BICE WalkyBasket bike carrier

Best suited for: Bike carrier
Also works for: Over the shoulder carrier
Quality: ★★★★
Price: $$$$
Overall rating: ★★★★

The WalkyBasket is, relatively speaking, a large carrier (15.7Lx13Wx10H). That’s good news for me, because Chloe’s a big small dog. The carrier is made of a sturdy PVC fabric, and it’s nicely put together. It has several outer pockets, two of which will be occupied with the optional zip-in mesh top and the rain cover. Still, you’ll have room in the others for a water bottle and some treats and a leash. There…

Sleepypod Air pet carrier

Best suited for: In-cabin airplane carrier
Also works for: Over the shoulder carrier, car carrier, travel bed
Quality: ★★★★★
Price: $$$$
Overall rating: ★★★★

This is an unpaid and unsolicited review of Sleepypod’s new Air pet carrier. Sleepypod sent me a carrier, at my request, to try out and review. The company has also generously given me a second, unused Air carrier to give away to one lucky reader. The giveaway will start on Monday, March 29th, and will be co-hosted by my other blog, Dog Jaunt, and by Edie Jarolim’s blog Will My Dog Hate Me.

Midwest “i-Crate” Folding Crate

Best suited for: Everyday crate
Also works for: Hotel or vacation rental crate
Quality: ★★★★
Price: $$$$
Overall rating: ★★★★

This is the crate I should have bought when I first brought Chloe home. I’ve ended up with it, after a variety of collapsible fabric crates, a Marchioro “Ithaka Clipper 6″ crate, and a Sky Kennel crate, but I wish I’d started here.

First things first: I bought the iCrate Single Door Folding Crate, Model 1530 (which is the size Medium, at 30Lx19wx21H). Chloe could fit in the next smaller size, but…

Kurgo “Wander Carrier”

Best suited for: Car carrier
Also works for: Over the shoulder carrier
Quality: ★★
Price: $$$$
Overall rating: ★★

This is a really attractive, well-made product. At 19Lx11Wx12H, it’s far too large to work as an in-cabin airplane carrier (no matter what it says on the box), but that’s not its purpose. According to the manufacturer’s website, it’s meant to keep your pet comfortable and safe on car trips, and it will do that admirably.

Here’s why I like it. It has huge mesh ventilation panels and seat belt loops on both…

Bergan “Comfort Carrier”

Best suited for: In-cabin airplane carrier (Small only, with warning)
Also works for: Over the shoulder carrier, car carrier
Quality: ★★
Price: $$$$
Overall rating: ★★★★

Amazon carries a lot of Bergan carriers, so I thought I’d take a look at their most appealing product, the Bergan Comfort Carrier. I ordered the Large size (19Lx10Wx13H), but for airplane use you’d want to order the Small (17Lx8Wx11.5H). That’s officially larger than most U.S. airlines’ maximums, but the carrier is very flexible, so it will actually work. It also looks trim, especially in black, so it…

Firstrax NozToNoz “Sof-Krate N2″

Best suited for: Hotel or vacation rental crate
Also works for: Everyday crate, if your dog doesn’t scrape to escape
Quality: ★★★★
Price: $$$$
Overall rating: ★★★

This was the first crate we bought for Chloe, and although it wasn’t the best choice for a puppy, we really liked it. It folds down and sets up easily, and two of its doors extend to the ground, giving your dog good visibility as well as ventilation (the third door is really a roof that zips back). Unlike the Creature Leisure Den, this crate…

Pet Gear “The Other Door Steel Crate”

Best suited for: Hotel or vacation rental crate
Also works for:
Quality: ★★★
Price: $$$$
Overall rating: ★★★

We bought one of these crates from Orvis, for use in a vacation home where we don’t want to leave a crate set up all the time. It comes in three sizes: Small (21Hx27Lx18W), Medium (27Hx36Lx24W) and Large (28Hx42Lx28W). The crate arrived assembled, so I spent some time learning how to collapse it and set it up again.

Things I like? I love all the door options, I like being able to collapse it…

Petmate “Portable Pet Home”

Best suited for: Hotel or vacation rental crate, if your dog doesn’t scrape to escape
Also works for:
Quality: ★★★★
Price: $$$$
Overall rating: ★★★★★

This collapsible crate comes in seven sizes, ranging from Mini (10Hx12Lx9W) to Extra Large (36Hx42Lx30W). It has some nice features: It collapses and sets up easily, it has privacy panels on its side mesh ventilation panels, and it comes with a faux sheepskin pad. It’s flimsily-made, however, and there is no clip to keep the two door zippers together. A motivated dog could destroy this crate in…

Snoozer “Sporty Pet Bike Basket”

Best suited for: Bike carrier
Also works for:
Quality: ★★★★
Price: $$$$
Overall rating: ★

This carrier is the same size as Snoozer’s Pet Bicycle Basket (10Hx13Lx10W) and attaches to your bike in the same way. It too has an optional rain cover and an internal leash clip. The Sporty Pet Bike Basket, though, has two water bottle holders and looks, well, sportier. It has two external pockets, both on the front side of the bag.

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Snoozer Sporty Bike Basket – Red/Black/Grey

Snoozer “Pet Bicycle Basket”

Best suited for: Bike carrier
Also works for:
Quality: ★★★★
Price: $$$$
Overall rating: ★

Snoozer, the maker of Chloe’s beloved Lookout car seat, makes three bike carriers. The Pet Bicycle Basket is a padded basket with optional rain cover that hangs from the front of your bike. It holds a water bottle and has a couple of useful exterior pockets. It measures 10Hx13Lx10W, so it’s meant for a very small dog (under 10 lbs.). Too small for Chloe, but otherwise no complaints — it’s a good-quality carrier, like all the other Snoozer products…