I adopted my dog in Arizona, and I am preparing for his first airplane ride so that I take him to his new home in Alaska. The first thing I did was buying him an onboard kennel cab so that he can go under the seat in the airplane. This one by Petmate called Kennel Cab is soft sided and has ventilation on three sides. It’s all lightweight mesh on three sides, and then the one end is solid and has a mesh pocket – if you want to put anything in it.
When open, it has four nice sturdy little feet. You can fold it all the way open, and when you want to store it after you’re done with your travel, fold the bottom two sides in again. The inner section has a removable liner. It’s fuzzy on one side, waterproof on the bottom, and has a solid plastic liner. You can fold over the end of the cover and remove it if you need to launder it. Then you simply slide the plastic insert back in and put it back inside your soft-sided pet carrier Petmate Kennel Cab.
It has two ways to access the opening where your pet goes. There’s a flap opening on the top, there’s a velcro tab on the end, and a double zipper pull like sometimes you might see on a gym bag. You can easily zip the top open, un-velcro it and lift your pet out. Or this may come in handy if your pet is upset – leave it zipped up, and you have a little tiny spot you can reach in and comfort your pet. Just make sure they don’t get out.
Another way to access your soft-sided pet carrier Petmate Kennel Cab is to open the double zipper on the end. This way, it flaps completely open, and then you have total access to your pet on this side.
I always like to do double zippers up to the top, and I have them meet in the middle. Then I always know they are zipped all the way shut, and I can easily unzip them.
How To Carry & Handle
The sided pet carrier Petmate Kennel Cab has a fuzzy lining. I want to make sure that my dog is comfortable, so I bought him a little soft baby blanket. It’s lightweight, but fuzzy and soft, it fits right inside and gives just enough extra softness so that my dog knows he is safe. There are two handles that you can pull up with a velcro closure that hooks over, so you can easily carry it with the handles tied together. On either side, there’s a plastic triangular hook so that you can clip on the shoulder strap, which has a rubberized section. This way, when you put it on your shoulder, it stays put – it doesn’t slide off easily. The rubberized part helps it stay in place when you’re carrying it.
The kennel cab is designed for pets that are eight inches tall by 17 inches long and weigh up to 20 pounds. The dimensions of this soft-sided pet carrier are 20 inches by 11.5 inches by 12 inches. This meets most air travel requirements, but make sure you check with your airline and look up their pet policy to find out exactly what the maximum dimensions are. Then know that since your pet carrier is soft-sided, you’ll be able to maneuver a little bit in case there is an issue with the carrier fitting under the seat.
Smart Tips About Pet Carriers
I put my pet in the soft-sided pet carrier because I wanted him to become familiar with it for airplanes before we even took him to the airport. He has been a good little traveler in the car. He pretty much pees when we take him out on a walk, and he sleeps well through the night, so I’m hoping that this isn’t going to be too hard for him on our long flight back to Alaska.
When the top is open, I can put my little dog right inside. Then I can pull the cover over and zip it up. He can still stand up. He has got enough room, so he can turn around, lie down, look out of three sides and know that I’m here. I have also used this for cats, and they cannot bite, claw or scratch their way out. This is a cat-proof pet carrier.
Now I can hook the two handles together with their velcro closure and carry him like this, I can easily put the pet carrier over my shoulder, and I’ll want to do it with the dog facing forward so that he can see what is ahead. You want your pet to know what’s coming so that they aren’t so scared.
Always make sure when you’re traveling with your pet that you carry their vaccination records, their medical history, and always make sure their identification is on them at all times, should there be any kind of an emergency.
That’s it now we are good-to-fly to Alaska!