Advantages Well padded, warm, safe and comfortable
Disadvantages Straps could do with being longer and adjustable
Just a little under five years ago, I travelled down to Gosport to pick up my new rescue puppy, Moses, whose mother; a Collie X was rescued, along with her seven gorgeous puppies.Anyone having read my Trixie car-harness for dogs will know that I am ever conscious of the risks of carrying an animal in a car without securing it on the seat, in such a way that comfort is not compromised, yet that oh-so- precious cargo cannot be thrown or injured if the car were to brake suddenly.
Moses was ten weeks old and it was mid December, far too cold, to take a puppy from its warm secure bed and drive for two and a half hours in a car cabin, although not cold, less warm than his usual surrounds.
So, a couple of weeks before I was due to travel to Gosport to pick up my bundle of fun, and with this in mind, I went down to my local pet shop to find out what sort of carriers were available that would tick the boxes for safety and comfort.
This generously padded carrier, shaped rather like a boat with a small section removed from the top of the 'stern' end, was the only one in stock. They apparently come in three sizes; the one in stock was the larger size and probably a tad too large for a puppy, but not an insurmountable problem.The Borsello base measures 43cm x 27cm with a depth of 28cm. The inside is lined with a mid-blue, light-denim material, whilst the outside, lined with a dark blue, silky, soft nylon material. Between the two linings was a lovely thick padding of foam. A removable, washable, padded cushion lined the base.
The scooped out section allows the animal to see out of the carrier whilst sitting inside.
Sewn on the inside, about 10cms from the front is a short piece of strong elastic, to which is attached a clip for attaching to the dog collar or harness, to prevent the dog leaving the carrier - prematurely.
Strong carrying handles, stitched firmly to the carrier, stretch from the base. The length of the two handles from the top of the carrier measures about 34cms, plenty long enough to be able to carry it on the shoulder, like a shoulder bag, but, for people with narrow or sloping shoulders, this is not a comfortable way to transport the bag, for the person carrying it or the animal inside.
The straps are too short and narrow to fit over the head and across the body and too long to carry the animal without considerable discomfort, in the Maggie-Thatcher handbag style either.
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