HuggleHounds “Alpha Dog Carrier”

Best suited for: Over the shoulder carrier
Also works for: Travel bed
Quality: ★★★★
Price: $$$$
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…

Pet Gear World Traveler wheeled carrier

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

As you know, I’ve long been searching for a good wheeled dog carrier that will work for in-cabin plane travel. I own one — the Creature Leisure Pet Pilot XL — but it’s just a hair too small for Chloe. I was excited, therefore, when a reader asked me what I thought of Pet Gear’s “World Traveler” carrier: It sounded like it was about the right size, and it had wheels. I…

ProSelect Bolt-On Coop Cup (for wire crates)

I bought this crate bowl on-line, from Amazon, after I realized that the Lixit crate bowl I owned was plastic (many dogs are allergic to plastic bowls, and I don’t want to find out that Chloe is one of them). It arrived today, and I’ve just installed it. It’s a straightforward object: The bowl is held in a steel ring welded to a small rectangular plate, which is attached to your dog’s crate by a wing-nut, exerting pressure on another rectangular plate. While the bowl itself is stainless steel, the supporting steel ring and attachment apparatus are black powder-coated steel.…

Lixit Carrier Cage Crock (for wire crates)

I found this crate bowl at Petco, and I like it because it came in a small (10 oz.) size (it also comes in a 20 oz. size), it was inexpensive, and it fastens easily and solidly to a wire crate. The bowl fits onto a notch in the holder and you turn the bowl to secure it — simple, straightforward, and impossible (or at least hard!) to dislodge. I suppose that a bored or motivated dog could chew on the exposed base, if the bowl weren’t in place, but Chloe has never shown any interest in doing so.

The…

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.

Dog Whisperer Soft-Sided Carrier

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

This is a surprisingly well-made and appealing carrier, but I can’t recommend it. Here’s what I liked: It’s sturdily-constructed of heavyweight material, and the zippers are solid and function well. The mesh panels are of good-quality mesh, and they’re huge — no problem with ventilation in this carrier. The zipper runs all the way around the front sides and top panel, so that when the bag is completely unzipped, it can function as a comfortable…

Outward Hound “Roll Along Pet Carrier & Backpack”

Best suited for: Backpack, wheeled transport
Also works for: In-cabin airplane carrier
Quality: ★★★★★
Price: $$$$
Overall rating: ★★★★

The Roll Along Pet Carrier both rolls and converts to a backpack. At 19Hx14Wx10D, it’s larger than the last Outward Hound carrier I reviewed, but it shares many of the same features, including enormous ventilation panels on the front and sides, and roomy pockets — big enough to carry your dog’s leash, poop bags and treats and still leave plenty of room for a wallet and keys.

This carrier handles its various tasks pretty well.…

Getting your dog’s crate ready for plane travel

The folks at PetRelocation.com have put together a video, featuring mascots Bruno and Chatty, about getting your pet’s crate ready for airplane travel — it’s short but thorough, and well worth a look.

Kyjen Company/Outward Hound “Sling-Go Pet Carrier”

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

This sling carrier is made of a sturdy polyester twill fabric, elasticized along the open sides. The bottom is slightly padded, in case you need to set your pet down in it. It is surprisingly capacious — at 13 lbs., Chloe is a large small dog, and she fit in the sling comfortably. She chose not to lie down, but she could have.

There is a clip halfway along the open…

Loveabledog “City Chic” carrier (from How’s Your Dog)

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

This carrier is available on Amazon, from a vendor called How’s Your Dog, but it appears to be the product of a Chinese company called Loveabledog. I bought it because it looked promising: It’s priced high enough that it should be a good-quality product, and it was advertised as “fully collapsible,” which is interesting in itself but also suggested to me that it might flex enough to fit under an airplane seat. I have to…