Little dogs love nothing more than staying close to their favorite humans — that’s really their main mission in life. As the guardian of a wee canine, it’s your job to investigate fun new ways to enable this endearing quality.
In days of yore, little lap pups were called “sleeve dogs” because they tucked right in to the voluminous, bell-shaped sleeves of aristocratic ladies’ dresses. Now, for contemporary contessas, comes a hip update on that noble style tradition: Pet Slings.
For ergonomic comfort, these simple, sleek pet carriers fit across a person’s body. Each accommodates a dog (or cat) up to 20 pounds. Sizing is based on the person’s dimensions, not the pet’s; the manufacturer recommends you gauge your size by choosing a sling that’s the same size as your favorite fitted T-shirt. (In French, fitted is très pres du corps, a haberdashery term that literally translates to “very close to your body” — which is precisely where little lap pups feel most at home!)
For fashionable functionality, meanwhile, the sling also sports an in-seam pocket for handy storage of dog-waste bags or whatever else you may need to tote along with Toto. Plus, it rolls up so you can conveniently stow it in your purse or carry-on luggage.
And for those who prize style and substance in equal measure, the machine-washable cotton fabrics come in an array of catchy, Marimekko-esque patterns, from subtle geometrics to a razzle-dazzle kaleidoscope of Scotties.