Silas has a cheap faux sheepskin mat in his crate. It’s a year old. As I’ve mentioned, he goes to sleep with his blankets in his mouth, so at the end of a year his blankets and beds can look pretty bad.
We bought him a replacement crate pad for Christmas–a nice one from West Paw Design this time. He loves it.
There’s only one problem.
You see this handy, out-of-the-way place? That’s where I tried to put his real bed. The one he insisted be moved in front of the TV. It is not where the crate mat goes. (The crate is in the same place on the other side of the fireplace.)
Now Silas’s favorite thing to do goes something like this:
Go into the crate.
Pull out the new crate mat.
Put it in this spot.
Go back into the crate.
Pull out the old crate mat (we’ve not had time to get rid of it, so they’re layered for now).
Lie on the new mat, not in the crate, while holding the old mat in his mouth.
We thought we could break down the routine by leaving the crate beds closed in the crate, but it didn’t work.
I should just give in and have wall-to-wall dog-bed carpeting.