Advantages Tough, keeps Pig fur and vomit to herself, flexible
Disadvantages Price, availability, not suitable for all Pigs
~~*~~ Roof Box? ~~*~~
If you own a Pig (chocolate Labrador of the ‘special needs variety) then you’ll understand how things can get ruined in, quite literally, seconds. With this in mind, when I purchased my lovely sparkly Grand Vitara brand new with all the bells and whistles, I knew I’d have to have something to contain the Pig in. I purchased the aforementioned car because of the Pig and her friends (I’m a dog walker and the 206 just wasn’t cutting it space wise) because there’s tons of room and lots of height, however, trying to find a solid/traditional crate that didn’t take up the entire boot proved difficult until I stumbled upon the Roofbox website.
The design of this thing is very clever. Whereas pretty much every crate I looked at was wide with little headroom, this is tall without taking over the entire boot. It’s nearly the shape of a square but with a rounded top – kind of like a tepee design only with four sides. You don’t have to put it together – it simply springs out of the bag – a bit like a pop up tent for the dog which is another thing, it’s not solid like a normal crate, the material sides are soft so don’t ruin your car’s interior when the Pig misses the entrance and crashes straight into it. It’s ‘squishable’ in that I can transfer it to pretty much any car and it’s going to fit (probably not the brother’s Aygo but that thing couldn’t squeeze a hamster in it anyway) however, this is somewhat of a problem when poor little Colin is travelling in it and big fat Harley sits on him with his great hairy butt. Colin can try and bite him but he always fails due to the material – apparently it’s 1800 Denier ballistic nylon which I guess is very hardwearing and fully waterproof – I can confirm it is the latter as Pig threw up most of the sea on the journey home the other day and my boot stayed dry. Bonus. It started life as a grey colour but now it’s brown. This marvellous material supposedly has UV protection though there’s never any sun in Lancaster so that’s not a problem and has plenty of ventilation for the stinky sweaty wet dog. The bottom half of the ‘bag’ is made of solid material whereas the top section is a thick black mesh so the dog can see out and to allow for the ventilation – I have to say the design does seem to keep all the filth and fur out of the rest of the car so it’s pretty clever in that respect.
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