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I slept in a dog kennel last night

I slept in a dog kennel last night

Yes, I did. I slept in a dog kennel last night. The black metal fold up kind, by Petmate, with: “sturdy wire construction for safety, rust-resistant black coating for durability, and a leak-proof removable pan for easy cleaning.”

We put a pad and a rug in the bottom of the kennel on the leak-proof pan. (The rug and pad I pulled out my neighbors garbage last summer when she redid her carpets.)

I laid down on my side in the dog kennel that is 28 inches wide by 42 inches long, and 32 inches high, curled  my knees to my chest and locked the front gate. The dog put her head on the pillow beside mine and fell asleep. Her breath warm on my ear.

Desperate times call for desperate measures.

The 11 week old Labrador Puppy that was born on December 14th, 2013, was not happy about having to spend the night in the kennel. She would not stop whining. It was eleven o’clock at night and we were tired.

Would we listen to her whine all night, or would I get in there with her and comfort her to sleep as though she was just a baby missing her mother.

At two in the morning I woke up cold. My husband had turned off the heat and I forgot to get a sleeping bag. In the dark I fumbled with the latch at the end of the kennel and opened the door. The dog woke up.

Then I carried the dog outside until she peed. Then I grabbed a sleeping bag and got back in the kennel with the dog, and locked the front gate again. At four  I took the dog outside again and then I got back into the kennel. Around five, my legs started to cramp from being bent. I opened up the gate and stuck my legs outside of the kennel.  At six the dog was awake and did not want to go back to sleep.

The dog is a girl. She does not have an official name yet. The breeder called her Peggy. We have called her Peggy, Penny, Maggie, Margaret and Lucy. And then it was Peggy again, then Lucy and now it is Penny again.

What would you  name her? Her paw is almost as big as my hand.

The dog's paw is almost as big as my hand

Oh, are you wondering how a puppy came to live in our house? Perhaps the  name of my blog should be called, I Paint, I Write, I am Impulsive.

“I really think we should wait to get another dog. Two dogs are too many.”

“Look Mom. Look what I found on the internet.”

“Well, she is cute. Let me see how far away the breeder is. Oh, it is only a 45 minute drive.”

I called my husband.

“Are you sure?”

“Oh yes. I am sure. It is a good idea. Martha, our dog can help train her.”

“Okay, I don’t mind if I come home to a puppy.”

At seven o’clock when Nick, my husband came home, he asked, “Is there a puppy in the house?”

Yes, oh joy! There was a puppy when he came home. She was cute, and she didn’t chase the cats. Pure bliss. A sweet black Labrador Retriever.

Then an hour later, she had peed on the carpet in my daughter’s room three times. And she wouldn’t stop whining.

Mom to the rescue.

And that is how I ended up sleeping in the dog kennel last night.

I may sleep in the kennel again tonight. The dog shared my pillow with me and only snored a little.

Have you ever slept in a dog kennel to keep your puppy from whining?

My oldest daughter asked me, “Mom, may I tweet that you slept in the dog kennel last night? I thought maybe you didn’t want anyone to know. They might think you are crazy.”

“No, I don’t mind.” Maybe I am crazy. But, I don’t care. I did get a good nights sleep.

Now, how can that be crazy?

Do you have any suggestions how to get the puppy to stop whining? Please tell me in the comments. We really want to know.

P.S. She took a nap today. And so did I.
The new puppy took a nap.

About Pamela Hodges

My name is Pamela Hodges. I am a writer and an artist. I write to encourage and to bring laughter. I paint cats, draw cartoons and write books for children and grown ups.

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  • Amindele

    An electric blanket might do the trick. The warmth and softness might comfort her.

  • Pamela Black

    Oh, Pamela! She is so beautiful! The kennel does not look comfortable, but I am a sucker for my pets too, so…I say go ahead! Hopefully it won’t be forever. My three golden retrievers sleep in an XL kennel (a metal wire one like yours) in my garage at night and they all three like to cuddle in together. We have tried giving them other kennels but they chose to be together, although they look a bit snug to me. Sometimes, I guess we all just need to feel someone is near. 🙂

  • Berdeane Bodley

    I’m back !!!! Try putting an alarm clock (the ticking is soothing to the dog), hope that works for you……………….

  • Sonja Schulz

    what a lovely, funny, sweet post! oh, what we do for our babies–both human and canine!

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  • kathunsworth

    Pamela I congratulate you on your new baby, because new pets are just like having a new baby……..I have not slept in a cage but have had the cats cage near my bed and the cat in my bed…..good luck I am sure your next post will be on potty training….the one reason i say no to more pets lol…….she is very cute though..

    • Hello Kath,
      I completely forgot how much work potty training is. Thankfully I was able to barricade off the kitchen and put down a waterproof tarp in my daughters room.
      The puppy, Molly, is learning quickly.

  • La McCoy

    Edel wants to know what the issue is. She sleeps in a crib every nite. How did the leash work out?

    • Hello Laura,
      I will tell the puppy what Edel said. Her name has been Molly today. The leash worked well. The puppy slept from 10:00 until 4:30 this morning. She is fun to have. Except when she tries to eat my toes.

  • Sweet story that will resonate with any who nurture. Hope your daughter’s suggestion goes well. I just wonder how pooh will react to this new creature in your house.

    • Hello Anne,
      My daughters suggestion worked well. The puppy slept from 10:00 until 4:30 this morning. That is a long time for a puppy to hold it’s bladder. My daughter knocked on my door at 4:30 and asked me to help her carry the dog down the stairs. You have never seen a mother leap so fast out of bed to grab a puppy walking down the hallway before it peed.
      All is well.
      Pooh has been hanging out in my bedroom a lot since the arrival of the puppy.

  • Valorie MacDonald

    I have always wanted a lab; she is simply amazing! I like Maggie or Penny. Maybe Lizzie?
    It is now 5:33am here in Way.Down.Deep.S.TX. Upon abandoning my hopes of sleep for the night, I thought I would click my way on over and see what you’ve been up to. First I prepared myself a nice midnight snack (can I still call it that if it happened @ 5am?) of biscuits and English breakfast tea that actually came from London. Every time I brew some it reminds me of my incredibly loving generous talented and quirky daughter, who brought it for me special from her trip to Europe last summer. She went with a group from her university theater. Strange, while her campus is just 20 minutes away, I stIill have such anxiety sometimes. Have I don e enough to prepare her for the world? If she gets sick @ 1am will her roommates find her some medicine or hold her hair back if she vomits? Will she call me to go bring her home, or feel like she has to be tough because she’s “an adult now”? I hope she knows she can still call on me any time… and that I would sleep in a dog kennel for her;)

    • Hello Valorie,
      Thank you for the early morning chat. I slept in today. Well, actually I was up from 4:30 until 6:00 helping my youngest take care of her puppy, and then I went back to bed.
      Your daughter sounds so fun and creative. I pray she will always have a hair elastic or a friend to hold her hair if she vomits, and I pray you will feel comforted when your daughter is away and sick.
      And may she always know you are only a phone call and a hair elastic away. You could always tell her, “I would sleep in a dog kennel for you.”
      You are that kind of mother.
      Hugs to you.

  • Valorie MacDonald

    She is amazing! I have always wanted a lab; she is simply amazing!

    • Hello Valorie,

      Thank you. She is really cute. I am so thankful to have her. She is good company for our Lab Martha who is nine years old. They went for several walks together today. So funny. A big lab and a little lab running and getting all tangled up.

  • GirlGriot

    She’s so adorable!! I applaud your for mothering her and sleeping in the kennel … there is no way I would fit in that kennel, and even if I could, my claustrophobia would make it quite the torture. I can’t wait to hear more about her … and what her name will be.

    • Hello Stacey,
      Her name is Molly. In the last 24 hours her name has been, Peggy, Penny, Maggie, Margaret, and Lucy. I think it will stay Molly.
      She had a good nights sleep and has had no accidents today. Oh wait, she had one. But thankfully it was on the tarp I put down in my daughters bedroom.
      Thankfully I didn’t have to sleep in the kennel again. But it was fun to share a pillow with a puppy for one night.

  • Kathy Storrie

    I think your sleeping with the dog for a few nights will actually work. Each time you get out a little longer hopefully she will smell you on the pillow and be comforted. Maybe tonight you can sleep outside the cage and move further away each night.You might want to share a picture of you and the lab in the cage together before she gets too big.

    • Hello Kathy,
      Oh dear. I didn’t think to take a photograph of us together in the cage. She slept beside my daughters bed last night. I think one night with a puppy breathing in my ear was enough.
      However, I would do it again if I had too. You had a really good idea Kathy. Thank you for your suggestion. (smile)

  • Elsie

    I like your solution. I hope it works tonight and every night. Labs are really sweet, but they do love to be near their people. Good luck!

    • Hello Elsie,
      Molly slept through the night. Her name has changed several times now. But I think Molly will stick.
      She is much happier near us. You are right.
      And thank you!

  • Tara

    You have a huge heart, Pamela – and that is one lucky dog. I have no idea what to advise you about the whining – but I certainly hope someone else can. You deserve to b back in your bed!

    • Hello Tara,
      It is not every day you get to help a puppy get over the loss of her mother and sister. Last night, her second night here, she slept besides my daughters bed. her lease was in her hand in case she tried to get up. No accidents and she slept for 6 hours in a row, and I slept in my own bed!
      Thank you for your concern for my sleep. (smile)

  • Carol

    Your post made me laugh! This is definitely something I would do! Especially for such a cutie patootie!

    • Hello Carol,
      So happy my story made you laugh. Laughter is good for the soul.
      Yes, she is a cutie. Even when she pees on the floor in the kitchen. We all have to learn how to do new things. Even pee outside.

  • writekimwrite

    Problem then solution what can be crazy about that? 🙂 It did make me smile a bit though since it is a bit uncoventional. I have no suggestions just an observation that the puppy is very cute. I would google alternatives and maybe names, too. Here is to a restful, peaceful sleep for all.

    • Thank you Kim,
      I am about to go to sleep tonight in my own bed. My daughter came up with a solution today. The puppy is asleep on the floor beside her bed. She has the dog’s leash around her hand. When the puppy wakes up and wanders off she will wake up and take it outside.
      All the best,