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18 November 2005 @ 06:46 pm
Lu's crate  

Ok I need help. Should I buy her a bigger crate or not? Remember she is only almost 5 months old. She will grow a lot more I think. Im not worried at all about her going to the bathroom in it either so what do you think?

Oh and I know her collar is on. She went in there all by herself when I took a 5 minute shower. I always take hers and Hog's off when she goes in it.

I am feeling: cheerfulcheerful
laradrumzlaradrumz on November 18th, 2005 03:55 pm (UTC)
That's how big Jack's crate is and he is 24 lbs. He goes in when he wants to be alone, and is crated when I am gone (for the same reasons you want to crate lulu).

It's up to you, but if you got a bigger one I wouldn't more than the next size up. Dogs like their den to be just big enough so that they can stand and make a full circle. Too big, and it won't feel homey enough.
Genevieve: Lulualwaysgenevieve on November 18th, 2005 04:06 pm (UTC)
yeah i would totally get the next size up... i dont know what to do at all. im just so worried she will be too big for this... but who knows?
Jenn: snugglesastridlynn on November 18th, 2005 04:00 pm (UTC)
That looks like it will be big enough. Once she's trained not to pee when you're not home, you won't have to crate her when you're gone. Charlie's is just big enough for him to go in, turn around and sit up or lay down.
Genevieve: Hog & Dadalwaysgenevieve on November 18th, 2005 04:04 pm (UTC)
oh she is trained not to pee or poop. has been for a long time. I had to buy a crate for her because she was chewing things up
Jennastridlynn on November 18th, 2005 04:05 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry....I knew that, but forgot.

Love the pink blankie and collar, btw. ;)
Genevieve: Lulualwaysgenevieve on November 18th, 2005 04:07 pm (UTC)
thank you and its ok.. the darker pink next to her head is my shirt :)
Alanalook_its_alana on November 18th, 2005 04:01 pm (UTC)
I think Smudge's crate is that size (standard?) I would say it's up to you, like laradrumz said, I wouldn't go more than another size up.
Genevieve: evil Hogertonalwaysgenevieve on November 18th, 2005 04:05 pm (UTC)
its for up to 25 pounds.. hmm well i dont know what to do..and no i would only buy the next size up...
NH: Cornholioxsaltyx on November 18th, 2005 04:03 pm (UTC)
She looks okay to me!
Genevieve: evil Hogertonalwaysgenevieve on November 18th, 2005 04:05 pm (UTC)
yeah but shes not even 5 months yet.. i shouldnt go any bigger?
NH: Cornholioxsaltyx on November 18th, 2005 04:27 pm (UTC)
You could, but I don't know if you need to! In my experience, dogs mostly sleep or lay in their crates anyway. They don't need a ton of room (obviously the crate should be big enough, but you know).
tydyehippotydyehippo on November 18th, 2005 04:04 pm (UTC)
Bah! Lu Jail!!! Haters!!111!! I am kidding. LOL, I think that is probably big enough, but if you go up, the next size will probably be good.

Deez has a kennel for a crate, I opted to go this way as we live in a cool climate (in the winter its chilly as Heck in my house) and I thought it would offer more privacy. Yeah, I know some people hate on the kennels but Deez LOOOOOOOOOVES it. Boss-cake does too! They are some cookie eating fools in the cage! I give them a cookie, the run in there, like I wanna take away their slobbery ole dog cookie!
Genevieve: my babiesalwaysgenevieve on November 18th, 2005 04:08 pm (UTC)
boss-cake lol cute. yeah i was a all around crate hater till now! lu loves it i think. im so happy you all convinced me. i still have no idea if i should buy a bigger one. what do you think? what if she outgrows it? i will have wasted 60$
tydyehippotydyehippo on November 18th, 2005 04:11 pm (UTC)
She does have more growing to do, so it can't hurt, but she looks fine in there. A bigger one might be good, just in case you need to put Hog in there with her. They can comfort each other. Ya know, just if there was an emergancy. But again, she does look comfy, so its purely a judgement call. I just tend to go bigger....
tydyehippotydyehippo on November 18th, 2005 04:05 pm (UTC)
A towel or blankey draped over her crate might make her more comfy. Makes it more den-like!
Jamiejamie_marie on November 18th, 2005 05:18 pm (UTC)
It looks more than big enough... but if you think she may outgrow it, I'd just wait & see. In the first picture it looks like she has a ton of space to grow into. You should be fine :)
fairweathrsmile on November 18th, 2005 05:34 pm (UTC)
I'd wait and see if she got any bigger. You may not need another. But then I'm in college and $60 is a ton of money to me, haha.
A mass of walking contradictions: vinnickitty on November 18th, 2005 06:27 pm (UTC)
What a pretty princess! That's the same crate Vinnie has, and he's around 20 lbs. I'd just simply wait and see how she does in it.
ashley jackson-pierceshesbeenelected on November 18th, 2005 06:33 pm (UTC)
She'll definetely need a size up as she grows, but I don't think you're torturing her at the moment. :] I'm sure she would like some room to twirl around, though, and if you're going to have to get the next size up anyway, I'd just do it and get it out of the way. I have xtra large crates for pugs and ollie (since pugs has to stay in his so much during his treatment), and they love theirs. no problems with peeing/pooing in the space, either. it's up to you, mama!
Sheri: MaggieGrace by iconiferbooksaremyhabit on November 18th, 2005 06:36 pm (UTC)
wait and see, it's a really nice crate, she's fine for now so don't worry about it. If/when she out grows it you will probably have more money so it won't be such a problem.
A.: A.s Shadowed Androgynyelusive_shadows on November 18th, 2005 08:42 pm (UTC)
Well generally you'd like to have a...not small, but enclosed crate because it gives a sense of more security and they seem to enjoy that, esp. when they're going to be sleeping.

Scar's outdoor crate is big and more roomy because its outdoors but the indoor one is a lot smaller (I'd say just a tiny bit smaller in height, maybe like a few centemeters, than the one you have there) and Scar's about 28 to 30 pounds, so I think it'll be fine for the time being. Now if she goes over 30 (O_O!!) then yes I'd definitly say go with a bigger one, but not yet, just wait and see how well she handles it as she continues to get bigger. It looks like she's pretty comfy right there =D
Kristenewitskristen on November 19th, 2005 07:30 am (UTC)
Ah it's so hard to say! I think it's perfect for her now, but if she gets too much bigger you might want to go a size up. They do often like their crates to be a little den, and if it's too big it might not feel like that to her. But since she doesn't hurt her blankies you could always go a size up and just make one end her little den area with blankets and all. It's a tough call. I'd say if you could really stand not to lose that $60, maybe go a size up, just so you won't waste the money. It's not like a bigger crate is going to hurt anything.
vixvix on November 19th, 2005 03:52 pm (UTC)
My guess is if it's too cramped for her she won't go in there voluntarily anymore. She looks pretty damned cozy in there right now, though. And I echo the idea about draping the kennel with some blankets -- would keep it warmer in there for her too and maybe make it feel more like a den/hideaway/escape from Hoggles.

And if you decide to go a size up in the future, you can save this crate for the next baby Boston. :)
I'm just a girlcute_bunny on November 19th, 2005 04:53 pm (UTC)
I think Roxie and Kahlua have like a slightly bigger crate for the two of them, and they do fine! how much does she weigh now???
stageiistageii on November 22nd, 2005 05:36 am (UTC)
Each of my guys has that same size crate, with snuggle ball beds, which fill up the entire area. They really seem to like that it's a small space - Obi is 27 lbs, and takes up more than half, but it's his comfy zone. I think the smallness actually makes them feel secure.

Btw, now that my Bostie Boys are older and behave when left untended, I've taken the doors off their crates and it is still where they retire to in the evening - just a suggestion for the future.