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Why a Backpack for Hiking with Your Dog?Some dogs were built for hiking. Long-legged Huskies, Cattle Dogs, Retrievers, and Bernese Mountain Dogs are powerhouses that can often keep on trekking long after you’re ready to call it quits. But not all pups, no matter how big of spirit, are meant for the trail. Senior dogs and smaller breeds are especially vulnerable to exhaustion and injury—a dangerous situation when help or a ride might be several miles out.
This was the dilemma I faced as I contemplated the first hike of spring with my recently adopted senior Dachshund Oscar. Oscar has many passions, but none are greater than his determination to not be left behind. He was willing to make a go of hiking—but I wasn’t sure his short legs and 14-year-old back were up to the challenge. I needed a way to give Oscar a break when he got worn out—and maybe a way to transport him over some of the larger obstacles we were likely to encounter.
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