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Giveaway: New, larger Kobi Pet Carrier + mesh luggage wrap ($139 value)

About a month ago, I posted a review of the new, larger Kobi Pet Carrier (and the very new — in fact, not yet released — mesh luggage wrap). I liked it very much, you’ll remember, and I told you that I’d be buying one for Chloe. The carrier is big enough to accommodate a large small dog like my girl, but it still fits under an airplane seat — and the three extra inches you can add to its length by unzipping a gusset are priceless, especially on a long-haul flight.

The charcoal and black option (containing Chloe), with me starting the luggage wrap demo.

According to my own rules, I cannot keep gear sent to me for review that costs more than $50. You, however, would hardly want a carrier that Chloe used on two long days of flying across country and back. Since I already planned to buy one of these carriers for my own use, I’ll keep the one Chloe’s used, and purchase the one I’m giving away (and have Kobi send it directly to you). Clever, right? And it’s even more clever than you think, because this way you get to choose whether you want your carrier to be the same color as the one Chloe tested (charcoal with black trim), or the other available color, chocolate with pink trim:

The chocolate and pink option (with both ends zipped open, and the padded base pulled out a little). Photo by Kobi Pets.

The carrier is valued at $114, and the mesh luggage wrap (I’ll send you the one I tested, since it hasn’t been Chloe-fied, and since it’s not yet available on Kobi’s website) is valued at $25. [6/2/13 update: The Luggage Adapter is now available on Kobi’s web site.] My thanks to Kobi for making it so easy for me to try out this carrier and luggage wrap, and for letting me give them away!

How To Enter

One lucky reader can win. If you would like a chance to win, leave a comment with a dog travel tip of your own (you have even more good ideas than I do, and I want to hear them!) before 11:59 PM PST on Monday, May 6, 2013. Please fill in the e-mail field of the comment form (your e-mail address isn’t shared with anyone, and I will not send you e-mail unless you win).

Announcing the winner

I will choose a winner randomly and announce the results here, on Dog Jaunt’s Facebook and Google+ pages, and in Dog Jaunt’s Twitter feed on Wednesday, May 8, 2013.

Rules

Please, only one comment per person per giveaway post. Duplicate comments and anonymous comments will be discarded. Please make sure that the e-mail address in your comment form is valid (e-mail addresses are never public). Winners must claim their prize within three business days after the date of notification of such prize. A sweepstakes winner’s failure to respond to the prize notification and provide a shipping address within the specified three business days will be considered such sweepstakes winner’s forfeiture of the prize and an alternate winner may be selected from the pool of eligible entries. If an entrant is found to be ineligible, an alternate winner may also be selected from the pool of eligible entries. To enter, you must be a U.S. resident, age 18 or older. (Dog Jaunt loves residents of all countries, but it’s just too difficult to comply with every country’s rules.) Employees, partners and vendors of Dog Jaunt and their immediate family members are not eligible to enter. Entries that appear to be generated by scripts and other automated technology will be disqualified. When applicable, the winner may be required to execute and return within five business days an Affidavit of Eligibility and a Liability and Publicity Release to be eligible for the prize or an alternate winner will be selected. All prizes will be awarded. No substitutions including for cash are permitted, except that Dog Jaunt reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater monetary value for any prize. Winners shall be responsible and liable for all federal, state and local taxes on the value of their prize.

90 comments

  • Marla

    Great pet carrier!
    My travel tip… On long stop stop overs take your meal outside to the dog area so your dog can enjoy being out of the carrier for longer than a pee break.

  • Amanda Hanna

    When traveling internationally always leave any treats or food in their original (ideally sealed) bag/container. The customs officers are more likely to allow you to bring them in if they can see the packaging and know they are for dogs/cats. This has been especially true for my trips between the US and Canada. Happy Travels! =D

  • Kathy Keith

    For dogs that are prone even the least bit to being carsick, if you are driving over rough terrain, skipping feeding before the ride. Our trip was so rough that even I was feeling queasy by the time we reached our cabin!!

  • Andrea

    If you cannot get to the outdoor dog area – or if there isn’t one – I try to find a family restroom where I can lock the door and let Daisy out for a tinkle on her pee pad. (for just a bit – I don’t want to inconvenience any families who are travelling!)

  • Davinah S.

    Dog travel tip: Try to find flights that leave late in the evening! A good long walk, and your dog will already be a bit sleepy because their bedtime is soon!

  • Pam

    Some dogs are very sensitive to changes in water “flavor” so you may have to bring some water from their home tap in gallon jugs so they will have water they will drink.

    On a recent car trip from FL to TN, Player, a Australian Shepard, refused to drink the TN tap water. In all honesty, it did have a slight sulpher odor to humans when you really smell it. The family used bottled drinking water for human consumption. After a day of turning up his nose at tap water, Player happily lapped up bottled water too. Next time, in addition to Players travel equipment, a couple of gallons of FL tap water will be in the trunk of the car.

  • Katrina Waidelich

    Don’t bother a comfy pet!

    The first time I traveled with my pug, I was so concerned for his comfort and well being I kept poking him to make sure he was doing ok. Instead, I should’ve just let him have his rest. After a couple check ins, he thought it was time to get out of his carrier! So if the beast is sleeping, let him/her snooze away!

  • Sheri

    I always carry food, treats and water, even on short trips. Sometimes our adventures go longer than expected and it’s handy to have a bottle of water and a collapsable bowl along for a quick drink in the car.

  • Andee McGrady

    Since I’ve only flown once with our dog, my best advice is to give any “newbie” pet flyers the link to Dog Jaunt! Our flight went very smoothly (and I had a lot less anxiety, considering it was the first time I had flown alone AND the first time our Cavalier flew!) thanks to the good advice here 🙂 .

  • Karina Sánchez-moreno

    Hi!
    On may it will be my first time traveling with Amelia, she is a chihuahua mini pinsher mix , she is very skinny but have long legs, That is why I think this bag will be perfect for her..Amelia is a fearful dog, I adopted her 2 years ago and she is much better ,but still it takes her a while to trust others..she is always next to me and follows me everywhere 🙂
    I like the bag cause its not all mesh so she will feel protected! And the extension will be perfect for her long top model legs!

    I will put my pj shirt on her bag ,so she will have my smell really close and feel save !
    Also I will spray her some lavender oil,,that will soothe her for a good night sleep!

  • Rachel

    The last time I took my dog on a plane, I used one of those pheromone-releasing calming collars. In addition to pheromones, the collars also have lavender oils on them, which smell really pleasant and helped me relax too! I think this collar helped my dog a lot during the flight. I also gave her one of her favorite stuffed toys so she had something to snuggle with.

  • Victoria

    I love love love the look of the new Kobi bag (and do not yet own one). 🙂

    Travel tip: Local water comes from different sources and be filtered differently. Dogs can sometimes become very sick from water that is different from the tap water at home. Traveling with a sick dog is a nightmare, and bringing water from home is not possible when one is flying.

    The solution is to carry a small dropper-bottle of grapefruit seed extract in your bag. It can be purchased at Whole Foods (or an equivalent organic food market), and is less than 3 oz. in size. Add a few drops of grapefruit seed extract to local tap water and it is now safe for your animal to drink.

  • Wenelita

    What a great carrier. Our pup is fairly new to the family and new to traveling, so I’m more of a tip consumer than tip producer at this point. I’d have to say, the best thing we did was get Sammy used to being in the carrier in the weeks leading up to our trip- zip him in there, take him to fun places, get him used to being in the enclosed space for the amount of time. Once the trip came, while he would have rather been in our laps, he was okay in the carrier for the trip, and even gets in his carrier frequently when he sees it in the car or on the floor.

  • Gail Brown

    Concentrated dog shampoo (16 parts water to 1 part shampoo) is a great item to pack for a long trip. I also bring a small empty plastic bottle with a dispensing cap (for example, a dishwashing liquid bottle) which I pre-mark for a 16 to 1 concentrate. Then at my destination, I just mix up the shampoo in the handy squeeze bottle and use it for a bath or paw wash.

  • Twylla Smith

    Make sure to keep vaccination records and any medication firmly attached to their crate or carrier along with duplicates of them with you. I also carry a slip leash with me just in case something happens to the clasp on the regular leash. Double check the fastening of their collar and that all tags are securely fastened. I have a collar that we use just for the airport that has my cell phone number embroidered on it but no tags so it is metal detector friendly. Also periodically have their “chip” read by your vet to confirm that it is still in place.

  • April

    I use my dog’s carrier as a soft crate for dog sports and other activities when he needs a quiet space of his own. Now he eagerly goes in of his own volition.

  • simone

    To practice for my pup and I to stay calm in any possible enviroment I take him to the airport whenever possible to pick up friends and familly and practice to behave and sit under the table or my chair in preparation for all those plenty dog friendly restaurants and pubs in Germany.
    We’re going there soon so we really want that Kobi.
    Love, love LOVE your blog!

  • Joan Moore

    The tip to have dog food in sealed, original packaging is a good one. In another sense it is good to have dog food sealed or not to make going through US Customs easier when coming from France. We always hand over any dog food we have without being asked and the agents haven’t searched our bags. We have friends who fly yearly from France to the US with their dog and they don’t carry food because they know it will be seized. They always have their bags searched when they say they aren’t carrying dog food. My husband also wanted me to include a picture of one of our cavaliers in a Monoprix bag. We were staying in an apartment in Paris and we found that the Monoprix shopping bag that was there made a perfect carrier for times when Toby was tired or needed a carrier on the metro. It was much more compact than the Sturdibag he had used on the plane. We left a new bag, unused by a dog, for the guests who stayed after we left. I tried to load the picture of Toby in the bag but I couldn’t.

  • Heike Giedke

    If you get the chance and are in Europe, find a Vet and get the European pet passport.
    It comes with the European/International microchip.
    It’s a wonderful way to make sure your pet can travel in safety, saves you the hassle with vet papers and keeps track of your pets shots + health exams when you travel.
    On top of that, it looks very “professional” when you have to show your pets paperwork and may make the whole process a little less stressy.

  • Marah

    Love that carrier!
    Tip: When traveling with your little pup, bring a KONG stuffed full of different sized treats. It will keep them occupied as the plane takes off or comes back down. This is especially helpful for dogs who are not big on toys but are very food motivated (like mine)!

  • DMC

    Wow I learned this weekend… paper towels/cleaning supplies! Our poor girl has motion sickness. It was a messy lesson to learn!

  • Eva

    Last time I travel with my corgi, I kept the old airline luggage tag on his carrier to prove that they let me use it last time.

  • Amy

    Probably very basic, but always a good reminder: Carry vaccine info along with dog’s name & a current picture on crate.

  • Andrea

    We also have a Cav, and just recently got another and can’t wait to travel more with them! However, one thing we never liked, is that most airports require your dog to remain in their carrier even before you board. So what we do now when whenever are seated at the airport, is unzip the top completely and she gets to sit up and pop herself out. It allows her to get plenty of attention from us and other passengers, and easily lay back and go to sleep. We have even had airport staff come over and give her love while we do this!

  • Skye

    We flew with our dog for the first time in March. What we did is have his stuff in a bag in a large suitcase that got checked. In a small cosmetic bag that I got as a gift with purchase I filled it with 3 “quiet” toys that he likes + a small zipblock bag of food and treats. In the side pocket of his carrier, he had a potty pad and the cosmetic bag filled with his goodies. We also had a small baby blanket that we could use as padding in the carrier or as a cover to his carrier when at the gate if he got whiny and at the hotel on the chair or bed when he was resting. Being that it was our first time this worked really well for us.

  • Melanio

    Always make sure you have on any road trip, the following

    water/small bowl
    treats/in ziploc or original packaging
    wipes and bags/ for the special emergency stop

  • Bryan

    Research the airport and know where the pet relief areas are ahead of time. Makes it much easier when actually needing to use them. Try to fly or drive when they are tuckered out or when it is their sleep time so it will be easier for them to be relaxed during the trip

  • Mary

    Hi, love your blog…I don’t need the large Kobi bag…but I have a question. On the Kobi site, if you look at the airlines requirements, most of them will only accept the “small size.” My 11 lb. mini Schnauzer who’s about 10in at the shoulder CAN fit in that, but it’s cramped and small for her. Aren’t you concerned about the airlines turning down the regular or larger size bags?

  • Judie G.

    It’s difficult to suggest a travel tip since we are preparing for our 1st road trip with our ten yr old Shitzue, Ziggy. Our trip will involve biking.I can suggest some things we have done in preparation for our trip. I can say that my finding Dog Jaunt has been a great help!!! I have been reading lots of posts. We purchased a child’s bike trailer for Ziggy and have been taking him on rides at home. We have customized the trailer to his needs and he is enjoying his rides. We have checked ahead at the motels where we are staying to make sure they still accept pets. Ziggy has been to his vet and gotten the approval for travel and we have his papers in order. The best I can suggest is to read up about traveling with your pet. Do your homework and pay attention to others suggestions. It’s a lot of prep but we really want him with us. Hoping I might just win that wonderful carrier so I can plan for some longer trips in the future!

  • Hi, Mary — I travel with Chloe 95% of the time in a large SturdiBag, which is 18x12x12, so it too is larger than most airlines’ official maximums. However, because it flexes freely (and because Chloe travels lying down) it works fine. Similarly, the large Kobi can be fitted around odd under-seat configurations because the top is essentially unsupported (the ends provide the support). It’s ideal if your pup and carrier are tiny enough to meet the official maximums, but there is, in practice, a fair amount of leeway. Poke around the blog and you’ll see pictures of carriers in place on planes (including the large Kobi carrier, in the post I wrote reviewing the bag), and measurements of actual under-seat spaces, etc. All of that said, if your pup is 10″ at the shoulder, the small Kobi carrier is the right size for her, from an airline’s point of view, since it too is 10″ tall. (Like Chloe, she probably spends her travel time curled up — she might well like the snugness of the small size.)

  • Amanda Christiansen

    If your pet has any medical issues, bring along extra medicine and a copy of their medical records just in case you need to go to another vet while your away. Extra meds are great in case your travel plans get extended. I also put a medical alert tag on his carrier that way if something happened to me (God Forbid!) he would be okay.

  • James

    Our Cavalier gets super excited around people, which makes traveling a challenge. It helped us to keep her awake in the run-up to a flight, then take her for a long walk before we left, to wear her out. That way she sleeps soundly on the plane!

  • Michelle Wong

    My terrier mix is often afraid of new, usual sounds, so we find airport/plane videos on YouTube and play it at home in the background to acclimate her to the noise she might hear at an airport. Also, whenever I return from a work trip, I let her thoroughly sniff my bags so the airport smell is not as foreign to her.

  • Amy & Lulu

    Our (ok, our vet’s) tip: Melatonin! The “natural sleep aid” works – and is safe – for dogs too. You can share the same bottle of 3mg tablets! Just try a half tablet with your dog before you travel to see how they respond, then adjust accordingly. Seventeen pound Lulu is alert but sleeepy after 1 tab….

  • Jennifer

    I’ve had several flights with my dog and the only trouble that I’ve had in flight was when my neighbor stepped over me to go to the restroom. My dog barked in flight, just once but it was sharp and loud, so I would recommend using the privacy panel of the carrier if your dog has any guarding tendencies.

  • Kelly in Oregon

    Hi there! One thing that has worked for me is mentioning that my dog has flown in the past when making flight reservations. Before my latest flight, the lady on the phone seemed confused about if my lhasa would be able to fly given the temperatures (the temperature restrictions are for checked dogs, not in-cabin dogs). Once I mentioned she has flown before, the ticketing agent said “oh, well no problem then, thanks for letting me know”. It made an instant difference! This probably goes along with Mary-Alice’s idea to bring along photos of your dog flying with you, but for me, this was before I even got to that step!

  • Pooja

    Send an email to the customer service department of the airline you are flying with to confirm their in cabin pet policies. Include your flight details as well as any pet reservation confirmation numbers in your email. Print their response as well as the pet policy on their website to present to any gate agent that either cannot find your pet’s reservation or requires a health certificate for your in cabin pet.

  • Chris Robinson

    On long car trips we like to play soft music for the dog. Barkley enjoys the classics.

  • Christine in DC

    Always making sure to have a pack of doggie wipes with you because you never know when they will come in handy!

  • bruin

    make sure that you have a good way to seatbelt your pup in on any road trip–i use a specially designed tether that snaps into the car seatbelt in the backseat and attaches to my dog’s harness. it keeps your dog safe and you too!

  • Julie in the PNW

    While traveling in a moving boat with your pup, make sure he is not wearing a leash. That way if he decides to take the plunge off the back, like my dog did, you won’t have to worry about his leash getting caught in the prop.

  • Katie (Cincinnati)

    Hello Everyone~ I have a large small dog that travels with me. Remy is my 14 – 15 lbs cockapoo and travels in a large sturdibag (what a great carrier!!). However, I love having options and i’m excited to hear that kobi is coming out with a large carrier.

    Remy has lots of tight curly fur and easily gets hot during travel. I have a couple tricks to keep Remy from overheating during our flight.
    Cooling travel tips: Before boarding the plane, I attach a Worldpet: Thera Cool – Cooling Pouch System to Remy’s harness. It’s a mesh vest with a metallic cooling liner, activated by running cold water on the liner for 15 – 30 sec. Then the liner is insert into the mesh vest and the vest is attached to Remy’s harness with velcro tabs. I like this particular cooling vest because it is NOT made out of gel and I can easily take it through airport security. After take-off I pull the carrier, with all privacy panels open, into my foot space and direct all the air flow towards the floor. I bring a small blanket to shield my legs from the blasting cool air ( I forgot once and was a frozen human ice cube by the time our plane landed in Florida). A small hand-held fan is another good way to keep enough air flow blowing into the carrier. However, I tried using a small fan once and only managed to scare Remy. The hand-held fan doesn’t work for us, but would be a great option if your dog is open to the idea.

    Wishing everyone safe/cool traveling conditions during the upcoming warm summer months!!!

  • Rocio

    When I travel with my anxious little Cairn Mix, Pru, I like to distract her from her surroundings. So, I take some Beggin’ Strips, show her my hiding them in the carrier, letting her find them, and repeat a few times. Later, when she’s not looking, I take a treat and rub down the inside of her carrier. When we hop in the car for a ride, she’s distracted looking for that difficult-to-find-oh-my-goodness-seriously-where-is-it treat. It keeps her busy. Thanks for this wonderful giveaway! 🙂

  • Jan in Dallas

    I always like to bring along new/plenty of toys for Barkley to play with in the car and or after arrival. He loves toys and stays entertained for hours with them. Oh and don’t forget to take lots of pictures for friends and family to see of him playing with them upon your arrival home!!!

  • Miguel Cuadros

    Taking a good bone will be the perfect companion for my Katy on the plane, she have tons of toys, but she loves a bone,she can chew it forever, and that helps her relax.
    that bag sue looks like a perfect fit for her! I am crossing my fingers 🙂
    Thankyou!

  • Julie P.

    Take a recently worn t-shirt and place it in the carrier – this calms our dogs nerves while we travel because it has our comforting scent on it!

  • Dana

    I love reading the blogs! Although I have never traveled by air with my pets, I have traveled by car. My best advice when traveling by car- be careful how much water is consumed at one time! It may (and usually does with mine) come back up!
    I would love to try out this carrier as I will be embarking on my first air travel with my daughters pup. She and her husband are now stationed in Hawaii and not knowing if they would be able to have their pet live with them, I have been keeping him. I began the long quarantine process along with all the red tape necessary to get him to the islands and will be able to transport in July! He is a ShihTzu (mix I think) and brachycephalic so fingers and toes crossed that Alaska Air will allow him in cabin! I am nervous and excited about the journey but your blog helps soothe some of those nerves!

  • Betsy

    All the tips so far are spot on: get your dog used to the crate; carry a valid health certificate; have treats/pee pad handy! Another tip is to travel with a spouse or friend if possible. When you carry your dog through airport security, your travel buddy can collect the dog’s carrier and other carry-ons if you get stopped for further inspection with the pet. Also, in case your pet wakes up during a long flight, keep a rawhide in the carrier to keep your dog entertained.

    By the way, I love your blog – we’re U.S. diplomats traveling/living overseas a lot of the time and your blog was a lifesaver when we were trying to navigate how to get our dog overseas with us for the first time.

  • Susan

    I have a yorkie-shih tzu mix and ever since I had her, she would get car sick. We have tried the Thunder shirt with not much effect and have even given her medication ( i hate that because she is so doped up)
    I read on another blog about the calming collar and it is amazing how much it helps! She can enjoy traveling with us and not be medicated!!
    Anyone who has had this issue….I ask you to try the collar. They have different sizes and have collars for different ailments, it is so wonderful knowing that she is enjoying the outing instead of being sick….

  • Catie Rhodes

    I bought a “buddy system” leash. It comes with a nylon “belt” that fits around my waist, and the leash snaps to that. I’ve found it so useful to be hands free when letting Cosmo go potty in an unfenced area. I have my hands free for his poop bags and don’t have to juggle his leash while trying to clean up after him.

    Thanks for the chance to win!

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