Originally Posted by NCPatrick
Well whatever you want to do then, it's your dog. But how can the dog can be too small for this? I'm not following that logic.
If Peanut were 40 lbs., then that's a lot of weight to carry and rollers/sled/wagon might be the way to go. But Peanut is 16 to 20 lbs, and that's not a lot of weight. Besides, the roller/sled/wagon route is not that useful, from my perspective, unless you're hiking on a handicap-accessible trail with no rocks, roots, etc.
That's why I'm leaning towards something like the Outward Hound Petaroo. I checked out the prices and you can find one for less than $20 that will fit Peanut nicely. However, I think I'll save my money and just wear the daypack on the chest. Peanut's already accustomed to the daypack and I do sometimes wear it on the chest.
I'm not carrying Peanut for long - 30 minutes max before he gets out and walks. And we're not going much further than usual. If he can hike two miles now, I just want to get him to maybe five or seven miles to extend the range of places we can go. I despise drive-in public campgrounds. The hike-in campgrounds are less-crowded and offer a better wilderness experience for Peanut and me.