I am now the owner of a Doggone Good Pack-a-Pup tent, because I ordered one for a friend who couldn't figure out how to stack rebates (and didn't have an Ebates account) and then she decided she didn't want it. So I of course said, heck, I'll keep it! because I love new toys.

Like all of their products, the tent is very well-made and finished. The materials are impressive: the nylon is the same as the stuff in my camping tent's rainfly (I've lived in that tent for six weeks at a time during SW France's "rainy season" and never gotten wet), and the mesh is the same as I've got in my high-end luggage/pack items (like my Eagle Creek field bag and my Gregory pack). They are not the same materials as in the Cabana Crate; they are more lightweight. The poles are the same lightweight aluminum as in many backpacking tents. The whole thing packs down into an included duffel that is smaller than a lot of big purses, and weighs practically nothing about three pounds. I put it over my shoulder and forgot I was carrying it.This is the large size, about 36" by 30" or thereabouts. That makes it as long as a 300 or 400 (can't remember) Vari-Kennel, but wider. The base seems almost square. There's a U-shaped door in the front that rolls up and secures with a toggle. It has two zippers but, unfortunately, no zipper lock (like on the Cabana Crate) and the zippers do not have convenient loops to add one yourself. Having one dog who is only two thumbs short of being able to turn doorknobs and safe dials, this is a pretty big design flaw in my opinion.
Although the base is very large, the whole thing seems smaller because the sides obviously slope in toward the domed top. Solo and Fly both fit easily into a med/large Cabana Crate, which is I believe 34" x 24", but it seems like they wouldn't both fit into the tent because there isn't enough headroom.

My dogs like the tent. Solo's been hanging out in it since I set it up. The very top is not mesh and I think he feels secure in it. At the same time there's plenty of mesh and lots of air circulation. It took about one minute to set the entire thing up.
I will probably use this when I am traveling light and need somewhere to put the dogs in a pinch. For trials and times when I know I am going to need crates set up for the dogs, I'd prefer to use the Cabana Crates because they're roomier and sturdier. If I were only going to get one or the other, I'd get the Cabana Crate. Note: the 36" size is just right for Solo, at 22.25" at the shoulder, and almost 50 pounds. If I had a larger/taller dog, I'd get a bigger size. I think they'll be making an extra-large size tent soon.
Hope this helps!

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I am now the owner of a Doggone Good Pack-a-Pup tent, because I ordered one for a friend who couldn't ... larger/taller dog, I'd get a bigger size. I think they'll be making an extra-large size tent soon. Hope this helps!

Yes, it does, and thank you! I was primarily worried about the height issue, considering I have a dog that is right around 50#, 24+" at the shoulders, but with a head & ears that extends another foot plus some. It would be okay for Coda, who is longer in the body, like a BC or Collie. But not for Bodhi, who is square, and tall. Shelly & The Boys
plus some. It would be okay for Coda, who is longer in the body, like a BC or Collie. But not for Bodhi, who is square, and tall.

I think the larger size will fit Bodhi, when it becomes available.

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Hope this helps!

Helps me. You've convinced me to get one. :}
I'll use my wire crate when I need secure containment, but I want a mesh crate for when I'm hanging with the dogs somewhere they need to be contained. Which means it has to be supremely portable. Sounds perfect.

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It has two zippers but, unfortunately, no zipper lock (like on the Cabana Crate) and the zippers do not have ... short of being able to turn doorknobs and safe dials, this is a pretty big design flaw in my opinion.

I'll say! A friend's Sheltie pup let himself out of a Cabana-type crate this weekend; Tom was in a hurry to get to the ring with his older dog, and missed one of the zipper pulls (he clips them together) when he put Piper up. Luckily, when Piper wandered down to the field below the site, he ran into me playing fetch with Brenin, and after a bit of coaxing - he knows me because he and Rocsi are playmates- allowed me to pick him up and take him back where he belonged.
That's one of the major reasons I won't use mesh crates, because I know I'd get absent-minded.