As with coolers, there are plenty of expensive, overbuilt, and obscenely heavy kennels on the market these days. Laksonen skips them in favor of these lightweight models from Ruff Land (formerly Ruff Tough). “They don’t make the best kennel, but they certainly make the best for what I need,” says Laksonen, who prizes portability. He can reach over the side and lift the boxes out of the bed, then relocate them to a motel room or porch and back again with minimal effort. It doesn’t hurt that the crates are often a couple hundred bucks cheaper too.