We are moving from New Zealand back to the USA in early December. The wooden crate that we will be shipping our German Shepherd in from Auckland to San Francisco, is too big to go on the next plane from San Francisco to Seattle. We have researched, researched, researched and our dog does seem to fit in a 500 series crate which is the largest crate allowed on our domestic flight. She seems comfortable and just wants to lie down, but she is the same heigh as the crate itself. Thankfully, she never stands completely erect in it so there appears to be a few spare inches of space above her head. However, just to be safe, we were planning on purchasing a “Dogit” crate that is slight larger in height (by one inch) and width (by 1.5 inches) than the standard 500 series crate. Alaska Airlines, who we will be flying, has told us that the extra inches will still be acceptable for the flight. However, I have just realised that the Dogit crate has the snap locks, rather than bolts. Do you think that we can modify it by drilling holes for nuts and bolts? If not, our alternative is to by the Vari Kennel which is questionable in height should our dog want to stand extremely alert and erect (which I really don’t think she’ll want to do anyway). Would the airlines allow us to give her a big more head room by using one of the expansion kits pictured above? Or would that make the crate too tall and therefore not suitable for the plane? We sent some pictures of our dog in a Vari Kennel and in the Dogit kennel to an animal transport company in LA and the women who helped us said that based on the photos, it appears there is plenty of room for our dog, but we are afraid of being turned away on the day by the check-in staff, especially after flying our dog for 12 hours already. I would really appreciate any advice you can give!
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so i'm thinking i need to go XL in most brands. i looked at the sizing of the other kennels compared to ruff tuff and it seems like its 6 inches shorter than most brands. i'm leaning towards xl remington or the vari kennel 500
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