I replaced a fabric pen that my 100 pound dog broke the zippers on with this crate. I need this to travel to dog shows and for hotels. I really like the built-in wheels and the padded handle, but this kennel weighs a lot more than I expected. We took it in the car to the show but didn't end up taking it to the hotel room because it was daunting to haul around. I will keep this and use it with the dogs, but I'm not sure it's the answer to traveling with your large dog.
The old adage, "You get what you pay for" applies, but not in a sense of being taken advantage of. The product looks very nice, and it is a value to get something completely made of wood at this price point. It has been an eye sore to have a full wire kennel and a full plastic kennel in the family room for the past couple of years. It is a relief to have a nice looking kennel in the corner between our couch and love seat that can easily be glanced over as a nice end table. In regards to assembly, be gentle unpacking the pieces from the box. Since the item is already pre-fabricated, the large side pieces are not very substantive and gain their durability as part of the complete assembled box shape. My only issue was with the order of the steps in the asembly instructions. The instructions indicate that the sides should be attached to the bottom panel first and that the top be attached last. Since the holes for screwing the top onto the sides are inside the finished kennel, you either have to lay on your back inside the kennel to reach the screws, or you have to squeeze your hands through the slats and deal with the allen wrench at difficult angles. The step of securing the top was by far the most time consuming, awkward, and at times painful portion of the assembly (my wrists got stuck between the slats trying to manipulate the allen wrench from outside the box, and my back was sore from laying over the lip on the floor panel while trying to complete the assembly from inside the box). Therefore, I strongly suggest that you carefully attach the sides to the top panel first so that you have much easier access to the screw holes. Add the bottom panel while the tops and sides are laying upside down. The access to the screw holes for the bottom panel will be incredibly easy since they are exposed from the outside of the box -- no crawling inside nor sticking you hands through slats.
This is absolutely the best crate for a large or giant breed dog. Not only is it strong enough to safely hold your large baby it is also light enough for you to move around which makes cleaning fur etc. very easy. After my baby turned a year, I was easily able to cover the crate with fabric so that her crate is now an awesome den.
This play pen offers security for your pet, either outdoors or in. The quality is superb and surpasses all others that I researched. The fabric (a very good quality canvas) that it is constructed from is wonderful, as are the zippers and all other construction materials I am extremely happy with this purchase. I should have ordered it sooner. Kudos to Overstock - agaiin!!!
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