St. Vrain State Park

Happy Sunday everyone. I finally got to go on a stroller outing yesterday. The tempurature was in the mid 70s. Purrfect day for an outing. We went to a park I’ve never been to before – St. Vrain State Park. It has camping, boating, fishing, walking trails, and lots of ponds. There’s also lots of critters and birds. Mostly we saw birds. I saw one squirrel but we didn’t get a picture of him.

I not only rode through the park in my stroller, I got to get out and walk around in the grass. I even nommed some! It was quite yummy. Here I am, walking around.

We only went around one of the many ponds, so there’s still lots for us to see when we go back. Around the pond there were signs telling about the eco-system and the wildlife. The signs were interesting and had good information. We took lots of pictures!

Did you see the picture of the trees that had white painted on the bottom? That paint has sand in it and it’s to keep the beavers from chopping down the trees. I’ve never seen that before. And the very last picture shows trees that have already changed and some that lost their leaves. It’s only August! I think it’s because of the drought. Our trees in the yard are changing too.

So that was my outing to the park. Have a great week everyone!

My Second Gotcha Day!

Monday is my 2nd Gotcha Day! And since Mom’s working Monday, we celebrated yesterday. Mom took me to Washington Park and then when we got home, we finally got to open the gift basket we got from Kong several weeks ago. I wrote about the park outing over at the Stroller Brigade blog. There’s lots of pictures from the outing.

Here we are exploring the package.

Here’s all the cool stuff that was in the package!

Do you see all that pawsome stuff! I can’t believe how many cool toys were in that basket. There was a huge jar of catnip, too. Mom sprinkled some on one of the toys and on me! It was really good nip too. Much better than the nip we had before. That was from someone’s garden. Here I am playing with a mousie and covered with nip.

Here’s Candy playing with her favorite:

EK was partial to the snake:

Not only did I get to go to the park and open my gift basket, but we all got some ham from mom’s sandwich! I have to say, it’s been a pretty terrific day. Happy Sunday everyone!

Pet Gear AT3 Stroller Review – Update

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?