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Dog Carrier Redefined - A backpack style pet carrier with modern appeal and total function.
188 backers pledged $16,465 to help bring this project to life.

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 The World's Best Dog Carrier (CATCT - Cats are totally cool too!)

Introducing the Kurgo K9 Rucksack, a mountaineering silhouetted pack and an all new way to carry your pet. Unmatched versatility, ergonomics, access and aesthetics, from a company born with the mission of making it easier to get out with your dog. The K9 Rucksack Carrier backpack is a pet carrier designed for small dogs (and cats too!) with a big spirit, from the urban commute, to hiking trail, to campsite, to the farmer's market, we have you covered. This pet backpack has all the technical design and rugged construction you need for back-country adventures but comfortable enough for a daily commute. Your dog can snuggle down into the pet carrier or pop his head out of the opening at the top. It's also big enough to fit your gear with a separate padded compartment for your laptop, a tablet pocket, and zipped organization pockets. The 400 x 400d polyester fabric is DWR (Durable Water Resistant), allowing you to focus on the adventure without the worry. To complete the carrier we added our proprietary Armor-sole™ bottom, creating a completely waterproof bottom to keep puddles out and piddles in.

  • Holds dogs up to 25 pounds ((CATCT) Cats are totally cool too!)
  • DWR (Durable, Water-resistant) fabrics
  • Water and muck proof Armor-sole™ bottom, just wipe clean
  • Contoured shoulder straps and air mesh back padding
  • Comfortable for longer hikes with a sternum strap
  • Interior tether to keep pet from jumping out
  • Removable, machine-washable interior pad
  • Interior swivel tether latches onto any harness to keep your dog secure
  • Separate padded compartment for laptop (13") with fleece lining
  • Laptop compartment doubles as a water bladder slot for off tar trips (disclaimer: never put the bladder and laptop together!)
  • Convenient tablet pocket (9.7")
  • Two utility loops, to hang your gear
  • Integrated bottle opener (just in case!)
  • Top grab handle
  • Zipped organization pockets
  • Dimensions: 13" (w) x 21" (h) x 10" (d)

 Thank you very much for being part of the "Bring your pet everywhere" movement. We have created the K9 Rucksack with you in mind. We hope that you enjoy the carrier as much as we do and Go Together, a lot.

 Help us make another colorway, if our backers help us to reach $20,000  for the K9 Rucksack (CATCT), we'll add a second colorway in Inky Black. If we hit $40,000 we will add a third colorway in Inky Nutmeg. 

Inky Black - Reach Goal
Inky Black - Reach Goal
Nutmeg - Reach Goal
Nutmeg - Reach Goal

 Kurgo prides itself in making superior quality products. There’s nothing more frustrating than buying a product that breaks. If, during your product’s lifetime, it does not function as it should due to a manufacturing defect, we will repair or replace your product free of charge. Hassle and worry free!

Frequently asked questions:

What is covered by the Kurgo Warranty?
                    Manufacturer’s defects caused by poor craftsmanship or defective hardware or materials when purchased through authorized Kurgo dealers.

What is not covered by the Kurgo Warranty?
                    All products, except toys, are warrantied against manufacturing defects  when purchased through an authorized dealer. If your Kurgo product is  damaged in the course of normal (or abnormal) wear and tear, you may not  qualify for our warranty replacement, but we do offer a complete Repair or Replacement Service for a nominal fee.

Repair & Replacement Service Too!

At  Kurgo, your satisfaction is very important to us. We want you to be a  Kurgo customer for life. For this reason, we offer a Repair and Replace Service in addition to our regular Lifetime Warranty for customers  located in the US & Canada. If you are outside of the US and  Canada and have an issue with a Kurgo product, please contact Kurgo 

All  products, except our dog toys, are covered regardless of the abuse.  Yes, this includes, chewing, tug-a-war, soiling, dropping out of an  airplane, normal wear and tear, abuse, accident, critters, or natural  breakdown of materials over extended use and time, etc. 

 In  a way, we were born to run Kurgo gear. Our parents were apparel manufacturers, retailers, and entrepreneurs. We grew up exploring the woods of Vermont, surrounded by dogs: a couple of mix breeds named Muffin and Prancer, as well as Tu-Mush, a wolf/Rottweiler puppy that we smuggled back in a duffel bag from a canoe trip to northern Quebec. 

Growing  up in our parents’ store taught us the value of a hands-on approach and an insistence on quality. All Kurgo gear is made to the highest standards, including a lifetime guarantee. We’ll always be personally  involved when it comes to design, manufacturing, and customer service.  You can often find Kitter out back stitching together his next product  idea, or Gordie traveling the country meeting with retailers, getting feedback to make our products and customer service better. As brothers with an entrepreneurial background and complementary skill sets, it was natural for us to work together. Focusing on pets, however, wasn’t so obvious; we have Zelda to thank for that. 

Zelda  was Kitter’s beloved Plott Hound. She had a mind of her own and often tried to nudge her way into the front seat. On one trip, a short stop threw her to the floor of the driver’s side where she ended up wrapped  around the pedals. This inspired Kurgo’s first product, the Backseat Barrier. Now she’d be safe in the backseat, and we’d be safe in the  front. 

We  designed the Backseat Barrier – like all Kurgo gear – because we saw a need. Today, people see dogs as part of the family and are increasingly bringing their pup along wherever they go, whether it’s a  week-long vacation or just a trip to the store. There’s a real need for gear that makes the trip safer and more enjoyable. Like resourceful Yankee artisans that came before us, we craft products that are long on usefulness and quality, and short on frivolity. When you see a dog wearing a coat with a Kurgo logo on it, you can rest assured it’s cold outside. 

We  take our work very personally. If a product fails or is cheaply made,  we feel like we let our customers down. It’s truly humbling when people  spend their hard-earned money on something we’ve made. There’s enough junk in the world, so we never create a product unless we think it solves a real need, is original or a major improvement on what’s on the  market, and can stand the test of time.

When we think back to growing up in Vermont, or today when we take our families to our camp in Maine, dogs are always a central part of those memories. Zelda’s gone now, but she still lives on as the model for Kurgo’s logo, and today we’re inspired by new furry friends. And at its' heart, that’s what Kurgo is all about: Innovating great products that let people and their dogs explore the world together.

Risks and challenges

Kurgo has been creating high quality dog gear for over 15 years and has a reputation for quality, innovation and standing behind what we build. Through the years we've gotten pretty darn good at setting accurate expectations and delivering on our promises. But no matter how much we've got our poop in a group (official mid-western terminology) things can still go awry. If they do, we solemnly promise to give you full transparency into the issues and solve them in a way that leaves our backers happy and proud to support our company.
Supply Chain Risk: Sometimes a machine or tool breaks. Sometimes a factory loses power for a day. Sometimes we get the wrong parts or materials in. These things happen from time to time and can affect how long it takes to build our products.
Shipping Risk: Global shipping and warehousing logistics is mind-boggling. Hence we outsource that stuff to experts. But even the experts aren't immune to weather, port congestion, and other uncontrollable factors.
Acts of God: We're based north of Boston. That means we could have a blizzard, flood or a New England favorite, when we have both together and get freezing rain. In a worst case scenario, a pack of dogs crashes our offices in a conspiracy to steal the best pet products in the world. Whatever happens, we'll get through it together.

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    ENDORSE THE IDEA! Show the pet industry you support ideas that make pet travel more enjoyable for pets and pet parents alike with your gift of $5 or more! BONUS: Submit a picture to get your favorite cat or dog on the Kurgo's website's Pet Wall of Fame!

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    Wear your support for the revolution in pet travel! Get a rad Kurgo lid with our logo for your melon, everyone will know where your head is at!

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    EARLY BIRD SPECIAL with bonus bowl!

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    You'll get on of the first shipments right off the line! Be one of the first 100 to claim your K9 Rucksack (Cats are cool too!) and lock in this special price! As a bonus we will add our Zippy Bowl too ($10 MSRP)!

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    Be a MODEL for a day and a star for life

    Be a star for a day! We will send a photographer to your location for a half day photo shoot of you and your pet in the K9 Rucksack(North American locations only). The photos will be used for our social media, packaging and web presence. Get TWO K9 Rucksack (for your dog OR cat!) and lock in this once in a lifetime opportunity! Check out our Instagram page (https://www.instagram.com/kurgo) for examples of some typical photos we use.

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