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We have to go to California for 10 days at the end of August. My first choice would be to board him. But the couple that have done overnight boarding with him before live on rental property. It is being sold and they don't know if the buyers are going to keep it as a rental or doze the buildings and build condos. It may be problematic to find another boarder that will accept an intact male with only core vaccines (no bortadella or lepto).

At 9 months old, 13.8 lbs. and 10 1/2" at the shoulder he has totally outgrown the carrier I bought to bring him home from the breeder.



We bought a used Petmate Sky Kennel 28" L X 20.5" W X 21.5"H but I am really uncomfortable with putting him into checked baggage.

So I did a search here on the forum and found the Sleepy Pod.


One of the very few so called "Airline Approved" in cabin carriers that would actually meet Alaska Air's 17" x 11" x 9.5" size requirements.

So I am looking for comments and advice from anyone who has used a Sleepy Pod Air for a bigger dog like Skye. Or another soft carrier that meets Alaska's size requirements. And/or your experiences with putting your fur baby in checked baggage, particularly with Alaska Air.

Thanks.

Don't know why the links came up all funky like that ?????

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Has he mostly outgrown it because it collapses on him when heís in it? Mine still technically meets the specs for our soft carrier but itís too hard to hold comfortably because it collapses and doesnít really hold his weight, even though it should. Heís on the bigger side, too, and I think he would do well in something like the sleepypod even if itís only slightly bigger because itís better quality and more structured. He often sleeps in makeshift dens at home that are even smaller than a travel carrier. I havenít flown with my dog yet and I donít have a Sleepypod, so I canít offer any travel advice, just my thoughts on a bigger Havanese.
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It can't really collapse on him. He fills it up with his head sticking out the top!!! No way I could cram him in the pawperfectpets carrier for the flight from Seattle to San Francisco.
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Haha, thatís funny! I clicked the links and I think my soft crate/bag was bigger to begin with, so the comparison to the size of the Sleepypod is a little easier.

Even a pound or a few inches can make a big difference when theyíre right around 12-14lbs because it seems to be the size cutoff on a lot of things! I find mine is always right between xs/s on just about everything from harnesses to seats.

Does someone near you have a sleepypod you could borrow to try out?

Iím sure one of the many traveling members will reply, itís travel season
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In my experience, as long as your bag can be pushed down to go under the seat, you can get away with it being a bit taller than the 9.5" underseat requirement. Perry's bag is 11" tall -(


) but it's flexible enough that you can push it down to fit under the seat (at least on every airline we've used) ... I just tell the airline when I'm booking that it's only 9.5" tall because I know it will fit.
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We have to go to California for 10 days at the end of August. My first choice would be to board him. But the couple that have done overnight boarding with him before live on rental property. It is being sold and they don't know if the buyers are going to keep it as a rental or doze the buildings and build condos. It may be problematic to find another boarder that will accept an intact male with only core vaccines (no bortadella or lepto).

At 9 months old, 13.8 lbs. and 10 1/2" at the shoulder he has totally outgrown the carrier I bought to bring him home from the breeder.
https://www.amazon.com/Pawfect-Pets-.../dp/B01HQZND1O

We bought a used Petmate Sky Kennel 28" L X 20.5" W X 21.5"H but I am really uncomfortable with putting him into checked baggage.

So I did a search here on the forum and found the Sleepy Pod.
https://www.amazon.com/Sleepypod-Air...6&sr=1-34&th=1
One of the very few so called "Airline Approved" in cabin carriers that would actually meet Alaska Air's 17" x 11" x 9.5" size requirements.

So I am looking for comments and advice from anyone who has used a Sleepy Pod Air for a bigger dog like Skye. Or another soft carrier that meets Alaska's size requirements. And/or your experiences with putting your fur baby in checked baggage, particularly with Alaska Air.

Thanks.

Don't know why the links came up all funky like that ?????
I use the Sleepypod Air for my 15lb guy several times a week. I use it in the car as a carrier as well as on planes. I just flew over the 4th of July weekend on American with no problems. I have been very happy with the carrier...


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I don't have experience with Alaskan airlines, but I do know that flying with a dog in checked baggage in August in the US is pretty dicey. No airline will put them in checked if there's any chance that the temperature on the ground during take off or landing is above 80 (86?) degrees.
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Thanks for your inputs.

I looked at a few other carriers and decided to order the Sleepypod Air from Amazon. Good to see your experience with it Barbara. Amazon is pretty good about returns so we will try it out and see. I like that it can be extended out to 22" except for take off and landing. He often sleeps curled up but usually when just chillin' he is stretched out with his head resting on his front paws.

Also made a Vet appointment for the health certificate just in case he has to go in checked baggage. And going to look through Rover.com in the off chance I can find someone to board him.
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Melissa you posted while I was writing. Thank you!!! I hadn't even considered the heat.
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Melissa you posted while I was writing. Thank you!!! I hadn't even considered the heat.
My last dog was a Dalmatian and had to fly cargo, and it was nerve-wracking to plan our lives (moving for work, etc.) around what the temperature might be at any place we took off from or landed at... especially since some of the places we lived were warm/ hot all year round so it meant ensuring that we were traveling the right time of year for Europe and Northeast US AND were taking off (or landing on return) at night where we lived, etc.

It's the biggest reason why my main criteria for my new dog was size (a few on my top 5 list of breeds fell off because they were on the high end, or over, of cabin travel size) . Knowing the variety of Havanese sizes as well, it was another reason why I was happy to get a rescue - not getting a puppy but getting a rescue under a year old (Perry was 8 months old when I picked him up from the rescue) meant a better idea of adult size and that he'd fit in his travel bag and in the cabin even if they were being strict on weight.
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