When Dolly was a puppy, we flew back and forth between Houston and Phoenix for family visits. She slept most of the way, occasionally poking her head out of the carrier to make sure the feet in front of her still belonged to me. Eventually, Dolly could no longer fit comfortably underneath an airplane seat, plus Spot joined our family, so now the three of us travel by car to Arizona and back.
I have fond memories of those early trips with Dolly and have recommend her carrier — a Sherpa Original Deluxe like the ones above — more than a few times to those flying with their pets. It has a faux-lambskin liner, mesh panels for ventilation and visibility, and a padded shoulder strap, a much-appreciated feature when trekking through an airport. When Sherpa offered to give six of its carriers away to Dogster readers, I jumped at the opportunity.
You have the chance to win one of three Original Deluxe carriers. The small bag is guaranteed for use in the cabin on American Airlines, AirTran, Alaska Airlines, Delta, Southwest, US Airways, and United, with the medium guaranteed for use in the cabin on American, Delta, and United. It also comes in large, and all three sizes are available in black, brown, plum, and gray.
You also have the chance to win one of three Sherpa Element duffle carriers like the one Spot models above. The small duffle is guaranteed for use in the cabin on American Airlines, AirTran, Alaska Airlines, Delta, Southwest, US Airways, and United. It comes in a stylish tan with red trim and also in large.
To enter, tell us about your dog and any upcoming travel plans. Both of these carriers have seatbelt straps for securing your dog on a road trip, whether to the neighborhood vet or out of town, so feel free to enter if you don’t fly with your pup. Per usual, photos earn your entry bonus points! And don’t forget to tell us which style of carrier you want and the size.
Note: Sherpa recommends its small carriers for pets up to 8 pounds, 13 inches long and 7.5 inches tall; medium for up to 16 pounds, 16 inches long and 10 inches tall; and large for up to 22 pounds, 18 inches long and 11 inches tall. Please only enter if your dog can fit comfortably inside one of these sizes. See the company’s website for details about its Guaranteed On Board program and individual airline websites for pet policies.
HOW TO WIN
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- Comment below using your Disqus account, following the directions above. Our favorite comment wins! You must be a U.S. resident to win.
- Check your email for a “You’ve Won!” message from me after noon PST on Wednesday, Sept. 11. I’ll give the winner two days to respond before moving on to my next favorite comment.