by Aurora Bordeaux
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!