Disclosure: This review is based on a product provided to me by a representative of the SturdiBag company.
One of the biggest challenges of having corgis is how long they are. Sure, they are short dogs, usually only about 12 inches in height, and they often weight in the 25lb or under range, but they have long backs and generally will not fit in a soft sided carrier. When I considered flying with Eve to the Blogpaws Conference, I took her to a local store and stood her next to the largest under-seat carrier they had and there was no way she would fit in it! So, off I went to the conference by myself where, lo and behold, I learned that the SturdiBag company made a carrier especially for corgis! Obviously, I asked to try one out.
The Sturdi Products Inc. designed the XXL SturdiBag™ specifically with corgis in mind. The XXL SturdiBag™ Pet Carrier has dimensions of 15 H x 15 W x 23 D inches. It is that 23 figure that is key. Normally, pet airline carriers end at around 18 inches. This is not to say you can get away with carrying it on an airplane though. The answer to that is maybe. More on that in a bit.
“Like all members of our families, we want our pets to have a safe and comfortable experience while on the road,” says Penny Johnson, CEO of Sturdi Products Inc.,“Whether by car, plane, train or bus, the XXL SturdiBag has been specifically designed for Corgi’s unique length, weight and size. It’s truly the perfect carrier for traveling Corgis everywhere!”
The product features include:
- Designed to hold up to 50 poundsD
- Durable 600 denier polyester, feather light construction.
- Adjustable 4-point padded shoulder strap
- Retractable privacy flaps on all mesh windows
- Seat belt safety straps
- Interior fleece pad (included)
- Ring inside SturdiBag for tether attachment (tether included
- Base board to prevent sagging
- Rear storage pocket
- Top opening for easy access.
I was quite impressed with the bag. First off, it is indeed long enough. Both of my dogs can stand up and turn around in the bag and ft comfortably all the way inside.
Turning around and entering and exiting was no problem for either dog.
Construction of the bag is quite good. It is very durable and comes with a nice floor pad that has a stiff underside to keep the bag in shape. It also has extra features, such as a tether ring and tether. The handles are very adjustable and the bag is easy to carry. There is a back pocket for storage.
Something I really like is the top opening. This can be closed fully, or it can be partially opened so that the mesh covers the top. Or you can open it all the way. Of course, if you do that, a head will likely pop out, possibly to be followed by the entire dog, so I wouldn’t go opening this in a busy airport or train station without already having the dog tethered.
Overall, I’m very impressed with the bag. It is high quality and it fits corgis perfectly. So, now the big question is whether it will work in a commercial airplane cabin. I’m told that there are reports of people using it to take corgis in the cabin under the seat, but I have my doubts about that. Most airline seats have as low as 7 inches and as high as perhaps 12 inches of height, but I am not aware of any that would meet the bag’s 15 inch size. The top is flexible though, so it could fit, but would get smashed down some. Most airline seats also range in the 15 to 17 inch range for depth (see dog jaunt for various measurements). So, I just don’t see how this bag would fit under an airline seat without sticking way out into the footing area. It also looks quite large in person, so I don’t think slipping it by the gate agents would be very likely. Thus, I don’t plan to try it. But I do think it is a great bag as a general carrier and it would be great for other forms of transportation where it might fit but requires a bag, such as on trains or buses that allow restrained pets.
Eve disapproves that we will be going to Aruba without her this winter.
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