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17 October, 2018
I firmly believe in staying active and having adventures with your dog as they age. In fact, exercise and mental stimulation from walks are even more important in a dog’s senior years. It helps keep them young and wards off obesity, depression and other health issues. So, when my own senior dogs began experiencing mobility issues, I looked into pet buggies as a solution. While there were plenty on the market, there weren’t any that were geared towards older dogs or that could handle all kinds of terrain. Since I live in British Columbia, Canada, taking advantage of the outdoors and the hiking opportunities is important to me. I also love running with my dogs. So, something durable that would work just as well for a jog as it would on a mountainous hiking trail was a must. Eventually, after trying different products and having no luck, I took matters into my own hands and started my company, Dog Quality.
The Dog Buggy
I created the Dog Quality Dogger Buggy with senior dogs in mind. It’s really the sturdiest, smoothest, most comfortable ride available and I knew other pet parents could use a product like this too. The Dogger is made in Canada and I carefully source all of its parts. Each stroller is assembled and tested in-house, so we can ensure it’s the best possible quality. A few important features include:
- A spacious basket, making it the perfect dog pushchair for large dogs or multiple small dogs
- Real rear suspension, which allows you to easily go over cracks, bumps and obstacles
- Mesh windows that provide maximum visibility
- Basket positioning that gives dogs a spectacular view – the basket is situated higher than it is on most other dog buggies
- A removable rain cover and a canopy that can be used in different positions
- 360-degree maneuverability because the front wheel can swivel
- A soft pad for your fur baby’s comfort
- Rear shocks and 12” air-filled tires for the smoothest ride possible
- Adjustable handle bars, underneath storage and a foot brake
- Collapsible for storage even in small spaces
- An all-terrain, jogging buggy design so dogs and their humans can get outdoors and keep moving
Specialized assistance products, such as our dog jogging buggy, can be truly life changing for dogs and pet parents alike. They allow you to enjoy your time together and help give your dog the quality of life they deserve. One of the pet parents who has experienced the power of choosing the right products for their dog is Alan Short who has a 10.5-year-old Cairn Terrier, Blackie.
Alan and his wife live in Kings Lynn, England with Blackie. He and his wife are retired and they enjoy daily walks. However, Blackie sustained a leg fracture and could no longer get around like he used to. This made going for walks a challenge and meant he had to take frequent breaks. Thankfully, Alan started looking online for a dog buggy almost immediately because he didn’t want to leave Blackie at home. He knew he needed something that was an “all rounder.” After comparing the Dogger to other dog pushchairs, he felt it was the most well designed and practical for his needs. Shortly after kicking off his search, he ordered the Dogger.
Enjoying Walks Again
Though Alan notes that Blackie "can be extremely stubborn,” he says as far as the Dogger is concerned, Blackie immediately enjoyed it. He has used the Dogger almost daily since purchasing it. Blackie is able to walk when he wants and then rest in the Dogger. By being perched up high, he can take in the sights. When Blackie’s ready, Alan can simply lift him out of the dog buggy and let him walk again. They can repeat the process of walking and resting as many times as they need to.
“As we live close to the coastal resort of Hunstanton, we tend to walk along the cliff top,” says Alan. “Blackie took to the Dogger from the word go and enjoys the attention he receives while in it. Mobility issues haven’t affected his quality of life thanks to the Dogger.”
Why the Dog Quality Dogger Buggy?
The Dogger has all of the features Alan needs to make sure Blackie is comfortable and able to enjoy walks and fresh air. It’s a great dog buggy for casual strolls in downtown Kings Lynn when shopping or grabbing a bite to eat. However, the maneuverability and real rear suspension mean it’s also a smooth ride along the cliff tops or on trails in the area. Alan and his wife can take advantage of their retirement and soak up the seaside scenery and Blackie can join them in spite of his injury. They’re able to put items in the storage area and head out for as long as they’d like.
A Final Word from Alan
“My advice to other pet parents whose dogs are dealing with mobility issues is to do your research and take a look at the available pet buggies but, in my opinion, the Dogger is the best choice.”
Do you want to give your disabled or senior dog the gift of mobility like Blackie and see the difference it makes in both of your lives? Shop the Dog Quality Dogger Buggy and enjoy adventures together. Be sure to sign up for our newsletter as well to receive helpful tips, informative articles and special promotions that will help your four-legged family member live their best life!
13 December, 2017
Dog Quality's new super sized versions of its popular Blanket Pads are now available in the United Kingdom making it easier for parents to manage dog incontinence.
The new sizes which include Twin, Double and Queen were designed to provide more protection when covering large areas such as couches and beds. Blanket Pads are unique in that they combine a blanket’s softness with the absorbency and protection found with Dog Quality’s nappies
Each Blanket Pad is made with microfleece which creates a soft but effective wicking layer to pull moisture away from the surface, which is then passed through to the second layer consisting of an absorbent microfiber. The underside of each Blanket Pad is made with a waterproof PUL material which ensures that no urine gets through onto the furniture being protected. Super Sized Blanket Pads are made in-house by Dog Quality in their British Columbia, Canada facility.
“We introduced these super sized versions because I found through customer feedback and using them with my own senior dogs that sometimes you need to protect really large areas such as a bed. Rather than using multiple small Blanket Pads parents now have an option to cover the entire area with one Super Sized Blanket Pad ensuring maximum protection. I find these especially useful when staying with friends or family, staying in hotel rooms, protecting car seats and for use on your own bed or couch. They not only provide peace of mind, but they are so soft and warm that dogs gravitate to them, so it’s a must have addition for any parent managing dog incontinence,” describes Dog Quality’s CEO Ann-Marie Fleming.
The development of Dog Quality’s Super Sized Blanket Pads represents the Company’s ongoing commitment to empowering parents to improve the quality of life for their senior dogs through effective Assistance Products.
09 July, 2014
Dog Quality, a company focused on products that improve the quality of life for older dogs, has launched its UK distribution to better support pet parents in the United Kingdom and across Europe.
While the company has been operating since 2009, all sales and shipments have been handled through its Canadian location making servicing the UK and Europe slow and costly. By being able to offer distribution from within the UK, the Company can now offer affordable and fast delivery options to its customers.
“We are very excited to be able to offer our products in the UK so we can help senior dog parents locally and across Europe in a way that was simply not possible from our Canadian location. Shipping is so expensive these days that trying to service our customers from Canada was cost prohibitive until now,” states Ann-Marie Fleming, CEO of Dog Quality.
Dog Quality’s products include the Dogger™ buggy for dogs that need mobility assistance, Grippers™ dog traction socks to provide dogs with stability on slippery indoor surfaces such as tile and hardwood, and the Washable Wonders™, a line of washable dog incontinence products such as dog nappies, belly bands and pads.
“What we are hearing from our customers is that products like ours are not available in the UK and Europe. We utilize innovations from the baby world and incorporate these design ideas into our products for senior dogs, resulting in high quality, life changing products. We are proud to now have these available in the UK for parents who wish to improve the quality of life for their senior dogs,” adds Fleming.
Dog Quality expects to add new products to its lineup over the coming months including a waterproof blanket pad, a no tail hole version of their nappies and a larger buggy for bigger dogs.