Well, look what I found in my attic the other day, neatly wrapped in plastic with not one spec of dust nor a scratch:
It’s the original deluxe carrier by Sherpa. This is the black model in size large. Although, I would personally label it more like a medium. But it’s airline approved; so when you know this is meant to fit under an airplane seat, I suppose this is about as big as you could squeeze in.
I had completely forgotten that I own this. It’s in brand new condition. I only used it a few times in Manhattan to take the subway with my previous dog, Jack, as pets aren’t allowed in New York subways unless they’re in a closed carrier. It was definitely too small for Jack. But this was the largest option I could get away with if I wanted to take New York’s public transport with him.
This carrier will, however, be great for a chihuahua! Just enough room to move around comfortably. It can also be secured onto a car seat, apparently. I’ve never actually tried it, but I will in due time. This will basically be perfect to bring my future puppy home, as well as to take various trips. And who knows, maybe one day it will be used to travel by plane. Although at that point, I would probably consider downgrading to either a medium or a small; depending on the dog’s size. Because while I think the large one could fit under the seat of a Boeing (albeit, with a bit of squeezing), I’m 100% sure it will not fit on board of a smaller plane. I’ve had smaller purses that had to be put into the overhead compartment when flying in the 2 + 2 seating layout.
For specific long term car use, I would probably look into buying the Lookout II pet car seat instead:
However, my Sherpa carrier should do the job until then. And it will definitely come in handy in various situations.
The inside is lined with faux lambswool padding, which is removable for washing. All sides are mesh, except for the back.
Here’s the official product page: http://www.sherpapet.com/products/original-deluxe
It’s available in many stores, but here’s the Amazon page if you don’t know where to buy: http://www.amazon.com/Sherpa-55511-Original-Deluxe-Carrier/dp/B0002YHWAU
Mine is an older model from circa 2006. It has brown trimming and brown leather tags, as well as gold metal. The newer ones are apparently one solid color, and the black model has silver zippers & locks instead of gold. So, just a few minor differences.