Buying accessories for your dog is as much for your own benefit as it is for theirs. I’d do anything for my dogs, but when I see a food container that will save me space on a roadtrip, a pad that will keep them from lying in the dirt, a bowl that prevents spills in my kitchen, or a dog bed that will look just a little more sophisticated in my living room, I’m as happy for myself as I am for them.
Which is exactly what I’ve rounded up here – four new dog gear items, tested on the road and at home, that will make life a little more comfortable for your pup, and for you.
When bringing your dog along on a road trip, saving space in the car is everything. Prior to trying out the Ruffwear Kibble Kaddie, I was packing my dog’s food in a plastic tub, which took up a lot of room. With the Kibble Kaddie, I can store 42 cups of food in a collapsible container that can be stuffed into any crevice of the truck and folds down when empty.
The Kibble Kaddie has a roll top to prevent spilling and a mesh internal pocket for storing a measuring cup or bowl. I’ll never go on a road trip without it.
For the same reasons of portability and convenience, I’ve added the Ruffwear Mt. Bachelor Pad to my road-trip kit as well.
This doggie pad/bed can be rolled up and secured with its own attached buckle, making it easy to stash and transport. It can serve as a comfy pad inside the car to protect your interior and give your dog some extra cushion, as a bed inside a tent or a roadside pad when pulling over for lunch. It especially came in handy on a dusty Baja trip – the more I could get my dog to lay down on the Mt. Bachelor Pad while I was cooking or reading outside, the less dirt he tracked into the car at night.
A non-slip bottom will keep the Mt. Bachelor Pad in one place, and the microsuede cover is easy to wash. Available in Medium and Large.
The Yeti Boomer Dog Bowl is stylish enough to use at home and durable enough to take on the road. Available in two sizes, I’ve been using the Boomer 4 (as in 4 cups) for food and the Boomer 8 for water.
The stainless steel, double-walled insulation is the same used in Yeti’s mugs and tumblers, paired with a no-slip ring on the bottom that keeps the bowl from sliding along your kitchen floor as your pup cleans up every last piece of kibble.
Keep this bowl in mind as a great gift option for the dog lover in your life – Yeti offers text and logo customization on both the Boomer 4 and 8 starting at only $5 (just make sure you allow up to two weeks for processing).
If you’re wondering why you should shell out $300 for a dog bed, employ the same reasoning that makes you invest in any Yeti product: It’s going to work, and it’s going to last.
I wouldn’t get a Yeti Dog Bed for a puppy at the peak of its chewing stage, but I use this item for my mature dogs who benefit from the thick cushioning and pillow bolster for their aging joints. They love it when I put this bed out on the patio for them to lie in the sun, and thanks to an easy-to-hose waterproof bottom, it’s no problem to bring the bed in and out of the house.
Plus, the Yeti Dog Bed is really like two beds in one. The center Travel Pad is removable to throw in the car and has the same non-slip bottom as the main bed.
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