It is very common for people to experience periods of loneliness in life. Studies have shown that one-quarter of all adults experience painful loneliness every few weeks, and the incidence in adolescents and college students is even higher. Loneliness can be defined as:
Being alone and you don’t choose to be by yourself
Not having attachments that you may have had in the past
Finding yourself in an unfamiliar situation; like a new city or a new job
Feeling as though you have no one with which to share experiences or problems
Having a poor perception of yourself as not being capable of engaging in relationships with others
Feeling lonely does not mean you have a flaw in your personality. It should not be viewed as a situation that cannot be changed. It is important to realize that you have some control over your level of loneliness. Being socially connected is an important concept as it is central to a person’s overall sense of well-being. National studies have concluded that having a strong social connectedness (e.g. to a neighborhood or larger community) and healthy relationships, leads to a higher quality of life and a greater ability to contribute to the health of the community. Being socially isolated long-term can lead to mental and physical health problems.
Many people turn to pets when they feel lonely or isolated. Pets provide a sense of responsibility and purposefulness. Pets, especially dogs, encourage you to develop an exercise routine, which then leads to a greater chance of being social. Walking a dog invites other people to stop and pet your dog and then have a conversation with you. There is also a tremendous sense of comfort that comes with a pet relationship. Petting an animal has been proven to reduce stress levels in people, and to lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Owning and taking care of a pet is one way to reduce feelings of loneliness.
DoggyRide is the invention of Matthys van Leeuwen in 2003. His products were inspired by his love of biking and exercising with his dog. His company has been developing market-leading dog bike trailers, dog joggers and dog strollers. DoggyRide has a presence in the Netherlands and the United States, with products being sold in eighteen different countries across the globe!
To celebrate ten years of being in business, DoggyRide created the limited edition, fully loaded Novel10 Bike Trailer. The Novel10 has a black frame and a Holland orange cabin.
Special items that are included are the cargo roof rack, in black, the luxury 2 inch dense foam pet mat, for a perfectly comfortable ride, and a kickstand. The kickstand is a wonderful accessory to have because it keeps the cabin from tipping when you are loading or unloading a larger dog. The Novel10 has a sunroof that can be unzipped, or you can choose to unzip the entire front door for those that like to stick out their heads! For added comfort, there is a thick head rest sewn into the front opening.
The Novel10 has a 110 pound weight limit, which includes whatever you might want to carry on the cargo rack. The cabin can be used as a crate or a tent. The cabin has legs, that are removable, for stability. The side walls are reinforced with removable bars. This helps prevent your dog from leaning into rotating wheels. The matte black frame is made of a lightweight, anti-rust aluminum alloy. You won’t find a more luxurious ride for your dog than the DoggyRide Novel10.
This product is available at http://www.PerfectPetStroller.com
New from PetZip! The Mochi is a fashionable dog stroller that has a removable carrier. The main stroller is beige and the carrier is either beige or pink with polka dots on the sides. It has a zippered front door and a sunroof that also zips. Both can be retracted and secured open. Your dog may prefer to poke his head out of the door or the window and can do this comfortably.
The carrier has ample space for one dog or two dogs that weigh under 22 pounds. Dimensions of the compartment are: 23″L x 14″W x 15″H. The carrier has a shoulder strap that can be attached and used to transfer your pet into the car, or into the vet’s office.
The stroller frame has a parent tray with two cup holders and a large storage basket. It has eva tires with the front wheel able to turn 360 degrees. The Mochi stroller is simple to maneuver and get through narrow store aisles or through busy city streets.
Stylish is an understatement when referring to this pet stroller. PetZip has a history of designing attractive, high quality dog and cat strollers.
Knowing the personality of your pet will make it easier to choose the right stroller. Frequently people say, “My dog likes to stand up and put his front paws on the edge of the cabin” or “My cat lays down in the stroller so she needs to be able to see out at a lower point.” Some strollers have a compartment that is firm and looks more like a basket while others have fabric and mesh that encompasses the front part of the stroller.
For example, the Pet Gear AT3 and Special Edition strollers have the ability to close up the cabin with a zipper. Your pet has a great view all around him because of the mesh windows.
The PetZip Sports XL and Deluxe 3 in 1 strollers have more of a container-type of cabin so your pet can perch if he likes to do that.
Kyjen’s Outward Hound stroller has a cabin with one foot tall, firm sides.
PetEgo’s Quadro stroller that fits the Pod ILove has a firm basket-style cabin, whereas the Sport Trike, which can utilize the Sport Wagon Bag, has a fabric covering the cabin.
KittyWalk’s strollers are designed more for containment than for your pet being able to poke his head out of the top or side. However, KittyWalk strollers have a 360 degree view and soft fabric sides so your pet won’t miss a thing.
One type of cabin is not superior to any other because it comes down to preference. Some people like the comfort of knowing that their pet is secure inside a zippered fabric and mesh cabin. Others just decide to tether their pet inside the cabin and let them stick their head out of the stroller.
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Some dogs leap right into strollers and car seats, while others are much more cautious.
My first suggestion is to open up the stroller, put the brake on, and set it in a room where your dog is likely to explore it. Be sure the brake is on so he’s not frightened by any movement. Let him sniff it, walk around it, look inside it and generally try to figure it out. You can place a chair next to it, so he can jump up and hopefully go inside the stroller. Strollers that have a lower point of entry are sometimes more inviting because they can just be unzipped.
Consider putting you dog’s bed inside the cabin of the stroller, a favorite toy and/or a small treat. When it seems like your dog is somewhat comfortable sitting inside the stroller, take him for a stroll around the room.
Allow your dog to investigate and get used to the stroller for a few days to a week. This is usually all it takes for your dog to like a stroller.
KittyWalk and many other stroller brands can be found at: http://www.PerfectPetStroller.com
There are many dog strollers on the market, but DoggyRide is a leader in the safety, comfort and versatility of their dog trailers and dog strollers.
Their most innovative feature is the wheel alignment system that is found on the Original and Novel Dog Jogger-Strollers. These two strollers, which can carry 100 lbs and 110 lbs respectively, are rated as the best strollers for dogs over 45 pounds. When jogging with your dog, strollers tend to veer, especially if your dog shifts his weight inside the cabin. The wheel alignment system adjusts for that movement and keeps your stroller traveling straight. The Dog Jogger-Stroller has a 12 inch front wheel that can swivel or lock into place. DoggyRide is the only company to offer the wheel alignment feature!
The Dog Jogger-Stroller has 20 inch air-filled rear tires for a smooth ride. The tires easily release and the cabin folds for convenient storage. This stroller is suitable for any dog, but it caters to the older, larger and disabled dog with it’s low center of gravity and accessible point of entry.
There are two options for the jogger-stroller, the Original and the Novel. The main difference between the strollers is the Novel is constructed of a lightweight, aluminum alloy frame that is of a higher quality than the Original.
Below are several reviews:
5.0 out of 5 stars Doggie Ride, July 8, 2012
This review is from: DoggyRide Original Dog Jogger-Stroller -Urban Red- DRORJS09-RD (Misc.)
We absolutely love the Doggie Ride. It took about 4 or 5 times for our dog to get the hang of getting in and out of it. She was a bit shy about climbing into it at first. Now she loves it. This is extremely well made. Everything is collapsable or removable with simple buttons or levers or pins. This thing could not have been better designed. The wheels pop off in an instant with the push of a button. The front wheel comes off by simply pulling a lever. The handle is removed by pulling two pins, and the cabin collapses by pulling one pin and dropping a cross bar. So if space is an issue, you could have the entire stroller collapsed and put away in less than one minute. We have been using ours for about a month now and could not be happier with our purchase.
I did quite a bit of research before choosing this stroller. If you want a extremely well made, sturdy, easy to use, top of the line stroller, this is the one to get.
I just got this stroller/jogger yesterday…absolutely love the product. I have an English bulldog and she loves it. Rides really smooth, easy to assemble, I also got the bed that comes with it and it fits perfectly. This is ideal if you want to take your pup with you to fairs, parades, amusement parks etc. Its collapsable too. Speedy delivery too!!! Thanks again!
Excellent Choice for Injured Dog
I used the stroller for my PitBull 65# that had torn both hind cruciates. It gave me an opportunity to keep her included in our active lifestyle. We used it while waiting for surgery and convalesing for months afterwards. The stroller is designed for big dogs with large tires that gave her a comfortable ride. It turns easily for one-handed pushing, and is easy to collapse and take with you. This purchase made a huge difference in my dogs recovery as she did not have to wait at home for months in a crate by herself.
The Novel Stroller is made very nicely, lots of attention to detail such as velcro fasteners for the clear plastic (for when it rains) covering the opening, ability to clip the harness or collar into the stroller for safety, and additional storage in the back of the stroller secured with a pocket and also a place for a water bottle. Looks sturdy and well-made.
Just like people, dogs are happy when they get to experience the freedom and freshness of the outdoors. Dogs get to run, find new scents, and feel the cool ground under their feet. What about if your dog is injured, like he has a broken leg, an injured tendon or a lacerated paw pad? Likewise, what if your dog is older and is less able to ambulate, or if he has hip dysplasia and too much activity is painful to him?
There is a solution for injured and older animals to still be able to enjoy those long walks of the past. If you have a small dog, then carrying him is an option, but after a while your arms and back begin to ache. A pet stroller is a great way for you to still get your exercise while your dog gets to check out the surroundings. There are strollers for people who enjoy jogging and strollers for just walking around. Air-filled tires ensure a smooth ride and swiveling wheels make maneuvering simple. Pet strollers have comfortable cabins with pads on which your dog can sit or lie down. They have zippered mesh openings for good visibility and ventilation. Some have adjustable canopies to shield your pet from the sun and wind. An internal tether clip keeps your pet from jumping out of the cabin. Pet strollers make it easy to get around busy city streets with your pet, and you don’t have to worry about his safety. They easily fold up and fit into the trunk of your car, or the bus or train.
Many people initially need a pet stroller temporarily, and then find their pet loves to ride in it even after their injury has healed! People are more likely to get outside and exercise when they know their pet is also benefiting from the trip.
Traveling with pets by car is so popular that cars like the Honda Element have a pet package available and are commended for their pet-friendly design! Keeping your car clean and your pet happy when traveling will make your journey hassle-free.
1. A spill-proof bowl. This is key. Pets need to stay hydrated during travel and this item will ensure that the water and food go into the animal, rather than onto the floor. Two examples of spill-proof bowls are:
2. A good chew toy is a must! The bully stick is a fantastic item to keep dogs busy for hours. They are available in multiple lengths and even come odor-free!
3. A multi-functional leash will allow your dog to have the run of the back seat, yet you won’t have to worry about him causing trouble. Kurgo makes a leash that is also a zip-line for the inside of the car. Great idea.
4. A booster seat helps the small dog see out the window. Companies like Solvit and Snoozer make comfortable seats that can be used with or without the car seat belt.
5. A pet stroller will make it easier to navigate your final destination with your pet. A lightweight, easy to fold, fit in your trunk kind of stroller.
So many of us who work full-time don’t feel there is enough time during the day to exercise. Studies show that daily exercise improves our mood and our ability to focus. It’s easy to get wrapped up in the tasks and the stresses of the day, but the costs may be lowered effectiveness and productivity. Spending just 10 minutes a day on something as simple as stretching or walking briskly can cancel out the negative effects of stress on the brain.
Our brains focus on the task at hand when in stress mode, but an exercise break allows us to think abstractly and pay more attention to our surroundings. We can then return to the task with a fresh perspective. When we are in stress mode, our energy levels tend to decrease which leads to reaching for energy drinks and salty carbohydrate-laden foods. These things will elevate our moods and our energy for a short time and then we dive back down. Chronic stress can make it difficult to get going in the morning, but then leave us too keyed up to get to sleep at bedtime. If we don’t sleep enough over a period of time, we tend to be less efficient and less productive. Even small changes in our routine, that include exercise, can lead to a better sense of well-being.
While at work, exercise can be as simple as taking the stairs instead of the elevator, or standing up to stretch and taking the long route to the bathroom. Or, consider stopping everything and think about nothing for awhile. Take a time out from the busy day and take a few deep breaths. And if conditions permit, get outside and take a short walk.
When the work day is over and you have a pet waiting for you at home, there is another opportunity for exercise. If you exercise your pet, or exercise with your pet, you will both have a greater sense of well-being.
The ultimate pet travel stroller system comes to us from PetEgo. PetEgo was created in 2004 as a combination of three companies: United Pets, La Cinopelca and EGR. They are located in Chicago, IL and manufacture all things pet: travel products, sleeping items, strollers, apparel, leashes and more!
Pet Ego makes several truly classy pet strollers, and the Quadro Stroller System is one example. It begins with the lightweight aluminum stroller frame, then you add on the other components. The dimensions of this easily maneuverable stroller are: 29” H x 32” W x 36” D. With one hand you can swiftly make your way through narrow aisles or crowded streets. The Quadro is meant to carry one or two Pod ILove carriers or Pod ILove baskets and a maximum of 15 pounds. If you choose to use two carriers, be sure to evenly distribute the weight of your pet and/or purchases between them.
The Pod ILove carrier is a versatile stroller and bike carrier, car seat and shoulder carrier. The Pod ILove basket can be connected to the stroller or bike, or used as a shoulder carrier. The Quadro stroller frame comes with one frame clip and any additional clips can be purchased separately. These clips securely attach the Pod ILove basket and/or carrier to the stroller frame. There is a separate bicycle connection that allows you to attach the basket or carrier to the handle bars of just about any bicycle.