Miguel noticed that there was no food left that would make his next meal. SHOCK!
The truck is in repair (STILL, we are in Portugal now) to get ready to pass inspection, and the tiny house is PARKED like you see on the photo here (still without interior: no funds).
Thus going shopping currently means walking shopping, not driving down there with our tiny truck house and attract the many "OH!" looks that we normally get.
Miguel puts on his much beloved Mountainsmith backpack and leads me to the neighboring town with the cheapest supermarket. I follow all along.
Our 12km / 7.5 miles hike leads us across meadows as well as through narrow roads. The weather is perfect: blue sky, 25 C / 77 F warm, light breeze.
Miguel always seems to enjoy wearing his backpack: he's acting proud, controlled. I love it too: it weighs almost nothing itself, and stays put while the dog is walking, it doesn't rub anywhere. AND: The backpack allows him to carry his own food back home.
Makes sense: Why should I carry his food supply? I already have to pay for it.
In addition, a backpack that stays put clearly controls the dog's behavior: he's calmer and more conscious where he's walking.
We frequently see people pointing in Miguel's direction, enjoying to see a dog so sovereign: he negotiates the traffic with luggage on his back but without a leash.
(I carry a bit myself, and I don't like to walk on-leash anyway, you know that.)
On our walk Miguel meets plenty of dogs locked away AND chained.
Strange. Why not give the dog free run behind the gate?
On our way back, Miguel acts even more controlled: The weight of his food shopping is dragging him down.
Besides keeping the dog safe in traffic (and without leash), I have put a lot of effort into teaching him to generously avoid obstacles with his backpack:
Initially he rubbed the Mountainsmith backpack along fences and everything, which would at some point have ripped it apart.
Now, FINALLY, Miguel seems to have learned to generously avoid obstacles, considering the additional width of a loaded backpack.
So what did this soon 2 ys old German Shepherd carry?
The key components of his own food supply, for just 2 days!
- 4 tins peas
- 4 tins champignons
- 2 tins tuna
All together weighing 3kg / 6.6lb.
Is that too much? How much does your dog get to carry in the backpack?