After a year of renovations, it was time to think about upgrading Noodle’s “room.” So this past week, Noodle and I took on the project and gave her a major upgrade.
For a long time, Noodle was sleeping in a hand-me-down carrying crate that didn’t quite close and looked like crap. Don’t feel bad for her; she loved that thing. But it was a piece of junk and the front kept falling off, and it looked really bad in the kitchen–our most-used room in the house. In retrospect, I have no idea why we kept it around. It just never made it onto the to-do list.
Recently, though, after falling over the broken crate, Kelly jumped onto her computer and ordered this Archie & Oscar Wooden Crate. I was like, “Okay. This is rash. Do we really need a nice dog crate?” But WOW. This thing is of exceptional quality, Noodle LOVES it, and it makes our kitchen look a thousand times better.
It’s made of solid wood (painted white) with great design that fits our home perfectly. (Though it also comes in black.) It’s open enough to give Noods a view of the world and it’s wide enough to fit a comfy dog bed inside. (All our dog beds are from Mark & Graham, btw.) It also weirdly smells great–something I don’t often say about Noodle.
I’m putting together a lot of stuff during quarantine, and some products’ directions have made me want to smash whatever it is I ordered. But these directions were a straightforward and simple. For the first time in a year, I didn’t even have to take the whole thing apart halfway through. Honestly, I enjoyed the process as it gave me a clear task with a clearcut goal, unlike the rest of my life which is complicated and nuanced leaving no finish line or real sense of accomplishment as I trudge through day after never-ending day wondering whether the world is ending.
Noodle, Emma and Lucy collectively took great interest in the crate as it went together, and for the first few hours, Emma refused to let anyone else inside. Since then, Noodle has re-established herself as Top Dog and she currently stays in there for approximately 2o hours per day.
Emma also now calls Lucy’s crib a crate.
I’d say it’s a hit!