I have to disagree with all of you, sorry
hope you'll still like me. EDITED TO SAY: Pat, we must have been posting at the same time.
I agree with you. Get the Petflys carrier now and start using it right away! Tammy from Petflys is awesome and always packs free goodies with your purchases, stands behind her products, and gives discounts when you are "buying for a good 'cause-e.g. giving something to a shelter, etc..." I have two Petflys carriers, a small and a medium and I wouldn't trade them for anything. There is plenty of ventilation. I would say just as much as a Sherpa. You just can't tell from the online pictures. There are "holes" all over the carrier and they are very sturdy.
I would say go ahead an order the medium size, which fits the dog Violet is likely to become. When she gets bigger, you may have to put her in "butt first" as it doesn't open from the top, but I promise you will love it!
I think it's important during this economy to support good people and spend a little money, to save a little money-as in you won't have to buy a cheap one now and one you like later!
Here are some pics of Posh in her small (purple) and medium (white) carriers. Posh is 9.5 inches at the withers, and about 14 inches in length.
Shade is drawn in the picture below, but it can be open to expose "cage" ventilation area. FYI Tammy sent Posh the dress for free with the carrier, and treats, and toys!
As you can see she lies comfortably in the purple carrier, and can turn herself around in it, but not stand up. In the white, medium carrier she can stand, sit, and lie down easily. I take the white carrier with me everywhere in the car, to agility, to the coffeehouse, etc...and when I fly I use the purple one because it fits under the seat without going on its side.
If you do end up ordering one, make sure you get it from Petflys directly so that you have Tammy's support and great customer service.
Geez. I wish I worked on commission!