Tuesday, November 29, 2011

The Return of the Crate

Deja vu.  Didn't we all read a post about this subject just a week or two ago?  Yup, just like Two Grad Students, we too have had to return one of ours to crate-ville.

Every fall, we encounter the same issue with Sadie.  Indoor poopies.  I know it's cold & rainy outside but seriouslys?  I feel like pooping inside for her is the equivalent of me demanding a heated toilet seat.  Hold on!  Must get out the Honey Do List...but I digress.  Usually, her Fall Indoor Poopies only last a few nights or maybe a week tops.  But it's now the end of November and this has been going on since October.  Maybe she leaves us a surprise in the bathroom during the day or maybe she sneaks down into the basement at night.  But it's been almost daily for at least 6 weeks.

So we made the decision to start crating Sadie when we're gone for extended periods of time and at night.  I don't feel one iota guilty about this - girl's been pooping in my house, yo!  And she happens to love her crate.  When we got Hurley and set up one of the crates for him, I would regularly find her napping in it.  I had to set up our second crate after we got him just so she would have her own place to nap.  The only difference now is that the door is closed.

Yes, she gets bathroom breaks right before I leave in the morning and right before we go to bed.  She even gets alone time in the yard so that she may do her business in peace (she's always been a bit shy about doing her business in front of others and I think Hurley follows her around outside too much for her pooping comfort).   But whether it's performance anxiety in front of her brother or princess-ness about the cold wet weather or jealousy over my soon-to-be-installed toilet seat warmer (kidding!), this pooping princess has been thwarted once and for all by my good friend crate.

Who me?  I am way too cute to poop.

Has the change in weather brought out any abnormal behaviors in your dogs?


  1. hahahah amazing post. havis been loving the crate! sadie cracks me up!

  2. Big Carl needs a crate most nights

    Stop on by for a visit

  3. no shame in that! you gotta do what you gotta do. no one wants poop on their floors. :-)

  4. Luckily we don't have any potty issues inside, but Skye will hold it uncomfortably long (I seem to be more uncomfortable than her). She doesn't like to go out in the cold, so she'll wait. And wait. And wait. Girl can't wait til Spring, so eventually I kick her out the door and guard the stairs until she goes. I'm the human crate.

  5. @Of Pit Bulls and Patience

    I'm glad I'm not the only one! Sadie will hold it forever too - when she's not pooping in the house, that is.

  6. Okay you are just too funny! Pauley will do the same thing when the weather turns. He will go outside & just stand there & then when allowed to come inside, he will go pottie in the Boy's room or the bathroom. We have had to become the "pottie police" & make him stay outside until we actually SEE him pottie.