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February 2011
Life Stages Single Door and iCrate?: A side-by-side comparison.

December 2010
Double Door iCrate vs. Life Stages?: This table is very useful for those that like to see the numbers.

November 2010
Need a replacement pan?: Follow these directions if you are not sure which one you need.
Championship Collection Replacement Pans: We have Replacement Pans for the Midwest Championship Series.
Can I Join Together Two Exercise Pens?: You can, and here is some more information about how to do it.
What About Heavy Duty Dog Crates?: They are available, but maybe you should look at the reasons before purchasing.

 

October 2009
Two Dogs in One Crate?: It can be done, but we do advise caution, and maybe you should consider a three door model.
Great Dane Dog Crates: Yes, we have crates available for your giant breed dog.
We Have Pans for the 89Z: The trick is to measure before you buy.

February 2009
Save Money with the Free Divider Panel: How does it prevent you from buying multiple crates?

January 2009
iCrate or Life Stages Dog Crate?: What is the difference between these two dog crate models?
Dog Crates Made in USA: Yes, really! These are extra sturdy folding crates made in Indiana.
You Have a Bunch of 48" Dog Crates!: So ... what's the difference?
Solutions 54" Ginormus Double Door Dog Crate: At last a giant dog crate with a side door!

December 2008
Canine Camper vs. Day Tripper: What is the difference between these two soft crates?
Announcing: MuttFence.com: Wireless, electric and underground dog fences and receiver collars by PetSafe and Innotek.
Midwest K9 Kennels: Chain Link Dog Kennels: Safe, secure outdoor containment.
Select 1300TD: The Crate With Removable Doors: Removable doors? What's that about?

November 2008
Price Increases: What's Changed?
Why Crate Train Your Dog?: It's humane and effective
Midwest iCrates: What is an iCrate?

October 2008
Product Updates: Canine Campers, Day Trippers, Vehicle Barriers.
Life Stages, DD and UL: The differences between the different Midwest Life Stages models.
Midwest Dog Crate Pans: About the ABS plastic pan in your crate.
Three Door Dog Crates: The most veratile of dog crates.

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Listing all posts from January of 2009. Show all posts.
  1. How the Divider Panel Saves You Money

    We hear some "experts" out there advising you to buy a succession of crates for your dog as it grows from puppy to adult. The idea is that you get a crate just for the size of the dog as it grows.

    They claim that this is necessary to prevent your dog from having enough room to sleep at one end of the crate and eliminate at the other end. So they want you to buy a whole bunch of dog crates.

    We say: "What a waste of money!". Do you think the people giving you this advise are also selling dog crates? Our solution to this is the crate divider panel:

    Life Stages Crate with Free Divider Panel       Divider Panel in Detail
    Midwest Life Stages Dog Crate Including Divider Panel       Divider Panel Shown Separately

    The divider panel as shown with the "puppy" (above left) reduces the size of the crate when he/she is small. The divider panel can adjusted until your dog reaches its full-grown adult size in about 12 - 18 months.

    So - one crate works for the puppy and the dog, which is why the divider panel saves you money.

    The following folding dog crate models include a free divider panel:

    Midwest iCrates
    iCrate Single Door
    iCrate Double Door

    Midwest Life Stages Training and Travel Crates
    Life Stages Single Door
    Life Stages Double Door
    Life Stages Ultima Triple Door

    Select Triple Door Crates
    Select Triple Door Crate

    Ultima Pro Heavy Duty Crates
    Ultima Pro Triple Door, Heavy Duty Dog Crate

    The following models are available with a divider panel which is sold separately:

    Midwest Giant Dog Crates
    1154U Giant Dog Crate
    Solutions Series SL54DD Giant Two Door Dog Crate

    Conclusion: The divider panel allows you to buy the crate for the adult size of your dog, yet still allow it to be suitable for a puppy. This saves you time and money; a great investment!


  2. Shipping from the Cincinnati facility has returned to normal - the level 3 emergency has been lifted.

  3. Due to the continued level 3 snow emergency, please allow extra time to receive your package.

  4. Due to the level 3 snow emergency affecting Cincinnati and the tri-state area, there are no deliveries from our warehouse today. We will ship as much product as possible from the Indiana facility, but please allow extra time to receive your package.

  5. Midwest iCrate or Life Stages? What's The Difference?

    These crates are both folding wire dog crates in size for dogs 11 - 110 lbs that include both a divider panel and the ABS plastic pan. This leads many people to ask: "What's the difference between a Midwest iCrate and Life Stages dog crate?"

    Midwest iCrate Dog Crate

    Midwest iCrate Dog Crate

     

    Midwest Life Stages Dog Crate

    Midwest Life Stages Dog Crate

    iCrate vs. Life Stages Similarities

    • Fold and Carry Design
    • Black E-Coat Finish
    • Specified (by the manufacturer) as "Medium Strength"
    • Include Free Divider Panel
    • ABS Plastic Pan Included
    • Same Wire Gauge
    • Folds Without Tools
    • Midwest Life Stages Dog Crate
      iCrate and Life Stages Folding Sequence

    • Both Have Single and Two Door Forms
    • Midwest iCrate Double Door Dog Crate

      Midwest iCrate Double Door Dog Crate

       

      Midwest Life Stages Double Door Dog Crate

      Midwest Life Stages Double Door Dog Crate

    iCrate vs. Life Stages Differences

    • Some iCrate Models (1518 - 1536) Are Narower and Lower Than the Life Stages
    • The Wire Grid is Closer Together on the Life Stages
    • The Bars Are Closer Together on the Life Stages
    • The Life Stages Models are a Little Stonger and a Little Heavier

    So, Which to Buy?

    It really depends on your budget and preference. If you are price sensistive, or want a lighter product, then the iCrate is for you. If you prefer a stronger product and don't mind the extra weight, or spending a little more money, the Life Stages is for you.

    Now you just have to decide which model is right for you:



  6. Includes Clamp!


  7. Update: October 2009
    The Life Stages Ultima Dog Crate is no longer available and has been replaced by the Midwest Ultima Pro 700 Series Triple Door Folding Dog Crate. The Ultima Pro 700 Series is not manufactured in the USA.

    American Flag - Made in USA

    Dog Crates Made in USA

    How often do you hear the phrase "Made in USA" anymore? We are pleased to offer you the Midwest Life Stages Ultima Triple Door Dog Crate. This is a heavy duty crate with three doors in a bright zinc finsh and best of all - it is made in Indiana!

    Heavy Duty Construction

    Versatile Life Stages Ultima LS-1636UL

    Three Door Design

    Life Stages Ultima With Three Doors Open


    This crate is the ultimate in versatility, hence the name "Ultima".

    Three doors provide multiple ways to access your crate. One end door hinges on the left, the other on the right and there is a side door. The crate is equally at home in the room, between two pieces of furniture or in the back of your SUV or wagon.

    The Ultima dog crate includes a free divider panel. This allows you to adjust the size of the crate as your dog grows from puppy to adult. The ABS pan is included and makes it easy to clean up after your pet. This is the only crate you'll ever need!


    Easy Folding Sequence - No Tools Required

    Life Stages Ultima Folding Sequence

    The crate folds easily and includes carrying handles so you can move it from house to vehicle in seconds.

    Life Stages Ultima LogoMidwest Life Stages Ultima

    If you are looking for a great looking, well made dog crate that just happens to be Made in the USA the Life Stages Ultima is the ideal crate for you and your dog.


    Update: October 2009
    The Life Stages Ultima Dog Crate is no longer available and has been replaced by the Midwest Ultima Pro 700 Series Triple Door Folding Dog Crate. The Ultima Pro 700 Series is not manufactured in the USA.

  8. How the Divider Panel Saves You Money

    We hear some "experts" out there advising you to buy a succession of crates for your dog as it grows from puppy to adult. The idea is that you get a crate just for the size of the dog as it grows. The claim is that this is necessary to prevent your dog from having enough room to sleep at one end of the crate and eliminate at the other end.

    We say: "What a waste of money!". Do you think the people giving you this advise are also selling dog crates? Our solution to this is the crate divider panel

    Life Stages Crate with Free Divider Panel Divider Panel in Detail
    Midwest Life Stages Dog Crate Including Divider Panel Divider Panel Shown Separately

    The divider panel as shown with the "puppy" above is to use the divider panel to reduce the size of the crate when he/she is small. The divider panel can adjusted until your dog reaches its full-grown adult size in about 12 - 18 months.

    So - one crate works for the puppy and the dog, which is why the divider panel saves you money.

    The following folding dog crate models include a free divider panel:

    Midwest iCrates
    iCrate Single Door
    iCrate Double Door

    Midwest Life Stages Training and Travel Crates
    Life Stages Single Door
    Life Stages Double Door
    Life Stages Ultima Triple Door

    The following models are available with a divider panel which is sold separately:

    Midwest Giant Dog Crates
    1154U Giant Dog Crate
    Solutions Series SL54DD Giant Two Door Dog Crate

    Conclusion: The divider panel allows you to buy the crate for the adult size of your dog, yet still allow it to be suitable for a puppy. This saves you time and money; a great investment!


  9. We are experiencing an increased number of incidents of pans breaking in transit due to the cold weather. If your pan is damaged in transit, please contact us.

  10. For those with big dogs, 110 lbs+, we now sell an addition giant dog crate. The Midwest SL54DD Solutions Series Crate is a giant two door dog crate for colossal breed dogs such as Great Dane, Saint Bernard and Mastiff.

  11. Extra Large - 48 Inch - Folding Dog Crates

    We offer a range of folding extra large dog crates that can be confusing to some people. Although they all fold, the differences are in the strength, finish, number of doors and the country of manufacture.

    Midwest iCrate I-1548
    iCrate 1548 Single Door
    Light duty, black electro-coat, single door (on the end)
    Midwest iCrate I-1548DD
    iCrate 1548DD Double Door
    Light duty, black electro-coat, two door (end and side)
    Midwest Life Stages LS-1648
    Life Stages 1648 Single Door
    Medium duty, black electro-coat, single door (on the end)
    Midwest Life Stages LS-1648DD
    Life Stages 1648DD Double Door
    Medium duty, black electro-coat, two door (end and side)
    Midwest Life Stages Ultima LS-1648UL
    Life Stages Ultima Triple Door
    Made in USA, heavy duty, galvanized, three door (each end and one side)
    Midwest Select 1348TD
    Select Triple Door
    Heavy duty, powder coated, three door (each end and one side)

    They are made in China with the exception of the Life Stages Ultima LS-1648UL.

    You can find all of our extra large dog crates on this page: Extra Large Folding Crates.


  12. At Last a Two Door Colossal Dog Crate

    Great Dane and Woman Yeah, we love big dogs too! There's something great about giving fido a squeeze and having to put your arms all round him for a hug!

    We've been selling the Midwest 1154U Big Dog Crate for some time, but people ask us about a big crate with two doors. So we're proud to announce the Solutions Series 54" Double Door Dog Crate

    So Why Two Doors?

    With the additional door on the side, you have more flexibility in how you place the crate. Maybe you want to put the crate flat against the wall in the corner of the room. Perhaps you want to squeeze it between two pieces of furniture. Whatever your reasons, the two door giant dog crate offers flexibility for you, your home and your pet.

    So Why the Price Difference for an Extra Door?

    There are some differences between the two giant crates. The Solutions Two Door crate is an extra two inches wider, includes the pan, and has an extra door on the side. The additional weight and size means that the package is much more expensive to ship than the regular 1154U Giant Dog Crate.

    Click on the picture below to take you to the product information page for the Midwest Solutions 'Ginormus' Double Door Dog Crate.

     

    Canine


  13. Coming in February

    We will begin selling a full range of dog crate covers and adding to our vehicle pet barriers. Currently scheduled for February 16th, 2009.


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