First let me say that it is hard to type with a 60 lb dog on your lap. For a few minutes there, I was doing more backspacing than I was typing. But he has wandered away...probably to go eat something he isn't supposed to.
Given my reluctance to crate Chevy for hours and hours, it became quickly apparent that I need an outside solution. I was trying to never be gone for more than a few hours at a time but that just wasn't working. We often have back to back activities and it was really limiting us to have to run home in between to play with the dog and let him out for a bathroom break. Limiting, and fairly expensive in gas costs!
So today I went to Costco and picked up a dog house they had for sale. Check it out!
While I was busy picking up the doghouse, Scott found and procured a dog run on Craigslist.com. What would we do without Craigslist? It would have been $750 to buy a comparable dog run new and we spent $150 on Craigslist and the seller was here in our hometown. I love it when things like that work out.
For now, the dog run is on our back patio. It will keep Chevy from being able to dig under the dog run (unless the dog has nails that can cut concrete) and it is shaded by the deck above (you know, for all the sun we've been having). Eventually, I think we'll move it to the front of the house next to the garage, but we'll need to pour a concrete pad for that.
Now I have to figure out how to make it more of a home for the pooch. Do you think Chevy needs any posters on the walls? I wish I knew of how to give it a bathroom. I assume that if he needs to "go", he'll probably do it as far away from his doghouse as possible...but it still seems quite unwelcoming to have to potty in the corner of a concrete patio. Perhaps a few magazines? He could read them, tear them to bits, and then poop on them. Perhaps I should put down a mat or a rug?
I'll keep thinking about that...