When I got Ruby six years ago and started taking her everywhere with me, my biggest dilemma quickly became: how do you carry a laptop and a lapdog at the same time? Most dog carriers aren't made to fit human stuff, and even if you're just lying on the couch, you can't really put both on your lap. Ruby and my MacBook, it turns out, are surprisingly similar in many ways. They both weigh less than 10lbs, take up a lot of room, and get really hot if I leave them on my lap for too long. Also, they both want to go everywhere with me, I'm often forced to choose between one or the other because I don't want to carry two bags. I'm sure I'm not the only one who has struggled with this.
I still haven't solved the problem of how to have both on your lap at the same time, but Sherpa's new Sport carrier series solves the portability issue, but there is finally a way to carry a laptop and a lapdog at the same time, in the same bag, even on an airplane. The sport sac pet carrier comfortably fits a 13" MacBook and a 10lb miniature pinscher, plus it has interior compartments for credit cards and keys, including a velcro pocket for a cell phone. If you have a netbook and a bunch of gear (cameras, voice recorders, etc) the sports wheels pet carrier is, like, a lapdog-owning geek's dream. It has wheels and straps that turn it into a backpack. Also, the rubber wiring in the front holds a water bottle, and there's an outer pocket for wallets and keys and cell phones. Perfect.
Sherpa's actually kind of a cool company for those of us concerned with pet portability. The founder, Gayle Martz, was a flight attendant for 20+ years, and she pioneered the pet-in-cabin movement by creating cabin-safe bags and lobbying for the right to carry small animals on board a plane. She founded the company in 1990, and her bags can be found in almost any pet store. I never wanted one until now, though, because I found the traditional Sherpa styles (black, boxy duffels) pretty drab. The Sport line, which debuts this month, changed that for me. I'm digging the bright colors and simple style, and the practicality of it &mdash carry-friendly straps, multiple pockets, lots of mesh for good air ventilation &mdash makes me wonder why other dog bag brands haven't thought of this stuff.
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