I did not want my dog living in Alcatraz. Every crate I saw looked like the space a prisoner uses when they are locked away and have rec time. I have a, 1,100 sq ft apartment (not too small, but not big enough to have an ugly eyesore as a perm piece). The crate was going in my bedroom--I needed something that would be attractive AND useful. The top is sturdy and can handle books, plants....unless your dog is nuts in the crate and is whacking the top....I think it's okay to put goods on there. Really enhanced my room---and I feel good that my dog is going to have a lovely crate to chill out in. It's a lot of money---but if you are going to have the crate for a decade or so---it really is worth owning something nice. My dog is a dutch sheepdog---will weigh 42lbs---I'd say he's the size of a Springer Spaniel. The medium would have been too tight a fit. This is NOT made of genuine wood---think Ikea (if they block the brand name think of the massive superstore from the Netherlands that has a blue and gold theme) wood. So it chips and scratches if you are not careful. Mine arrived dented and scratched---Overstock was lovely and has dispatched a new top, sans charge. If you take the wood away from the crate (it's easy to set up--but not meant to be assembled and reassembled) it has a collapsable cage. If you want to do this once in a while, cool. But, this is not a portable crate. This is meant to stay in one neck of the woods in your home. I looked on other sites and the prices were more expensive for the same piece---what makes this the sell from Overstock specifically is the base shipping no matter the weight and the lack of sales tax. That's where you will save--some sites wanted 60plus dollars just for shipping and CA has a 10% sales tax. Enjoy....I think my dog will ;)
This is a great value crate! I got the baby blue one to train my 5 month old puppy. It is the perfect size for my shitzu. Assembly takes less than five minutes. It comes with a divider, so you can make the sleeping space smaller when training your dog, as recommended by trainers. I had seen this same icrate at Petco for $90, so this is a steal!
I love the"garage door" on the side. The doors on either end add more flexibility. I do question the quality of the latches and the design of them too. This is an extremely flexible product. The wheels are not visible and they work beautifully. Being able to move it so easily makes cleaning around it simple.. The best thing of all is that my dog simply loves her kennel. She said the blue color brings out her eyes:)
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