Rated 4 out of 5Â by Mardis10s Great Travel Crate for our Nervous Husky
We bought this soft crate for our rescued Husky to help her feel more comfortable on our trip to Colorado. She was rescued when a terrible puppy mill was closed down 5 years ago. She is always nervous in new surroundings. It was her first time to travel on a trip with us and we needed something she could go into feel safe in a new place. We used it for a week in our home with her before we took it and her on the trip. We also purchased a flat pet bed from a local discount store to put inside it. This crate would not work well for a dog that would chew or you are trying to contain. We always left the big side opening open it was simply a easy "cave" to take for our dog to sleep in at night. We also used it for her to lay in during the day when she was still acclimating to her new surroundings.
Both our Aussie (50 lbs) and our Husky (80 lbs ) took turns sleeping in this crate with the bed in the bottom. It was open enough they could see all around but had sides for our husky to feel safe to sleep. The only reason it was a 4 star and not a 5 star is because the mechanism that "popped" the crate open and closed did not easily latch open or closed. They did not appear to lock in place or unlock to close down. We got it to open and close but we did not feel it was quite as intended. We thought it was supposed to snap into place and with a button release to close it back down. It did not feel like it snapped or locked or unlocked.
With that being said, it did stay open with no problems while our dogs went in and out of it for a week. We were able to get it closed down and folded up and open fairly easily so it did work as intended but just did not appear to lock in place.
It folds up neatly into a nice thin suitcase looking shape and easy to get in the car to travel. It has Velcro tabs on the sides to hold the unzipped windows open when you have them rolled up. It worked perfectly for what we wanted and arrived home after our trip looking like it did out of the box. We will use this again when we travel with our dogs.
The price was very good and the quality was good too.