I got a new crate yesterday. I have been using my cousin, Mini HaHa's crate. Mini was an Airdale, who went to the Rainbow Bridge last summer before I got here. I put a picture of her here. I never met her but Mom says she was a pretty cool doggie.
Anyway, Mom said that I should get my own crate. She said Mini's crate was way too big for me - and for where we had it in the house. Dad also said that he would lke to get me one with a side door. Well, this one actually has two doors.
It is also pretty easy to put together. This one is all in one piece. You just unlock it, lift up on it, the lift the sides, lock it in place, and you're done. I was watching Mom put it together yesterday. She had to take the old one down - the old one is all in pieces. She had to pull out the four corner posts, the take the sides down, or more correctly watch they didn't fall and hurt the furniture (I didn't know furniture could get hurt!?). Then she had to take the top off, then all the sides and bottom. It is a really big crate. She wanted to put it in the box that my new crate came in for storage, but it doesn't fit.
When Mom was all done setting it up she put my bed and toys in it, then she expected me to go in and check it out.
Now, let me tell you, I like my crate but only when it is time for bed! Did she really expect me to go in there when she wanted me to? She tried coaxing me in there, luring me in there, and even commanding me to go in, but I held out!
Mom had left the door open figurine I would go in. I went in really quiet and got my squeakie, but Mom saw me and put squeakie back - we have to watch the squeakies because Queen Fluffy Butt can get pretty nasty with me when HER squeakies are out, so Mom doesn't let us have squeakies. When Mom wasn't looking, I sneaked in again and got my squeakie! This worked for a little while, as soon as Mom realized I had a squeakie, she put it back and shut the door.
Eventually, I went in my new crate. I went in at my convenience, which was bedtime. Of course, Mom had her camera at the ready - does she do anything without that thing?
My new crate is nice and cozy. I like it. It is not as big as the other one, but it is still big enough for me to stand and move around in. I have my bed, pillow, and toys in it. I can even stretch out in it, but I prefer to sleep all curled up.