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WHAT IS IT: Modin Countryman Dog Bed. Prices range from £46.99-£69.99, www.modinbed.com
I WANT IT BECAUSE: It comes in a variety of sizes to fit crates and car boots. It is waterproof, wipe-clean and extremely durable.
USEFUL FOR: Keeping your car clean when your mucky pups aren’t. Ensuring your dog is comfy on long journeys.
HIGH POINT: The integrated, non-spill drinking bowl is ingenious and really works.
LOW POINT: My pampered pooch is now used to faux fur in her bed.
WHAT IS IT: First Tactical, Specialist One-Day Backpack. £89.99. www.firsttactical.co.uk
I WANT IT BECAUSE: It has dual density shoulder straps, so it’s comfortable, incredibly strong, will last forever and has endless pockets.
USEFUL FOR: Its size and tardis-like capacity of 36 litres means it’s great for plane journeys and overnighters. It has a padded pocket for a laptop.
HIGH POINT: Its internal back stay can be removed and used as a splint, shovel or paddle!
LOW POINT: It comes in black. Or black...