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Old 09-28-2012, 01:03 PM
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Can anyone recommend a good brand of soft crates? I need to get one in the next few months so that I can have one here at work that is easy to fold up and get out of the way for the couple days I'm not here, or so I can carry it home easily if need be.

My grandparents bought one earlier this year that is horrible. I have no idea what brand it is, but the thing rolls around as soon as the dog shifts, and it has these wire pipe things that fall out. It's dangerous to leave a dog in. They set it up at our house this summer, put their dog in and immediately saw it wasn't going to work and was going to be a disaster. So obviously, I don't want one like that.

And also, where do you buy one? I think I've only seen a handful at dog shows. I've never seen them in any of the pet stores I shop at I don't think. Or maybe I just didn't see them becaues I wasn't looking.

Anyway, I'm basically looking for a solid, sturdy soft crate that is easy to collapse and put away. Also, one that is breathable. I've seen some online that hardly have any venting at all. So, any recommendations? Or are most of of them pretty good and whatever my grandparents got is kind of a fluke?
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Old 09-28-2012, 01:09 PM
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Costco has a good one if you have someone with a membership, lots of folks use them for agility. You can order it from their website and have it delivered to a store close to you to save on shipping too. I'd link it but the website won't load for me right now.

ETA: Here: http://www.costco.ca/PetSTEP-Fabric-....10360449.html
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Old 09-28-2012, 01:11 PM
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I have a DogDigs, a Noz2Noz, and a Guardian Gear. All work fine. The N2N is my fav but they are crazy pricey now so I probably won't get another unless I find a sale or used.

Mine are from BigLots, Amazon, and PetEdge, respectively.

If you just need a little one, 30" or less, theycan be found just about anywhere...even Lowe's has them and they seem fairly sturdy. Any bigger, though, and I have to start looking online or at dog-specific places. The Dog Digs at Big Lots is an exception though.
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Old 09-28-2012, 06:28 PM
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I have a DogDigs, a Noz2Noz, and a Guardian Gear...
I have a Noz2Noz and Guardian Gear. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the N2N. My Guardian Gear doesn't have a frame. It's Pet Edge's equivalant of the Canine Camper. The only thing I don't like about the Guardian Gear one is that it's HUGE (I miscalculated and ordered a size bigger than I needed), which makes it a little akward to set up and take down. I refer to it as the Orange Monster.
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My Noz2Noz has taken six or seven years of abuse - getting buried in the car, left in tents in the rain, having tons of stuff piled on top of it, having Meg lean on it non-stop. It is still in very good shape. They are expensive, but they are well worth it in my opinion.
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Old 09-28-2012, 06:35 PM
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I have an EliteField brand soft crate that I bought on Amazon. It's held up very well and when I get another soft crate I'll prob get the same brand.
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Old 09-28-2012, 06:44 PM
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I would tell you which crate the dogs preferred, but they seem to prefer whichever crate the other dog is in...here's both in the Noz2Noz


Kinda tight in that 30" Guardian Gear crate, doncha think? (And yes that is Mira's puppy paw next door )


The 36" Noz2Noz


Apparently I take even few pics with the 36" DogDigs...only found two
That crate's behind and to the left. 36" N2N is to the right.


Both Dog Digs crates


These are all old pics (newest one is from Feb 2010, the one with Mira's face) and taken with my Powershot...
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I have an EliteField brand soft crate that I bought on Amazon. It's held up very well and when I get another soft crate I'll prob get the same brand.
That's good to know. I think I'll probably buy an EliteField for Bean. I got super lucky and bought Steve's Noz2Noz in a thrift shop for $5. It was a little mangled, but repairable, and I love it because it doesn't have the full mesh sides.
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I loved our Noz2Noz ones... at least before Lincoln decided to eat through them.
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I need two and I'm so torn about what to buy, I've been bugging everyone I know asking lately.
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