Attractive and Light Weight, and NOT at all Secure.
Revisado en los Estados Unidos 🇺🇸 el 11 de junio de 2019
I bought the 24"x 24"x 36" kennel for my 80 lb. Belgian Malinois dog to replace a simple wire and nylon fabric travel kennel of roughly the same size. Compared to the kennel this one replaces, this kennel is light years ahead. It is attractive and reasonably light in weight. I like that this kennel can be folded up (the only way to get it in the crew cab of my vehicle), and that it can be re-assembled easily by just clicking 2 pieces into place--all accessible from the top of the kennel. (Easy enough to do in the house, not as easy in the vehicle.). I like all of the pockets and pouches for leads, toys, etc. I carry a full gallon of water on trips and use a "no-spill" water dish on the floor of the crate. Many long trips, no spills or mess--so far. So, the little water bottle carrier on the side of the crate won't be of use (for water) for me. I like that the crate comes with a mat, although the mat is rather thin. For travel, I would probably add some bedding on top of the mat. I bought this crate for an upcoming trip, wherein it will be transferred into a motel room. But, at home, where it will get the most use, I will substitute a 3" thermopedic-style mattress in a Ballistic dog bed cover. I believe that all dogs who spend time indoors should have a crate/kennel as it gives them a sense of security to have their own "cave space". Additionally, a good way of securing a dog when you don't want them underfoot (nervous company, house cleaning, etc.). Having a zippered top will make vacuuming out the interior a snap, and the whole thing can be cleaned with a damp rag. Even if I could get the metal tube supports out of the fabric portion (not sure if that is possible or desirable) , I very much doubt this crate would do well in the washing machine. I have not needed to wash the mat yet, so, not sure on that one. Since I have a mature, intelligent and highly trained dog, this kennel is perfect for me--and for my dog--for home or travel. If you have a rambunctious dog and/or a "chewer" get a hard-sided plastic kennel with metal doors. A dog who likes to chew will make "short work" of this kennel. Additionally, if you are going to ship any dog, this kennel will not pass airline regulations for a cargo hold. So, in short, a hard-sided kennel is easy to clean, sturdy and durable (I have several. They last forever --and you can hang an over-sized rabbit bottle to the outside of a hard-sided kennel door. But hard-sided kennels are also heavy, bulky and awkward to transport by vehicle and fussy to assemble). A dog in this kennel (so long as not left alone in a vehicle in warm weather) should be well-ventilated as there is a screened "window" on the top, both sides, the back and the door (front). Someone mentioned that there was no way to secure the door in the "up" position, but I found that there actually are 4 sewn-in velcro pieces in the door which allows it to be neatly rolled up and secured out of the way. There is a web handle on the bottom of the kennel for carrying the kennel in the closed down position, that might could be used to secure the kennel to a seat belt in the vehicle. But, I haven't tried this theory as yet. Otherwise, maybe some creative seat belt "art" to get the thing tethered down(?). (I have a custom-built flat 1-inch plywood platform with legs replacing the back seat of my crew cab, and a means of securing a kennel to the platform.) The only complaint I have about this kennel, thus far, is that there is no "side door" option. A side door can be handy if you are using the kennel in the back of a truck or SUV. Also, a side door gives you more options on placement indoors. So far, very happy with my purchase!
Update: Well! I loved this kennel, obviously. It certainly looked great and seemed functional. Unfortunately, my dog HATED it! Which was kinda strange as he is kennel trained and has never taken a dislike to any of the other kennels he has used in the past. Maybe the smell of it was off? I don't know. So! He wouldn't stay in it unless I zipped him in.
Then I put him in it so I could leave him indoors in a nice cool house, while I went to shop in the heat, he chewed a hole in the thing and managed to break the zipper. This dog is NOT a chewer, so that is further testament to how much he disliked the kennel. I have to wonder what chemicals were used as a coating on the fabric. Sarcastically speaking, that was roughly $55-65.00 well spent! (Aaarrgh!)
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