I’m one of those women with the magical purse that has just about anything you need hiding within. If you just give me a minute or two to dig around, I can probably come up with a snack of some kind, a hairbrush, a deck of cards, a cell phone charger, and some post it notes. But being a Dog Mom means adding a whole other set of necessities to my handbag. As much as I want to be prepared for anything I might need, I absolutely must be prepared for all of Sadie’s needs. Here is a list of the typical items found in the purse of this loving Dog Mom.
- Doggie bags (I just don’t like calling them poop bags)
- Collapsible food and water bowls
- Puppy training pad in case of indoor emergencies
- Camera to capture any spontaneous cuteness (I know I don’t need to carry a camera anymore with high quality cell phone photos, but I can’t seem to break this habit)
- Squeaky ball
- Treats (usually the Busy Buddy Bristle Bone* which works as a simultaneous treat and distraction)
- Baggie of dry food
- Veterinarian’s business card
- Dog comb / brush
- LED collar, in case we end up out walking after dark
- Spare ID tag, in case Sadie’s gets lost (I actually use an ID tag as one of my keychains, so I always have one on me)
- Folding rain coat
It may seem like I have every dog product ever made inside my purse, but there are actually quite a few potentially useful items I’ve left out. I personally have decided not to carry the following items, but you may want them on hand in your purse for your dog. Some of the items may also be useful to take with you depending on where you and your dog are headed for the day. I regularly add and subtract items from my purse depending on Sadie’s and my destination.
- Water bottle – a very important item in some climates and at certain times of year, but it’s usually too heavy for me to carry unless Sadie and I plan to go on a long walk. I usually have a bottle waiting in the car for us to rehydrate. You may want to consider those water pouches as a lighter alternative if you want water on you at all times.
- Clicker – Sadie and I don’t clicker train, but if you do than you probably should keep a spare clicker in your purse
- Blanket – useful, but too bulky for everyday carrying
- Towel – even more useful, but also too bulky
- Medication – if your dog requires medication, you may want to keep a supply in your purse in case you are away for longer than intended and your dog needs to take a dose