walk. Now that I’m here, though, I get it. Sometimes they don’t walk in the right direction, and when people are moving quickly on a crowded sidewalk, a dog suddenly stretching his leash across the flow of traffic (something dogs are wont to do) to dart after a bodega cat is a hazard waiting to happen. Also, even small dogs have to be inside a bag or carrier to board the subway, so if you have a small one, you might as well just get an oversized purse and be done with it. One less bag to carry.

I’m not an expert, though – I’ve never had a dog that weighed less than a sturdy eight-year-old child, so dog-bag decisions are not a decision with which I’ve ever had to contend. Do you carry your pup in your purse? If so, do you have a special bag for dog days, or do you just plop that lil’ nugget into your designers bags with confidence?

[Image via the New York Post]

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  • Miles

    That does doesn’t look too happy ! I would never carry my dog in my purse, they are meant to walk. I don’t think Ceasar Millan would approve either (haha)

  • shueaddict

    ha ha … hilarious pic … My dog could probably carry ME! I have a huge Cane Corso mastiff

    • http://www.purseblog.com/ Amanda Mull

      Ahh! I love big dogs. I met a white Tibetan mastiff on the street the other day and nearly died of cute. What a big, sweet dog.

      • doglover

        I have this type of carrier and sell them too, in many colors and prints. My dog loves them. When she sees me take one out of the drawer, she gets so excited. Two different veterinarians told me it was a great way to transport a dog if sized properly and the dog did not fight it. The shoulder strap converts to a leash (or handle, waist strap or over the car seat harness) and It has a hole in the bottom and a cut out in the back so the dog can be walked, eliminate and picked back up again. It is washable. As opposed to a traditional carrier, the dog does not slide around in it and there is no chance you will put the carrier down and someone else will walk away with your dog. As opposed to a traditional leash, the dog will not be stepped on or hit by strollers, bicycles or confronted by bigger dogs. It is especially useful for service dogs that require access to busy places like malls, businesses, stores, etc, and need to remain unobtrusive and out of the way.

  • Guest

    Good lord, no! And what happens if the dog has to relieve itself at an inopportune moment?

  • Andy

    I have a Golden Retriever who weighs more than half of what I weigh, so I don’t think I’ll be doing that any time soon.
    But, I do see the allure, I have since I was a little girl. The LV Monogram dog carriers are adorable, and though I’d love to have one, it won’t do me much good.
    In terms of the ‘bag’ that the woman in the picture is using, I disapprove. It’s important to always have your dog’s hind legs on something, otherwise they feel uncomfortable. Just look at that dog’s face, it doesn’t look very happy now, does it?

  • MAC

    This picture is hilarious! The dog has such an attitude right now lol. So cute.

  • http://www.ouihui.blogspot.com/ Grace

    This made my Friday Haha! The look on his face!

  • Canuck65

    I think its cruel to be carrying a dog that way. It doesn’t look comfortable. I’ve never understood carrying small dogs in bags (I’ve also seen them pushed in small strollers like a baby) – they are much happier walking and its healthier for them too. I’m surprised PETA isnt on this.

    • ags9

      I have an elderly Chihuahua that can no longer stand for more than a few minutes on her own let alone walk around. We carry her in more of a sling that is comfortable and also push her around in a dog stroller. She loves to be outside and usually just falls asleep when we’re carrying/pushing her around. While I agree that the way this dog is shown isn’t good for him, don’t knock all dog carriers.

  • Nívia

    some people might think it´s funny, probably some of them, they eat dogs for lunch…

  • kathrine517

    I don’t find this funny at all.

  • guest

    I’m sorry. That’s animal abuse. If I see that on a sidewalk, I’ll report it. The poor pooch looks super uncomfortable! Would you? If you were carried around bobbing about like that?

  • pumkinpie

    my puppy loved it althou she uuu kinda made a little mess in it

  • doglover

    I have this type of carrier and sell them too, in many colors and prints. My dog loves them. When she sees me take one out of the drawer, she gets so excited. Two different veterinarians told me it was a great way to transport a dog if sized properly and the dog did not fight it. The shoulder strap converts to a leash (or handle, waist strap or over the car seat harness) and It has a hole in the bottom and a cut out in the back so the dog can be walked, eliminate and picked back up again. It is washable. As opposed to a traditional carrier, the dog does not slide around in it and there is no chance you will put the carrier down and someone else will walk away with your dog. As opposed to a traditional leash, the dog will not be stepped on or hit by strollers, bicycles or confronted by bigger dogs. It is especially useful for service dogs that require access to busy places like malls, businesses, stores, etc, and need to remain unobtrusive and out of the way. http://www.thepetcab.com

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