Tuesday, January 11, 2011

How Big of a Crate Do You Need?

When transporting dogs to adoption events, it's always good to have them in crates, for their safety and the safety of everyone in the vehicle.  Generally a dog's crate should give the dog enough room to stand up and turn around and lay down comfortably.  Someone forgot to tell this to Evie.

At Saturday's adoption event, I met Evie for the first time.  She is a German Shorthaired Pointer.  She was used as a breeding dog and then when she stopped producing puppies, she was shot and left for dead.  She was rescued and has been in foster care for a year now.  She is fully recovered and ready for her new home. 

Evie is a pretty large dog, as you can see from this picture.

So it would be nothing short of animal cruelty to force her into a small dog crate like the one pictured below.
 Unless of course you watch as her foster mom sets down the crate (which was used to transport a small puppy to the adoption event) and Evie makes a beeline to the crate and climbs right in.  And then manages somehow to actually turn herself around so her head is sticking out the opening.  It was amazing to behold.  I didn't manage to catch it on video, but I was able to take some pictures of Evie looking oh-so-happy to be in her oh-so-small crate. 

 So next time you're measuring your dog for a crate, you may want to ask the dog what size they prefer!


Ettel, Charlie Poodle, and Emma Pitty said...

Oh my gosh!!! That's too funny!!

Mollie Jo and Bobo said...

Wow you can now put on her petfinder page she folds up small for storage....BOL BOL BOL

Wags and Licks,
Mollie Jo & Bobo

JackDaddy said...

Well that is just too cool for school! I hope she finds a great home!

Pauley James Foster Baby said...

WOW! How did Evie fit in there?! She is beautiful & I love her smile.

Anonymous said...

Wow! I am Most Impressed! I can't believes she could fit herself in there like that. Amazing!

Now Brudder Ranger, on the other paw, is pretty convinced that he weighs 80 pounds and his crate is MUCH too small for such a LARGE dog. He loves to hang out in my condo but almost never goes into his smaller-but-still-large-for-a-dog-his-size crate.

Wiggles & Wags,

Levi Mac said...

Wish we could have seen the getting in and turning around part! That is a great pic and pretty funny :)

brooke said...

What a horrible story about Evie! I hope she finds a great home that will give her a great life!
I love her in that tiny crate! What a character! She'll be perfect entertainment for her next family!

Two Pitties in the City said...

What a sad story, but it looks like she is such a happy dog now. Our pooches love being in confined spaces too. At least, that's the only way I can explain why the two of them try to squeeze their 75 pound bodies into Miss M's smaller size crate to lay together.

Tucker said...

Incredibly cute! And also quite a feat!

Pibble said...

My very first dog was a GSHP! I was 9 and my dad took me to a local shelter to adopt my first dog. Believe it or not, someone dropped off a litter of nine puppies and they were GSHPs. We chose a tiny female that the rest of the dogs seemed to be picking on. Heidi was the LOVE of my life. She was with me for 14 years and we went everywhere together.

I can't believe the heartless pig (my apologies to pigs) who would shoot this beautiful girl and leave her for dead. She's so lucky to be in your hands now. And so darned cute in that tiny crate!

All the best in finding her the perfect home. She deserves it a thousand times over!

Anonymous said...

gosh, if she weren't so happy, i would call that animal cruelty! thanks for sharing!

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Kari in WeHo said...

Mesa keeps trying to fit into Big Carls crate but her head can't make it through the door