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Susan Sims

Professional Pet Expert

Dog Carriers

I came upon a website showing a 1936 rendering of an exterior 'doggy sack' designed to sit comfortably on the running board of the car and attached with hooks to hang on the window. Oh my, we have come a long way baby! The ad read: "When you take your dog along for a ride, but prefer not having it inside the car, it can ride safely and comfortably in this sack, which is carried on the running board. The bottom of the sack is clamped to the running board and the top is fastened to the lower part of an open window with hooks, covered with small rubber tubing to prevent marring the car."

Of course, none of us would consider placing our precious cargo anywhere near a running board, if we even had the option. Pets are considered part of the family and with the statistics supporting that fact; more and more pet guardians are traveling with their pets and would not think of leaving Fido home when planning a vacation or simply a day trip.

If you are flying with Fido, always check that your pet carrier meets the airlines guidelines before making your purchase. And for all of us who like to keep four paws firmly on terra firma, the following dog carriers will certainly make all your journeys down life's highways more enjoyable. Travel safe!

Best Dog Carriers by Susan Sims

The Best You Can Get

  • Beige-Ebony GG Plus with Green-Red-Green Web

    Susan says: Your fur-baby will take first-class expeditions in style when you carry him along in this chic branded Gucci dog carrier. Leather covers each end with full opening on one side and mesh on the other. The removable interior cushion is washable and the short leash with clip attached will keep Fido safe during the most raucous shopping excursions.


    • Gucci
    • Dark brown leather trim
    • Leather covers each end
    • Washable removable interior cushion
    • Short leash with clip attached
  • Louis Vuitton Dog Bag 50

    Susan says: When it comes to taking Fido out in style, few designer bags say 'money is no object' than the Louis Vuitton Dog Bag 50. Your precious pup will find luxury in his home away from home carrier's washable lining and breathable mesh window. This spacious doggie duffle bag is resistant to water and scratches and the cross grain rounded leather handles and monogram canvas subtly tells the world that Fido has arrived!


    • Cross grain rounded leather handles and monogram canvas
    • Washable lining
    • Breathable mesh window
    • Resistant to water and scratches
    • 19.7” x 13.4” x 9”
  • CeCe Kent - Taos Carrier

    Susan says: If you have a desire for beautifully textured, pre-aged Italian leather, then look no further then to CeCe Kent’s Taos carrier, accented with antiqued brass hardware. What a comfy ride for Fido inside this luxurious tote, as he can rest contentedly on the interior soft pad that is also machine washable. An interior safety leash secures your pet while inside. Options to the Taos Carrier includes open-and-close flaps allowing for ventilation and visibility. Shoulder straps ensure ease of carrying your fur-baby through busy airports or Neiman Marcus while the pockets are just right for extra essentials. Top this unique carrier off with the included dust cover and you can store your bag until the next adventure.


    • Pre-aged Italian leather
    • Interior safety leash
    • Shoulder straps
    • Open-and-close flaps allowing for ventilation and visibility
    • 14” L x 6” W x 10.5” H
  • Juicy Couture

    Susan says: This trendy fashion carrier comes in burgundy or black patent leather with tonal suede trim. How smart your darling will look in this double-zip bag with chain and charm accents. The side-doggie door includes an extended tab closure and heart cutout, perfect for the Fido close to your heart. Sporting shoulder straps and top handles, your fashionista can relax while you carry him around town or stop for lunch and dine al fresco. No one will notice if you sneak Fido a carrot from your healthy salad.


    • In burgundy or black patent leather with tonal suede trim
    • Double-zip bag with chain and charm accents
    • Extended tab closure and heart cutout
    • Shoulder straps and top handles
    • 15 ½” L x 11” H x 7” W
  • UGG - Tasman Doggie Duffle

    Susan says: Love your UGG boots? Now your dog can enjoy shear comfort in the Tasman Doggie Duffle with removable shearling pad. Mesh vents keeps your pooch cool while allowing a peek from his comfy digs. The shearling trim and leather shoulder strap gives comfort to you, the pet guardian, while rushing off to your next adventure.


    • Comfortable shearling trim and leather shoulder strap
    • Mesh vents
    • Removable shearling pad
    • 12” L x 8” D x 9” H
    • Strap drop is 21”

You will be happy with any of these

  • Chi WOW WOW - Couture Sling-over Carrier

    Susan says: Sturdy canvas for running around town is just what the sporty hound has in mind. One side allows for porthole peeping with plenty of shade while the other side provides pockets and zipper for keeping necessary items at hand because you never know when the urge will strike to dress your media darling up in the latest doggy fashion. Made in the U.S.A. and 100% machine washable, the Chi WOW WOW Signature Carrier harness strap makes it easy to grab and go!


    • Sturdy canvas
    • Porthole peeping with plenty of shade
    • Pockets and zipper
    • 100% machine washable
    • Signature Carrier harness strap
  • Creature Couture - The Angelina

    Susan says: This beautiful new IT bag is made with a very soft-pebbled pleather, contrasting trim and great brass hardware and includes a roll-down door for easy access. The Angelina is available in Bone and Espresso trim and Black on Black.


    • Very soft-pebbled pleather
    • Contrasting trim and great brass hardware
    • Roll-down door for easy access
    • 16” x 9” x 6”
  • Kwigy-Bo - Alex Luxe

    Susan says: Silver-quilted patent leather with braided patent pleather and chain straps will have all eyes on you as you carry your furry best friend to a fashion show or a fashionably late lunch. The interior safety strap and removable quilted comfort pad are all designed with Fido in mind.


    • Silver-quilted patent leather
    • Braided patent pleather and chain straps
    • Interior safety strap
    • Removable quilted comfort pad
    • Small and large sizes available
  • Pet Flys - Uncle Monkey

    Susan says: For the pet with joi de verve, the Uncle Monkey pet carrier from Pet Flys brings a smile to even the most sophisticated pet guardian. Your little monkey will perk up when he sees the Uncle Monkey pet carrier knowing he is off for a fun day of exploring.


    • 3 sizes available
  • Sherpa - Jazzy SoHo Backpack

    Susan says: Sherpa started it all fifteen years ago and is a well-known name in the dog carrier world. With state of the art carry on dog bags suited for traveling in cabin on the airlines, Sherpa has not scrimped on style and makes choosing just one carrier difficult, so you may need to buy two so you can change your mind at a moments notice, depending on your mood! The Jazzy SoHo Backpack comes with an adjustable over the shoulder strap that converts to a backpack strap.


    • Black and white houndstooth exterior and washable faux lambskin liner
    • Adjustable over the shoulder strap converts to a backpack strap
    • 17” L x 12” H x 9” W

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