Our dog, Rose, has a crate. It’s typically nestled back into a corner of the “big room” – this being an all-purpose office, library, sewing room, guest room, exercise space, photography area, and general junk storage. She stays in the crate when we are not home and also at night when we go to bed.
She doesn’t dislike her crate. Granted, if we are going somewhere, she’d rather go with us in the car. And she’d rather sleep on her pillow in our bedroom at night (this is disallowed because I have issues with sleep and she snores). But she likes her little den just fine. She’ll even retire to it if she wishes to rest and we are in the big room.
She knows it’s time to get in her crate when she hears the treat bag rattle in the kitchen. Wherever she is, when she hears the bag, she hops up and runs into the big room, climbs into her crate, turns around, and waits expectantly. We give her the treat and shut the door.
Sometimes when we have company, the particular guest isn’t interested in sharing the room with the dog – even with the crate. Such a scenario existed this past weekend so we chose to move the crate into the living room.
By Sunday evening, she had spent two nights in the crate in the center of the living room. The kids went to bed and I sat down on the loveseat to fold laundry. The long couch, where she usually lies, was empty. But she didn’t jump up on the couch. She trotted into her crate and curled up.
When my husband sat down on the couch, she glanced up at him but didn’t hurry over to be with him. She was perfectly comfortable. In fact, she spent the rest of the evening sleeping in the crate.
When it was time for us to retire to bed, I contemplated just shutting the door on the crate. Before I had a chance to act on it, my husband started the usual ritual by opening the treat bag in the kitchen.
Rose’s head shot up. She looked around. And then she ran out of the crate and headed for the big room. I stood there dumbfounded as I watched her disappear. A few seconds later, she returned and hurried into the crate. I know she’s just a dog, but I would swear that she had a rather sheepish look on her face.