There is nothing worse than can happen to a pet parent than the fear that their pet could escape from their home or apartment. As much as I am a super diligent dog mom and someone who prides herself in pet safety and well being, my worst fear was nearly realized.
Last month, the folks from Richell Pet asked if I would like to review their Premium Plus Freestanding Pet Gate with Door. For the following reasons I wholeheartedly agreed to put this product to the test for Fidose of Reality readers:
- My dog has had two ligament surgeries and I don’t like him going up and down the steps without supervision; Though it is not designed for the top of a staircase or near a glass door, I work from home and am able to supervise my dog.
- I want a pet gate I can move easily from room to room: hallway to bedroom entrance;
- This particular gate looks like furniture, so it would blend with my décor;
- Most pet gates on the market are rather flimsy, plastic, and/or don’t have a walk-thru door opens in both directions – this Richell gate has these features;
- Many Fidose of Reality readers have dogs who they keep with them, in the home, but would like a gate for times they need to keep dogs in a separate room (dinner, cooking, running a vacuum, blocking off a room, etc.)
Assembly is super easy: It took a few minutes and a Phillips screwdriver to get the legs on.
Gate: Lockable from both the bottom and the top, so extra security.
Adjustability: Fits doorway and hallway openings from 34” to 63” wide. The specially designed Side Panel adjusts in increments of 10° for a perfect fit.
Aesthetic: Autumn Matte eco-friendly, sustainable rubberwood, meaning it has little tendency to warp or crack: Great for a busy household with a lot of foot traffic, opening and closing the gate door.
Rubber Feet: Protects floor surfaces from scratches and marks along with keeping the gate in place for added security.
Here’s the scoop on the assembly and what our mascot, Dexter, thinks of it:
I live in a multi-family home, and we live on the second and third floor of the residence. The first floor neighbor was having some work done on her place, and the workmen needed to open two sets of doors: The front door to the house and the door to our place so they could swing large pieces of equipment into the foyer. Do you see where this is going? (and where Dexter almost went)
In a matter of sheer seconds, our dog bolted from the third floor where he was napping, down a set of steps, and attempted to bolt down the second floor steps to see what the ruckus was about. That is, until the Richell Pet gate stopped him in his tracks. I literally get sick to my stomach at the thought of what might have happened.
In all the time we have lived here and throughout our dog’s two ACL surgeries, we forever used those white plastic gates and then hide them when company visits. The Richell Pet gate intervened in a way I could not have imagined.
“Things happen for a reason, Carol,” my spouse reminds me. I just never thought a pet gate would serve a potential life-saving purpose in my dog’s life.
Size It Up
This gate is recommended for dogs between about 6 and 33 pounds, so this applies to our medium sized Cocker Spaniel. Our dog is not one to try and jump a gate, but the dimensions for those who have jumpers or wanna-be escape artists:
Minimum width: 34” W x 26” D x 32” H
Maximum width: 63” W x 20.5” D x 32” H
A mild soap along with water and a soft cloth or sponge works well in cleaning the pet gate. The gate should not be placed in direct sunlight so as to prevent discoloration, rusting or deformation in the drying process.
Not recommended for outdoor use, this is a gate that helps contain your pet between rooms.
Bringing a Richell Pet Gate Home
If you are interested in this gate and want to fall in love with it, as we have, click for a listing of where you can find the Richell Premium Plus Freestanding Pet Gate here. Each item in Richell USA’s product line up are designed to provide a comfortable solution to a pet’s needs while adding style to the living space.
Question: Do you use any sort of pet gate in your abode? Here are some pet lovers who, no doubt, are just as concerned about their pet’s safety as I am: