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Baby Slings: Also For Dogs

by Aurora Bordeaux

It’s no secret that I’m head over heels for my perfect Labradoodle, Bosco. She’s 22 pounds of precious, and I adore her.

Bosco is a cuddly little pup, and sometimes she gets so attached that she’s always on our heels. It’s often simpler for everyone if we just pick her up, but that leads to problems when we need our arms for things like getting the mail or chopping an onion. Bosco, being a dog of great taste, loves the view from the top, and she doesn’t always want to be put down.

This led to me researching something I never thought I would need to: Baby products. In particular, baby slings. You know, those loops of fabric moms weave in chic fashion around their shoulders and middles to swaddle their waggling babes. I figured, babies weigh about 22 pounds. Bosco weighs about 22 pounds. Could it really be so different? I eagerly ordered something called a Moby Baby Wrap from Amazon.com. I paid $43.95 for a product just because I thought it might make my dog happy. Does that make me a sucker? You bet. But I don’t care.

Turns out, I’m not the first one to want a sling for my dog after all.

Many complained about the Moby being complicated to tie on, but after watching a video online I had no trouble. I practiced with a Paddington bear first to make sure I wouldn’t accidentally stifle the dog, and things seemed to go okay. Bosco watched from a discreet distance, wondering (as she does about everything) how the process would affect her.

I wedged her into the sling, she smacked her gums, and then she went to sleep with her head resting in the fold of the fabric. Voila! A baby product that actually works for the rest of us!

Bosco likes the Moby thing so much that she even sleeps on it when it’s folded on the floor. Cute, right? I know. So cute.

I wore the sling to the vet today and everyone thought it was darling. Who cares if I look like a crazy person? It’s still adorable, and more comfortable for both me and Bosco.

This isn’t the only time Bosco has enjoyed things made for human babes instead of her. I get all her food bowls and placemats from the kids section of Ikea, and she has a few baby blankets that even I want to steal because they’re so cuddly. Bosco’s my baby, so why not baby her?

Anyway, there you have it: Baby wraps are also good for dogs. Even now, my sling/wrap gizmo allows me to type hands free while Bosco catches a snooze. We both love it!

Update: Since this blog was published, at least two readers have purchased Mobys. Cool!

  • Ang says:

    I have seen similar items in pet catalogs and online. My dog, Tater, weighs 45 pounds or I would absolutely get one! I also have three cats, but the only one who really loves being carried everywhere prefers to perch on my shoulder, so I guess it is not to be. Oh well. Glad it worked out for Bosco.

    June 28, 2012 at 11:05 am
  • Cassandra B. says:

    Hmmm I may have to try that for my second to oldest kitty, Basche. He demands that I hold him on his back and cradle him against me while I do housework…..this might be a good compromise. Also reminds me of the last time we took in a foster kitten. I used a VERY long and wide scarf to make a chest sling so I could keep the teensy tiny and very sick kitten with me during the day. He slept in there and it was SO cute.

    It’s too bad our dog is a lab/beagle mix and way WAY too big to be carried EVER (though he does try and jam himself in our laps) or I would SO put him in a sling lol.

    June 28, 2012 at 1:14 pm
  • Matt Solar says:

    What’s the name/model of the version with the German Shepard pictured in the top left?

    I’d love something like that for my 60lb Labrador!

    Thanks,
    @MattSolar

    June 29, 2012 at 8:47 am
    • Aurora Bordeaux says:

      Oh golly, Matt–I’m sorry to say that I have no clue. I found it doing google searches for things like “dog sling” if that helps. Sorry dude!

      June 29, 2012 at 1:34 pm
  • TheMightySquirrel says:

    While the image is extremely squee, I hate to add that those things are TERRIBLY bad for your back. 22lbs (almost two stones, eep!) is a LOT of weight to carry about in front of you – please be careful and don’t overuse it.

    I know B is only ickle just now, but he will get bigger and you don’t want to get reliant on a sling. Might I respectively suggest (and please don’t take this the wrong way!) that you do some puppy heel training? Teaching pups through play to ‘heel’ is a lot of fun and helps to establish a real bond and trust (also means you don’t have to hoof them about when they start being too big to make it easy!), as well as making more advanced training easier when they’re older. We did a lot of work with our gun dog puppies (Labs and Cockers) this way, even before they were weaned.

    Best of luck, B is YUMMY! :)

    June 29, 2012 at 8:06 pm
  • TheMightySquirrel says:

    Gah, *she*, apologies to you and B. ;)

    June 29, 2012 at 8:07 pm
  • marley says:

    OMG! 23 years married and we never ever ever wanted kids! Sooooo happily childfree! Thank you for giving me another source of validation!

    July 1, 2012 at 6:05 pm
  • nybubbles says:

    Hello! I just got a mobywrap for my puppy. But what position do you put your pup in? Is she facing you or away, and lying down or upright? Thanks!!

    April 27, 2013 at 12:28 am
    • The Hubs says:

      I think Bosco just generally curls up in the bottom of it. There’s not the legs spread like (I think) you’re supposed to do with a human baby. It just wraps her up and holds her close. And Bosco can actually turn her head whichever way to see what’s going on–unlike a human baby.
      But that’s my two cents as the unobservant male of the relationship. I had to think about it awhile to come up with how I think Aurora wears it.

      May 2, 2013 at 1:08 pm
      • nybubbles says:

        thank you!

        May 4, 2013 at 8:21 pm
  • Stephanie says:

    I’m getting a Chihuahua Pekingnese cross puppy & I really LOVE the idea of carrying her with me. Where can I find the Video instuctions on how to do the “wrap”?

    July 29, 2013 at 11:09 pm
    • Aurora Bordeaux says:

      They are on youtube if you look up “Moby instructions,” and I think also on the Moby website. It’s not that tough once you practice a few times. Bosco loves it! If you go to a festival or are somewhere crowded, it also keeps them from getting trampled by people not paying attention (and keeps your hands free and arms from getting tired). Rock on!

      July 30, 2013 at 11:42 am
  • Sammi B says:

    I have a pet duck that wants to be in your lap all the time. I wonder if this would work for her? What kind of ties do you use with your Moby? I have an old pink one I bought off craigslist for super cheap and would love to give it a try!

    June 3, 2014 at 2:32 pm

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