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What’s Inside: The Dog Mom Bag

We all know the power of the perfect handbag. You know, the one that fits every outfit, occasion and essential. We know that your beautiful leather clutch can’t double as Fido’s travel bag (he gets his own, obvi), and a crossbody may not hold enough ice cream and wine to cheer up your bestie after a bad breakup. Enter our latest blog series. Each month, we select and assemble a bag that caters to a situation in which you’re bound to find yourself.

With Mother’s Day around the corner, we’ve had mamas on the mind. We recognize there are all kinds of moms out there, from new moms (see the perfect baby bag here) to the moms who swore they’d never get a minivan. Today we’re helping out the dog mom and sharing how to make her day a little more organized. These fur-baby moms came to the rescue for their pup and life has been more hectic (and happier) ever since! Dog Moms, this one’s for you.

We know that your furry friend is along for the ride for most of your outings and needs his own essentials. You’re tired of carrying a separate bag with his toys and treats and are looking for something that conforms to your busy lifestyle and can fit both your and his needs in one bag. Meet the Leighton Backpack. The most compact of our backpack styles, this lightweight bag is hands-free, so you can easily hold onto the leash on his most hyper days, while still fitting everything you need. We know that life can get messy, so you’ll be relieved to toss this in the washing machine to clean up any messes! Now that you have the bag, here’s what you’ll need to pack.

what's inside: dog mom bag

1. Collapsible Water Bowl. One of our favorite hacks for long afternoons out with your dog: collapsible water bowls. We love this keychain version so it can easily hook onto your bag strap or keys. Hot days just got a whole lot easier.

2. Dog Toy. Your pup’s motto? “That’s so fetch.” But seriously — don’t be caught at the dog park without his favorite toy.

3. Treats. Every good boy deserves a few treats now and then.

4. Wet Wipes. Messes happen. You’ll thank us later.

5. Wallet. Although this bag holds all your pup’s goodies, this is still your bag! This is a smaller backpack, but it can still hold so much. No need to downsize to a compact wallet, you can fit your full size to ensure you have everything you need.

6. Flats. We love your strappy, tassel wedges too, but they won’t cut it for an impromptu walk in the park. Toss in your comfiest pair of flats and you’ll never suffer those blisters again.

Give the moms in your life a shout-out for all of the ways they show their love. From the endless hugs they’ve given to the sleep they’ve lost over the years, say #thankyoumoms with a photo that’s worth a thousand words.

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