We fostered a lot of puppies the first half of this year. Three litters of puppies. That we needed to keep confined somehow, to keep the destruction to a minimum. So we bought dog playpens, exercise pens, whatever you want to call them, I now own three of them. For a while, after Cami’s siblings left, we had one set up for her, that she didn’t spend much time in at all.
Old dogs can be just as messy as puppies!
For a while, after Cami’s siblings left, we had one of the dog playpens set up for her, that she didn’t spend much time in at all. Then one morning, after waking up and finding that Ozzy and Snuggie had missed the pee pad in the family room once again, thus meaning under the heavy leather sectional couch needed to be mopped, yet again. I decided to do something about the issue.
Dog playpens for Senior Dogs
I added a second dog playpen to the one I had set up in my office for Cami, making it larger. I also added the extra dog crate that I had, one of the crib mattress beds, that Oz and Snug prefer. A bucket of toys, and the requisite pee pad they require topped it off. Now the dog playpens get lots of use. Oz and Snug, and sometimes Meaty, sleep in it at night. They love to lay in it during the day while I’m working in my office too. If the door gets bumped shut, or if I have Cami in it because she’s being bad, they cry until I let them in.
It’s made my life a whole lot easier. No more messes all over the house when I wake up in the morning. No more mopping under the couch that is nearly impossible to get to. And they don’t miss the pee pad in the playpen nearly as often as they used to. Maybe the smaller space makes it easier for them to center on. It makes my life a hell of a lot easier.
New Fosters and Houseguests also love the dog playpens
Last week Cami’s littermates, Emily and Happy, returned to spend a week with us, while their parents were on vacation. Cami loved having them around, and the playpen came in handy for corralling three hyper puppies. They didn’t even mind when the senior dogs wanted to join them.
We always keep the new foster dogs behind a gate for the first few days, now instead, they can make use of the big playpen in my office.
So get those dog playpens out of storage, between litters of puppies, and put them to good use. Ours is now considered the place to be in The Foster Pack household.