One other thought. Does it have to be a rigid top? Why not 4 channels to be staked out coming to a point(teepee style) at the top to be tied up? The stakes would maintain the base shape.
disclaimer - I am more of a car camper - withthe family, love the hammock for comfort and have just started reading here so my ideas may be completely worthless.
I love this, although mine would never sleep without being in the hammock with me. This is just great for those with bigger dogs. I also like the idea of a long leash coming up and attaching to the suspension so that they can't wonder off at night or run loose...yet they can go in and out of their tent as they want.
Muffin sleeps in her collapsible crate right under and to the side of my hammock, under my tarp if we need one. If there is thunder, she wants up in the hammock with me. That is okay as well if she is dry. If it is very cold, she helps as efficiently as a bottle of hot water, so I ask her to stay up in with me. She is willing.
Bob and Bev
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Hey guys I just wanted to let you know that I finally posted up the video of the creation and design of the doggie tent. Because this is a prototype feel free to help with design elements and reconstruction for another time. Other than that enjoy the video. I posted it up as a new thread under DIY doggie tent.
One thing. I accidentally erased it trying to post up a video that is widely accepted for all devices. I should have one up shortly. Working on it as I type this. Please be patient. Thanks.