Best suited for: Over the shoulder carrier
Also works for: Travel bed
Overall rating: ★★★★★
One of my favorite Seattle pet stores, All the Best, had both sizes of this carrier available when I went there a couple of days ago. I’d never seen it before, so I settled myself on the floor with a measuring tape and a notebook, and took a good look.
Here’s what I liked: The carrier is well-made, with good-quality zippers, big ventilation panels on the front side and both ends, and the very best pad I’ve ever seen in a dog carrier. It’s thick, comfortable, and has a bolstered edge on three sides. A panel on the back can, once unzipped, slip over the extended handle of a suitcase. I like, too, how the carrier’s front and top, once unzipped, lie flat and make the carrier an appealing dog bed:
Despite these excellent features, I won’t be buying the Alpha Dog Carrier. Both sizes are really too large for in-cabin airplane use (the Medium, at 20″L x 10″W x 10″H, nearly works, but is a couple of inches too long; the Large, at 22″L x 12″W x 11.5″H, is way too long). Neither is equipped with the straps you need to secure a carrier in a car. The top of the bag, as you can see from the unzipped view, above, is solid, and I don’t like being unable to see down into a carrier from above. The bag has a couple of pockets, but the largest one is on top (where I’d prefer to see a mesh panel) and the other, small one is, oddly, in the bottom of the bag.