Riding in the car part 1

As you all know, I hate riding in the car. Mom got the brilliant idea that maybe it’s because I’m confined. It doesn’t matter how much I like to play in my carrier when it’s at home or how easily I’ll get it in to go somewhere. As soon as I’m in the car I start meowing my head off. It’s the only time I’m loud. So Mom got me a dog kennel for the car.

That’s right, a dog kennel. Something big enough for me to walk around in and look out the windows so I can see stuff, but I’m still not loose in the car. Mom found a collapsible one with a nice fuzzy bed. It was even pink! She set it up in the house for us to get used to, and we’ve all taken turns sleeping in it.

This morning Mom put me in the kennel, closed it up, and carried me out to the car. Well, I told her. She should not have shut the door on me! I liked it open. I cried until we started driving around. Then I realized that I could walk around and see out and it was quite the adventure! We drove around for about 45 minutes and I was quiet the whole ride. We started out on slow streets and kept working our way up to faster and faster roads. We even got on a road where we went 75 MPH! Wheeeeeeeeeeeeee!

It was an adventure for Mom, too. The front of the kennel kept coming unlocked. Mom was very glad that I didn’t notice that because I could have gotten out of the kennel if I had.  When we got home mom figured out why the kennel wouldn’t stay closed – the lid wasn’t clamped down properly. Mom’s not sure we’re going to keep this kennel even though I like it. We need something Mom can easily take out of the car at rest stops so she can take me in with her. The alternative would be hauling out the stroller and putting me in that so Mom doesn’t have to leave me in the car at rest stops.

Mom picked up a different kind of kennel today –  a soft sided one with bars that lock in place to keep it open. She’s going to see how I like that one in the car. It will probably be easier to move from place to place, but it’s harder for me to see out of, so we’ll see which I like better. Or, we may have to try a third style. I’ll post pictures and links to the carriers when we’re done testing them and see which I like best.

My Review of All Terrain Pet Stroller

Originally submitted at Nip and Bones

Our All Terrain Pet Stroller is the Next Generation of pet strollers. Features include front wheel fixed and swivels, easy one hand fold, 12″ E.V.A. Tires, quick lock foot break, and rear wheel shock absorbers. The large storage basket features front and rear entry, interior safety tether, and top …

By from on 3/15/2012


out of 5


Neighborhood Walk

Hi stroller pals, Mr. Boots here.  I haven’t posted yet because it’s been a long time since I got to go on a walk, but this morning the humom surprised me!  We went on a walk around our neighborhood. It was noisy with so many birds and a dog barked at us! It was a close call, I can tell you. I thought I was a very brave kitty but the scares weren’t over. This was maybe the scariest walk ever! I saw a ghoul, gravestones, and….it was so scary I can’t even meow it but check out the pictures and you’ll be scared too.

spring flowers in October?

Texas Sage in Arizona

Painted cactus

Prickly Pear Cactus



Scary ghoul

Uh oh

Mr Boots and the Skull of Doom



Pet Gear AT3 Stroller Review – Update

This is the follow up review I said I’d bring over from the other blog. It also has tips on picking out a stroller and getting your pet used to it.

I’ve had my new stroller for a couple of weeks now and I want to compare the old one and the new one.

Old stroller.

New stroller.

This is the second generation of the stroller that I had. As you can see, it no longer has the big pet step sticking out in the front. This makes the stroller more compact, more maneuverable, and easier to fold up and put in the car. But that’s just the first improvement!

The drink tray, which in the old version was so difficult to put on, now comes attached. The fabric cover has been slightly redesigned and zips with ease. The mesh windows are lighter so it’s easier for me to see out and for Mom to see me.

The way the stroller folds has been changed completely and is now so easy I could do it! (If I had opposable thumbs. MOL.)

The front wheel is now the same size as the other two wheels. The wheels simply snap on. And more important, they can now be removed to be replaced if by some miracle you actually manage to wear them out.

The only thing on the version that I would consider a negative is that the basket underneath sits much closer to the body of the stroller which makes it harder to put things in it. But frankly, everything else is soooooo much better that it really doesn’t matter. I thought this stroller was pawsome when I had the first generation of it. The new version is miles above the old one. I would recommend this stroller to anyone wanting wheels for their pet.

I’ve had a few requests for tips for buying a stroller. So here they are!

Pumpkin’s Tips for Fancy Wheels for your Pets

Bring the stroller in the house and let your pet get used to it before trying to take him/her out in it. Also, get your pet used to wearing a harness. Even though I’m enclosed in the stroller, I’m also harnessed and on a leash attached to the stroller. This way Mom can open the stroller to give me water or treats and I can’t run off. The leash and harness also help with getting me from the carrier to the stroller if we’ve gone somewhere in the car. I can’t run off while Mom’s taking me out of one and putting me in the other. I wouldn’t run off anyway, but you can’t be too careful.

Mom also always brings something for me to play with in the stroller. Usually it’s my duckie, Fred. As much fun as riding in the stroller is, sometimes it’s nice to have a toy to play with.

My stroller came with a nice pad in the bottom, but Mom put a fleece bed in anyway. I like fleecy beds and Mom wanted to make the stroller extra inviting. And like any other time you’re training your four legged furriend to something new, make sure lots and lots of treats are involved!

When picking a stroller, think about how you’ll use it, how big your pet is, and what fits you. How easy or difficult is it to use? Will you take it in the car a lot? How easily does it fold and unfold? What kind of terrain do you walk on? Lots of the paths around here are mulch or hardpack (very fine gravel). The strollers with the little wheels would get stuck, so we got all terrain wheels. How tall are you? Mom also liked this stroller because it’s very tall and she’s on the tall side. Some people don’t mind using a stroller with a lower handle even if they are tall and then other things would be more important. Will you need to haul anything in it beside the pet (like a picnic)? She also liked that there’s a basket for stuff underneath and a tray for drinks and keys and other small stuff (like the flashy box).

There are lots of strollers to choose from. Some can go from carrier to backpack to stroller. That would have been nice because I wouldn’t have to go from carrier to stroller when we go in the car. But we couldn’t find one with big wheels. There are double-decker ones for people with multiple pets. There’s every color of the rainbow to choose from. There are strollers special for small pets all the way up to one like mine that’s for 60 lb. pets. Of course, I don’t weigh anywhere near 60 lbs. MOL! But Mom liked everything else about the stroller and I have lots of room to play in. Look at several before picking one. If you don’t get the best one for your needs, likes, and that suits your pet you won’t like it.

I think a stroller is a great way for people to take their pets with them to places they otherwise wouldn’t get to go. Without it, I’d always get left behind when Mom goes out. Now we get to go fun places and have more together time. What’s better than that?

Pet Gear AT3 Stroller Review

This was originally posted September 17, 2010 over at Adventures of a Suburban Kitty. I thought it would be appropriate to put it here, too. There’s also a follow-up review which I’m also going to report.

My pals, you’ve all heard me talk about my stroller that I love so much. I decided it’s long past time I did a proper product review of it. The stroller I have is the Pet Gear AT3. The link is to the latest version of the stroller. Mine is the previous version. Here I am sleeping in it. I love sleeping in it.

Mom picked this one in particular after reading about at least three dozen different ones. She picked this one because it’s very tall, about 40″ when it’s unfolded. This was important to mom because she’s pretty tall for a lady. She also wanted one with big tires so we could go where there’s mulch and hardpack and not have to stay on sidewalk. It also has a basket underneath for stuff, a bad weather cover, and a tray for drinks. You can see the basket and the tray in the picture. You can also see that the back opens for getting in and out. The front does too, but I don’t have a picture of that. I always go in and out the back. It comes with a nice pad to make it comfy, but mom put my fleecy bed in it cause I’m partial to my fleecy beds. MOL. But it really doesn’t need it.

You can’t quite tell in the picture but it has nice big all-terrain tires. Mom takes me all kinds of places like parks and stuff cause these tires will go anywhere. It also has a very comfy ride. I’ve been in my stroller for hours at a time without being uncomfortable. Here I am at the park near my house. It has a nice lake.

I only weigh about 8.5 pounds, but this stroller is good for pets up to 60 pounds. Mom wanted me to have lots of room to play or to bring my friends. Here I am with Treasure. He likes to ride in it, too. See how roomy it is? (The mad face is cause Mom had the flashy box in my face again. MOL)

The most important thing is this is a good company. I had a little problem with the stroller. It folds up to go in the car, and when Mom unfolded it to take me to Blogpaws, one of the screen windows tore. It happens. Every company, no matter how good their quality control is, is gonna have something go wrong sometimes with their product. What makes the difference is what they do about it. Pet Gear stood behind their product and took care of the problem. I was very impressed with that.

This is a very good stroller. It’s comfy, it’s sturdy, it’s easy to use, and has lots of conveniences. I give it 4 paws out of 5. It lost one paw because the instructions weren’t very good and the tray was very difficult to put on. Mine doesn’t have a strap inside to hook my harness to either, but I read that the new ones do. I would recommend this stroller to anyone who’s looking for a stroller for their pet.

Welcome to Pumpkin’s Stroller Brigade

Welcome to the Pumpkin Stroller brigade website. There’s lots to see here like the welcome page, the Pumpkin Stroller Brigade store, and this page where you can write about your adventures. I also want to add pages where you can show off your pictures from your adventures, list good places to go in your stroller, and a member’s gallery listing all the members on their website badge.

That’s right, a badge for your website showing that you’re a member of the Pumpkin Stroller Brigade. Now, I’m not much of an artist, so I’d like one of you to design a badge. It has to be something I can put each member’s picture on, but still shows what the stroller brigade is about – getting out and about in your wheels with your humans. I’ll take entries for the next two weeks, and then I’ll let you vote on which one you like best. The winner will not only be the one who’s design I use, but you’ll also get some cool stroller brigade swag, like the mug pictured below!

You’ll get not just this mug, but also a magnet and a keychain.

I want the Pumpkin Stroller Brigade to be what it’s members want it to be, so please feel free to send suggestions for things you’d like to see. Happy strollering!