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Thursday, August 11, 2011

Petmate's Luxury Curvations Makes for Comfy, Soft-Sided Travel

by Carrie Boyko, CEB
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This is My Carrier?
I'm about to confuse Oliver for sure. He has posed for this picture, thinking this funky looking pillow thing next to him is.....what? He's not sure. I know I love the animal-inspired print of soft pink and brown--not too girly, yet really fashionable.

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Upside Down--Starting to Unzip
Let's open it up and see what's inside. Zippers around the side separate the top from the bottom, which will reassemble into the respective top and bottom of the ultimate carrier. Come along with me and see how it works.

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Here's the Carrier's Sides
A firm, foam material is used to make the underlying product, with beautiful fabric covering it for a savvy look. Unzip and open up to reveal what will be the sides of the carrier, stored inside, all folded up. The whole thing weighs just ounces and is ever so much more attractive than the typical carrier that may have only 2 or 3 mesh windows. This siding allows for much better air circulation than the typical mesh siding on many common carriers. Let's see how we put it together:

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Pop Up the Walls
The Door is Screened
After unfolding the walls, they pop up like this picture at left. As you can see, the door is screened and has double zippers. I was especially impressed with the hook closure (zipper to zipper)to assure that a tiny snout doesn't press through a small opening to make a quick escape.

Inside, a washable, padded liner makes for soft bedding for Fido. Now you simply zip the bottom of the carrier to the liner, just as you would a jacket zipper. Same thing with the top. Viola!'

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Assembly Complete in a Jiffy
Tanner has decided that this must be a handbag or some such silliness for me. We'll have to let Oliver inspect. I unzip the door and invite him to check it out. 

Would your pint-sized pup enjoy this beautiful carrier? It's perfect for any small pup up to 15 pounds like a Yorkie, Chihuahua, Pomeranian, or any similarly sized dog. In case you're wondering, Oliver is a 10 lb. Papillon.

What do we like best about this carrier? The 360 degree air circulation is great for travel, when sometimes carriers may be crowded among other baggage in a car, airline seating, or even up against a cargo area wall in an SUV. All around air assures that your pup can  have visibility and fresh air from whichever direction is needed. I also appreciate the security door clasp, as Tanner has an occasional habit of playing Houdini. When he gets bored, he'll sometimes help Oliver escape his crate, so they can explore together. 
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 "This Works for Me, Mom!"

Of course the stowaway design, allowing the carrier to be collapsed when no longer needed, is a big advantage when you just need a carrier for travel from point A to point B. Storage space is always at a premium; this design was highly creative.

For dogs that are happily crate trained, this carrier can also serve as his home away from home--a retreat from a busy household or just a quiet, safe place to nap, where he's out of the way of traffic. 

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If you're planning a getaway with your toy-sized dog and think this carrier suits your style, you can get a closer look at Petmate's site, ask questions at their Facebook page or online at Twitter. You can order one from Petsmart's online site here. Don't you just love the girly color?!!!

Anybody out there want to win one of these adorable Luxury Curvations Pet Carriers by Petmate? I have one up for grabs and one lucky reader can win it with a few quick clicks of the mouse. Today we're testing out a new method of entry. Unlike my other drawings, these entries will remain open till midnight on Thursday, August 18th. Leave me a comment if you'd like to let me know how you enjoy this new Rafflecopter entry route. NOTE: The first 12 hours that this Rafflecopter entry form was on this post, there was a little glitch. I've fixed that now. The first entry method is mandatory. After that, you can pick and choose.

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Full disclosure: Petmate provided this carrier for us to review. We were not paid to review the carrier, or to provide postiive feedback. While we very much like this carrier, we have chosen to give it away to one of you, since we have a carrier already. 

This giveaway is available to winners with North American addresses, with the exception of Quebec (sorry, laws prohibit our participation there). Participants must be 18 or older. This offer is void where prohibited.


CRichman said...

This would be perfect for my chihuahua Bullet. I take him everywhere with me!

Katie said...

I like the storeaway design and the 360 air ventilation!

Katie said...

I posted a picture of Roxy's new sister Molly, they just love each other now, play together and tomorrow the are going to try out the safemade biggie bone frozen with yogurt inside, I'll let you know how they like it!

Katie said...

I posted a picture of Roxy's new sister Molly, they just love each other now, play together and tomorrow the are going to try out the safemade biggie bone frozen with yogurt inside, I'll let you know how they like it!

Katie said...

I posted a picture of Roxy's new sister Molly, they just love each other now, play together and tomorrow the are going to try out the safemade biggie bone frozen with yogurt inside, I'll let you know how they like it!

Sara said...

I love how it collapses! what a great design!

sara (at) theniffs (dot) com

honeyrose80 said...

this would be perfect for my Papillon Mya, I love that it folds up for easy storage.

Cat Travis said...

My little Nita loves to travel, and this would be a much safer way for her to travel along with me. I am in a very small space and have to leave my other carriers outside cause there is no room to store them inside. This would just tuck away so easily!

Anonymous said...

i like that its a 2-1. a dog bed or a pin! love it! thank you
tosha p
diddlepoyner at gmail dot com

Joann said...

I love this pet carrier, my pomeranian Quorra travels with me a lot and this will help out so much and plus it is so cute!

Anna Galanos said...

This is the most awesome thing that I have ever seen for pets. I would love to have this for my Daisy, a Chihuahua. We just took a trip to Houston and instead of my pillow, she could lay on this, and then when I am bringing her in from place to place, BOP! It's a pet carrier. I love all of the different styles and that it's specifically for small dogs so it makes them even more special than they already are! ;)

Paris said...

I love that this compacts so neatly when it's not in use! What a great spacesaver!

Julie D. said...

This is actually way too small for my dog, but I think it would be great for my rabbit! I could use it to take her to the vet, I think she'd like it more than the big, hard cat carrier I use now.
luckyjd2k at gmail dot com

Emily H. said...

I have a chihuahua and my boyfriend and I are going to be long distance for the next couple of months, so I would love using this to travel with my pup. The dog is actually both of ours, but I am keeping her for the months to come.

Anonymous said...

Fashionable yet functional.

Carrie said...

I would so love this carrier to travel with my sweet pup! They are adorable. lathropcarrie@gmail com

Carrie said...

I love this carrier. Its just adorable. I so want one :)
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Kirby the Dorkie said...

I love this! Kirby is just shy of 15 pounds so I think he would fit. It would be great when we travel and are staying in a new place.

Dawn W. said...

I absolutely LOVE the Petmates Curvations Pet Carrier!!!! My daughter (who is 9) just got a dog 4 days ago and we have been looking for a carrier that is cute and functional. This is it!!! My daughter LOVES the pink one and I like the brown zebra print. They are both actually really cute! I know that if we got this carrier we would get a ton of compliments and I know that my other dog lover friends would want one too! I would love to win one of these for my daughter! She saved up all of her money for her new little Chihuahua so it is up to my husband and I to provide everything else. I would love to spoil my daughter and her dog with one of these!

Anonymous said...

Well...Petmate did it...they created the cutest, sassiest, most fashionable carrier EVER!!! I have been looking around for a nice carrier for my daughter's "Little Princess Crystal" who is our "Diva Pet" and both my daughter and the dog would love it! Our little chihuahua loves to hang out in small places and my daughter loves very trendy stylish things! Thank you All Things Dog Blog for letting me know about this amazing product! It is darling! LOVE IT! LOVE IT! LOVE IT!

Anonymous said...

this would be great for traveling with our dog. thanks.

AvroraD said...

I like how soft it looks. Much more comfortable than the hard plastic carrier that she usually gets!

Shelley said...

It looks so soft and comfy and I love that it folds down too!

sscott2 at email dot com

Pam said...

I like the 360 degree Air Circulation.

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