I was looking in to getting Jazmin her own backpack. I know that Annabelle's won't fit her so time to look again. I didn't have any issues with Annabelle and her's but just wondering if it would hurt the Jazmin pup. I'd not be packing anything heavy, just treats for the day trip and her food/water bowl. I may opt. as well and get one with a cammel back type water system for the quick stops.
I do know the one I've got for Annabelle also has a cooling inner layer that can be inserted, I'm pretty sure that I can find the same type for Jazmin without many issues.
I know it did lighten the load when Annabelle would run with her's, it also allowed me to stop and not dig to the bottom of my pack for food/snacks and water bowl for her.
Thanks for the reply,
Don and Crew.
I don't ask my dogs to carry anything. The load a corgi could carry is inconsequential. I want them free, unimpeded, able to keep up and cross streams on logs in perfect balance.
Being a backpacking gear nut, I am unimpressed with the dog backpacks I've seen: heavy, overbuilt, not ergonomic, wobbly, cumbersome, and probably hot. They definitely impede the dog in thick brush.
I keep all the dog gear in an accessible outside pack pocket. This includes:
kibble (double-wrapped in plastic, or a screw-top plastic can, to contain bear-bait odors).
"Outward Hound" collapsible bowl.
1/2 pint water bottle (to conserve un-drunk dog water when water is scarce).
belay harness for river crossings.
"Pawz" booties (blue, medium) for emergency pad injuries.
"Doggles" or "Mesheye" sunglasses for sunny snow (mixed results; the dogs rub them off, dog must be in front).
I usually allow the dog off-leash illegally in remote areas where I'm unlikely to encounter people. You need a very good recall if you do this; be extra alert for horses, bears, porcupines, coyotes, other dogs. I keep a quick-draw leash attached to the main pack strap with 2 small carabiners within easy reach, bundled with a rubber band.
New addition: "ChillyBuddy" cooling vest, medium, with plastic bag for wetting it. Untried so far.
An 18x18" ensolite pad is standard first aid emergency gear and doubles as the dog's sleeping pad (when the corgi is not inside your sleeping bag.
If it's necessary to bring training treats -- and it's a good idea to reinforce recall and obedience on the trail -- find tiny low-odor treats and keep in an airtight screw-cap tube (like a pill bottle, but mine is heavier-duty).
Dog food and treats are extra bear-bait. Those odors get spread all around. Try to contain them as much as possible, and make sure it all goes into the bear hang or the bear can or the car overnight.
Update: Whenever you cross a river on a log, it is standard safety procedure to unbuckle your backpack so you can get out of it if you fall in. Likewise, remove your pet's backpack and carry it across yourself, lest it interfere with their balance, causing a fall, and conceivably drowning them if they do fall in.
Someone on a local hiking forum mentioned a close call like this.
My corgis seem remarkably sure-footed and confident on log crossings, but I belay them when it's scary, even though the safety leash can get in the way without careful management.
WARNING: You'd best practice a river fall in some safe setting. I was warned that some harness arrangments can tow a dog upside-down in current, possibly drowning them! Mine clips in on the back, and might do this. You might want a tie-in at the front end, ABOVE the center-of-gravity.
ALSO: I tested my chest harness in a vertical hang -- I lifted Al genetly off the ground -- and he slid right out of it!
My male loves his back pack, when I say hiking he brings it to me. My little girl is too small to carry anything yet and doesn't seem interested (She's the princess and isn't even much interested in hiking) Amadeus only carries his ball his poop bags and his kibble and collapsible water bowl.