By popular demand, here is more info on the PetTube that Carole spotted in my road trip photo. It retails for $146, but I lucked out and got mine on clearance at Drs Foster Smith for $60 (They stopped carrying it). Shop around for a good deal.
The PetTube has made my life a lot easier because I don’t have a car. I use Zipcar, an hourly rental car service, to transport the Batling around town. There are over a dozen different Zipcars within walking distance of me, but only 1 or 2 of them are SUVs. Zipcar allows dogs, but they must be in a carrier. PetTube makes it possible for me to use any Zipcar with a backseat, which is way more convenient and less expensive than being limited to the SUV models. I also like that it collapses into a light (12 lbs) portable disc that I can easily carry in one hand, while I have Batman’s leash in my other hand. This saves me a trip when I’m loading/unloading the car in a hurry.
Batman LOVES the PetTube and eagerly jumps into it. It’s nice for him to feel like he’s lying on the backseat, while containing him securely. I toss treats or a bully stick in there to give him something to chew on while we drive.
BONUS: The PetTube doubles as a short agility tunnel! I open it up in the house, unzip both ends and have him run through the 4′ PetTube tunnel on the command “go through.”
I only use it for short trips because Batman can’t stand up comfortably in it — it’s 24″ in diameter. For longer trips (more than 2 hours), I load his wire crate in the back of an SUV.