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…

Milk & Pepper “Elite Kaba”

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

Milk & Pepper is a French company that makes dog clothing and accessories. I’ve never seen their products in the U.S., but according to the M&P website (click on “Stores”), they’re available in Northern California and New York. We found Chloe’s carrier in Paris at the BHV La Niche, among a line-up of all-European carriers.

The fact is, Chloe absolutely does not need any more carriers. At the moment I was contemplating the carrier selection at BHV…

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.…

Fundle Ultimate Pet Sling

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

Longer ago than I’d like to admit, a reader wrote to me and asked what I thought of the Fundle pet carrier. She wanted a stealth bag for her Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, but thought that the PetEgo messenger bag I’ve recommended would be too big for her (she’s petite, and she has some neck/back problems). I’m on it, I told her, and I sent away for a large Fundle carrier (the carrier is available…

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.

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.…

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…