"I just saw this is my inbox and can't pass up the opportunity to tell you how amazing my celltei bag is for my four year old min pin Reggie. It's like his little home away from home-- he rides in it in on the subway, air train, and on planes. We take the C,E at least one day a week when I take him to doggie day care and he's deeply dependent upon his subway routine! He knows when we get to the stop that I'm going to put his bag on the ground so he ca jump in, so he sits and waits for me to unzip his bag and he hops in and makes himself comfortable. I try to avoid the subway cars that are too crowded (hello over-stimulation for a hyper dog!) and tuck into a corner where there isn't a chance of him barking at anything. He rides in the pet-on-the-go camo bag and for some reason people often don't realize there's a dog in it so we've been known to startle the other riders. As long as we don't encounter anyone singing, shouting, or playing and instrument though we get by unnoticed. I wish I had a photo on my computer of him at work-- but I laugh just thinking about him sitting in his little bag with his head popping out. We often find him hanging out in there in the apartment as if he's waiting to go somewhere.
Good luck with the article- Celltei is such a great company and the bags make our city dog life so much easier! " Bree C.
"I have a Celltei bag and it's great - take my boston terrier to work on the subway all the time" Shane K.
"I would love to contribute to the article and have nothing but praise for celltei bags, but do not have much experience with NY subways.I have traveled with my dog in her celltei as we moved to Turkey, then Germany and now am back in the US. In between there were many trips and I still have the same bag. My dog loses her mind with excitement when she sees me take it off the shelf! Thanks so much for a great product!! " Paula
"I ride the buses with my dog in his bag, and actually I use the shoulder strap to get on and off. I find it very useful having the backpack while I'm walking from 36th/Park where I live up through Central Park to 102nd Street/Fifth where I get the bus home in the morning--I was pulling one shoulder out of shape with my previous bag which was shoulder only. But I hasten to add that the dog is walking, I'm not carrying him. My dog weighs about 18 lbs, he's a cairn, and I can carry him in the backpack for about 20 blocks, but generally we both walk, and then, as I say, I take the bus home.
I've been doing this dog-in-bag stuff since the late eighties. Then people were always stopping me to ask if the "dog could breathe." They seemed hopeful of uncovering something beastly! I once told a woman who asked me the breathing question that he was a Tibetan terrier (actually a westie) who'd been trained by Tibetan monks not to breathe for three days at a time. Fortunately, the bus came before she found out I was kidding--in a really irritated kind of way...
The only negative I have about the bag--and it is really well designed and well made--is that I'm pretty sure it's going to be too hot for the dog in a typical NY summer, even early in the morning. I take the bus back home around 8 am, having left home on hot days around 4.45 am. But we shall see. I wish it was possible to open up the mesh some more. " Patricia C.
Follow-up: "Doors front and back that can peel down to all mesh would probably work. Although a mess roof would also be helpful. I think this is another bag altogether. If you have anything in the works that's airy for hotter weather let me know. OK, I'll forward that email. Thanks"
"We take our Beagle everywhere thanks to our celltei carrier. It's truly a godsend1." Mai-Anh T.
"We have loved our Celltei carrier, but have actually been using it to carry our cat around the city - he loves going to Washington Square and to Hudson River Park in style! He is a city cat that acts like dogs ..." Cathy M.
"I am a huge Celltei bag fan and used one religiously to transport my bichon, bb, to and from our Brooklyn apt to my Manhattan office, often carrying a violin on my other shoulder.
The Celltei bag was - and is - a lifesaver. Adorable and mercifully portable compared to the gazillion others I tried*
Happy to talk about this - and bb is too - but we live in Colorado now, where the Celltei sits in my car - the ultimate "bag." Sharon G.
"I'm actually going to be using my carrier this afternoon to take my dog to the vet via the subway and bus! I would be happy to answer any questions you may have about riding the subway with pets. My little dog Chloe loves riding in her carrier in the subway. She gets a lot of attention. Someone who wouldn't ordinarily even glance your way is all of the sudden smiling and striking up a conversation with you! .. Chloe is a rescue dog and is very special to me. " Katie R.
"Your carry bag/backpack model is great. We don't use in New York subways, but when we take our chiba inua to Japan and we use it to travel around on the Shinkansen (bullet train)! After really figthening going in the bag on her own -- when we returned from Japan last summer she went it all on her own the day we were leaving -- I guess she was worried about being left behind!"