Attention all high maintenance dogs, Charlie has set the world back on its proper axis and put right all wrongs done to small fluffy dogs (even if he’s not that small). According to him, this is the way it should be, let me know if you agree!
So I finally finished Emma’s cart. It was really easy to polish off (since you last saw it) and I’m very happy with the outcome. Come Saturday, we’ll hit the greenmarket and Emma will carry my groceries!
If you’re interested in how I made it, I’ll give you a short description.
I bought a used jogging stroller off of Craigslist for $40. I stripped it down to just the wheels and protruding shafts. Next I labored for weeks and weeks to figure out how to get the rest of it right. After several trials and errors, today my bright idea hit me and I decided to just buy some PVC pipe for $6 and use $6 worth of hose clamps. So I attached my new longer shafts (the ones I was using previously were spare parts from the taken apart stroller, but were too short) and then I tied a donated milk cart on top. Luckily I already had the harness (Ruffwear’s harness), which is OK for light work like this. I may need to get her a fancier harness if I ask her to pull heavier weight. So I stuck the cat in the milk crate, and off we went! Altogether it cost me $52. A professionally made cart can cost upwards of $400!
Now you might say, yes, well it’s one thing to have a cart, but how do you get Emma to pull it?
Well, I’ve been working with her on pulling since this idea came to me, almost a month and a half ago. At first I just tied light rattly things to her harness for her to pull behind her, and treated her heavily every time she took a step. It was overkill – she didn’t care at all that there was something behind her. I slowly built it up until she was pulling relatively heavier objects for longer distances. Once I got the stroller and broke it down (but before I figured out how to really make it work) I had Emma pulling it around short distances to get used to the way it moved.
The trickiest part has been teaching her how to U-turn with these extra long shafts. She needs ample space to do it, but after a few practice turns she got it down and turns like a pro.
Emma gets tired easily so we don’t go for more than 10-15 minutes, and not unless it’s under 78 degrees outside. I’m hoping the extra exercise might give her a little more spunk in her life.
Tigress actually really enjoyed the ride. She was nervous at first and mewed a little bit, but once we got into the rhythm, she was looking out of her crate and taking it all in. I had to make sure to steer clear of other dogs in case they thought she was an easy snack.
How’s about some more videos?