Grreat Choice® Dog Carrier
I registered on this site just to write this review. This thing is garbage, assembly is unclear and difficult, moving parts are mostly plastic. Carrier is not left/right agnostic like my last one. If it wasn't a painful drive, I'd just go return it, unfortunately I need the crate now.
I guess Kong thinks the charm in their products is that they're all plastic? If you want to trust your pet's safety and security (especially while traveling) to plastic "locks" and plastic "strap buckles" then my fingers are crossed for them.
And really, who is giving this 4 stars? I don't buy it.
July 4, 2014
After having bought and been very happy with another generic crate like this from a competitor, I thought I would buy this one. Big mistake.
It arrived wrapped with strapping tape, not even in a box so it was scuffed and bent. I also realized 40" is the outside dimension and the inside is not even 36" long making it a tight fit (guess that one is totally on me; I bought my other ones in person and went on look not the numbers) and should have returned it right then. Mind you I have had probably 6 vari-kennel type crates over the years.
The pieces do not fit together nicely and there are gaps as can be seen in the image above. I am not sure what the point is of the tie down hole as I have YET to find anything that will fit through it except for smaller cord than I would like. Definitely not tie down hooks or even bungee hooks or carabiners. I would up putting 4 zip ties through it figuring that would maybe be ok.
At this point I am not sure if the top is supposed to nest inside the bottom or be level. I am thinking of taking my dremel, cutting off the nibs and doing just that then securing with cable ties. Right now I don't find this to be a very strong crate at all. Fortunately it is just for overnights in motel rooms so I don't have to uninstall my heavy aluminum dog boxes from the truck.
April 25, 2014
The color description is "tan" and the photo shows a tan crate but the ones I received are tan on top and a dark brown/gray on the bottom.
I didn't notice when I ordered but the photo shows the top and bottom do not lock into each other, the top edge sits on the bottom edge. The edges are not perfectly straight so even with the bolts tightened there are small gaps between top and bottom.
I ordered two crates and I could not get all four corners to line up on either one so one corner on each has a 1/8" gap.
My dogs sleep in them at night and they are adequate for that but I would not feel comfortable shipping pets in them.
April 13, 2014
great option for a plastic crate/carrier
I have several Grreat Choice dog and cat carriers of various sizes. While of course is it possible, for huge amts of money, to purchase sturdier travel crates (e.g., for those who try to break out or chew out of a crate), I have been really happy with this brand. They meet international and USDA pet transport requirements (you should confirm that), can be used in SUVs and at home, too. And I really like that they use the bolts/wingnuts to put the crate together, because I think that's much safer/more secure than the faster/prettier ways of holding top to bottom. And it's great that they are stackable/nestable for storage when not in use. I have also found the door latch to be easy to use, but secure.
March 17, 2014