Banzai Dog Pack Testimonials


Through the years we have received many pictures and comments from our customers. Below you will find a few specific to their Banzai dog packs. Many of them include some beautiful photos.

Click on the text in bold below to expand each story. Enjoy!

My Dog and Your Product

Date: November 30, 2012
From: Roxy Prescott
Subject: My Dog and your product

It was simply amazing...the package arrived in the mail, I brought it inside. All I said to Jedediah (167 lb Rottweiler, 2 yr old), was "look what Mommy got for you!" and he ran over, flipped my hand away from the backpack as I tried to pull it out of the box and then stuck his nose and head into it! It appeared he was trying to put it on himself! He wiggled and wagged his stub so hard, I barely could get it strapped on - he was so anxious to go out and get the mail - his new job. This is now his 6 day a week task, each night when I come home from work. Our driveway is 500' long and we live in the Maine woods - he happily jogs the whole way!

Many thanks from Mommy (Roxy Prescott) and Jedediah Cash Prescott!

Well Done!

Date: September 22, 2009 6:41:39 AM PDT
From: Niall Mac Allister
Subject: Well Done!

Just a note to say thanks and well done.

I took your advice re the size of the pack and we, Daisy and I, went away on a 3 day hike over the Beara Mountains here in West Cork [Ireland] and we had a fantastic time.

Daisy carried about 4 Kilos of food, water, maps, compasses, and other quick to get at stuff. The pack proved no problem to her at all. It was a real pleasure to be able to take her away for such an extended period and although the camping out was a bit nervous for her the first night she soon got used to the unusual sounds nature makes during darkness in the wilderness.

I couldn't believe how the pack stayed on her even through rivers, rock crevices, very dense thorns and gorse without a scratch. Well done on the design and choice of fabric. I had put the items she carried into plastic bags to keep them dry as being a Labrador, Daisy loves water and had no problems swimming with the pack on.

Thanks again,

Niall

Purchased Pack Better Than Expected

Date: July 14, 2009 9:43:03 AM PDT
From: Lori Brooks
Subject: Purchased Pack Better Than Expected

Dear Wolf Packs,

I called on Friday 7/10/09 and spoke with Linda. She was so helpful in answering my questions and taking my order all on the day before vacation starts and my pack arrived on Monday 7/13/09. The pack was better than I expected and was used Tuesday morning. I could tell my dog had better movement in his legs and just an all around happy look on his face.

I am not a backpack person, but have 3 dogs (7 yr. Boston terrier, 5 yr. Boxer and 14 mth. Pitbull). I walk my dogs for 1 1/2 hr in the morning and the boxer and pittie were not getting tired. As per Cesar Milan I purchased 2 backpacks (for 2 bigger dogs) from the local pet store and weighed them down with some packages of rice. After walking with the weighted backpacks the dogs are now tired and content. The house is much more quiet. Everyone says how much better they are behaving now also.

I live in the Bay Area in California and went to REI and other backpacking stores with very high end dog backpacks. None compare to yours. I did purchase my initial 2 packs (Outward Hound) to try the weighted pack and didn't want to spend to much if it didn't work. The pittie was very hard on his by running off trail through bushes and thicket and his fell apart in 2 months, which gave me the excuse to order yours as I have wanted to since seeing them on the web. Again, I am so pleased with the pack and will purchase one for my boxer when hers has destructed.

The pittie's name is Bullet, he is 14 months old, 80 pounds, and carries 9 pounds. of rice in his pack. I will try to send a picture to you.

Thanks again for the wonderful product and your great employees.

Lori Brooks

Thank You

Date: March 10, 2009 8:48:41 AM PDT
From: Lori Harris-Ransom
Subject: Thank You

I just wanted to thank you for the exceptional customer service. I really appreciated the personal attention and recommendation. My boy does love his pack and it fits perfectly. We truly enjoyed our walks before, but they are even better now. Best wishes.

Lori Harris-Ransom

10 Year Old Pack

Date: January 6, 2009 4:35:00 PM PST
From: Jenna Woginrich
Subject: 10 Year Old Pack

Siberians Jazz and Annie
I just want you guys to know how much your product has made my times outside hiking with my dogs so much better. Your packs have been with me and my dogs for ten years. Hiking all over America. Jazz and Annie, my current dogs (poor Murray passed away just last year at 15) use his old pack and have worn it everywhere from Cades Cove in Tennessee, to Caribou Lake in the northern rockies of Idaho, to here in Vermont where we currently live at Cold Antler.

You make something you should be very very proud of. I have mentioned Wolf Packs in my book* as well. There is a WHOLE CHAPTER on working house dogs and packing and you guys are a main resource from the book.

Thank you!
Jenna

* Jenna not only won our art contest years ago with her talent, but has written a book titled "Made From Scratch".


Awesome

Date: Wed, 2 Jul 2003 19:07:11 -0400
From: Barbara Taylor
Subject: Awesome

Packs received today, they are AWESOME! Excellent workmanship. Thank you very much, we will enjoy these for a long time to come.

Barbara
Marley, Chandra Mukhi and Rainey

Wolf Packs - Gear For Working

Date: Mon, 8 Jul 2002 19:42:18 EDT
From: Ben Johnson
Subject: Re: Wolf Packs - Gear For Working

Linda,
I wanted to send you a picture of my three year old yellow lab named Abby. Abby has been hiking and using a Banzai back for a year now and wanted to say thank you for constructing such a great product. Living in Florida, the pack gets a lot of use at the beach and we have just come back from a great back country hike in the Smoky Mountains. Abby is always excited to put the pack on and she always knows that when the pack is on - we don't go walking - we go hiking. Thank you again and it is a pleasure doing business with Wolf Packs.

Sincerely,
Ben Johnson

Trapper's New Backpack!

Date: Tue, 19 Mar 1996 20:57:03
From: Geoffrey Blair
Subject: Trapper's new backpack!
Trapper wearing a Reflector dog pack
Trapper relaxes in his red Banzai dog pack during their hike in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.

Hi Linda -

Can't tell you how pleased we are with Trapper's (our Golden) new pack. We dove right in and bought the top of your line and are glad we did. He is not easy on it and it has been through the toughest of brush, rock, snow and ice without losing a stitch! It's also hard to believe how much better he walks / runs with it over the last pack he had (from another manufacturer). It sort of just hung on him, hitting his elbows and shifting forward whenever descending a mountain.

Your pack is terrific. Thanks for all your help on the phone just before we ordered it.

Geoff and Fran Blair (Bloom)

*****

Date: Sat, 22 Jan 2000 18:42:46 -0500
From: Geoff Blair
Subject: Our Banzai

One of the nice features of our designs is that they all allow dogs to lay down & relax, even while wearing their dog packs. As you can see in the photo, Trapper is resting peacefully after a long hike. He doesn't even look like he's aware that his pack is still attached.

Hi Linda -

Was looking at your new site (new to us anyway). It's great.

In doing so, I saw that we had bought Trapper's pack almost four years ago. Trapper has somewhat retired from the arduous hiking and our new addition Summit is taking over, WITH the four year old Banzai! Not a stitch has broken...not a tear in the cloth. Trapper has climbed 39 of New Hampshire's 4,000 footers with his Banzai...through narrow rock openings, under low blow downs, through ice arches, and has been swimming with it on virtually every hike and the Banzai keeps on ticking! I can't say enough for the overall quality. It was certainly worth the few dollars over what was certain to be a far inferior product!

Hope things are well with you. Looks like the company is in a steady growth mode!

Take care,
Geoff Blair

FANTASTIC!!!!

Date: Fri, 10 Dec 1999 08:53:15 -0700
From: Bones
Subject: FANTASTIC!!!!
Mimbres wearing a Banzai dog pack
Katherine Anderson and Mimbres live in Tucson, Arizona. Mimbres' pack usually encounters spiny cactus, thorny shrubs, and jagged granite boulders (Katherine reports that "it has held up beautifully") during their daily walks.
Mimbres wearing a Banzai dog pack
Mimbres in action during a winter vacation to the San Gabriel Mountains in California for some snow play. This is her first introduction to snow. She seems to really love it, as she races around boulders and snow covered logs in her pack. Katherine says: "Mimbres carries an emergency ID card, an idea I picked up from reading other customers' comments. This is good insurance for our backcountry trail runs, as we usually go alone."

Dear Linda and Paul -

Mimbres' Banzai pack and Trail Dog patch arrived yesterday - just as I was loading her into the truck for a trail run. It fit perfectly! I was immediately impressed with its balance and stability. Mimbres is a very active dog, and was leaping through spiny brush and making sharp turns without a hitch at top speed. It doesn't constrict her movement in the slightest - she hardly noticed it was there.

Our usual trail run ends up at our local off-leash dog area, and I left the pack on her for a bit - the pack held up through lying down, racing, leaping, wrestling, chasing, rolling, and other dogs' teeth! What is different about your pack is that it functions as part of the dog, rather than a hindrance on her back. It doesn't slide forward or back or side to side or chafe and rub on her elbows as other packs do. Everyone at the dog park was as impressed as I, and Mimbres' new pack was tested on several dogs. You've made a customer for life!

Thanks for a wonderful product - your knowledge and expertise show in your packs!

Cheers!

Katherine "Bones" Anderson and Mimbres

P.S. - Your service is also impeccable - I had not expected it to arrive so quickly!

Shayla's Pack

Date: Sat, 20 Nov 1999 00:02:44 +1300
From: Linda Guinness
Subject: Shayla's Pack
Shayla wearing a Banzai dog pack
Linda Guinness and her Scout Troop include Shayla. This lucky Rottweiler gets to tote the scouts' provisions while they explore the beautiful trails of New Zealand together.

Hi guys,

Just wanted to let you know how much we are enjoying Shayla's Banzai. Have enclosed a jpeg of her with some of her scout troop on a recent tramp. She thoroughly enjoyed herself and the extra weight didn't slow her down as much as we would have liked! She even swam across the river with the pack on before I had a chance to whip it off her - lucky I had all her stuff packed in plastic bags! She was carrying all the scouts' ground beef and marshmallows among other things. The only problem we had was when we had a very steep ridge to scale and although she tried we had to hoist her up by the pack in the end - a strong hand hold for that purpose on the top of the pack could be something to consider - we actually ripped the Velcro off one of the straps in the process but if we hadn't grabbed her by the pack she would have had a nasty fall.

It's amazing the difference it made to the public perception of Shayla when we tramp with her and her Wolf Pack - usually everybody passes on the extreme edge of the track from this "viscious Rottweiler" but when we have the pack and the scout scarf on her everyone says "Ooh, look at that cute doggie - she has a pack on!" and they all want to pat her and admire her pack. Every person we passed on the track with a dog asked where I got the pack from on our first tramp with it so I passed on your web address. Quite a few people from my Obedience and Agility Club have asked for it too, not to mention all the Shepherd owners I know at Trials and Tracking. We don't have anything like that here in New Zealand - if you ever need an agent ...

It's very hard to get a clear picture with enough contrast of a very black dog with a dark green pack, especially in our bush, so you may have to crop this and blow it up or something if you want to use it. I'll try and get some action shots for you of her swimming through the river next time!

Keep up the good work, it's bringing us a lot of pleasure.

Linda (Mum), Antony (12), Sarah (10), Shayla (3) and Arawa Scout Troop,
Wellington
New Zealand

THANKS!!

Date: 7 Aug 1999 101346 -0700
From: Meredith Clebsch
Subject: THANKS!!

You guys are too much. I sure appreciate how fast you got our order out so now we can go for a pre-vacation hike to break in this new packing idea. Nanner looks great in purple (yellow lab) and will no doubt be the fashion statement of the Sawtooths while she helps out w/the load.

I think I've already sold at least 2 more packs for you in just 12 hours. Hers seems to fit perfectly and looks like it's just what we needed. Will surely have some on-the-trail glamour shots to forward to you for your scrapbook.

Thanks again for SUPERB service!!

Meredith Clebsch

New Pack

Date: Tue, 20 Jul 1999 090223 -0400
From: Brad Gwynn
Subject: New Pack
Salty wearing a Banzai dog pack
Salty accompanies her owner, Brad Gwynn on his unicycle trips. This beautiful and athletic German Shepherd wears a black Banzai dog pack in size Medium. This photo was taken along side an unpaved rail trail in Marblehead, MA. it connects Salem, Marblehead and Swampscott. Salty and Brad travel this trail several times a week. Brad says "Salty and I travel all over southern New England on it's many unpaved and mostly unused rail trails, although we usually use the Marblehead one (closest to home). We average about 50 miles a week."

Here is a photo of my dog, Salty, and I. The pack comes in very handy for carrying her water, and a picnic lunch, and still has plenty of room left for dog toys, first aid kit, tools, etc. She even carries the cash now! My Camelback is much lighter now. And she really seams to enjoy wearing her own pack! The Lash Patches work great for attaching a safety light as well as other stuff.

Thanks for making a great dog pack!

Brad

Banzai Pack

Date: Thu, 8 Jul 1999 101453 -0400
From: Jacob A. Morrill
Subject: Banzai Pack

Dear Linda & Paul -

I received a brand new Banzai pack in the mail yesterday afternoon, and it's fantastic. I ordered a Small for my 36 lb. Beagle/Pointer mix (on Linda's recommendation) and it fits her perfectly. It's exactly what I was hoping for. When she first put it on, she was a little unsure of herself and kept bumping into doorways, but once we hit the trail (we had to go for a hike immediately to try it out) she was her usual graceful self. I'm so happy I found your web page and ordered a Wolf Pack.

Thanks for your help and thanks for a superior product.

- Jacob Morrill

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Date: Wed, 22 Sep 1999 191535 -0400
From: Jacob A. Morrill

Linda -

As you may or may not know (I've mentioned it a few times on the Trail Dog List) I'm going to be starting a Thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail in February with my pup. The Banzai pack is working great. I get so many comments on it. I have even directed a few dog owners to the site. Most dog owners are *really* impressed with the pack and say that they have never seen one so nice and they have looked *everywhere*.

I'm so glad that I stumbled onto your web page!

- Jake

Great Pack

Date: Fri, 30 Apr 1999 081334 -0700 (PDT)
From: Andrew Mytys
Subject: Great Pack

Dear Linda and Paul,

Your Banzai dog pack shows all the technical features and engineering that goes into a modern pack - it's just built with the dog in mind.

The price is reasonable, the customer service is great. Reading the FAQ on your web-site, its obvious that not only have you put plenty of thought into your product, but you really care about the dogs comfort as well.

The Wolf Pack should be the "defacto standard". Customers should be exposed to the Wolf Pack in the store, not on the trail, on another dog, after they've already invested money in an inferior product.

Look at the Wolf Pack first. If you're not sold immediately, try to find a better designed pack. Keep in mind things like durability, safety features, the comfort of your pet. If you find something better, buy it. If you want to save yourself some time, don't even bother looking.

Andrew Mytys

Iggy At Mardi Gras

Date: Sat, 27 Feb 1999 083152 -0600
From: Thomas Bourgeois
Subject: Iggy at Mardi Gras
Iggy wearing a Banzai dog pack
Thomas Bourgeois' Weimaraner Iggy accompanied him to the 1999 New Orleans Mardi Gras. Iggy wore his orange Banzai dog pack at the event. He also wore some handsome bead necklaces. Thomas says, "He survived and was a hit with his pack." Sure looks like they had fun!

We had over 5 million extra people here in the city and it seemed like everyone of them stopped to ask me about his pack. I was constantly giving out your web address. I'm sure you should get some business out of it. Iggy really enjoys his pack and from day one accepted it like it was the cool thing to wear. I hope all is well and thank you from me and Iggy for making such an incredible product.

Thomas Bourgeois

Thanks For The Great Pack!

Date: Wed, 09 Dec 1998 134554 -0500
From: esther/sosha
Subject: Thanks For The Great Pack!

Dear Linda and Paul,

In June I purchased your Banzai pack, along with some other camping goodies, for my Siberian Husky Shira. Shira and her friend Frodo accompanied me on a three month long trip up the east coast from Florida into Canada in a VW Vanagon camper.

We did a lot of backpacking and Shira was great with her pack. We even used it to get out of a jam when my boyfriend and I decided to drop our packs and hightail to the car 2 days in on a trail. We only had one fanny pack and Shira carried all the emergency gear and food in case we couldn't get to the car before nightfall, and she didn't even seem to notice the extra heavy load. She was able to do anything with the pack on, even zipping through trees and under logs at 90 miles per hour for chipmunks.

I could go on and on about the trip and how the pack contributed to the fun. I want to thank you for designing such great gear and for turning me on to packing. Shira wants to thank you too Awoooooo woooo woooo wooooow oooo!!!!!

Have a great holiday!

Sosha Zaretsky, Florida

Backpacks Arrived

Date: Mon, 16 Nov 1998 160023 -0800
From: megan loe
Subject: Backpacks Arrived

The backpacks for Logan and Jazzy arrived just now and they are BEAUTIFUL and fit so incredibly well. We have done lots of backpacking with our dogs over the years and these far surpass our old packs in quality and fit.

Several collie friends wanted to know when they arrived how they fit, and what size we ordered for each dog as they will probably also make an order. I am recommending others in the collie community buy their dog packs from you. Many people are doing backpacking with their collies.

Thank you for your great work and the return on Logan's first pack which was too big for him. We can't wait to take our next hike.

Megan Loe

No Elbow Wear

Date: Fri, 24 Jul 1998 4:03 PM
From: Michael Gibson
Subject: No Elbow Wear

Our 8 year old wolf/shepard/malmute, Sequoia is the proud owner of a Banzai Wolf Pack. She recently tested it out on a hike in the Adirondacks up Mt. Marcy. My sister Whit said the pack worked great. Now all she needs is for the arthritis to subside in her troubled paws. She does alright, just a lot slower than she used to be.

It's nice to finally find a pack that doesn't bother her. I remember on a hike we took in the cascades, Sequoia's old pack was rubbing her front arm pits raw. I had to rig an old t-shirt around the straps while on the last few days of the 57 mile hike.

Take care

Morgan Hall

Bella In Yosemite

Date: Tue 21 Jul 1998 12:16 PM
From: Louise Laub
Subject: Bella In Yosemite
Bella wearing a Banzai dog pack
Louise & Wayne Laub's Rhodesian Ridgeback Bella enjoys her first experience in snow in the spectacular Yosemite region. Here she is relaxing while wearing her orange Banzai dog pack.

Linda and Paul:

We wanted to send you a photo from our road trip, and say thank you for making such a great product! Our Ridgeback, Bella, enjoyed going on hikes with us and we enjoyed being able to bring her with us. At first, she was reluctant to wear the pack (we nicknamed her 'Miss Mule'), but once we started on the trails, she got used to it quickly, and we all had a great time.

Thanks again,

Louise, Wayne and Bella

When?

Date: Friday, July 10, 1998 3:20 PM
From: Jeff Knudson
Subject: Re: When?

Hello,

Just to let you know, your service is excellent. I received the pack today, took it for a test drive. She likes it fine. I'm duly impressed.

I make a lot of my own stuff. I made my dog's smaller pack, which is similar than yours. I needed a larger one, but couldn't figure out how to make the design improvements I wanted to. Bought yours. Very satisfied. Thank you. Will send picture.

Jeff Knudson

My Pack Arrived!

Date: Thu, 30 Apr 1998 193937 -0400
From: R M Hicks
Subject: My Pack Arrived!

Hi Linda,

I ordered a Wolf Pack from you last week, and it arrived yesterday!! I don't know if you remember or not, but I am the one that has 2 dogs and couldn't decide on the small or x-small.

Just wanted to let you know that I got the small, and it fits Astro perfectly. He is a 55 pound Border Collie, and he is SO PROUD! I've put it on him a couple of times when we go for our walks, and he just struts around like he's cool dog. I hope to put it to the test soon, and believe me I will send my comments as well as a picture. I love it! I also love the hat, shirt, and the Wolf Packs patch that I ordered. Thanks for sending the Power Bone. I can't imagine my dogs having more energy than they already have, but I know it will come in handy on those hikes!

By the way, the pack didn't come close to fitting Meg, my 35 pound Border Collie. So now I know the x-small is for her. Time to start saving my money! Again, thank you, thank you, thank you for the great service. It was really nice getting to talk to you on the phone. That made me that much more confident in ordering the pack.

Well, I've gone on long enough. I will get back to you when I take pictures and have my first trail report.

Thanks again,

Rhonda Hicks, Astro and Meg

Order

Date: Sun, 26 Apr 1998 102213 EDT
From: Daniel & Carin Barwick
Subject: Order

Dear folks at Wolf Packs,

Here's another order for you. The first pack we ordered from you has held up great! Now we have another dog, Willie, who wants to go hiking too!

We'd like a Banzai dog pack. Color forest green. size medium.

Daniel & Carin Barwick

Photos

Date: Sat, 18 Apr 1998 182730 EDT
From: AZSJWILL
Subject: Photos
Apollo and Zeus wearing Banzai dog packs
German Shepherds Zeus and Apollo, owned by Steve Williamson, hike along the shore of Ennerdale Lake in Great Britain. They help during this five day trip by packing gear in their Banzai dog packs.

To Wolf Packs, Linda & Paul;

I've just arrived back from a five day trip on the fells with my two German Shepherds and they have loved every moment, even with the weather being very cold. The packs were brilliant, as they held everything that the dogs needed, such as food, water and essential items such as toys.

Every person that saw the dogs thought that their packs were a great idea and looked good on the dogs. Also the packs are very useful as a pillow at night in the tent.

Regards, Steve Williamson :-)

Pack I Bought From You

Date: Sat, 21 Mar 1998 223620 EST
From: Gammara1
Subject: Pack I Bought From You

Terrific! Just got back from our first hike with our doggie, Lightening. The pack was awesome. Lightening had no problem with it. The pack carried our stove, gas, her food, and miscellaneous items. It weighed in at about 11 lbs. - she weighs 45 pounds. Her booties were fine in the tent, and she seemed to enjoy wearing them. Your products are quality and rugged.

Jim Phillips M.D.

PS. Lightening loved the Power Bone bars. The only problem I had was convincing my son not to take a bite of one. He said it smelled so good...

His Kingdom For A Wolf Pack

Date: 26 Feb 98 110639 -0800
From: Richard Amezquita
Subject: His Kingdom For A Wolf Pack
King wearing a Banzai dog pack
King & Noni on the Sweeny Ridge Trail in San Bruno, California. This trail takes you up to the Portola Discovery site and let's you gaze at both the Pacific Ocean & the Bay Area at the same time. On clear days the Golden Gate is almost recognizable off in the distance.

Linda,

King didn't know what to think of his new Banzai when he first tried it on, but as soon as he connected that a Wolf Pack meant a super walk, then the mere sighting of it would start his tail wagging more energetically than usual.

His sister Noni is starting to get jealous so it looks like we are going to have to invest in a new pack for her. That will reduce another 15 pounds from my pack so our trips to Trinity, Tahoe, and Shasta will allow them to live up to their working dog breed class.

Thanks again for the super service, advice, and support!

Regards,
Richard

Wolf Packs

Date: Thu, 29 Jan 1998 17:55:06 -0800
From: Robert C Redden
Subject: Wolf Packs

Dear Linda & Paul;

Just received our order today. Thanks for the fast service!

The pack looks great on Wolfie. We went for our afternoon break walk with it and Wolfie is as impressed as I am. We'll be sure to send some photos after our first outing with the new pack. I'll also be sure to direct other dog packers to you guys. Word of mouth is always the best.

Thanks again,

Bob & Wolfie Redden

My New Banzai

Date: Tue, 06 Jan 1998 11:35:33 -0600
From: Brian Phillips
Subject: My New Banzai

I just received my new Banzai and was very pleased. I could not wait to put it on my one year old, white German shepherd Ura (pronounced "ooda")--- its Basque. It fit great and looked even better. I was very impressed with the quality and the amount of storage of the pack, it will be great for short and long hikes. It's about time URA carries his weight.

I will send pictures as soon as I can.

Thanks again,

Brian

Letter From A Customer

This message was mailed to us on November 20, 1997 by John Boegman in letter form.

I have been very satisfied with the Banzai pack that I got for Pepper. It took no time for him to get used to the pack and he immediately associated it with going out for fun and games.

John Boegman

They Arrived!!

Date: Fri, 21 Mar 1997 01:12:38 +0930
From: Bryn Rhys Odermatt
Subject: They Arrived!!

Dear Linda,

IT ARRIVED!!

The pack bags are everything we had hoped for and more. They are fantastic!! I don't know how many compliments I can bestow upon you and your company but you deserve them all. From what we can anticipate from the quality of your bags, you can expect a rather large order hopefully around mid-April.

Happy Trails,

Bryn Rhys Odermatt
Siberian Husky and Alaskan Malamute Club of South Australia, Inc.

Banzai

Date: Thu, 25 Jul 1996 15:52:34 -0600
From: Ann Daugherty Good
Subject: Banzai

Hi Linda,

I just wanted to drop you a note to let you know how pleased I am with the Banzai pack I bought for Tripper.

Before I bought this pack, I took Tripper on a tour of outdoor outfitters looking for dog packs. I didn't like any that I saw. The fit wasn't right, some packs interfered with his movement, the quality of materials and construction wasn't what I expected.

The Banzai fits well and has a clean, efficient design. Because we do some urban hiking and most of our conditioning in town, the reflective strips are very important to me and because we hike in areas heavy with mesquite, the ballistic brushguards are a necessity. The materials are first rate and it's well made. Tripper's pack has logged many miles, but still looks like it just came out of the box (with the exception of all the white hair covering it!).

Thanks for an excellent product (btw, I love the limited slip collar and nylon lead, too). I'll be ordering another Banzai for Webster, as soon as he's old enough to carry a full load.

Ann Daugherty Good
and the SunTrip Samoyeds:
Charisma Trip To Enchantment, CD, CGC
Kriskella's WWW SunTrip, CGC

Testimonial To Wolf Packs

Date: Wed, 24 Jul 1996 16:02:53 -0600
From: MLH Bonham aka Sky Warrior
Subject: Testimonial to Wolf Packs

When I first started dog packing with my Malamutes, I found that most dog packs were either poorly designed (or constructed), or could not hold an adequate amount of gear. I bought a cheap pack. I liked the design, but it had almost no room in it. I borrowed a pack from a friend and that pack, while roomy, banged against my dogs' elbows and the straps that made up the saddle ripped fur off my dog's back.

In desperation, I called up the outfitter who makes my sledding gear and asked her about the packs she carried. She said she carried Wolf Packs and was very pleased with them. I called Linda and grilled her about the designs. What I needed was a pack with a tapered front end, a one-piece saddle, and Fastex-type buckles that could carry 35 pounds or more. Happy to say, Wolf Packs do all that and more. I was delighted to hear that their Banzai had ballistic nylon cloth and lash panels for gear.

When I received the pack, my dog hiking friends couldn't believe the price. There are other packs out there that are not as well made and cost more. We've finished one of my Malamutes' working pack dog (WPD) titles with a Wolf Packs dog pack. Since then, I've bought a second one for one of my other dogs and I am very pleased.

I've seen other dog packs, but most can't compare when you account for quality and price. I recommend these packs to anyone who is looking for a backpack for their dog.

MLH Bonham aka Sky Warrior

Testimonial

Date: Tue, 2 Jul 1996 18:10:01 -0400 (EDT)
From: Jim Greenway
Subject: Testimonial
Bonnie wearing a Banzai dog pack
Jim Greenway's golden retriever Bonnie at the top of Brasstown Bald (elevation 4,800'), Georgia's highest mountain. Brasstown was too foggy for scenic shots, so Jim photographed Bonnie on the deck of the lookout.

On Palm Sunday, 1993, a powerful storm system passed through the Southeast, spinning off a number of tornadoes. One tornado traversed my neighborhood and almost leveled my home. Both of my dogs required treatment after their kennel was pretzeled. All but a portion of my house suffered extensive wind and water damage. In digging through my former kitchen, I saw a spot of orange underneath a muck of broken glass and spoiled food from my overturned refrigerator. It turned out to be my Wolf Packs pack. I didn't expect much of it after it was blown through the house and buried under rather smelly garbage. However, the pack was unscathed. A good washing and another coat of seam sealer made it as good as new.

I continue to use the pack, and the tough fabric and manufacturing still serve me in good stead. Last fall, I returned it at the last minute to Wolf Packs for an upgrade before an Appalachian Trail trip. Linda didn't think twice about processing the request and turning it around to me in time.

Ironically, Bonnie and I were bumped out of that trip when Hurricane Opal steamrolled through the southeast three days before my trip. Maybe we could put Linda and The Weather Channel together....

Jim Greenway
Bonnie wearing a Banzai dog pack
The photo above shows Bonnie sitting near the marker for the Southern Terminus of the Appalachian Trail, located on Springer Mountain (elevation 3,782'). Her dog pack setup includes an ingenious leash created by Jim.

An Experienced Hiker's Comments

This message was given to us by Charlene during her visit to our facility. She is the author of a well known book which covers the subject of dog packing titled "A Guide to Backpacking With Your Dog". We offer this book in our book store.
Buddy wearing a Banzai dog pack
Buddy an Alaskan Malamute owned and bred by Charlene, shows off his Forest Green
Banzai dog pack. Charlene & Buddy, have logged many miles with this pack.

Dear Wolf Packs,

Wolf Packs are one of the nicest dog packs on the market. The little additions (like the reflective tape) are such a plus, and are a wonderful safety item. Your packs are perfect for many breeds. Thanks for making such a nice, well made dog pack!

Charlene LaBelle