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Old 02-09-2014, 09:37 AM   #11 (permalink)
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there's nothing to knock off. i think suggesting going to a
store to check out a soft crate is a good idea. you and
Suka stop being so sensitive and taking things the wrong way.
besides the experience someone else has with a soft crate doesn't
mean the OP is going to have the same experince.

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doggiedad...knock it off. You are doing nothing more than harassing and antagonizing this person that just asked for experiences with soft side crates.

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Old 02-09-2014, 10:31 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Pros:
light to carry
don't take up much space in the vehicle (I don't use them to travel in, just to set up at events)
easy to set up and take down

Cons:
over priced - seriously - that they cost more than a good wire folding crate is ridic
very difficult to keep a dog cool in high temps. The mesh panels, even with a crate fan, just don't allow good circulation.
the zipper door is a major PITA



Another con, for us, certain kinds of dogs - driven labs who want to get to the dock and pool *cough*cough* - might just learn how to roll them like a hamster ball toward the object of their desire while their owners are off getting lunch


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Dude, doggiedad this is all you ever do. You almost never have anything constructive to say, and the style/structure of your posts makes it even more obnoxious.

OP is basically asking for reviews, in an attempt to make a better informed purchase. The fact that this has to be explained to you is rediculous.

Anyway, I have the nature's miracle soft crate. It is easy to break down and put up, pretty easy to wash when dirty, but the plastic piece that sheaths the structual bar has broken. I would find one with metal or a different clamping mechanism.
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Old 02-09-2014, 10:36 AM   #14 (permalink)
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there's nothing to knock off. i think suggesting going to a
store to check out a soft crate is a good idea. you and
Suka stop being so sensitive and taking things the wrong way.
besides the experience someone else has with a soft crate doesn't
mean the OP is going to have the same experince.
I'm not being sensitive. I'm a completely uninvolved 3rd party reading what you are writing. And it is coming off as harassing and antagonizing.

Unless you live in a big city with a specialized pet store, you are not going to be able to go to a store and view a bunch of different brands of soft crates. Even in a city, you'll probably only see a couple brands.

The OP asked for input on a soft crate. If you have a soft crate, please share your experience.
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Old 02-09-2014, 11:20 AM   #15 (permalink)
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Going to a store and "trying" (whatever that means) the display model does not = "experience with the crate."

People who do events/sports/activities with their dogs usually have experience and information to offer on equipment. I know that I have been offered many good tips on useful items as well as warned off ones that aren't really worth the expenditure.

OP - this brand/model gets pretty good reviews, is a good size for a GSD, and isn't as ridiculously expensive as the one I bought :/
Amazon.com: EliteField Beige 42" 3-Door Soft Dog Crate, 42" long x 28" wide x 32" high: Pet Supplies Amazon.com: EliteField Beige 42" 3-Door Soft Dog Crate, 42" long x 28" wide x 32" high: Pet Supplies

Last year I was lugging my Midwest folding metal crates (suitcase style) to events because I only had the one soft side, it is too small for Huxley, and Abby was having a hard time with the heat. Getting those metal crates stowed in the Tahoe along with travel crates, EZ up, luggage, and 3 people? Not fun. I don't like playing tetris with heavy items!

I like the fact that the mesh sits a little lower on the model above. I could set crate fans on the ground on several sides and hopefully keep Abby cool. It would free up space in my Tahoe and be so much easier to carry in to sites. I may just go this route this year
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Old 02-09-2014, 11:55 AM   #16 (permalink)
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I have a Beacon Hill soft crate that I do like. It's very sturdy once set up and from what I can tell is made of a heavier canvas than what I've seen friends' soft crates made of.

It did cost a pretty penny but meh...it was one of those dog show vendor purchases that I refuse to feel guilty about.

I've used it at a show and stuffed with blankets it did well keeping my senior Shih Tzu warm.

For keeping low drive, crate trained dogs confined it's good. For keeping my sis's mini-aussie puppy confined it lasted for 5 minutes. (I swear she knew how to open zippers before we even loaded her).
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I have the EliteField one that GrammaD posted about. I ordered thru Amazon and instead of the beige color I ordered they sent me a blue one. I didn't want to deal with the hassle of return just for color so I kept it. The zippers are a bit weak, especially the zipper that is on the bag that keeps the crate in, it came off after some use (not extensive use). Otherwise it is very easy to set up and break down, takes less than a minute. I used it for my dog's agility classes and it worked well for that. I like all the different openings of the crate to allow air flow.
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Old 02-09-2014, 02:59 PM   #18 (permalink)
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Dude, suggesting someone go and check out a product
is constructive. when i answer a post i don't use a hold
your hand, give you warm milk, long version answers.

you don't have to explain what the OP is asking an i shouldn't
have to explain a common sense answer/approach. do you
understand that Dude?

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Dude, doggiedad this is all you ever do. You almost never have anything constructive to say, and the style/structure of your posts makes it even more obnoxious.

OP is basically asking for reviews, in an attempt to make a better informed purchase.

>> The fact that this has to be explained to you is rediculous. <<

Anyway, I have the nature's miracle soft crate. It is easy to break down and put up, pretty easy to wash when dirty, but the plastic piece that sheaths the structual bar has broken. I would find one with metal or a different clamping mechanism.
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Old 02-09-2014, 03:05 PM   #19 (permalink)
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look at it another way. it's coming off as harassing and
antagonizing to you. i've got PM's where people don't think
that i was being harassing and antagonizing which i wasn't
trying to be.

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I'm not being sensitive. I'm a completely uninvolved 3rd party reading what you are writing.

>>> And it is coming off as harassing and antagonizing. <<<

Unless you live in a big city with a specialized pet store, you are not going to be able to go to a store and view a bunch of different brands of soft crates. Even in a city, you'll probably only see a couple brands.

The OP asked for input on a soft crate. If you have a soft crate, please share your experience.
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Old 02-09-2014, 03:48 PM   #20 (permalink)
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Canine Camper!

Love love love mine. Have had it for years. Very user friendly assemble, there are no poles, it just pops up and you zip the ends close. I am a small girl and have no problems transporting the CC. I take it to rescue events, training, and dog events when I bring my dogs along for my photography booth. GREAT product! I have many friends that use it.

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