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    Quote Originally Posted by barbermike View Post
    here is a quick sketch of what I am thinking. it will have a double layer floor that I will be able to slip a CCF pad into for both insulation and padding for my dog. The general shape is like a mailbox and the front will have a zippered opening and will flop open like a mailbox. you could potentially use a stick as a spreader bar between the two tabs on top or instead run a line to each end of your hammock. Its just a concept at the moment but should have time to finish it up in the next 2 weeks or so.

    I would love to see pics of the finished product. How are you thinking of maintaining the arches of the mailbox shape at each end? Fiberglass poles?
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    well I am "hoping" that with the CCF pad in the bottom it will keep the walls apart and that then the stitching along with a little sag in the suspension line of the "Dog Tent" will have the arches holding their own shape.

    the dimensions for the one I will be creating are approx. 14"W x 24"L x 18"H but again this is for a 14# Lhasa Apsa. with these dimensions and not including the CCF pad or line, I am estimating somewhere around 3oz. +-0.5oz. using 1.1 ripstop for the upper and 1.4 ripstop for both layers of the bottom
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    I put a close foam pad down and then her sleepin bag. Shes very well behaved and acts on command! so i dont tie her, shes happy. she keeps an ear out all night and allows for me to sleep better. She loves doin her job. When she sees her sleepin bag goin to the truck, shes ready!
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    I had thought about this when I started hanging, and actually got pretty close to making a wedge shelter with magnetic closure. I ended up not making it as my dog calms down when she has her spot laid out with sleeping bag, and it came pretty easy to her once she had her nest of sorts. I just dug out my late night sketch so please don't hold this artwork against me (this was drawn very late). I figured I could use gros grain loops and 4 stakes to hold it up and put 4-5 magnets in one side of the door and eyelets on the other side door to automatically close behind the dog.

    I was hoping to come in around 6 ounces with stakes, fabric/gros grain, and stuff sack using sil.
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    i hammock with my dog. i noticed she liked to go under a low pitched fly on friends' tents for a nap. so i got a square of sil-nylon (just big enough to cover her), hang it from the centre like a tipi (with little pebble + clove hitch) and stake all four corners. she loves it. if it is cold out i sometimes put a blanket or bit of closed cell foam down, but she seems to actually prefer the ground cover already there. obviously i am careful not to pitch her "tent" in a hollow where rain might pool. i put it under the head end of my hammock sharing my tarp for the most part .she is quiet all night and morning. she can poke her nose out to look at something, but mostly she feels quite safe so doesn't bother. without her little tipi she tends to growl and bark at night when things move. probably a defensive thing.
    the tipi is so light and packs so small, it is my perfect solution. )

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    Quote Originally Posted by Davigilante View Post
    It really does help if your pup is crate trained. Mine loves her crate, so a small tent might be the ticket.
    When I first read this, I thought you kept your dog in a crate when hiking. That would be rough to carry

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    Wally World and others sell a small 3 X 4 kids dome tent for about $15 that would work. The only problem is finding one that isn't princess or super hero themed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2ply View Post
    Wally World and others sell a small 3 X 4 kids dome tent for about $15 that would work. The only problem is finding one that isn't princess or super hero themed.
    As long as it was Thor or Capt. America, Sam would be ok with it
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    Quote Originally Posted by treehugger View Post
    she is quiet all night and morning. she can poke her nose out to look at something, but mostly she feels quite safe so doesn't bother. without her little tipi she tends to growl and bark at night when things move. probably a defensive thing.
    That pretty much sums up my observation exactly; I think Samwise (my dog) just doesn't feel safe on the ground exposed all around. He growls constantly and barks at every twitching twig. But, the one time we had a tent for him to crawl into he slept just like he was safely at home. I like the tipi concept as the main goal is to provide the illusion of a "den" or crate. I think weather protection is a secondary objective in my case and by that I mean, if I can make it rain/wind proof without adding excessive weight I will.
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    Little google foo brings up this as a possible option for crate trained pups: Pyara Paws dog tent (LINK)

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