Thursday, December 25, 2014

Product Review: Fetching Dog Purse

The Fetching dog purse is another stealthy carrier for tiny dogs. The brand was originally owned by the apparently defunct Accessory Network Group, which also acquired the Yak Pak and LeSportSac brands a few years ago. Yak Pak is currently owned by Accessory Headquarters, and the "fetching" trademark is no longer registered, but I found a couple of other bags of the same brand available secondhand.
Photo by Erin Koski

I found this bag at a thrift store and had to buy it even though light green really isn't my color. It is the stealthiest dog carrier I have ever seen because it uses various decorative grommets instead of mesh for ventilation. There is a recessed zippered top that I can close to keep Ru contained, but it isn't readily visible. The bag isn't super boxy or dog-carrier-shaped either, so there's not a lot to give away the secret. When I first saw it at the thrift store, it was hanging up with a bunch of other purses and the only indication of its purpose was the small oval logo.
Photo by Erin Koski

Our Fetching dog carrier is a big roomy bag with a stable floor and plenty of room for Ru to stand up and turn around. When I moosh him down inside and zip it closed, it looks like a big bulky purse rather than an obvious dog carrier.

Pros: Plenty of space for a 6-lb or larger dog. Large grommets provide plenty of airflow without screaming "THIS IS A DOG CARRIER!" Sturdy leather construction, should wipe clean.

Cons: I feel a little weird carrying around a sea green bag. The light color shows a lot of dirt.

Bottom Line: The Fetching dog purse hasn't replaced my Boots and Barkley pink skull messenger bag, but it's definitely going to come in handy the next time I have to sneak a chihuahua past someone.

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