I needed a second large crate for my shepherd mix, Dax. She is 21.5 inches at the shoulder and weighs about 70 pounds. She is not a nervous chewer, but she has been known to tear up pillows when left alone too long.
So, I have ruled out a soft sided crate (tempting fate) and a wire mesh crate (not den-like enough for "quiet time"). I wanted a plastic vented crate.
Lord Almighty, I was not prepared for the price! $90+ for an "Intermediate" size crate at PetSmart. $65 plus $50 shipping from PetEdge. $129 at various boutique on-line sites. When did they get so expensive?
Then I checked Craigslist and found a very nice woman in St. Charles who is selling a PetMate crate 32"L x 22.5W x 24"H. She said she kept a male Boxer in it. I think it will work for Dax. I pray it will work.
For a $40 crate, I'm driving an hour each way. That's Wednesday after the ice storms clear out.
I tried the plastic cargo one ($90) for my 8 month old Alaskan Malamute. It worked out for 2 nights... the third night he used his teeth and bent the wired door lock pins right in with his teeth. I went back to the big wired kennel and just sewed a nice cover on it to darken it.. Hope your puppy isn't as determined and as strong as mine.
Oh, people, I tried e-bay, too. A similar, but slightly smaller crate is about $70 and a really nice one, bigger than what I have now is $100. I just don't have the $100.
I was dubious about the size of this crate, too. The lady said she kept a boxer in there, so I hope it works. I can always buy another, larger, crate later when I have the money. Right now, though, I have an urgent need for a crate and almost no money.
Maybe it's the time of year, but I am finding that the large crates are out of stock in many places and thin on the ground on e-bay and craigslist.
If you have any better ideas, I'd like to hear 'em, but this is the best I've been able to come up with.
Just for sh*ts and grins, I thought I'd check the pet supplies section on THIS website. PetCo (a sponsor) has a sale going on on a Remington Crate, which is 28" high and a bit longer on sale, with holiday free shipping on orders of over $50.
The final price would be just under $70. I am in an agony of indecision now:
Should I spend $30 more and get the crate in two weeks, knowing that it will probably be a better fit? Or should I get the smaller crate for $30 less, plus the cost of gas (about $10) and get it Wednesday?
You can throw a blanket over a wire crate for a more den-like feel if you think the dog needs it. I got Venus a 48 inch double-door wire crate for just under $100 (including the shipping) from http://www.fortresspetcrates.com . You, obviously, don't need one that large, so the price for you would be even cheaper.
Regardless of what style you go with or where you get the crate, make sure you get one that is large enough. My 55 pound mutts don't fit in anything smaller than 36 inches. When your dog is lying down, I suggest you get out a tape measure to figure out what length he really needs.
I know gas is cheaper in Missouri than it is here, but is it enough of a savings to drive an hour each way, and then it might not be big enough. You might go to craigslist and post what you are looking for. You might get a hit. I have found them at second hand stores, yard sales, and some humane societys have thrift store. I have a friend who got a set of aluminum stacker crates with a groom table top and arm worth over $300 for $35. I was sooo jealous.
Also Yahoo has a group called Dogshowstuff You can sometimes find crates listed there as well.
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I looked everywhere for a cheap crate before I got my dog. I couldn't find one that would fit her for under $150. She needed the XL crate or XXL - I don't remember - but I paid $189 for it. You guys really know how to find deals!