There are plenty of fancier traveling pet carriers on the market but unless I’m trying to impress, I still rely on the same basic Sherpa pet carrier for Lucy that I’ve used since 2001. Not everyone is as crazy about our pooches as we are so sometimes it doesn’t pay to advertise, “Hey, look at me. I have a cute dog traveling with me” by using a carrier that brings attention to itself.
As much as I love this fashionable pink Sherpa pet carrier that Lucy modeled for People magazine a few years ago, it’s not the most practical for traveling on an airplane because the top doesn’t give. That could make it difficult, if not impossible, to fit under some airline seats. That was the case one a JetBlue flight we took. Although I had checked JetBlue’s website and noted how low their seats were from the floor, I still figured I would get the carrier to fit. Wrong!
Thankfully the long skirt I wore draped perfectly over the bag and the flight attendants never knew that my carry-on luggage was not underneath the seat in front of me but instead was directly beneath me.
When we’re at home, I have to hide Lucy’s black Sherpa bag. If she sees it, she grows excited because she knows we’re headed somewhere fabulous. Then again, we could be going to the vet. She never really knows. She’s just always ready to go somewhere.
One of the first phrases she learned was, “Get in the bag.”
I think she spent more time in the Fifi & Romeo carrier ($825) below, which I used to discreetly tote her around town in for years until she outgrew it, than out of it. Again, I usually opt for discretion and the reason Lucy has been so many places, such as movie theaters, plays, restaurants and sporting events, is because everyone just assumes I’m carrying a regular leather tote bag. Not toting a pampered pet.