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I'm in the market for a popup ex-pen for Truman to use when we're at events. Need it to be:

  • Tall enough to accommodate Truman
  • Not very see-through (T-man is dog reactive)
  • Have a top or a sun-shade, something to shade him in hot weather
  • Easy to transport

I'm thinking about something like this... anybody have feedback?



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I have it. I've posted about it in a few threads. Maybe search old ones for deets, but short answer, I love it. It's a little hard to figure out how to fold it back up properly, but otherwise it's served me well. I learned the hard way my first year at Grapehounds with it that if you have an escape artist, you'll want to zip the bottom in. I walked away from the dogs for some reason and when I got to about 10' away I looked down and there was Skye. She had shimmied right under it. :lol

Fyi, I got mine on eBay for about $50 with shipping.

ETA, most of it is just mesh. Not going to deter him from reacting without another visual barrier. It's fairly easy to make barriers with pvc piping and a sheet though and those could easily be collapsed for travel/carrying and quickly set up near the pen. That way you're not blocking airflow.

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annie ate her's the first time she was left alone and that was not the first time she was in it. you know truman....https://www.amazon.com/dp/B075897YPY/ref=sspa_dk_detail_1?psc=1&pd_rd_i=B075897YPY&pd_rd_w=8Wqd2&pf_rd_p=8a8f3917-7900-4ce8-ad90-adf0d53c0985&pd_rd_wg=f9RZQ&pf_rd_r=NKKHWP5TR4M2K5V9DSH0&pd_rd_r=f11689d2-4f24-4be4-aafe-1711e21ab24e  and how about a tarp of screening clipped over it https://www.amazon.com/Mesh-Tarp-Extra-Heavy-Nylon/dp/B075MLNH6C/ref=sr_1_11?crid=YYY0BHTD93PY&keywords=nylon+screen+mesh&qid=1563739038&s=hi&sprefix=nylon+screen%2Cpets%2C127&sr=1-11

don't you have an x-pen? just get the tarp and clips to keep it on. beach umbrella will help w/ shade as well. we have a cheap one from the christmas tree shop- reflective interior, just bungee it on to the crate. rooney will need sun protection as well. or better yet this: https://www.chewy.com/frisco-xx-large-heavy-duty-double/dp/125054?utm_source=google-product&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=hg&utm_content=Frisco&utm_term=&gclid=CjwKCAjwmtDpBRAQEiwAC6lm47TgY7H_7-WBoqPvMsB8FR1CCZKh0PAdmH1MfvRQ9_Ol0fW6BHjiWhoCUdMQAvD_BwE, put the tarp on it- hang water bucket

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