Necessity is the mother of innovation … or something like that. In other words, so many entrepreneurial endeavours are born out of a need to solve a personal problem.
And K9 Sport Sack – the backpack for your dog – is no exception. (affiliate link)
(K9 Sport Sack gave us a backpack to try in exchange for an honest review)
No, it’s not a backpack your dog wears. It’s a backpack you wear … with your dog in it.
K9 Sport Sack has a heart-warming origin story.
But first, my pet-friendly weekend….
Welcome to the Canadian Pet Expo
“Did you go to the Canadian Pet Expo?” That’s the question I got asked several times last week from fellow pet-parents within a hour’s drive from Toronto, Ontario.
Twice a year, the Canadian Pet Expo comes to the International Centre near the airport and the parking lot is filled with slow-moving cars and excited pooches wondering why they’re walking through a slow moving parking lot.
Sign a waiver and you can bring your dog, though it’s crowded and dogs will be in each other’s faces.
Not all dogs like that, including my cocker-cross Victor. It’s been an issue before.
So, I was looking for a solution – a way to take him places with high concentrations of dogs – without having to carry him as much as I do.
Apparently, I’m not the only one.
Enter, K9 Sport Sack at the Canadian Pet Expo, not as vendors but as vehicles for Charlie and Tyson – little terriers happy to be taken along and lifted above the floor level fray. Both dogs spent the expo in a doggie backpack called the K9 Sport Sack.
The K9 Sport Sack
- I got Victor into the K9 Sack ok, but needed a hand strapping it around my shoulders. At 12 kg (27 pounds), my dog is at the high-end of the recommended weight maximum – 30 pounds.
- The bag was strong enough to carry that weight, but it was a bit too heavy for me to carry for long.
- Also, Victor thought it was pretty cool to take a break from walking and relaxingly leaned back leaving me leaning forward …. way forward.
K9 Sport Sack might not be the solution for me. But what about lighter dogs?
I had to know, so I asked how it was working out with Charlie and Tyson, both much smaller than my dog Victor. “It works for us, but I do find him heavy after a while,” said Charlie’s fur mom racing to the next vendor booth.
Tyson was doing a bit better, looking forward with paws on his human mom’s shoulders. “He will lean back too when he gets tired,” she tells me.
Seemingly, both made the expo rounds easier than pulling Charlie and Tyson on leashes. And this year, the Canadian Pet Expo was all about stuff, products and shopping. The Jock Dogs performance ring was scaled down from scaffolding seating to chairs. Gone are the seminars and presenters.
Santa posed for pics. Practice agility courses kept little paws active, and the kid’s craft table (thanks to Kid’s Pet Club and Talent Hounds) kept little hands busy.
And most dogs walked on leashes.
Yet, that doesn’t always work – hence the invention of K9 Sport Sack.
Why Invent a Doggie Backpack?
Inventor Joseph Watson loved to cycle, hike and generally move, move and move. Then he met Daisy – or dumpster Daisy as he nicknamed her – because (you guessed it) he found her in a dumpster. The beautiful little Yorkie was abandoned, and Watson rescued her.
From that moment, Daisy wouldn’t leave his side. But her little legs made hiking, cycling, and generally outdoorsy stuff challenging. So Watson fashioned a backpack (several actually) to safely carry her, mostly while biking.
Of course, once others saw the dog backpack in action, they asked the business-starting question: “Where can I get one?”
K9 Sport Sack was born. Fast forward to SuperZoo 2017 trade show and Daisy is happily spending hours on her Daddy’s shoulders while he, the K9 family, and business partner Daniel Bussio, sell doggie back packs to retailers across North America.
It’s now a full-time venture, selling K9 Sport Sacks so many more dog lovers can spend full-time days with the ones they love. Even if they have to carry them.