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NYC Subway Banned Dogs Unless They Fit in a Bag. Local Commuters Found the Most Creative Loop Hole

In NYC, “bag dogs” are fast becoming the latest must-have accessory. The pup trend began in 2016 after NYC City enforced a new rule banning dogs on the subway. The rules simply stated that pets have to be “enclosed in a container.” Well, New York dog owners love a good loophole. Thankfully, the rules didn’t state anything about the size of the animal, or the style of the container. So, for these creative and fashion-forward commuters, it was “challenge accepted!”

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Image: Instagram / Bag Dogs

Ever since the law has been set in motion, New Yorkers have been wowing us with a series of ingenious, stylish and fabulous ways to push the law to the limits. From tiny dogs in designer tote bags to trendy dogs in backpacks, commuters really let their creativity shine. Some even stunned us with some pretty trailblazing ways to squeeze oversized dogs into an IKEA bag. So let’s take a glimpse at the most creative “bag dogs” to ever grace the NYC Subway.

The PeekaBoo Pooch

When this commuter carried his pint-sized pup onto the subway cleverly concealed inside a tote bag, he probably thought the inspector would notice. His mission was complete. However, his curious dog had other ideas. They couldn’t wait for the chance to excitedly poke their head out of the bag and peek around the carriage.

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Image; Instagram / Bag Dogs

It’s fair to say that if you didn’t know about the subway dog ban, and just saw an adorable dog’s head randomly floating out of the bag, you might be a little bit surprised and blown away. The dog also looks a little dazed and confused too! However, this commuter showed us how to sidestep the ban in true tote style!

Two For the Price of One

We have to admit, sometimes seeing dogs sitting excitedly inside tote bags with their heads sticking out, is pure cuteness overload. In this case, we got two pooches for the price of one. In some ways, the subway ban turned bringing dogs in bags onto the subway into the latest must-have accessory too.

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Image: Instagram / Ollie Pupper

We have a sneaky suspicion that these two head-turners attracted a great deal of attention that day aswell. We just wonder how many commuters stopped to take a photo. We’re also sure that it’s a great way to socialize on the subway too! What better way to start a conversation than by complimenting the style of bag you chose to take your pup onto the subway!

The Unsuspecting Photobomber

While some New Yorkers opted for the tote bag approach, this genius commuter chose the backpack route. Well, technically he is carrying his dog in a container, so a backpack still counts. We also love that the proud commuter took the opportunity to capture the hilarious moment with a sneaky selfie.

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Image: Instagram / Waffles From Brooklyn

Evidently, his dog was just as excited as his owner to be given a piggy-back ride on the subway. The dog couldn’t resist photobombing the selfie and smiling straight into the camera. It was like he was born ready to pose, and this hilarious snap is pure photo gold! They also make the cutest duo. We would love to follow their subway backpack adventures every day!

The Clock Watcher

If only dogs could talk… While the owner looks like he’s anxiously waiting to get to his destination, his loyal pet is totally in sync with him. While the owner looks like he is counting the stops and simply can’t wait to get out of the subway, the dog also looks like they’re anxiously counting the stops too.

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Image: Instagram: Hansy and Brush

Although the dog does look pretty comfy in that worn-out grey backpack, we’re sure they are also wondering why they are even in a bag. Perhaps the dog is patiently waiting for the moment when they can finally exit the subway and finally convince their owner to upgrade their bag!

Planning Their Great Escape

While some pets are happy to sit patiently on the subway, even though they are not too happy with being in a tote bag, other dogs are a little more adventurous. This anxious pooch is not even trying to hide it. They look like they are literally plotting their great escape.

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Image: Twitter / Clare Toeniskoetter

We have a hunch that this dog has spent the entire ride brainstorming of all the different ways that he can make his glorious exit. Should they distract the owner somehow? Should they just take the plunge and jump? Will they make it? Only time will tell…

The Freeloader

We’re starting to see a pattern here. It seems to us that the happiest dogs on the subway seem to be the ones that get a free ride on their owners’ backs. Well sometimes walking the subway can be tiring, especially with all those stairs and walkways. So these lucky subway dogs seem to jump at the chance to ride in a backpack and be carried straight to their destination.

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This happy canine is not even trying to conceal their excitement. Not only did they get to ride the subway in style, but they had also successfully side-stepped the subway ban. It’s like this cheeky pup is proudly laughing and really saying “Ha” to the subway inspector!

The Adventurer

This ingenious commuter got a little more creative with their choice of backpack. While this playful pup is still getting a free ride on their back, they got to face the other way. While the owner is not looking, this means the dog had free reign to go on their own subway adventure.

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We’re sure that adventurous pooch saw a lot of subway sights that day. We’re sure every passenger stopped to pet them too that day. So they probably met every kind of colorful commuter, and had a few colorful stories to tell; which is probably why they still look dazed and confused!

The Rough Morning Commuter

From the expression on this pup’s face, they look like they already had a rough morning. Well, they probably thought when their owner put their lead on and took them for a walk that day, that they would get to see the great outdoors. Instead, just like most of us, they had to experience the painful struggle of the morning commute to work.

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To make matters worse, they weren’t even free to run wild around the carriage. They couldn’t even sniff the passengers. Instead, they were forced to lie down in a black bag, with only their head poking out. We can only hope that they are dreaming of Central Park and counting the minutes until they can sniff some fresh air once again.

The Model in the Making

When this stylish pooch strutted onto the subway, they clearly thought they were New York’s next top model. They looked adorable in a fashionable tote, and they know it. So when they saw an admiring commuter take out their camera phone to take a snap, their model instincts kicked in.

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We’re sure this furry pup had been practicing their model pose for a while now. They probably already know their best side too. So when they saw the camera, they instinctively looked up with those big brown eyes, tilted their head to the side and were ready for their close up.

The Anxious Traveler

While some dogs are extra excited to ride the subway, this nervous canine, clearly was not. Well, the subway can be a confusing place, especially when you’re still not too sure what’s going on or why all the commuters are staring. They probably didn’t know which stop they were getting off either.

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The subway can be even more confusing if you are sitting in a bag too. Anyone who has ever ridden New York Subway will know that it’s filled with a host of interesting, loud and downright bizarre characters. They were probably just anxiously processing the whole experience.

Fabric Overload

When this furry pup rode the subway in their mom’s fabric bag that day, they might have wondered why everyone was staring. Well, the fact is, if you look this cute and you’re hanging out of a fabric bag with those little paws, you’re going attract some attention.

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We’re suspecting that this wasn’t the first time this loveable pup was papped by the camera that day. We’re sure that they were followed around all day by a series of eager fans with camera phones. Actually the subway dog ban has generated quite a few NYC “bag dog” fan pages already, and they seem to have a cult following. It’s fast becoming a great way to make your pup an Instagram star!

The Overprepared Commuter

It’s fair to say that some commuters can be a little more extra than others, and take the bag rule to the next level. Well, since New York can be blistery cold in the winter, this over-protective owner wanted to make sure that their beloved pup was protected from the elements. So, their dog was not just wrapped up in a bag; they were wrapped up head to toe.

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Even though it was probably swelteringly hot on the train that day, and looks a little unhappy about his look, the owner was still worried about the cold. So they accessorized the bag ensemble with an extra ear warmer, just in case. Even though their dog looked a little bizarre, this owner wasn’t fazed. Sometimes the bag life is not just about style, it’s about comfort too!

Ready to Foxtrot

When this creative owner realized that his handsome pup was a little large for his sports bag, he didn’t give up. He just found his own innovative loophole, and popped his pup’s long, graceful legs through the holes in the bag. While the dog does look adorable posing like that, it also looks like they are ready to do the foxtrot.

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Image: Instagram / Bag Dogs

In fact, this dog does have star quality and we still secretly hope that they know how to dance, or at least some cool tricks. We can just imagine them breaking free from the bag and strutting down the train, before wowing the other commuters with their America’ Got Talent worthy moves.

The Overprotective Mom

Sometimes a picture can speak a thousand words. And the expressions on both of their faces are priceless. While this overprotective mom seems proud that she was able to tiptoe around the subway ban, she also made sure her beloved pet was wrapped snug as a bug in a warm blanket-style bag.

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The terrified expression on this beloved pup’s face tells a completely different story. Perhaps they’ve just spotted something terrifying in the distance, or that the whole experience of being in an overprotective blanket on the subway was pretty scary. Perhaps they secretly want to escape too. At first glance, we could have also sworn this dog resembled Yoda, and arrived on the subway, straight outta Starwars!

The Happy Camper

While some pooches are terrified, other pups seem to be as happy as larry to ride the subway in a bag. They clearly don’t mind the fact they are inside a makeshift IKEA bag. They’re just excited to be out of the house and are ready for a subway adventure.

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Image: Instagram / Steve Marty Mcfly

It seems like this loveable pup is just happy to go with the flow, and for that, we salute them. We’re sure they didn’t even give the bag a second thought. The pup was just excited about the whole experience, the chance to meet and greet other pups in bags, and explore the intriguing and peculiar world of the NYC Subway.

The Master of Disguise

Some owners were loud and proud about the fact they sidestepped the ban. They showed their defiance to the inspectors by proudly squeezing their oversized dogs into bags which barely fit them. Others were a little more low-key, and tried to conceal their pups from the inspectors in tiny totes.

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Image: Twitter / Dogs in Bags

This tiny pup has been masterfully squeezed into a tiny tote, and we’re sure that the owner was hoping no one would notice. However, when they poked their furry face out of the bag with those big brown eyes, we’re sure they stole the attention of the entire carriage.

The Comfy Camper

This comfy pup looks pretty relaxed down there. We imagine that even though he’s traveling in a bag, he’s just grateful for the chance to sit down. We know all too well that the subway can be jam-packed with commuters sometimes and there’s not much room for personal space. So this dog is owning the fact that while he is in a bag, no-one can tread on them!

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Image: Instagram / Bag Dogs

We’re also happy that this dog fits comfortably inside the IKEA bag this time, instead of wearing the iconic blue IKEA bag like a badge. We’re also starting to think that since these branded bags are becoming such a big hit on the subway, IKEA should cash in. They should release their own fashionable line of bags for different sized dogs!

The Magician’s Helper

And for our next trick… meet The Magician’s helper. This handsome beagle looks like they’ve just completed an impressive magic trick and magically disappeared into the bag. Now that the trick was complete, they were overly excited to pop their head out of the bag and surprise everyone.

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Image: Instagram / Beagle in a Bag

Actually, it’s excited pups in bags like these that would make us want to visit the subway more. There’s really something about seeing so many furry pals, dripping with cuteness, sitting happy and carefree in a bag. These “bag dogs” are fast becoming a subway attraction.

The Butter Wouldn’t Melt Travelers

While some commuters might find larger dogs a little scary, these large dogs have mastered the art of looking IKEA cute. While they are tightly wrapped up in their fashionable IKEA bags, they already know how to melt the hearts of every commuter.

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Image: Bag Dogs

With their puppy dog eyes and adorable faces staring at us, who could resist. They really have worked as a team to perfect the “butter wouldn’t melt” double act. We wonder if they’re always that cute or only for the subway audience.

The Big Personality

This animated pug may have arrived on the subway in a small bag, but it’s clear they have a larger than life personality. We imagine that if this pug could talk, they would win us all over with their hilarious tales of the subway, speaking in a thick Bronx accent. We’re also certain they have a few wise-cracking jokes up their sleeves too.

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The fact that the animated pooch is sitting excitedly inside the black tote bag with their tongue hanging out, makes this snap even more picture-perfect. It’s almost as if they’re ready to burst out of the bag any second, and blow us all away with their most prized joke.

The Loyal Traveler

As most dog owners will testify, dogs can be man’s best friend. In fact, out of all the pets you can have, labradors are usually the most fiercely loyal. And if they’re anything like this stately pup, they will obediently do anything their owner tells them to. Again, that even goes for sitting in a signature blue bag.

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Image: Instagram / Bag Dogs

Even though the supersized pup doesn’t even fit inside the bag, they loyally trust whatever they’re owner tells them to do. We’re also starting to see this subway ban as an excuse for an IKEA dog fashion show. Perhaps it was all part of a masterful marketing plan by the brand to branch out from DIY home decor and move into the fashionable dog bag market.

The Ride or Die Commuter

While most dogs are loyal, some dogs take being best friends to the next level. These dogs really are “ride or die.” It’s clear that wherever this wondering commuter’s journey took him that day, his faithful dog had his back. The dog was also more than happy to literally ride on his back too.

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It seems that out of all the creative ways to travel on the subway, the piggyback ride is a clear winner. And while most pups are just happy to ride this way on the subway, we have a sneaky suspicion that they would even ride like this on the street if they could. This duo clearly are besties for life!

The Why Am I Wearing This Commuter

That side-eye stare is just priceless, and we can totally relate. If we had to spend so much time wearing an IKEA bag in a packed train, we would probably give the side-eye stare too. It’s fair to say this pup is clearly not impressed to be dressed in this luminous blue attire.

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Image: Instagram / Bag Dogs

We can only hope they didn’t have to wear the iconic blue bag for too long. We also hope that their owner finally got the message and invested in a more stylish or designer doggy tote! In fact, we’re thinking of designing ones ourselves. It seems like there’s a whole doggy bag market, waiting to be discovered!

A Baby Carrier?

While a dog “container” can be loosely translated as anything, we have to give kudos to this guy for his creativity. While some owners went with totes or backpacks, this genius owner pushed the boundaries to the max with a designer baby-style carrier for his beloved pup.

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Image: Instagram / Bag Dogs

While we’re happy to see that front-facing dog carrier bags are really a “thing”, it does look hilarious on the train! The dog not only sits up like a baby, but they are in the perfect position to glance straight at their owner’s phone. From the look on this pooch’s shocked face, we can only suspect that what they have seen on their owner’s phone is priceless!

The Cool Rider

Some passengers just ooze “classic cool” and this cool customer brought his trendiest companion along for the ride that day. He even donned his shades in the subway for added effect, and everything about this photo screams “cool rider.” This dog is just as chilled about being in a bag as the next dog. They also seem more than happy to get a free ride on the subway.

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While this dude does seem overly chilled, he also couldn’t resist breaking into a sneaky smile. We suspect he realizes how irresistibly cute it is to bring your dog on the subway in a backpack, and he probably became a subway attraction for it. We probably would have stopped them to take a sneaky snap too of this duo too!

Those Puppy Dog Eyes

There really is something about seeing an adorable pooch sitting in a bag staring up at you with those puppy dog eyes. While some pups are arguably cuter than others; we’re sure this pint-sized pal with their big brown eyes and lovable stare, melted a few commuters’ hearts that day.

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Incidentally, while the subway ban has been in place, it’s also started a new pooch trend. Now it’s even become hip to carry your pup in the bag on the streets of New York; even as you walk to and from the subway. Well, when your dog looks this adorable in a bag, why stop at the subway exit!

The Nap Star

On the trains of New York, you truly never know what will happen or what sights you will see. We never thought we would see an oversized husky napping like a baby while being cradled in a bag on their owners’ lap. Now we’ve seen this majestic sight and we can’t unsee it.

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We get that riding the subway in a bag can be tiring, especially with all that commotion. So we can’t blame this sleepy husky for taking the opportunity to have a good snooze on their owners’ lap. Maybe that’s another benefit of being in a bag. Now even oversized dogs can become lapdogs instead of having to stand, like regular people on the subway.

Cool as Tote

We’re happy to see some fashionable passengers are owning the subway dog ban in style. This customer has even customized their own cotton tote bag and had it emblazoned with a super cool image of their own dog. Now, this dog has turned into a trend-setting accessory. It looks like it was made to ride in this bag.

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We’re loving the level of creativity of this passenger, and we hope this tote trend becomes a “thing.” Wouldn’t it be super cute if every pup rode the NYC Subway in their own customized tote emblazoned with a super cool image of them? We’re hoping that someone cashes in on this genius designer trend.

And for My Next Trick…

While some passengers let their creativity shine, others let their eccentricity shine. This unique passenger clearly has a story behind their unique beard. It also looks like they have just wowed the subway with a super cool magic trick, and pulled a super happy and unique speckled rescue husky out of their bag.

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Well, there is something endearing about this loveable guy who is so happy to show off their rare rescue husky. The animated expressions on both of their faces are also pure comedy gold. So, we’ll let him off for doing a magic trick with his pup sitting in that luminous blue IKEA ensemble.

This Is How I Roll

Sometimes one picture can speak a thousand words. And if only this labrador could talk. From the look on his face, it looks like he is staring us straight into the eye and saying “This is how I roll now.” Yes, this pup has gotten used to getting a free ride in their owner’s backpack, and nothing is going to stop him now!

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As you can see, it’s also become super trendy to carry your furry companions on the streets of NYC too. Now dogs in bags are no longer just confined to the subway, and we love that this is another catchy trend that has stemmed from the subway dog ban. This is just another reason to always have your camera phone ready with you at all times in NYC now.

A Poochy Accessory

We wonder if passengers secretly love the fact that they can carry their favorite companions through the streets in adorably designed totes. We mean, who needs a Birkin bag or a Gucci clutch anymore, when your labradoodle makes the perfect poochy accessory.

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It’s actually a reason to smile in the morning as you set off for another long day in the office. At least you can look forward to your morning commute with your adorable pal in a bag. We’re sure the dogs in bags trend is also causing some contagious smiles from other passengers on the subway too, which can only be a good thing!

Are We There Yet?

This husky looks like they’ve become accustomed to riding in their owner’s backpack already. They clearly know the subway like the back of their hand and know the entire route to work. It looks as if they’re tapping their dad on the shoulder to ask, “Are we there yet, dad? Go that way, it’s quicker!”

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There really is something majestic about seeing oversized huskies riding on their owner’s backs through the subway. And by the looks of the stunned on looker’s face in the background, we’re sure this husky caused a stir on the subway. But this furry companion wasn’t fazed by people’s stares. They were clearly more focused on getting to their destination fast, just like the rest of the New Yorkers!

If I See Another IKEA Bag

In New York, the notorious IKEA bag is not just any bag anymore. It’s fast overtaken the tote bag as the trendiest go-to-subway accessory. Still, this doesn’t mean that this pup seems any happier about having to sit in it, and wear the unmistakable blue costume like a coat.

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Since the legendary blue bag has made yet another subway debut here, we need to talk about IKEA. It’s actually become more of a subway fad than we initially thought. Now there are entire social media pages dedicated to celebrating the IKEA dogs of the subway. It looks like this cult trend is showing no signs of slowing down…

Urban Vibes

With those chiseled cheeks, square jawline, and undeniable stare, this pup looks like an urban subway model. Whether they realized it or not, as they calmly pose in their fabric tote, they look like they’re posing for an urban-themed model shoot.

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Image: NYC The Official Guide

It seems like dogs in bags are becoming part of the furniture in New York nowadays. As these bag dogs are regularly spotted on the streets, as well as the subway, we wouldn’t be surprised if they started featuring in urban photoshoots soon. We can just picture them popping up in hip and trendy advertising campaigns all over the city.

Don’t Even Think About It

We get it. This feisty little pup is pretty territorial about their IKEA bag. This is clearly their marked spot, and we wouldn’t even think about crossing over the line. Either that or they are just another angry passenger forced to ride the subway again…

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While some pups are excited to ride the train in the early morning commute. Others are clearly not morning people. They might not be so into people either. One thing is for sure; you would not want to mess with this little guy until they get their morning treat. You have been warned!

The Good Life

This cheeky pup is clearly living their best life. Not only do they get to ride the subway in style, but they are also the epitome of the streetwise cool. They’re animated expression is simply priceless, and we have a sneaky suspicion their owner realizes how cute they both look by now.

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It’s chirpy dogs like these riding in backpacks that give us another reason to thank the subway ban. Well, not the ban, but the way New Yorkers responded to the ban. We’re sure this little pup generates a few infectious smiles as it rides through the subway. We’re also certain this super cool power duo brightened the day every passenger too.

Hold Me Tight

If the subway dog ban wasn’t in place, then rare and heartwarming sightings like these would never happen. In normal subways, this charming pup would have to sit on the uncomfortable, hard cold floor. Instead, now they have free reign to be picked up in a bag. Not only that, they can curl up into a ball like a puppy as their mom to holds them tight.

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While some larger dogs usually wriggle around if you try to pick them up, this dog is now just happy to be carried and cuddled everywhere they go. They probably realize how much sweeter life can be as a bag dog. The only issue is they may never want to go on a regular walk again!

That’s My Ride

This chirpy companion seems over the moon with their owner’s response to the subway ban. We have to admit that the pup looks pretty easy going anyway, and would probably just roll with whatever their owner told them. So one day when their owner put them in a backpack; they just smiled and thought, “Ok is this what we’re doing? So that’s my ride now!”

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From that point on, every morning, we’re sure this furry pup is still just as excited as the day before to ride in their dad’s backpack again. At least they have a good view up there, which is probably why they are excitedly looking over their shoulder at the camera. Well, we suppose it’s better than having to stare at people’s feet every day!

Too Cute to Handle

We have to admit. Some furry companions sitting in bags are just too cute to handle. We’re sure this impossibly handsome pup falls into that category. As they sat in a bag, we’re sure it probably provided a good excuse for strangers to run up and snap pictures of them, without even having to ask.

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We’re also pretty certain this adorable pup is Insta-famous now after riding in a bag. So if you’re looking to gain a few social media followers, and maybe make a few new friends, we’ve found a sure-fire way. Simply buy a cute dog, put in in a super cool bag, and carry it with you on the New York subway. We’re sure the reaction you get will make it all worth it!

The Trendsetter

This smug pooch is looking around like he already knows that all eyes are on him and his killer style. Clearly he was wearing IKEA bags “before it was cool” and is feeling sour that it is now a mainstream trend. None the less, he is rocking his blue bag with pride as he waits for the subway.

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Something tells us that this subway rider is not interested in sharing his style or his space. Although it might be hard to take him seriously as he trots around wearing a literal bag, this pooch looks like he is not going to put up with any funny business.

If I Fits, I Sits

Judging by the size of this fluff balls head, we can’t begin to imagine how big the bag had to be to fit his equally fluffy body. This gorgeous pup seems perfectly content lazing in his subway bag as his human carries him through the city.

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This dog is throwing back to his puppy days from way back when and is fully embracing the nostalgia. Naturally, he was happy to oblige when the subway rule was put into place. The more time he gets to spend in his cozy bag, the better!

A Golden State of Mind

Now we aren’t sure this exactly constitutes as fitting in a bag as the IKEA bag adorning golden retriever struts around on all fours per usual. Well, we did say locals found a loophole, didn’t we? Nothing can keep this furry friend from his morning subway walk.

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As we all know, New Yorkers are always on the move and this dog is no exception. The person taking this photo hardly had a chance to capture this adorable passenger before they continued their commute to work. He’s making every second count!

Double Trouble

Who wore it best? It’s impossible to judge if you ask us. Both of these fluffy fashionistas look absolutely flawless as they strut the subway runway in their color-coordinated handbags. We have to say though, the human carrying them is kind of cramping their style.

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This looks like a real paparazzi shot as the two adorable pups eye the camera, knowing they are rocking the “bag dog” style more than ever before. No ban was going to keep them from showing up and turning up on the subway. These divas used the ban to prove that when life gives you lemons, you don’t just make lemonade, you make lemon margaritas.

Suited up and Ready to Go

This gorgeous pup is waiting at the door and is ready to hit the town on a new subway journey. Once that IKEA bag gets taken out, this doggo knows that a new subway adventure is only moments away. Every day is more exciting than the last and they can not wait to see what’s in store.

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Never has the IKEA bag looked as stylish as it does on this golden-haired beauty. They are sure to get some double-takes as they strut their stuff towards the subway. I guess it’s true what they say, blondes really do have more fun.

Starry Eyed Commuter

No one can deny that this little guy is a good boy through and through. He sits and waits patiently for the subway in his brand new duffle bag and has no complaints whatsoever. Unlike many other canine commuters, this blue eyes beauty stepped away from the IKEA bag trend and went for a unique style of his own.

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Judging by the colorful bandanas adorning this happy pup’s neck, it’s no wonder he decided to redefine the term “bag dog” and take it to a whole new direction. We are going to call his style activewear, chic. Look out, this pooch might get sponsored by Nike in no time.

Nothing to See Here

Some bag wearing subway riders have yet to find their confidence like others. The shame on this poor guys face is hard to miss as he saunters on through the subway. We imagine he is thinking bag to the days when he could walk around with pride.

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Clearly not a fan of the dog ban, but being a good sport none the less. Someone needs to get this guy a treat. We all know what it feels like to wear a new outfit that your relative bought you just to make them happy. Hopefully, this commuter finds his own style and learns to love the “bag dog” trend.

The Baby Kangaroo

We don’t know about you, but this precious pooch is giving us baby kangaroo vibes. With his two front paws poking out of his mom’s tote bag and his cavernous upright ears, you’d be forgiven for mistaking him for a joey in a pouch when sat next to this little one on the subway!

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He does look concerned though – as a fully matured dog, will he have to endure this humiliating experience every day now that New York City have imposed this new rule? It would appear that for the meanwhile, yes, he better get used to his new seat on the train.

The Carry-On Canine

Wow… well when you’ve got somewhere to be at certain time, why not just pick up your pup and run to catch your train! In this hilarious photo, this pooch is suspended in mid-air in the infamous bright blue IKEA bag. Luckily, he doesn’t seem too concerned about this unusual platform practice.

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We’ve got to hand it to the owner though, who not only carries her canine companion (who isn’t that small…) but does it in strappy sandals. And as we can tell from the onlooker, it’s a decision that would have garnered quite a bit of attention. But she must have been so pressed for time, she had to take matters into her own hands!

Never Too Fabulous For a Free Ride

As this oversized husky proves once and for all, you are never too large or too fabulous for a free ride. While most owners prefer to take their huskies on the train in a backpack, this creative owner has opted for the sports bag approach. The result is adorable, as he cradles his supersized ball of fluff like a baby.

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Just when we thought huskies couldn’t possibly get any cuter! This image of a husky being cradled like a baby goes and wins us over. And with their endearing blue eyes and “butter wouldn’t melt” stare, we would totally cradle them like a baby too!

The Underground Enthusiast

Luckily for this owner, her pup is totally unfazed by the dog-in-bag regulation. It hasn’t damped her spirits! With her legs planted firmly on the platform, she’s completely unperturbed by the new addition of her cobalt blue get-up. You can keep your thoughts to yourself!

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It goes to show that it’s really just a lottery as to how your pet will take to the new train regulation. While some dogs struggle to come to terms with the changes, others don’t take it to heart and continue about their day as before. For some, it’s business as usual!

A Whole New World

Thanks to the subway ban, now your pet can experience the subway like never before. While this little playful pup is barely balancing in their owner’s sling bag, it also means they can have more fun than usual. While sitting in a bag, they can be closer to the action and finally see everything that’s happening from a whole new angle.

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From that vantage point, it means the curious little pup can really take their subway experience to the next level. While they are being carried, they can look around the platform, be petted by interesting strangers, pose for photos and enjoy all that the peculiar sights that the subway has to offer.

The Nervous Traveller

When his owner spoke about a new travel bag for both of them, we doubt this is what he had in mind! This little critter anxiously awaits their carriage, probably worrying about the next leg of their journey. And we can understand why. He doesn’t look too securely fastened…

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But what can you do. At least the IKEA bag will protect this pup from New York’s cold and rainy weather. But we think if the owner managed to zip up his own waterproof jacket, he can at least think of a way to fasten his best friend up!

The Long-Familiar

Of course, some smaller dogs will be used to this practice already. Carrying your pooch in a purse is actually a long tradition among owners of the shorter variety. As this hound proves, it hasn’t made a difference to his usual train routine. Some of us feel right at home in a handbag!

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This owner has even bought a specialist bag for her carry-on critter, ensuring maximum journey comfort. And it shows, you’d be hard-pressed not to smile yourself if you witnessed the grin on this little one on the subway! If he’s been traveling this way all these years, the rest of you can do it too!

The Self-Assured

They say confidence starts in the mind, and this pup is putting that to the test with this power stance! This critter is hoping that standing defiantly in the carriage will outweigh the embarrassment of being wrapped in a blue sack, with little leg holes cut out. He’s owning this look.

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And we support him in, quite literally, standing his ground! If he has to be subjected to this pup prejudice, he’ll claim it with pride. IKEA bag or not, you won’t take the spirit out of this one! After all, you see similar styles on the runways and catwalks in New York Fashion Week.

Are We Still on the Subway?

We’ve all been there! Well, maybe not in the exact same way as we’ve never ridden in a backpack on our owners back before. But there are times when we’ve fallen into a deep asleep on the train. Then, all of a sudden, something will wake us up with a jolt. We wake up clueless, disoriented, and need a few moments to remember where we are!

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From the hilariously disorientated look on this pup’s face, it looks like they just woke up from a good snooze too. As they slowly opened one eye, they probably are questioning what they are doing in a backpack and where they are. Their owner, on the other hand, is completely clueless that her pup is hilariously looking at her with one eye open. She’s just excited to pose for a picture for her little furry companion!

The Power of IKEA

Technically, this dog is inside their IKEA bag. And this fabulous owner is sticking to the story until further notice. We can’t really argue either, as even though the infamous blue bag doesn’t quite fit their furry companion, who really cares at this point.

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In a true act of New York defiance, this owner shows us all that anyone can side-step the subway ban with an IKEA bag. With this simple DIY life-hack, the rules can be bent and pushed to the max. All you need to do is cut holes for the legs, loosely wrap the bag around your dog and voila, your pup is just like all the other trendsetting dogs in the must-have DIY accessory!

If Pet’s Could Talk

If this little critter could talk, we can tell that they wouldn’t hold back. There is definitely something on their mind, and they can’t wait to let it all out. We have a hunch that just like most pets on the subway, they are really just wondering what they are going to have for dinner.

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This little pup also looks pretty focused. Perhaps they are looking at the other pups on the subway to see the latest bag fashion. Or in case we have completely misread all the signals, they might just be silently plotting their great escape from that pesky tote bag.

When the Bag Fits Like a Glove

While most large dogs have to wear the luminous blue bag, we’re just happy that this majestic creature fits like a glove inside the IKEA bag. This means they can comfortably sit inside the bag and use all their spare time to gaze into the distance. We just wonder what exactly they’ve spotted in the carriage.

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Perhaps they’ve seen another dog in an IKEA bag, especially since this seems to be the trendiest subway accessory. Perhaps they found their IKEA dog love match. They can both relate as they both feel the silliness of sitting in a DIY bag. On a side note, we now can’t imagine the subway without seeing dogs in IKEA bags anymore, so we’re sure this is one trend that will never get old!

When They See a Ball

The more dogs we see on the subway, the more we kind of understand why they are in a bag. The idea of the bag might be to stop playful dogs getting up to mischief on the subway. Now they can’t really take risks and run around the platforms, run up to lick the other passengers or bolt off into the distance if they see a shiny ball.

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Still, this subway ban doesn’t stop some mischevious dogs wanting to do all those things. We can just imagine the struggle if they see something shiny in the distance, and they naturally want to run. Still, the good news is that while some dogs may wear some bizarre bag ensembles, they are safe and sound in a bag. Even better, once they exit the subway and enter the streets of New York, they can get up to as much mischief as they want!

The Unimpressed Commuter

Well, the rule didn’t say anything about the size of the animal… So even though this loveable hound was too large for the IKEA bag, that was no sweat for this inventive owner. They simply cut four holes in the bag for the dog’s paws and carried them on the subway anyway. Still, if only dogs could talk, as the unimpressed look on their face is simply priceless.

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We can only imagine from the expression on their face, that they are screaming on the inside, “Really? Why am I in an IKEA bag.” We can totally relate, as we still don’t quite understand the dog ban either. However, thanks to the IKEA bag life-hack, their owner was successfully able to take his unimpressed dog along for the ride.