Kabang Review. The Mary Poppins’ bag for dog owners. What sets it aside from all the rest?

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I have been slightly distracted with Instagram and have built up quite a community with other dog owners. Once I’d reached a certain amount of followers (I can’t remember how many!) I decided to launch a giveaway as a way of saying thank you to all those that follow our profile. This is how I came into contact with Any and her KABANGĀ®. At first she offered to sponsor a micro-fibre cloth which you can attach to the KABANGĀ® system to take with you on trips. It comes in handy for wiping hands or paws before you get back into the car or even drying your dog, as it is so soft and has great absorbancy. We had contact over the phone and through Instagram and we watched our followers grow. The giveaway was a great success and because a lot of small companies had agreed to collaborate with me, it meant I had several prizes to give away. At some point Any offered to gift me a KABANGĀ® in agreement that I included it in a post on Instagram, a blog post and maybe even a video on YouTube. So here we are! Thank you Any!

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What’s the main function of the KABANGĀ®?

I have been using the KABANGĀ® for around three months now and it has been everywhere with us. It hangs in my hallway with the coats and when I take Lotta out, I don’t have to search for anything anymore, I just swing the KABANGĀ® over my shoulder. What I really love about it, is that at the back of the bag is a separate compartment where there’s space for a full dog waste bag, which means it frees up your hands and you don’t have to walk along swinging a stinky bag until you find the next dog waste bin. In the summer I don’t have any pockets to put the items I need on a dog walk, so this is going to be great in summer. In the winter it means I don’t have to stuff my pockets full of treats and dog waste bags.

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Where does the name KABANGĀ® come from?

The name comes from Korean which means a bag.

What do I have in the bag?

I usually have the pocket for my smart phone attached to the front belt part and the bag that hangs down at my side. The bag contains waste disposal dog bags and some treats. When Lotta is off the lead I store the lead in the front net compartment so that I have my hands free but there is so much room for so much more.

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What do you get when you buy a KABANGĀ®?

The KABANGĀ® is an adjustable belt system with an attachable bag which can also be used separately. The KABANGĀ® Classic comes with a pocket which can be fitted to the belt and the bag. The KABANGĀ® Complete comes with a special water bottle holder which is best fitted at the back of the belt and two pockets and the bag. The pockets are attached to the belt by slipping them through the belt then attaching the clasp to the metal hoops. This means they stay securely in place and don’t swing from side to side. Inside all the pockets and the main bag are metal hoops so that you can attach keys or dog whistles to them. The bag is also available separately for those of you just interested in a treat bag and also the pocket for the used dog waste bag.

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Are there any add ons?

As I mentioned earlier you can buy a micro-fibre cloth that can be attached with a bone shaped MunkeeĀ® carabiner to the KABANGĀ®. This cloth is so soft and absorbent, I use it to wipe Lotta’s paws before she gets back into the car but it has other uses such as, drying off a wet dog or wiping hands clean of residue from the dog treats. Just recently the option to have the cloth personalised by embroidering the name of your dog on it has been added. You can also buy extra pockets to attach to the KABANGĀ®.

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Is this made in China?

The answer to this is, no,Ā it definitely isn’t! The materials are all sourced in Germany and everything is carefully sewn together by a local seamstress in AllgƤu. The belt system is waterproof and very robust while also being very light weight.

Why do I need a KABANGĀ®?

I had been looking for something similar to this system for a long time and the other bags just didn’t match my expectations. I was so glad to find the KABANGĀ® and it makes going for walks so much more relaxed and I never forget anything. Safety has also been thought of and reflectors have been sewn into the belt, so that when visibility is poor, I can clearly be seen by other people but also car drivers. If you want to be well prepared for your dog walks without having to carry a rucksack and stuffing your pockets full of treats and toys, you really need a KABANGĀ®!

Where can I buy a KABANGĀ®?

There is a KABANGĀ® for every budget making it affordable for everyone. You can purchase one on the website shop here:Ā Kabang.dog

Until July there is a discount code ‘lottaskabang’ which saves you 10% using this link:

KABANGĀ®

*Affiliate Link* It’s also available in different variations on Amazon here:

KABANGĀ® Classic

KABANGĀ® Komplett

KABANGĀ® Bag

Some local pet stores are stocking them too,Ā  ‘Hund Katze Maus Der Laden’ in Grafing near Munich: Rotterstrasse 12, 85567 Grafing. Tel. 08092 8684460

Can the KABANGĀ® be improved?

Any has already made huge improvements and values genuine feed back of how she can improve the system. It used to be a velcro system that attached the pockets to the belt. It’s now a loop and clasp system which makes it very secure. The only velcro now is on the flap of the pockets so they can be closed. It would be helpful to have a separate compartment in the main bag to store a purse, so that I wouldn’t need a handbag when we are travelling. For me it’s also a little too long in the summer without a jacket, maybe there should be an option for smaller carabiners to attach the bag to the belt system? I love the colours red and black but maybe some other customers would like to see it come in different colours. To stay up to date with KABANGĀ® follow them on InstagramĀ @kabang.dog or visit their website, as mentioned above.

Conclusion

I have never found a bag quite like it and I have looked everywhere for one that suited my needs. The other bags I’ve found, haven’t had space for my smart phone and, as far as I know, there isn’t a bag with a separate compartment for a full dog waste disposable bag. It really is the Mary Poppins’ bag of all dog bags!

Eva from @undercover.labrador-ein Huskyblog, has also written a detailed blog post about the KABANGĀ® in German:

Undercover.Labrador

 

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Josie & LottaĀ 

 

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Day Trip from Loano to Monaco

When we were planning our trip to Italy, I really wanted to visit some of the famous and beautiful, touristy towns of the Italian Riviera. We chose to stay in Loano because it was in between two of the towns/countries I wanted to visit. I had always wanted to visit Monaco with its extravagant style and all the millionaire yachts and Portofino was to be on the list too. I first heard of Portifino when Wayne Rooney married there and I fell in love with the photos I had seen. First I will take you on a fascinating journey to Monaco.

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The journey there was very easy, although the satellite navigation system didn’t seem to work too well near Monaco. Once we drove off the motorway the ascending road became narrower and very curvy. There are several viewing placesĀ to stop and take in the breathtaking scenery. Once we had driven up to the top of the road to Monaco, we passed border control, where several men in uniform stood by the side of the road. I was amazed at how small Monaco was, considering the amount of money it has. I had imagined it to be bigger. We parked in a multi storey car park and walked into the centre of Monaco. It was quite breathtaking, this small sovereign country set in a bay with cliffs as its backdrop. Unfortunately the weather took a turn for the worse and we decided to purchase a couple of umbrellas on the way to Monaco castle, to see the changing of the guards.

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Being so compact, Monaco is very easy to navigate and we had no problems finding the places we wanted to visit. My mother in law said the changing of the guard at The Prince’s Palace was a must see. To get to the palace we walked up a long, steep narrow pathway right to the top. It was such a fantastic view of Monaco, it was well worth the walk up to the top. Lotta loved the ascent with plenty of new smells and a few places to stop and relieve herself. She wasn’t however very pleased to see all the people also waiting to watch the changing of the guard. We waited patiently in the ‘Place de Palais’ with anticipation admiring the view of the yachts below and the stationary canons that once guarded the palace. At five minutes to twelve the action started. If you have seen the changing guard of Buckingham palace, this is of no comparison, but never the less a must see if you are visiting the country.

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Changing of the guards at the Prince’s palace Monaco.
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Look at those beautiful windows!
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Monaco castle from a different perspective.

The palace village is very quaint with its own narrow pedestrianized streets and touristy shops and cafes. The architecture is beautiful with vibrant colours, I particularly liked the mirrored windows of some of the palace buildings in the courtyard. Lotta seemed to enjoy the spectacular views from the top as well. From here we walked through the quaint little streets and made our way down to the main city. We walked through the harbour to see the spectacular yachts on show. I knew the yachts were big but some of them were so ridiculously huge, they had another smaller yacht inside them! I was in awe of what I saw but at the same time quite sickened to see such absurd riches when we have so much poverty and hunger in the world.

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Lotta enjoying the view of the harbour from the Prince’s Palace village.
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The descent to the harbour.
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Monte Carlo harbour as seen from the castle.
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Millionaire’s yachts.

Next on the agenda was the famous ‘Casino Monte Carlo’ that once featured in the 1995 James Bond movie ‘Golden Eye’ with Pierce Brosnan. We made our way through the harbour up to the Casino, walking through the tunnel where the formula 1 drivers have a chance to over take and up the steep windy hill to the casino. Walking the track you can fully appreciate the skill of the formula 1 drivers who have to navigate their way through a pretty treacherous track. Once there you are greeted with the most expensive and extravagant cars imaginable from Porsches to Mercedes to Lamborghinis, you can see them all parked in and around the casino. In the centre is a huge mirror centered in a park with a grassy area. Here you can find a hotel and restaurants and cafes but be sure to take enough money with you or your credit card!

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Casino Monte-Carlo.
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It was quite hot outside the casino!
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The gardens in front of the casino. No dogs allowed unfortunately!

We had a fantastic day out, luckily we chose a day where it was a little bit cooler otherwise I think it would have been too hot for Lotta. Dogs are very welcome in Monaco although some of the gardens, dogs are prohibited. Would I go back? At the time I said no but I may be tempted back again someday and visit the casino and some of the museums. If I won the lottery I would definitely visit with my yacht!

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Photo challenge: ‘Textures’

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Ebersberg Forest

This week’s photo challenge is of one of our favourite walks in our little town. I love the different textures shown in this photo, the bark of the old trees, the summer green grass, the glimpse of our town in the background all offer different textures. This was a particularly hot day two weeks ago and to keep cool I decided to head to the forest for a refreshing walk.

Some history of the forest:

Ebersberg Forest stretches across 90km2 of Bavaria and is one of the largest stretches of forest in Germany. From the 36m high ‘Look out Tower’ there is a wonderful view of the northern Alps of Salzburg across to the Wetterstein mountains (if the weather allows a clear view). If you look closely on the trees there are memorial plaques of fallen soldiers from WW11. They were all so very young and seeing them on the trees brings it home to just how many young men lost their lives, not just from this country but so many more.

The forest has two lakes, Egglburgsee and Klostersee, several popular bier gardens and a wildlife park which is at the ‘SauschĆ¼tt’. Klostersee is open for people to swim in its waters free of charge. Unfortunately there are no dogs allowed. At the ‘SauschĆ¼tt’ you can see deer, a variety of preying birds and wild boar. It’s a great family day out and your four legged friends are welcome too. Nature reserves are also very prominent in the forest and in most places the dogs have to remain on the lead.

‘Museum Wald und Umwelt Ebersberg’ is situated at the carpark near the Look out Tower and is worth visiting. It holds exhibitions and events which are of great interest. Click on the link to read more:Ā Museum

The forest even has its own mythical tale of ‘The white Lady’. There have been several sightings of a ghostly figure around midnight whilst driving through the forest. Several serious accidents have been reported at around midnight near the Hubertus chapel. If you see a light burning in the chapel, you know the White Lady is around!

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