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Our paralyzed wiener dog's recycled drag bag
About 2-1/2 years ago while my family and I were on vacation we received a call that, Slinky, our dare devil wiener dog jumped off a bed and due to a vet's bad emergency care he became paralyzed in his hind end. He has never been able to walk on them again. We tell people do not feel sorry for our dog. He does not know or care that his hind legs and tail no longer function. He wears a regular baby diaper, but put on sideways, it only needs to hold his wiener in. He has a wheelchair that my husband built out of PVC pipe. It also has changeable wheel for the different terrains. When he is in the house or our small yard he prefers his drag bags. I looked them up online and the cost was crazy. So after many trial and errors I finally came up with the perfect bag. It holds his legs in nicely and is easy to put on and off. I am now working on a bag for him that will sweep our wood floors as he plays and runs around. I am thinking of a kind of fish tail for this LOL I the winter time I make the bad out of sweater shirts or fleece for warmth. He does not know when his back end is cold so we always keep his back end warm.

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  • How to make a dog outfit. Paralyzed Weiner Dog Drag Bag - Step 1
    Step 1

    I started with a men's XL shirt. I cut the sleeves off to use them for another project.

  • How to make a dog outfit. Paralyzed Weiner Dog Drag Bag - Step 2
    Step 2

    I then cut the shirt as high up as I could to the top.

  • How to make a dog outfit. Paralyzed Weiner Dog Drag Bag - Step 3
    Step 3

    I had already measures Slinky around his chest and around his hind legs, when they are against his underbelly. Both measurement were about the same, so I cut the center out so the side are big enough to fit around these measurements. This will make 2 drag bags.

  • How to make a dog outfit. Paralyzed Weiner Dog Drag Bag - Step 4
    Step 4

    I like to do many shirts at once to make it easier.

  • How to make a dog outfit. Paralyzed Weiner Dog Drag Bag - Step 5
    Step 5

    After pinning the longs open ends together I sewed them with a zig zag stitch for a little stretch.

  • How to make a dog outfit. Paralyzed Weiner Dog Drag Bag - Step 6
    Step 6

    Next I take that middle section from step 3 and sew it across the seam I just did. I find if I put it on that side it hold that area together better. It is sewn on with the right sides together.

  • How to make a dog outfit. Paralyzed Weiner Dog Drag Bag - Step 7
    Step 7

    This is a view once it is sewn on with the right side out.

  • How to make a dog outfit. Paralyzed Weiner Dog Drag Bag - Step 8
    Step 8

    Next I cut down the middle of the strap to about 2"-3" from the tube.

  • How to make a dog outfit. Paralyzed Weiner Dog Drag Bag - Step 9
    Step 9

    It was then flipped over and 2 slits cut on either side of the seam about 1" long.

  • How to make a dog outfit. Paralyzed Weiner Dog Drag Bag - Step 10
    Step 10

    It is done. Every time we change his diaper or he has been playing outside we change his bag. So we go through quite a few of these a day. To put it on Slinky we put his butt and tail into it with the slits on the top and pull it up to the back of his front legs. Next the strap goes between his front legs, then each side pulled through a slit and tied. He sleeps and plays in these. They hold his hind legs up against his belly and keeps his diaper on. I also sew some scrap leather or suede I find and sew them onto the bottoms of the bags to help protect his butt and legs.

  • How to make a dog outfit. Paralyzed Weiner Dog Drag Bag - Step 11
    Step 11

    UPDATE: Slinky loves his new bag design. We have realized that the shoulder strap should be wider and at more of V or T shape. This helps it stay on and does not pull as much. Speaking of the pull, I have also started making them in 2 separate sections that I can sew together. That way the body tube can be a more stretchy material and the harness part can be a fabric without that much stretch. I am also going to sew a piece of suede on the bottom of the tube, where his hind legs and butt are. No matter how short his nails are they come through, the suede should stop that. If I put the suede where is butt is he can slide easier outside and with a little padding inside his thumping will be easier on his butt :-) LOL when we wash the bags with leather they get wrinkly, but they still work great :-)

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Recycled Miracles
Recycled Miracles · Stateline (South Lake Tahoe), Nevada, United States · 59 projects

We are so use to Slinky being paralyzed anymore it is hard to think of him when he was not. He is as healthy as any dog and still has no idea he is paralyzed in anyway. He is so active I have to start making him all new summer bags.

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nigella l.
nigella l.

Aww how kind and sweet of yiu

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Recycled Miracles
Recycled Miracles · Stateline (South Lake Tahoe), Nevada, United States · 59 projects

We are financially strapped, like most of the population, so everything we have needed for Slinky has had to be from recycled materials. Some of his diapers are washable but he can get out of the easily. So I am still working on that type of design. He is an amazing dog and everything is his new favorite thing LOL

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isobel.l
isobel.l · Odiham, GB · 55 projects

wow, that's such a story and a nice thing to do.

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Recycled Miracles
Recycled Miracles · Stateline (South Lake Tahoe), Nevada, United States · 59 projects

I can't believe after 2-1/2 years of trial and error I finally found something that will work and stay on a VERY active dog. Thank you for you comment it is encouraging.

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Ravens Trove
Ravens Trove · Wenatchee, Washington, US · 35 projects

Absolutely awesome! You could market those.

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