Carrie Fisher’s Dog Gary Fisher Wears our Backpack on the Today Show

It’s not every morning that you wake up to find out that Carrie Fisher’s dog Gary Fisher was wearing one of our backpacks on the Today Show!

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Months ago when I was traveling across the US in a RV, I met a lovely lady who hand embroiders and sequins beautiful sewn pieces: Dawn Rogal. We met in Los Angeles through a mutual friend at a co-working space through our love for textiles. Soon thereafter, we decided to do a collaboration where Dawn hand sequined one of my dog backpacks.

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Before sequining the pack, we had talked about our favorite celebrities (and their dogs) and decided that Carrie Fisher’s dog Gary Fisher was our favorite. He and Carrie had been on the morning show several months prior and the interview was hilarious. Carrie is always so honest and cracking jokes while Gary sits with his tongue out. I love them so much! Gary reminds me a lot of my french bulldog, Toad. They have a very similar chill, lazy, go-with-the-flow attitude. Who couldn’t love this dog?!

Recently Dawn made her way back to Saskatchewan, Canada where she found out that Carrie and Gary Fisher were coming to the local Comic Con. Dawn was able to meet them both and give them our collaborative backpack. Needless to say, seeing a photo of Gary wearing my backpack was pretty exciting.

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Several months later, including a tweet from Carrie of Gary modeling his pack, I found out that they were on the Today Show a couple of times!

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One with Savannah Guthrie and the other with Kathie Lee and Hoda. Both of which are hilarious!

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21 Small Dog Costumes for Halloween

Nothing makes me laugh or smile more than seeing good dog costumes for Halloween. Dogs are already so funny on their own, but add a ridiculous costume and they’re unstoppable. Every year I look for a new costume for my pug and frenchie and every time I am overwhelmed with options.

Here are 21 cute & hilarious small dog costumes for Halloween to get ideas rolling / for your entertainment:

1. Pikachu

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I’m sure we’ll see a lot of Pokimon characters this year, but I’m not sure anyone can beat the cuteness of a dog Pikachu. Ninja the frenchie is absolutely adorable and one of my favorite Instagram frenchies to follow. He has several other great costume ideas on his Instagram. See more of Ninja here. Find this costume here or here.

2. Lawn Gnome

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If you haven’t been introduced to this dog yet, his name is Jiff and he is too cute. This has got to be the best costume for the happiest dog in the world, considering usually lawn gnomes are super creepy. Or is it just me? Pick it up on Etsy here. You can also see more of Jiff’s awesome costumes here.

3. Bat

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Boo! So scary. 😉 Pick up some bat wings on Etsy.

4. Shark

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Another one of my personal favorite dogs to follow on Instagram, Walter, has posted several great costume ideas as of late. This shark costume takes the cake. Grab this dog costume at Petsmart.

5. Monsters, Inc.

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This is one of my favorite costumes. Even better, you could dress up as Sulley and your dog can be boo.

6. Unicorn

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This one has a bit of a special place in my heart because: A. I love unicorns, but B. I’ve attempted to make this costume before and utterly failed at it so I love that they pulled it off so well. They give you the full step-by-step on how to make it here. If you’re not into DIY costumes, you can pick up an Etsy-made one here.

7. Circus Animals

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Group costumes rule! Especially when dogs are dressed up like other animals. Get an elephant costume here and a clown costume here. See more costume ideas from Refinery 29 here.

8. Crab

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Another great Etsy store for costumes. They also have cat costumes. This looks so well made. I can just imagine the crab legs moving around as the dog moves. Too great.

9. Flower

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Handmade on Etsy, these flower costumes are too precious!

10. Witch

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Well of course I had to put at least one of my own dogs on this list. Rhea is wearing a DIY witch costume consisting of a wire framed witch hat and a little black dress I made. Notice her backpack is full of candy corn. All of which I unfortunately ate.

11. Mr. T

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Bubba is another one of my fave dogs to follow on Facebook. He pulled off the Mr. T dog costume pretty well. You can find your Mr. T costume here.

12. Dinosaurs

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There are so many great dog dinosaur costumes out there, including this one from Etsy.

13. Star Wars

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I (not so secretly) want to dress up as Han Solo and dress my pug up as chewy someday. There are so many hilarious Star Wars costumes and the never get old.

14. Biker Pup

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My pup, Toad was a hardcore biker last year. He really played the part (for treats). You can pick up the skull hat and leather jacket on Amazon.

15. Wooly Mammoth

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Wisconsin Halloweens are quite cold and neither you or your pup would be cold in a wooly mammoth costume.

16. Tiger

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What’s great about this costume is that you could repurpose it as a hoodie. It’s highly adorable and available on Ebay.

17. Batman

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You can pick up a similar Batman costume here. Bonus points for the car. Get more costume ideas like this from Popsugar.

18. Pig

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I would love to see a french bulldog, english bulldog or pug wearing a pig costume. It would be too great considering they make pig sounds all of the time.

19. Sundae

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This one is a personal favorite. One of my friend’s boxer’s has been rocking this costume for years and it never ceases to impress everyone.

20. Pope

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This site has so many pictures of dogs and cats wearing pope costumes and it’s awesome.

21. Basic B*tch

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Because even dogs have a little basic bitch in them. This costume would never disappoint. Plus you can easily grab a scarf from your closet. All you’d need is a wig. And I’m pretty sure there’s nothing that will make you laugh more than seeing a dog in a wig. Pick up dog ugg boots here.

Hopefully these dog costumes stirred up some ideas for you or at the very least brightened your day. For more costume ideas, check out our Pinterest board.

Happy Halloween everyone!

Maggie

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10 Fashionable Dog Sweaters, Hoodies & Jackets for Fall

It’s officially autumn which means that those chilly breezes are starting to creep in and it’s time to start looking for some fun dog sweaters to keep your dog warm. Although it is bitter-sweet to see summer weather dissipate, fall fashion makes for a fun transition into cold weather. While you may be looking for sweaters, jackets and layers for yourself, I might say, I have even more fun looking for my dog. Am I the only one?

My problem is that there are so many crafty dog clothes out there that it is hard to find the quality and fashionable dog sweaters. A simple google search will leave you with many cheap options which typically means low-quality, cheesy and plain ugly dog gear. When I’m looking for something for my two dogs, I ask myself first, is it something they’ll actually wear/is it comfortable and second, is it something I want in my size? This sounds silly, but I love finding dog brands that I wish I could wear myself. I’d like my dogs to reflect my style because it’s fun!

Here are some of my favorite fashionable dog sweaters, hoodies and jackets for fall that you can get right now! Not to mention, some of my favorite brands:

Eye of Dog Dope Doge Shirt

This is a perfect example of something I would like in my size! It’s so simple, yet fashionable.

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If you get a chance, check out their entire store or instagram. They have some great clothing. I picked up one of their tie-dye pieces from Shop Dog and Co‘s shop in NYC for my french bulldog, Toad and it’s one of my favorite pieces yet. They’re made in Australia. (Of course! All cool things seem to come out of AUS these days.)

PetHaus Denim Dog Jacket

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First off, this picture! This pug is so cute, but I suppose I’d probably say that about nearly every pug. They have so many great jackets in a range of sizes. This brand is also made in Australia, but can be found on Etsy which has definitely been one of my favorite sources for unique dog fashion and quality-made items.

BOSSPUP Checkered Hoodie

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Made in Los Angeles, CA, this brand has many stylish zip-up hoodie options for very reasonable prices. (Most are $36 – $42, which, for being made in the US, is awesome!) I love their metal zipper hoodies. That simple addition makes these sweatshirts feel a bit more like people fashion. Check out their entire store on Etsy here.

Frenchie Bulldog Empire Hoodie

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If you have a frenchie (or any barrel chest breed), these hoodies are made to fit and they’re super cute. We have this one, but they have several other stylin’ hoodies as well. They also just launched their super cute printed bow ties!

Lola Dog Fashion Panda Bear Hoodie

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This sweatshirt is too adorable. I love the slight touch of comedy with this as well. It’s not too serious which is a requirement not only for everything I wear, but my dog’s gear as well. They are made in Poland so beware that shipping may take a bit. Either way, it seems like a worth-while wait. They have other adorable printed hoodie options as well.

Max & Bone Chloe Hoodie – Furry Delights

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Here’s your ever-hot blush / pale pink color that never seems to go out of style. I’m not sure about you, but I’m still not sick of this color. I can see this on my black pug, Rhea. How cute!

Eye of Dog Party-up Top at Shop Dog & Co

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As I said before, this is one of my favorite, newfound dog clothing companies. You can find these in NYC or buy them online at Shop Dog and Co. If you’re looking for other fashionable dog sweaters, clothes and accessories, Shop Dog and Co has it all. They do a fantastic job curating quality pet products that are unique!

Wear of the Dog Jacquard Pullover

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Here’s a classic sweater with a fashionable twist. I love their patterns!

Happy Pouch Aztec Dog Hoodie

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Another great Etsy brand, made in Sweden. It wouldn’t be a list from me if it didn’t include some crazy, abstract pattern. At the same time, this piece is very wearable. It would be a great mix-and-match print option if you were rockin one of our packs.

BETTERS Bear Hoodie Sweater – Sir Dog Wood

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A great classic dog sweatshirt with a cute and humorous twist: bear ears. Again, I love that this hoodie is lighthearted. After all, dogs remind us daily to laugh and have more fun, right? It’s the perfect playful dog sweatshirt.

Hope you enjoyed this list! I’ll be back next week with some fun dog costume ideas. In the meantime, do you have any go-to dog fashion brands that you love? I’d love to hear about them. Drop a line below!

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Doug the Pug’s Backpack in Freshman 15 Video

Where can I get Doug the Pug’s Backpack?

Right here my friends.

When I first started putting together my Kickstarter to launch our dog backpack, I made a list of celebrity dogs that I dreamed would wear my bags. Being a pug fanatic (and owner), Doug the Pug was on that list. Now I can officially say that he’s rocking our dog backpack! It’s one proud moment!

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There are many reasons why I hoped that Doug would love our packs. First, he is a daily dose of happiness and laughter and that’s a big part of what our packs are all about. His Instagram and Youtube are so hilarious. If you need a good laugh or pick-me-up, Doug will get you your fix.

Secondly, Doug is one stylish pug. In his own words he’s the ‘King of Pop Culture‘. I mean, Doug dresses better than most people do. It’s awesome. He’s even got his own line of merch. The Pug Life Black Tee is one of my personal favorites.

Check out Doug’s full video below and see our packs at about 15 seconds in. At the very least, enjoy a little silly dog entertainment this Friday afternoon.

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Doug the Pug’s backpack is our Galaxy print – Get it here. Additional prints are also available at shop.pupswhopack.com.

We’ve been working on some pretty fun things under-wraps. (Stay up to date here / Daily updates here)

Happy Friday and Labor Day Weekend friends!

Maggie

Dog Stories: Cavaliers Sir Henry & Lady Sophia

Seeing how much joy dogs bring joy to our lives, it’s time for a little ‘dog stories’ series. Each month we’ll feature cutie dogs and some of their favorite things.

Meet our first features: Sir Henry (3 years old) and Lady Sophia (2 years old), both adopted Cavalier King Charles Spaniels from Madison, Wisconsin. You may recognize Henry from this years calendar.

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Favorite hangout/park:

Henry – I love going to the Prairie Moraine County Park in Verona, WI. It’s my favorite dog park to go to any time of the year – even during winter. It has the best hiking trails!

Sophie – I’ll go hiking but the humans usually end up carrying me. I prefer to stay inside watching reality tv on the couch while getting a massage and eating some snacks.

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Favorite adventure/trip:

H- My favorite thing to do is hike around the northwoods of Wisconsin at the grandpawrents cabin. We also recently took a trip to the Porcupine Mountains and that was a lot of fun! I saw some waterfalls and swam in Lake Superior.

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S – Taking long walks is hard for me, so I prefer to go by boat! Speed boats rides get you around in style and are my new favorite method of transportation. Car rides are also great for napping.

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What’s the silliest thing you’ve ever done?

H- This one time, I got into a fight with a roll of toilet paper. Proof that I won.

S- When Henry’s not looking, I steal his toys and hide them.

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What is your motto?

H- You can trust me to guard your house. But never trust me to guard your sandwich.

S – Live like someone left the gate open! Unless the bed is warm. Then stay in bed.

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What are you feeling particularly grateful for today?

H&S – We are both rescue dogs. We are grateful to have a home with yummy treats and lots of love.

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Check out Henry & Sophie’s Instagram account here. SO many adorable photos!

Henry is wearing our X-Ray Dog Pack while Lady Sophie is wearing our Pastel backpack.

Interested in being featured on our next dog stories post? Send us a message!

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New Summer Dog Pack & Popular Styles Back

Yay for sunny days!

It’s officially SUMMER. Like, for real real. The calendar is filling up fast with fun summer to-dos and the weather is hot. My pug and frenchie officially get tuckered out pretty quick in the sun and so we’re definitely bringing our collapsable water bowl and water along on longer trips. Regardless of how hot it is, they love the sun and rolling around in the fresh cut grass.

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Summer Dog Pack

For the summer months, we’ve added our new summer dog pack, the Blue Floral, which is a variation on our Skull Floral from spring (currently out of stock, but we may be brining it back as we get more requests. Send us a message or comment on facebook if you want to bring these back).

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Popular styles back in stock!

You can check out the limited edition Blue Floral Pack here along with other popular styles that are now back in stock, including the Pastel, Galaxy, Watercolor Grid and X-Ray prints.

In the meantime, we are working on introducing a size large. If you might be interested in giving it a test-run, please feel free to reach out to us: info@maggiemodena.com.

Until next time, enjoy the beautiful summer weather with loved ones and pups alike.

xMaggie

Dog Travel Inspiration: 6 Places to Travel with Dogs

While traveling cross-country in a camper, we were able to visit so many fun places which will hopefully provide you with some dog travel inspiration. Not sure about you, but I love bringing my dogs with me! I’m that person who misses them after a couple of hours apart. It was also so fun to see them pumped about the new places and smells. Especially my pug, Rhea.

Dog Travel Inspiration: 6 Places to Travel with Dogs

1.White Sands National Monument

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One of our first adventures with the pups was the White Sands Desert. This photo may look like it was taken in snow, but in actuality, it’s gypsum sand!

Of course Rhea proceeded to try and eat the sand. Does anyone else’s dog do this? The strange things dogs enjoy eating…

There are nice walking paths for you and your pup too. Just beware that the sand is a bit disorienting. I’d suggest bringing some water and a water bowl. (Apparently we need to make some cute water bowls too!) Of course we packed just that in Rhea’s dog pack. I believe entry was $5.

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2. Saguaro National Park, Tucson, AZ

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Another adventure that is an absolute must is Saguaro National Park in Tucson, AZ, and it’s free! Saguaro cacti are so cool! Getting there involves a bit of off-roading, but it’s well worth it. There are some great picnic spots so pack a lunch, some dog snacks and drinks. The dogs loved soaking up the sun. Toad (my french bulldog above) even got so comfortable that he fell asleep. Again, it is hot, so pack some water for the afternoon.

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3. San Diego Fiesta Island Dog Park

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The coolest dog park! It’s an off-leash dog park on an island, pretty central to San Diego. The dogs loved running around on the beach and we enjoyed the most beautiful sunset.

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4. Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, Santa Cruz / Felton, CA

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Although you can’t take the dogs around the oldest redwood tree loop, there are miles of paths that you can hike with your dog. It’s worth going to see the large ones at some point, but it’s also a worthwhile trip to take the hiking paths with the dogs. It’s all gorgeous. There’s a small entry fee, but some folks choose to park on the street to wave the fee (I believe it’s $10/car).Pug and Frenchie Redwood Forest Hiking

5. Mendocino Headlands State Park, CA

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Probably one of the most beautiful and peaceful places I’ve ever been. Between the gorgeous cliffs, sound of waves crashing, the fresh ocean breeze, seashell hunting, and luscious green scenery, it’s fabulous. Not to mention, the historic town is quite cute too. Rhea was more agile jumping from rock to rock then I was. She loved it.

6. Pismo Beach, CA

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If you want some untouched beach to walk around with your pups on the California coastline, this is it! Not only does it have tons of untouched beach, but the town itself is super cute and friendly. Walk the pier, beach, you name it!

Hopefully you found some dog travel inspiration. Any places we should add to this list? We’d love to hear! So many adventures to be had!

Living in a Camper with Dogs

People frequently ask me, ‘How is it living in a camper with dogs? How do they like it?’

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Thankfully, our dogs are very easy-going and 85% of the time prefer cozying up on the couch together. I should mention that they are a frenchie and pug duo and are 5 and 6 (ish) years old. Between their breed, age, and personalities, they are a pretty lazy pair. Sleeping, snoring, and eating are pretty much the name of the game.

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That being said, there are some things we’ve learned about living in a camper with dogs.

 

An obvious first: It’s a small space. Even though they’re innately lazy, you should walk them more than you would living in a larger space.

 

Traveling stresses them out, just as it stresses out most people. They now know the difference between us leaving for the evening/day versus packing up to move to a new location and we’ve quickly figured out that packing up stresses them out. I found that putting them in the car with the windows down helps a lot. This way they know that they aren’t being left behind.

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Our second dog, Toad, was a rescue and has some bad habits from his past scavenger life. He gets on the counters to find food because he was unfortunately underfed his entire life. That being said, if you’re going to leave the camper for a couple hours with your dog left free to roam around, turn off the water at the pump (even if your dog isn’t a scavenger)! We learned this the hard way. Our camper flooded, but thankfully didn’t do any damage as someone turned off the water for us. 

 

Also related, we bought a very nice collapsable crate for them. They love it and frequently sleep in there when we’re home. (They also sleep on top of it. lol.) I love the collapsible feature! It’s come in handy frequently. 

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I’d also recommend shutting most of the blinds for two reasons. First, if your dogs are a little territorial and bark at people, you don’t want to encourage them. Second, if it’s warm out (not even hot), the sun warms the camper up quickly! Even if it’s 65 outside. If it’s sunny out, it’ll get hot. Campers temperatures rise and fall very quickly. Anything over 75 and it’s most likely that you’ll need to turn on the air for the dogs. 

 

At the end of the day, they really love it. As long as they get their food, playtime and outdoor time, they’re pretty happy. They love going for walks in the many new places we’ve been. So many new smells and places to pee! Haha. We’ve also got to explore so many fun new parks and even do some meet-ups. I’ll be sure to share some of our favorites in a future blog post!

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Not to mention, we LOVE having them with too. With our surroundings constantly changing, they have been a small piece of ‘home’ and stability in our lives. Seeing their excited little faces as they explore new places with us is well worth the little extra work of bringing them.

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Any questions about traveling with your dogs or specifics about bringing your dog on a RV trip? Feel free to drop a comment below.

That Time My Pug Got Loose on a Plane: Tips for Flying with Your Dog

As I am currently traveling cross-country with my two dogs (Rhea, the pug & Toad the frenchie), I remembered a rather stressful, yet laughable trip with my pug. I figured I’d save you a headache and give you some tips for flying with your dog.

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When we lived in NYC, we would frequently fly home (to Madison) to visit friends and family.  And most of the time, we brought Rhea with us. (At this time we hadn’t adopted Toad yet.)

Let me just say, traveling with your dog is quite stressful. Unless they are a certified therapy dog or seeing-eye dog, they either have to go in a bag under a seat or underneath the plane. Thankfully, Rhea is under 15 pounds which was the limit at the time for fitting under the seat in front of you. Some flights only have bag sizing restrictions.

There is very little information on the process for going through security and getting on the plane with your dog which also adds stress to your trip. Here’s what I’ve learned:

Your dog has to be in their bag the entire time once you get to the airport. When you go through the scanner, you will also walk your dog through. Then they will swab your hands to test for any explosive residue. Not sure what that has to do with dogs, but it’s a part of the process.

Once you get to your gate, I’d recommend talking to the gate agent to see if you can’t get on the plane a little earlier to situate your dog before others get on. They are typically receptive and it helps to get comfortable without all of the commotion. I’ve found that some of the seats are EXTREMELY small and barely fit my dog bag under it. I literally had to cram. Getting on early, you can take your time to situate and talk to the flight attendants. At this point on, the dog must be fully under the seat and zipped closed for the remainder of the flight. I found that if I unzipped it a little, it was a little less stressful for my dog as she could stick her little flat-faced nose out.

Additionally, it’s quite expensive. On top of your own airfare, it can range from $75-$135, depending on the airline. We mostly flied with Frontier because it is only $75. To book your dog’s seat, you typically have to call after purchasing your flight.

Yep, it’s true…She got loose on the plane, but first, let’s talk about tips for flying with your dog.

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Take your dog for a long walk before going to the airport – This way they’ll be worn out and just want to sleep.

Make sure your dog has gone to the bathroom before the flight– If you include the cab/car ride, checking in, waiting for the plane and then finally the actual plane ride, it’s a rather long and stressful trip for a dog. Especially if they are a young puppy. I flew with our pug at 6 months old and she did fine.

Bring a bully stick or bone to chew on – This worked wonders for my pug. She chewed on her bone for an hour which helped pass a lot of the time without a whining dog. It also calmed her down to chew on something.

Bring a little water, but don’t let them drink too much – Especially if you’re going to bring them a bone, they will get thirsty. Just as we get thirsty with altitude change, your dog will too. Get them a travel bowl or even just use a small kitchen storage container.

Benadryl for kids (liquid) – If your dog is easily stressed out, this can calm them down quite a bit. Typically you want to give 1mg/lb so if your dog weighs 15lbs, give them 15mg. (See dosage here.) Be sure to test a small amount before the flight in the case of a reaction. It worked well for my dog, but please note that I am not a veterinarian and to consult your vet before doing so.

Avoid Layovers – Adding all of the travel time from door to door, it’s already a fairly long trip. From experience, when you get off of the plane, your dog will be up and ready to get out of their crate. I’ve only done one layover with my dog and it wasn’t fun.

Make sure the shoulder strap on your travel bag is comfy – Even at 15lbs, she’s one heavy pug! After you carry them through the airport, your shoulder will hurt. Some have wheels or convert to a backpack which is nice to rotate the weight. I’ve found that wearing a shoulder bag is the best method because your dog can see you and in turn, you can comfort them easier.

Talk to the gate attendant to see if you can’t get on the plane earlier and settle your dog in. As I said above, it’s nice to settle in before the majority gets on.

And as to how my pug got loose on the plane? Oh boy…

As I said before, I like to unzip the bag a little otherwise we’d have an annoying whiney pug onboard.

Well, this particular trip, she was out cold. Hard core ZZzzZZ. Her little head looked something like this:

Rhea is the black one with her legs straight up.

Rhea is the black one with her legs straight up.

When we hit the ground, we hit HARD. And you’ve guessed it, she sprung up fast and furious. Seriously, like lightning speed and ran straight down the aisle toward the front flight attendant.

Thankfully, a lady grabbed her on her way up to the front (about 3 seats from the front 😯). Rhea was totally happy, licking the lady’s face, however, we were mortified…for about 30 seconds.

The pilot came on over the intercom and said, ‘Welcome to LaGuardia International Airport. Everyone be sure to gather your belongings, and hang on to your dooogs.’

The entire plane was laughing. What a scene. Thankfully, no one even cared. In fact, it lightened the seriousness of flying. The pilot cracked a joke! And that’s just why we love dogs so much. Because regardless of whether they’re running down the aisle of the plane, in the end they remind you to take life a little less seriously.

I hope this helps a little when flying with your dog or at the very least made you laugh.

Happy Friday Folks!

P.S. Now I make sure she’s leashed to her bag. lol.