Southwest Airlines is the only airline we fly because they allow me on board in my carrier under the seat and they have always been extremely pet friendly and accommodating. We’ve had zero problems boarding with my carriers in over 2 years of frequent flying with me in tow. I am 15″ from floor to top of shoulders, 16″ from base of neck to base of tail, 19inch chest girth and 19 pounds.
We’ve gone through every pet carrier on the planet and we’ve settled on two.I fly usually every 6 weeks all year so it’s very important for me to have something durable and easy to use. One of the most important features the momma says she will never go without is a telescoping handle because it’s such a relief on your shoulders and back. She says you wouldn’t believe how heavy 19 pounds gets standing in lines.
I highly recommend the Snoozer Roll Around Travel Per Carrier in medium (pictured in tan) for flying, especially for a pooch my sister Daisy’s size. Me and Daisy both have a medium and I also have a large snoozer (pictured below in red). Daisy is 12″ from floor to top of shoulder and 14″ from base of neck to base of the tail, 17″ chest girth and 15lbs, she’s a lil’ shrimp. Daisy has more room in the medium snoozer than I do, I am near the upper size limit of fitting comfortably. If your boston is bigger than me I would be concerned using the medium snoozer.
The Large Snoozer (pictured in red) is fantastic for size and room BUT for flying in particular it was the only two times I ever had complaints from a couple flight attendants, so I’d be mindful of that. I still use the large snoozer for ground travel because it is so roomy and comfy, but I switched to the medium or my pink Pet Gear Escort for flight.
I also highly recommend Pet Gear IGO2 Escort Pet Carrier (pictured in pink below). This one is really awesome, it has expandable side zippers creating more width, which I need. The only tiny complaint I have with this one is that for some reason it tends to lean forward. I’ve actually tipped over forward when mom let go of the telescoping handle. So depending on how you are sitting inside there is the chance you might tip it forward so just be mindful of that. It is possible that it’s only like that on mine, it could be a defect. However, for us, it leaning forward doesn’t negate how roomy and awesome it is for my size while still being functional for flight travel. Remember, you have to consider the measurements of these carriers as they are laying down on their backs.
Many people have asked us how strict Southwest is regarding the carriers. Southwest has never in over two years of frequent flying ever inspected our carrier. Our experience has been as such; at check in they’ll tag it, if it LOOKS too big for under the seat then they’ll question it. If they determine it to be unacceptable they’ll offer a Southwest carrier for purchase. They’ve never, so far, made me stand, sit, or turn around in the carrier for them. The two times we were questioned about the Large Snoozer they still let me on board but most likely because it is soft and collapsible, but it really is a bit too long for under the seat of Southwest planes.
The momma didn’t want to continue to have that worry so we switched to the medium. Since using the medium snoozer and the Pet Gear IGO2 Escort we’ve had no problems whatsoever and i’m comfy! The momma is editing a video of me and Daisy comparing these two carriers side by side. It really helps to see them this way and really became obvious to us how much more room I have in the Escort and how much room Daisy has in the Snoozer. We hope to have that video up very soon! Bottom line for pooches my size medium snoozer works fine but I have PLENTY of room in the Pet Gear IGO2 Escort. For pooches Daisy’s size the medium snoozer is perfect, the Escort will swallow you a little bit.
*Note from Zoey’s mom, Lisa- Zoey is very trained and very accustomed to getting into any container. She’s so highly food motivated I think she’d try to get into a ring box if it would earn her a treat. Not every dog is so willing to get into a container or at least a container that has minimal area to move. I’m sure dogs could have a sense of panic or claustrophobia too. It’s definitely worth mentioning that if your pet is not used to travel and being in a small confined area buy a carrier in plenty of time to practice getting in it and making it a positive/reward experience. What I consider to be plenty of room may not be the case for someone else who’s dog is not familiar or comfortable in a confined space- considering I have a dog that is unaffected by being confined.
*This is not a sponsored post, all items are owned and purchased by me, Lisa Pruitt (Zoey’s mom) and all opinions are my own.