Biking With Dogs: Solvit HoundAbout Trailer

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This is the second product highlight in our Biking With Dogs Series, where we’ll be sharing both the gear we use and favorite spots we visit while enjoying biking with our dogs in and around the city of Portland. This post features the Solvit HoundAbout Trailer which we use to include both Bear and Scooter in our biking adventures. Where the Sleepypod Sidekick allows for Scooter to ride in front of my bike, the Solvit HoundAbout Trailer allows both dogs to be towed behind one our bikes for a fun experience all around.

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That’s right, with the Solvit HoundAbout II Trailer, we can haul both Bear and Scooter together! It is awesome!! Formerly, both the boys would ‘pout’ when they’d see us pull out our bikes, knowing already that they wouldn’t be included in the adventure. Now when we grab our bikes, we are greeted with tail wags, and barks of celebration.

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We have the HoundAbout trailer in the large size to accommodate big Bear, and were so happy to discover that it’s roomy enough for both boys! We recently learned that Zoie also loves going for a bike ride- something we weren’t sure she’d take to immediately. Just look at those smiles :)
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Reasons we love the Solvit HoundAbout II Pet Trailer:

  • Lightweight, rust-proof aluminum – perfect for Portland’s rainy season!
  • Newer models have increased head room for larger dogs.
  • Ideal for senior or handicapped dogs we happen to have both!
  • Great way to include your dogs on an excursion longer than they’re able to walk.
  • Extra wide wheel base provides increased stability- originally our biggest concern- it was a non-issue!
  • Tons of pockets to hold all our pet gear!
  • Weather-proof fabric and materials make this great for all-season use!
  • Folds down for easy storage/transport when not in use.

DSC01904Although there is an opening at the front of the trailer, it’s important to only allow your pups to enter and exit out of the rear opening. We all appreciated the fact that both of these flaps are made of mesh, as it gave the dogs a great view, and it allowed me to keep an eye on them during the ride.

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The smaller front flap is for air flow only, and also has a plastic screen which can be zipped over if you’re biking during rain and the bike is kicking up water or mud. Here in Portland, that particular feature is going to get some good use!
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The durable wheels and wide wheel base provide a very stable trailer so that Bear can safely and easily get in and out on his own. The Solvit HoundAbout trailer includes several differently sized pockets that allow us to pack all our biking with dogs essentials.

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Leashes, a bottle of water, collapsible bowl, flea spray, sunscreen, and bag of treats can all be stowed away safely inside, which means our pups are basically ready for anything at a moments notice! It’s nice having a place to store all their gear in case we decide to park the bikes somewhere and get out and walk- we’re prepped.

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The Solvit HoundAbout Trailer has been a great way for us to get out and explore our city with our pups included. If you’re looking for a way to include your own pups in more of your adventures, we highly suggest you check this out as an option!

Until next time, we’re wishing happy bike trails to you!


October is American Humane Association’s Adopt a Dog Month

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In case you haven’t heard, October is the American Humane Association’s Adopt-A-Dog-Month!

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Every October, American Humane Association encourages animal lovers to consider adopting a dog from a local shelter or rescue group in honor of its yearly “Adopt-a-Dog Month®.” This year, American Humane Association is launching a national initiative to bring awareness to a particularly important issue: The need to provide safe, loving homes for the thousands of older pets that often face the highest risk in animal shelters. Bear and Scooter are both senior dogs, and needless to say, senior pets are very near and dear to my heart.

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Each year, an estimated 3- 4 million shelter animals are euthanized in the United States. Many potential pet adopters overlook older animals, but there are so many reasons why senior dogs make ideal furry family members:

  • They tend to be less rambunctious than younger dogs
  • They’re often already house-trained
  • They’re a great fit for people with busy lifestyles
  • They’re so grateful for a second chance
  • They love you unconditionally

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Here are a variety of ways to celebrate Adopt A Dog Month:

Adopt from a shelter or rescue group
When you’re ready to open your heart and home to a new best friend, adopt from your local animal shelter or rescue group. Talk with shelter staff to find the perfect dog for you and your lifestyle, and remember that older dogs make excellent pets too.

Spay or neuter your dog
Have your dog spayed or neutered, thus preventing the possibility of unexpected, and potentially unwanted, puppies. Spayed and neutered animals have been shown to lead longer, healthier lives and have fewer of certain behavioral problems than animals who have not been spayed or neutered.

ID your pet
By putting identification on your dog, either in the form of a tag, a microchip or both, you will reduce the possibility that your pet will become one of the presumably “homeless” dogs that end up at your local shelter. Only 15-20 percent of dogs who enter a shelter are reunited with their owners. Make sure your dog is one of the fortunate few by outfitting him with proper identification!

Support your local shelter
Show the pets at your local shelter or rescue group that you care by donating time, money or supplies like pet food, leashes, beds and toys. Call the shelter to see what supplies or services are needed most. Even the smallest effort can make a difference.

As many of you know, both Bear and Scooter are rescued. Rescued is our favorite breed! We also love to volunteer for our local animal rescue organizations, and we also foster dogs on occasion for a special needs rescue in our area- Panda Paws Rescue.

Now I’m curious about you? Do you live with an adopted fur friend? Do you volunteer with your local shelter? Did anyone adopt a dog this month??