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The Crate Rebellion Continues

Way back when we first had our offer on the house accepted we were confronted with the conundrum of where Chloe would sleep. In the condo we simply put up baby gates locking her in the kitchen at night and when we were out. Her bed was there all the time and she would often choose to sleep there even when we were home.

With the much more open floor plan of the house baby gates were no longer an option so we bought a nice much bigger than she needed crate. Despite introducing the crate while still living in the condo where she was comfortable and moving her bed in there. She was still less than thrilled…

chewed crate

So we reinforced the crate to prevent future chewing and bought her a very expensive nice memory foam bed to make it more comfortable.

All was well with the world for about six months. Then the night time crying began. At first it was only for 5 to 10 minutes when she first went to bed then she would calm down and go to sleep. No big deal I’m brushing my teeth and getting ready for bed then anyway.

Then the real rebellion happened.

Hicks House | Chloe's bed

The memory foam bed died. As “parents” we’re growing increasingly concerned about this rebellious behavior. First a chewed crate, then crying at night, now a chewed bed. What’s next? What if she decides to take up with the hooligan German Shepherd down the street that barks all hours of the night? We had to put our foot down. This diva teenage behavior is unacceptable.

So we made the decision that she would not be getting a new bed. She ripped up the bed she could sleep on the foam scraps just fine. I even had grand plans to make a bed by stuffing a used pillowcase. Then we cracked.

While running errands at Bed Bath and Beyond we ran across clearance dog beds. As ever loving and forgiving parents we caved.

Now Chloe has a brand new pretty pink princess bed…

Hicks House | Chloe's Bed

So what do you think, did we fail as parents enforcing her behavior that all she has to do to get a new bed is destroy her old one. Or is OK because after all she’s just a dog.

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Update to Chloe’s New House

You may remember at the beginning of last month I posted about the new fancy crate we bought for our dog Chloe Read the original post here.  In an an attempt to be good doggy parents we wanted to break her into the new crate gradually so she didn’t have to many new things to deal with all at once.

Things were going well… until the thunderstorm ...  Then this happened:

chewed!

chewed! Bad Dog!

Our well behaved dog that never chews turned into a monster trying to break free from doggy prison during the storm.

Don't let this face fool you... she isn't sorry

Don’t let this face fool you… she isn’t sorry

Due to this current turn of events, some alterations need to made to the crate.  It took a couple of days of brainstorming and another chewing event (apparently once she knew it was chew-able she hatched an escape plan).  Some ideas we vetoed –

  1.  Putting one of those ugly wire crates inside her wooden crate. This option is quite pricey as those crate run about $100 and in order to fit in the wooden crate it would have to be smaller which cuts down on her room.  We still love the booger so this got vetoed.
  2. Putting hot sauce or the sour spray they sell at the pet store on the crate bars to discourage chewing.  Chloe actually likes buffalo sauce and wasabi peas so this option seemed like it would just get her to chew more.
  3. Buy a replacement door.  Seemed like a viable option, the door is a separate piece that could easily be replaced.  Unfortunately an internet search revealed the door is not sold separately, they want you to buy a whole new crate… greedy jerks.

Then Ken had a light-bulb moment…  Wire meshing! It seemed like a perfect idea, nice holes so she can still breathe and look out, but will put a barrier between her teeth and the wooden slats.  So off to the big Orange store Ken went and came home with a nice big piece for less than $10.

Measured to the size of the door

Measured to the size of the door

and cut it with wire cutters

and cut it with wire cutters

Then we took it upstairs to the crate, lined it up and used some painting tape to hold it in place.

he pre-drilled in all 4 corners and 1 in the middle

he pre-drilled in all 4 corners and 1 in the middle

Thanks to the chewing machine we were aware that it was made of cheap particle board and didn’t want to risk it splintering by screwing directly into it.

then screwed the mesh in place using the pre-drilled holes

then screwed the mesh in place using the pre-drilled holes

try and chew through that!

try and chew through that!

Doesn’t look to bad, some wood putty and stain on the few visible chew marks from the front and it should be good as new. And chew proof! We didn’t do the two sides yet, and Chloe has yet to figure out that they are chew-able as well… we’re hoping she remains blissfully unaware.

Peace and order has been restored in the Hicks House (until the next thunderstorm that is)


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Chloe Get’s a New Home Too

As we’re preparing to make a life in our new home we realized with our love of open floor plan we encountered a little problem:

This little booger...

This little booger…

In our condo she is given the entire run of the kitchen with a baby gate at the exit to keep her confined.  Once we move into the new house there is no way to gate her into the kitchen since the kitchen and living room run the entire width of the house and are one big room.

This wouldn’t be such a big problem except that we don’t trust her.  As soon as we leave the door she will beeline directly to whatever furniture she is not allowed on and curl up on it.  This is NOT OK.  The other problem is metal dog crates are ugly and do not go with our vision for how it will look.  Also, Chloe hasn’t been crated in over 4 years and we didn’t know how that go.  One thing we agreed on was that it would definitely be too mean to move her into a new house and stick her into a crate for the first time in four years all in one day… So in the interest of trying to be good doggy parents, our first purchase for our new home was Chloe’s new home.

So we looked online and found out they make wooden crates. Perfect!  End table and doggy crate all in one!  We found one online and were all set to order it and bite the insane price tag in the interest of having a fashionable, non eye-sore crate.  To ensure we ordered the correct size we went to Petco to look at their metal crates and lo ad behold they had a wood crate and it was on super sale deal of the day!  SOLD we bought it on the spot.

We got it home and Ken got to work assembling it.  (He’s very good at things like that)

assembling king

assembling king

A couple things we noticed while putting this together

  • The box said the color was espresso but it’s definately red, I don’t know about you but I’ve never seen a red espresso…
  • It’s super tall… much taller than an end table

But even with those imperfections, its still pretty decent looking as far as crates go, so we’ll survive having a high end table.

It's done!

It’s done!

Chloe doesn't seem to like it yet...

Chloe doesn’t seem to like it yet…

We keep telling ourselves she’ll forgive us once she gets her new backyard. Maybe then she’ll stop crying when she’s in there and we’ll stop feeling like terrible doggy parents. I’m convinced she’ll learn to at least tolerate it.