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When we got the new car (a Subaru Forester) and had room for it, Dave and I discussed it and decided that aside from how much we LOVE our doggies, the investment we have in them, just talking about "replacement cost", to say NOTHING of the investment in time and money in their training, it makes no sense for them not to be as safe as possible in the car.

So, although it wasn't cheap, and was a BEAR to assemble (no instructions in English, just poor line drawings to follow along) we wanted to invest in a double Variocage that could fit all three dogs. This is one of only two car crates tested by CFPS that passed their crash testing. (though the problems with the Ruff Tough Kennel were, IMO, minor) There are things about CFPS testing that I don't like, and I don't always agree with their conclusions. But there is no doubt that Variocage is the Rolls Royce of car crates, AND fit all three of my dogs. With my RTK's, even though I felt very comfortable with them, safety-wise, I couldn't fit all three dogs in the car in crates at the same time.

In case you haven't seen them elsewhere, here it is, assembled and installed in the back of my Forester. You can even lock the doors separately, so that your dogs are secure, even if you leave the hatch open at a trial or whatever.
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Nice! I want to see a picture of all your dogs in the car crate with their cute faces peeking out.
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That is so nice! Can Layla travel with you??

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Nice I think that's perfect for my kids.
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Nice setup! I like how safe the furkids are.
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That's what I need for our trip! Very nice!
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When we got the new car (a Subaru Forester) and had room for it, Dave and I discussed it and decided that aside from how much we LOVE our doggies, the investment we have in them, just talking about "replacement cost", to say NOTHING of the investment in time and money in their training, it makes no sense for them not to be as safe as possible in the car.
Sounds like you worked up a good argument to convince Dave to spend the money
You and Dave need variocages for the front seat now!

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Awesome! I really wanted one and had talked to them when I had Hallie, I talked to the owner who was super nice and informative. The cage wouldn't work for us since I would have needed it in the passenger seat, I needed to be able to see her at all times with all her health issues and now I'm used to that so Sophie rides there also. He told me, which I knew, the front seat can be the worst place for a crate but after a ridiculous amount of calling Dodge!!! Finally confirmed that the airbag would not go off at the weight of the crate plus Sophie. So we did the next best thing and got the ruff tough kennel with 2 doors (after you told me they finally started making them in the size I needed!!! I had called them before and the guy said they would never make 2 doors in the smaller sizes). And I have it strapped down tight in the front.

Wish the variocage would have worked for us it sounds great, I too would love to see a pic of your kids in there!
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We love our Forester. Shama rides in a crate in our back seat. Really nice set-up for your needs.

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Sounds like you worked up a good argument to convince Dave to spend the money
You and Dave need variocages for the front seat now!
Ha! He's so funny. I didn't need to do much convincing... NOTHING is too good for "his baby". He's the one who learned about, and insisted on the laparoscopic spay for her... be [email protected]#% the cost!
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