My Man Cave

I thought I’d talk a little about my crate as it is essentially my room.

I’ve noticed that some people don’t like the idea of a dog in a cage, but from my perspective – I don’t mind.

Sure, it is boring and sad if I had to sit there on my own for too long, but luckily my mum only works part-time so it’s not so bad.

The idea is that I will not have to be locked in forever – as soon as I calm down I won’t need it anymore – that’s what I’ve been told anyway.

There have been some attempts to “dogproof” the kitchen and keep me locked in there with an open crate before

Let me tell you a story about some of them “attempts”.

Some time ago they tried to make the kitchen my room and keep the crate open for me. So they removed all the knives and sharp objects from my reach, they have hidden all the food and medications, they put special baby locks on cabinets and they left me there.

Well heh I showed them!

dog damages wall

It didn’t take me long either. The wall texture is not as hard as you would think it is. And the baby locks pose no challenge for dog stamina and will power

When I finished, I stood next to my creation smiling widely ,as you can see, and waited patiently until someone would show up and appreciate the effort.

Unfortunately, after my mum finally came back from work, I did not receive warm words of appreciation I was counting on. In fact, I have heard a series of words that are absolutely unbecoming for a mother figure.

And I got told that I would stay in the cage forever.

But then again they are just a pair of big softies so …. they tiled that whole wall up and they tried again…

Practive makes perfect…. this time it took me two days to come up with something new.

My dad always thought I couldn’t open drawers, especially the ones placed quite high

You would think that would be it, but they actually tried one more time. They emptied ALL the drawers in the kitchen believe it or not.

So that time I had to think outside of the box – I chewed a cable that noone thought I could even reach when fully stood up:D

So, as you can probably imagine – I’m back at being locked in a cage when home alone, until they think of something better.

They said it’s for my own good as I could get electricuted.. Whatever, right?

So..This is my cage dog crate

You can find it on Ebay HERE. When I was a puppy we also had a matching divider like this one on ebay HERE that came handy and let my parents buy only one adult crate rather than buying a puppy one and then adult one, which saved them some money. If you have a really big house, you can always buy 48″ cage and your labrador will have a real luxury apartment zone like this one HERE on ebay.

Anyway, my cage is good and sturdy. My parents say it’s both for my own good and for the state of our house.

My ranking of the cage is 9 out of 10, because it feels safe and comfy, but of course I’d prefer it if I could unlock its door, which I can’t. Yet!

My parents ranking is 10 of 10 because it is very reasonably priced for its size and value. And I’ve had it for quite some time with no problems.

I do like it – I see it like my room. It’s proper size – the most important thing is that a labrador cage has to be a minimum 36 inch and preferably 42 inches and there should always be a full bowl of water in there.

And maybe a nice fluffy blanket.

And a nice fluffy bitch..

I’m getting ahead of myself here… they’d never let me move in with my girlfriend so young, even if I had one. They say I need to prove I’m mature before I want any more priviledges

It’s SO not fair – I am almost 18 now! (months, not years, but so what)

Shaun

 

4 thoughts on “My Man Cave”

  1. Your post was very creatively written, I enjoyed reading it. I’m not a dog owner right now but will probably be getting one in the bear future.

    I go back and forth on whether I would cage him, I feel as if he’d get bored. Do you know of anything that can be done to keep a dog entertained while in a cage?

    1. Hi… I do tend to get a bit bored and if my parents both worked full time they probably would have to hire a dogwalker for me (which is another idea you might consider)

      But since mum works part-time – I am alright for now.. I get a rubber bone toy and a blanket and that does it for me.. I tend to sleep most of the time anyway

      I wouldn’t worry about it too much – most dogs only get cages until a certain age and I know when I’m older there won’t be any need anymore. That goes for most dogs

      Shaun

  2. I enjoyed reading this post. I’m a dog and a cat owner. They don’t have cages and my house is always in chaos. I clean after them almost all the time. You give me an excellent idea. Thanks

    1. Cages are really good providing you don’t keep an animal in it too long. They’re especially helpful when you have a naughty puppy. My parent are working on dog-proofing the kitchen so I can have my cage open much more often – I am a grown doggie now after all:)
      Shaun

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