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Maddie’s Great Escape

by Meghann on October 6, 2011

The idea: leftover pasta omelet

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Sounds good in theory – tasted good too – but execution was missing something.

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What was it missing? Omelet making skills. I have none of those. The egg stuck to the pan and broke while flipping. I sill get points for trying, right?

Luckily, food doesn’t have to look pretty to taste good. The leftover pasta made an excellent omelet filler and I would try it again in a heartbeat (maybe next time using someone else’s skill set *cough* Derek *cough*).

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Apple slices for the win!

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Maddie’s Great Escape!

So, just how long does it take for a 12 pound Jack Russell Terrier to escape from her crate?

Ready? Set your timers!

THIRTY SECONDS!!!!!

(Please ignore the half scrubbed off temporary tattoo, I need to pick up some nail polish remover to finish the job.)

We’ve tried twisty ties (she chews right through them), turning the door against the wall (we lost a frame in the process and she managed to shake the crate halfway across the room), and padlocking her (which just feels cruel). Something tells me she just doesn’t like being in that crate. πŸ˜‰

Now, if she would only behave herself this wouldn’t be an issue. Le sigh.

1 Brie @ Brie Fit October 6, 2011 at 1:51 pm

Try putting a dark blanket over the top and sides of the crate or getting a hard plastic airline crate!

Milhouse did the same thing when we put him in a wire crate like that. He ripped his way out of it and made a huge mess and it was awful. So, we got a plastic crate, and he loves it. It’s darker and more den-like, and dogs are den animals!
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2 Meghann October 6, 2011 at 2:03 pm

I’ll have to look into the plastic crates. I’ve tried a blanket before and she ended up chewing a hole in it.

3 Jessica October 6, 2011 at 2:08 pm

We use a plastic crate for Jackson and he loves it.
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4 Michelle October 6, 2011 at 2:17 pm

I’m working on getting Oliver to love his crate too… It’s definitely a process.

5 Brie @ Brie Fit October 6, 2011 at 2:34 pm

PS: I think we ultimately decided Milhouse’s issues were mostly because he is really dumb. With the wire crate, I don’t think he could figure out that he was in a box, of sorts, and he would freak out. He’s not brilliant.

6 Meghann October 6, 2011 at 2:51 pm

That’s the kicker – Maddie is actually really smart. I think that’s her biggest downfall.

7 Carly October 6, 2011 at 2:36 pm

Be careful…we bought our 100lb lab a plastic/tent-material type crate because he HATED his regular crate. The first time we tried it was when we were visiting friends. We came back to their house to discover he clawed and ripped his way free, then promptly went to sleep.

What works now is if we shut him in our living room/dining room/kitchen (we’re lucky enough to have doors that seal the whole area off together), and from what we can tell he generally just takes a nap on the couch.

Could you lock maddie in a larger room but behind a closed door? It’s not as intimidating as a crate but it minimizes the potential disaster area.

8 Morgan October 6, 2011 at 1:55 pm

We used to just put a baby gate up and keep him in the kitchen

9 Meghann October 6, 2011 at 2:03 pm

Maddie can jump over baby gates!

10 Shanna, Like Banana October 6, 2011 at 1:57 pm

This is so freakin’ cute — totally made me smile.

Our dog hated her crate too (same kind) and we would find her on the outside of the crate when we came home..but get this, it was still locked! Um, what the heck? how did she do that? We needed a nanny-cam I swear.

Now she just roams free. Dog 1 – Humans -0.
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11 Meghann October 6, 2011 at 2:03 pm

haha I feel like it’s always Dogs 1 – Humans 0 πŸ™‚

12 Jessica @ Sushi and Sit-Ups October 6, 2011 at 1:59 pm

I’m extremely impressed by Maddie’s skills! She could probably get out of there faster than I could!
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13 poptartyogini October 6, 2011 at 2:01 pm

that was hilarious. i love that she’d check to make sure you weren’t looking before continuing with her tomfoolery.

14 Cait's Plate October 6, 2011 at 2:02 pm

Ahahaha – that video was AWESOME.

And I didn’t even notice the tattoo because I was too busy being jealous of your SICK calf muscles!!
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15 Meghann October 6, 2011 at 2:05 pm

Ha! Thank you cycling!

16 Casey @ Pocket Full of Sunshine October 6, 2011 at 2:02 pm

Haha poor Maddie! Does she just piddle on the floor if left out? That’s the only reason my dog doesn’t get to stay out during the day. He wouldn’t chew or destroy things…but peeing on the carpet…he’s all over that. Sigh.
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17 Meghann October 6, 2011 at 2:05 pm

Yes! We have all tile floor, but she manages to find every rug there is and pee on those exclusively!

18 Jenny October 6, 2011 at 2:04 pm

She’s just unsliding the latch….try fastening it shut with a combination lock (like you would use on a gym locker).
To be honest, my dog used to go nuts in his crate until one day we tried leaving him out of it….turns out the worst thing he does when he’s left alone is nap on the couch.

19 Meghann October 6, 2011 at 2:06 pm

We’ve done the lock, but it feels wrong fro some reason. And Maddie pees. We come home to fun surprises. πŸ™

20 Meghan October 6, 2011 at 2:06 pm

Omg I love your dog! I am pretty sure if our dog didn’t have a top and bottom latch that would be him. We have made our dogs comfortable in their crates by giving them a cookie when they go in. Bribery yes but they spend the whole day in there while we work and the puppy sleeps in there at night. Hopefully soon we can trust her out at night, but I doubt it!
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21 Meg L. October 6, 2011 at 2:12 pm

We bought airline crates for our dog that have difference mechanisms, I don’t think she’d be able to get out. Also with airline crates we found it really easy to train our dog that’s super clingy to love his crate as a happy place. Email me if you need help. It’s a lengthy process….

22 megan @ whatmegansmaking October 6, 2011 at 9:29 pm

umm…I could use your help. πŸ™‚ I have a 6 month old puppy who cries excessively in his crate. He’s actually getting a little better I think, but if you have any tips I’d love to hear them! whatmegansmaking[at]gmail[dot]com

23 Carolina @ Peas in a Blog October 6, 2011 at 2:15 pm

Oh my goodness she’s so smart! Too cute.
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24 Danielle @ Long May You Run October 6, 2011 at 2:16 pm

If she had opposable thumbs, she’d be unstoppable!
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25 Sara @my less serious life October 6, 2011 at 2:17 pm

that video of your dog is hilarious! mine escapes too, but only when i leave for work all day and i was never sure how she manages. now i know! she is part jack russel, so maybe that has something to do with it. πŸ™‚
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26 Carly D. @ CarlyBananas October 6, 2011 at 2:19 pm

Maddie’s so cute! Is there somewhere else you can put the crate so that escaping is less desirable? I keep my dog’s crate in the big walk in closet, which has plenty lighting but nowhere to go if he got out so he seems pretty content to say. We just have to say crate and he runs right in and lays down.
You might kind of be reinforcing her escaping if she finds you right away, though. She knows she gets to see mommy again if she can just get out. And she seems pretty smart so she’s going to move even faster to get what she wants πŸ™‚
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27 Amanda October 6, 2011 at 2:23 pm

OMG My Dog does the same thing! She used to get out constantly..she would move the crate to the other side of the room too..Also she destroyed the plastic tray on the bottom of it. Nothing worked except to not put her in it!

28 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen October 6, 2011 at 2:25 pm

That is impressive! Our dog hates the crate too. We stopped crating her at about 1 year when we’d come home and her nose would be all bloody from nudging the door trying to get out. Luckily, she’s incredibly behaved and has never done any damage when we’re not home. Her only bad habit is jumping on the couches, so now we block those off but no chewing, scratching, accidents, nothing. I’ll take it!
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29 Megan October 6, 2011 at 2:28 pm

Way too go Maddie! Luckily my dog hasn’t figured out how to do this…yet!

30 Laura (On the Threshold of Greatness) October 6, 2011 at 2:31 pm

Do you have any good dog trainers near you? It might be worth it go to see one. A lot of times they can really help with little problems like this.
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31 Stacy October 6, 2011 at 2:37 pm

We have a year-old JRT mix and he HATES the crate. He hasn’t escaped yet. Either the part of him that isn’t JRT isn’t quite smart enough to figure it out, or the latches are too small for him to work open. Our crate has two latches, so that might be a factor too….Maddie is TOO adorable though!
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32 Mellissa October 6, 2011 at 2:45 pm

My vet said that a solid crate works better, it feels cozier and they don’t feel like they are missing out on what is going on around them. I don’t crate Clifford but I do put up a baby gate so he only stays on 1 floor.
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33 theswanin.me October 6, 2011 at 2:50 pm

We have a double latch crate as well. Your loop seems awfully big compared to ours but may just be because it is a single one. yeah no advice LOL She is a little escape artist that was fast! LOL
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34 Laura October 6, 2011 at 3:01 pm

Maddie is my favorite πŸ™‚ We use a hard plastic crate with our JRT and he hasn’t escaped. It has the kind of latch that you have to pinch to get open.
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35 Katy (The Singing Runner) October 6, 2011 at 3:06 pm

Even though Maddie a little escape artist, she is too darn cute. πŸ™‚
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36 Jane @ Broccolini + Cheese October 6, 2011 at 3:10 pm

Oh my goodness, Maddie has a talent there! Not that its a good one per se! Too funny.
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37 Anne October 6, 2011 at 3:16 pm

Oh, that was fun to watch! She’s a pretty smart girl! Our dog trainer told us that our dog had a certain quality that she like, because it showed intelligence, but it wasn’t always great to have: she’s sneaky!
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38 Alaina October 6, 2011 at 3:16 pm

Oh my gosh, that is so cute! Maddie is adorable. πŸ™‚
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39 Joelle (On A Pink Typewriter) October 6, 2011 at 3:20 pm

I have never thought about putting pasta in my omelets.. I don’t know how you come up with these idea, but they get my recipe wheels turning! And food DEF doesn’t need to look good to taste good. πŸ™‚
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40 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife October 6, 2011 at 3:39 pm

I am so bad at flipping omellets too!
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41 Meaghen October 6, 2011 at 3:43 pm

Um, you could try training your dog? Isn’t this the same dog that no one you know will look after because she’s so bad? I think it’s time to get her trained…. And a padlock on a crate isn’t “cruel”. It’s the same think as the latch on her crate.. it’s supposed to keep her in her crate. They’re not supposed to be able to break out. The only difference is the padlock will actually work.

42 marie October 6, 2011 at 4:02 pm

Agree – if you properly crate-train a dog, they will not see it as punishment and they won’t try to get out whenever you put them in there. And a house-trained dog that is peeing in the house is often exhibiting anxiety/fear or marking behavior which is also an issue of proper training. Jack Russells ARE smart dogs, but you will both be happier and more content if you show her who’s boss.
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43 Becca October 6, 2011 at 9:29 pm

Yeah, I didn’t understand that either. If you think locking her in is cruel, then the lock is cruel, too. You just don’t want to lock her up…which is kind of the point of a crate/cage.

44 Heather October 6, 2011 at 3:45 pm

We had the same problem with our two dogs and ended up getting those metal climbing carabiners to hook the lock and the door in place and haven’t had any issues since!

45 Samantha @ Bikini Birthday October 6, 2011 at 3:47 pm

Do you put her in her crate often? Well, I guess that doesn’t matter if she can get out right?

I would lock it. Even if it sounds cruel- the point of a crate is so the dog can’t get out and roam around– unfortunately Maddie is too smart for that so you need to take it a step further.

My dog hated her crate when we first started using it but we kept putting her in it even if she cried or barked or tried to escape. Now she doesn’t mind it as much and she’s even much more calm in there (especially during thunderstorms)

Put some things in there with her so she can keep herself occupied but don’t give in. Keep crating her, she’ll get used to it. Be firm and stand your ground.

46 Cat October 6, 2011 at 3:57 pm

Hehe, she would be great friends with my Stella, a Jack Russell mix. She’s only escaped her crate twice, maybe three times in 4 years, but she does “shake” her crate across the floor a bit, which makes me feel bad. She’s also done the whole shredding of a blanket on top of the crate, and even once she chewed a blanket that was sitting near her crate. I do think it might be an issue with the crate you have, since I’m sure my Stella is just as crafty. I think she’s only escaped because I didn’t secure/lock it correctly. Mine is similar to this: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0002DHZLC/ref=asc_df_B0002DHZLC1731691?smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER&tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=asn&creative=395093&creativeASIN=B0002DHZLC

47 mel October 6, 2011 at 4:07 pm

my lab hated her soft crate…she unzipped the zipper with her nose and escaped leaving poop everywhere! haha. Then we got her a plastic, heavy duty crate from tractor supply (its Remington) and she cannot escape! I can’t say she loves it but she goes in willingly (with a treat) when I leave and seems fine! No blankets or beds inside the crate though because she eats them. haha. Get a sturdier crate with out a latch.

48 Ari @ Ari's Menu October 6, 2011 at 4:09 pm

HAHAHAHAHA I love everything about that. It’s just so cute that there’s no way you could actually get mad at her over it. Jack Russells are the best!
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49 Susan October 6, 2011 at 4:14 pm

My dog is napping on me and perked right up at the sound of Maddie’s bark! Ha! I put my new puppy in his crate for the first time today and I think it was just as hard on me as it was on him to leave him in there. My heart broke leaving him in there!
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50 Meghann October 6, 2011 at 9:51 pm

Every time I play the movie, Maddie hears the bells from the door in the background and immediately jumps up and runs for the door. Every time!

51 Erica @ For the Sake of Cake October 6, 2011 at 4:32 pm

I just made an omelet last night for dinner & I think it was the first time I didn’t make a gigantic mess of everything!

52 Lauren @ Running Examiner October 6, 2011 at 4:35 pm

Aww, she’s so cute.

Do you think it’s possible that Maddie is reacting to your (possibly subconscious) guilt over putting her in a crate? I know that my dog used to *freak out* when I crated him, because I became anxious and apologetic. He was simply following my lead. When I finally got calm, her got calm too – and no longer had an issue with his crate.

The key is to normalize this action. Crate training is very healthy and humane, especially for dogs who can’t be left out during the day. First, try putting a soft blanket with your scent on it in the crate, as well as one of Maddie’s favorite toys. This should help her feel more comfortable in the crate. Then stick her in the crate without any pomp or circumstance – no apologies, no coddling, etc. (You may already do this, so I apologize if my advice isn’t relevant!) Also, it’s not inhumane to use a lock on the crate until she can be trusted not to break free. You’re bringing human logic and emotion to the situation – Maddie will not be able to conceptualize this as cruel. (And it’s not! It’s better for her to be secure in her crate than for her to sustain a possibly injury while struggling to set herself free!)

Good luck – hope you can find a solution to this issue!

53 Meghann October 6, 2011 at 9:53 pm

Trust me – I’ve been crating her for two years now, I really just put her in and go. πŸ™‚ The lock thing is new and I think it feels cruel because it’s a giant looking lock. I think if I got a smaller one that I would feel better about using it. Thanks for calming my fears over it. πŸ™‚

54 Rachel Wilkerson October 6, 2011 at 4:35 pm

I don’t think a padlock is cruel at all! It’s essentially the same as a crate, except it would actually work.

On the other hand, I think training is as important — or more important — than finding a crate that she can’t escape. Dogs are den animals so most really do like their crates, but you have to train them to like them. It takes some patience on the owner’s part, but it seems like she has a lot of separation anxiety issues that it might be worth trying to solve at the root. One of my puppies is really, really needy and loves attention; when he’s throwing a fit to be let out of his crate (usually after a few hours or in the morning; he always goes in willingly and is fine for the most part), so believe me when I say I know how hard it is…but I feel like you can’t enable it by acting like it’s cute. A dog isn’t going to just learn to behave herself; you have to teach her.
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55 Meghann October 6, 2011 at 9:56 pm

I just did it once for the video as a cute thing. Trust me – when she normally does it and I see her, she is punished. The separation anxiety could be a new issue though. Now, she’s used to having me home for the majority of the day (when she used to be in the crate for 8 hours a day), so when I put her in there – she’s not as used to it. hmm…. I need to think about this more. Thanks!

56 RunningOnCoffee October 6, 2011 at 10:39 pm

When we first crate trained our dog we would crate her for shorter periods of time while we were still home. If Maddie used to be ok with being crated for 8 hrs a day, maybe pretend you are starting over with crate training and do it again for little bits at a time so she doesn’t begin to think of the crate as a bad thing? And build her up to that time again? We have a crate like yours, we have a big blanket draped over the top/back of the crate like others have suggested. We did the scent-thing too — putting one of my husband’s worn undershirts or a pair of pants worn the previous day just outside the crate. Anyway, good luck to you!
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57 Rachel Wilkerson October 6, 2011 at 11:02 pm

Makes sense…Chuck is WAY worse when we are home vs. when we are away. I think when we are home, our dogs think they can get our attention if they just try hard enough (and a lot of times, they are right). Anyway, I am glad you are thinking about this stuff, getting a lock, and possibly hiring a trainer for Maddie!

Lots of good discussion/suggestions in the comments today!
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58 Kelly October 6, 2011 at 4:43 pm

What a little stinker! I’d have a hard time staying mad at such a cute little puppy face.

59 Juli D. October 6, 2011 at 5:06 pm

You have already received some great advice for Maddie and I hope you take it seriously. I just wanted to also add my two cents. I don’t mean any of this to come off in a mean way, I just want to be honest. Maddie obviously needs more training. If she is not potty trained, that’s problem/issue number one. There is no excuse (unless of medical problem, which can be treated usually) for a dog to not be housebroken at her age. It takes a serious time and training investment but it is your responsibility as a dog owner to take that time. It seems clear she has separation anxiety. I can tell you love her, which means you should be willing to do whatever it takes to give her a happy life. A dog that is anxious any time the owner leaves is no way for a dog to live it’s entire life. Think of it this way: instead of participating in a forthcoming race, invest that time/money in Maddie. Hire a trainer with the race fee and use every minute you would have spent training for the race on training her. It may be hard for you as a dog owner to see it (like a parent of a child) and it’s natural to want to make excuses for her behavior or overlook it, because ultimately it may mean that you did something wrong. That’s okay. A good parent/owner can realize this and not get defensive, in denial, etc. about it, and instead work towards something better for their kid/pet.
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60 Dog Mom October 6, 2011 at 7:42 pm

Juli, you are right on the money!!!!

It is NEVER too late for a dog to be trained. Meghann, if you put half as much work into training your dog as you do to tweeting and your blog, your dog could be well-trained.

61 Christena October 6, 2011 at 8:28 pm

” A dog that is anxious any time the owner leaves is no way for a dog to live it’s entire life.”

I think this is so important to realize. It is super cute and funny when they don’t want us to leave and get so upset when we go…it makes us feel loved and adored and that’s one of the wonderful things about dogs in general. But the frantic, anxious, excited behavior + all the peeing in the house & destroying things is not the dog showing undying devotion for you….she’s incredibly anxious. And like the commenter above said, that’s no way for her to live. As her owner (who obviously adores her!), the best thing that you can do is get a trainer that can help you set some boundaries and give her more of a sense of security.

BTW, I’m not sure how the tone of this comment is going to translate on the internet, but please know that I am totally speaking from my own experience and am NOT judging you. I have been in the exact same position as you (my dog may have been worse) and it took me three years to really “get” that my dog was miserable before I took action and got help from a trainer. The training worked and was the best investment we ever made — for our dog and for our sanity!

62 Meghann October 6, 2011 at 10:06 pm

I’m not taking it as judging! Thanks for leaving the comment! πŸ™‚ Maddie doesn’t destroy things around the house – she just pees on the rugs on occasion. I would LOVE to get a trainer in and work with us. I have a card for one and I’m going to give them a call.

63 Meghann October 6, 2011 at 10:00 pm

We’ve worked with Maddie at puppy classes in the past. The issues with her escaping from the crate really started when we moved – I think that might be the root of the problem. I would LOVE to get a trainer in to work with us one-on-one. I have a card for one, I just need to make the phone call.

64 Juli D. October 6, 2011 at 10:17 pm

I’m glad you’re going to take action – puppy classes are for socialization and basics – not for dealing with the issues that Maddie has. Keep us posted on the results – you have a chance here to be a great example for the people who read your blog and also have dogs with issues. If you really love her to pieces, you’ll do what’s best for her mental health. And honestly, that video made me sad. I saw an anxious and scared dog. The fact that you find humor when your dog is so stressed just doesn’t seem right. It’s not something to be taken lightly. Good luck with the trainer.
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65 Orla October 6, 2011 at 5:07 pm

These are symptoms of one thing: a lack of training. You didn’t put the effort in at the start, and now she’s ruling the roost. I’ve had dogs for 30 years and the only time they’ve ever urinated indoors is if they’re ill. You need to be more responsible and put the time in with her.

Training your dog and letting her roam the apartment during the day is a far kinder option than locking her in a crate. You wouldn’t expect a child to toilet-train itself, so why do you expect an animal to read your mind?

66 Meghann October 6, 2011 at 10:02 pm

Trust me, I’ve tried – granted I’m not the best potty trainer. I was able to get my first Jack Russel potty trained off the bat, but Maddie hasn’t been as easy. She seems to dodge all the typical training techniques. We started the bell system this summer – which works wonders!! – but when we’re not home it isn’t as successful. I want to get a dog trainer in to work with us one-on-one.

67 RunEatRepeat October 6, 2011 at 6:41 pm

Ben taught me the best way to enjoy leftovers is to cook them up in a frying pan and then add eggs. I’ve made pasta and egg scrambles in the past (with a handful of extra cheese) and it’s soooo good!!!
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68 Meghann October 6, 2011 at 10:03 pm

Dude – egg works with EVERYTHING!

69 lucy October 6, 2011 at 7:20 pm

This guide was especially helpful to me when I was recently crate training a 5 yr old ex-crate hater:

http://www.aspcabehavior.org/articles/92/Weekend-Crate-Training-.aspx

hopefully she’ll learn to love her crate and stop escaping. good luck!

70 Meghann October 6, 2011 at 10:03 pm

Thanks Lucy!

71 Courtney @ The Petite AthlEAT October 6, 2011 at 7:27 pm

Maddie is so adorable! Elliot would love her!! πŸ™‚ He is a papillion. I saw a grilled macaroni and cheese sandwich on Pinterest today – totally reminded me of your pasta and eggs! Love it!
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72 Meghann October 6, 2011 at 10:03 pm

haha – I don’t even like macaroni & cheese and I think that sounds good πŸ™‚

73 Tori October 6, 2011 at 7:56 pm

Maddie is adorable, but I have to agree with other commenters about her needing some training. I trained my dog, Oscar (a terrier mix), and now he is happy to go in his crate and is well behaved in the apartment. When we first got him (he was a rescue dog) he had serious separation anxiety and although he was a year old, he would pee in the apartment. Maddie really is too old to be peeing in her crate without some underlying issue- whether it be medical or mental. I’m sure she is a wonderful dog but just needs some additional help!
Also, adding a blanket to the bottom of her crate and a dark blanket to cover it would make it a cozy place for her. That helped us a lot!

74 Lacey @ Lake Life October 6, 2011 at 8:00 pm

Maddie is so smart, but I don’t blame her for wanting to escape that boring crate. She needs some toys in there! I wouldn’t consider padlocking the crate to be cruel, in the long run it’s safer for the both of you that she stays in the crate. I’m sure she’s smart enough to get into pretty much anything around your house!
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75 Amy @ Amy Starts To Run October 6, 2011 at 8:42 pm

That. Is. Hysterical. Nobody puts Maddie in a corner… er… crate!
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76 Kim October 6, 2011 at 9:26 pm

HOW CUTE! Aw she just loves you so much that she can’t stand being in that crate!!

77 Kathy October 7, 2011 at 6:37 am

Oh that video is hysterical. Mine would do that if he could think of kicking the cage. He’s part jack russell too. (Just not as smart – but just as wiry) I she’s a real joy!!

78 Jane October 7, 2011 at 9:49 am

That is most likely separation anxiety and switching to a plastic crate is not the answer (although she probably will like it more it than the wire crate), they can get out of a plastic crate by tearing a hole in it or squeezing through the sides where the top and bottom come together. I would recommend working with a professional trainer to work on the separation issues. A collar in a crate, especially a wire crate, is dangerous. If a dog freaks out or gets scared they can easily hang/choke themselves.

79 Erin October 7, 2011 at 11:42 am

Two suggestions:

One- try a bigger crate. If she can’t lay down in there comfortably (and she can’t in this crate), she won’t want to be in there.

Two- we babygate our Puggle in the kitchen we have to go somewhere. That way she has room to move around, eat and drink, but if she has an accident, it’s on the tile.

80 Meghann October 7, 2011 at 11:43 am

I’ve actually been told to try a smaller crate because dogs will pee on one side and stay on the otherside if there’s room. And Maddie is a great jumper – she can clear a baby gate with room to spare. πŸ™‚

81 Lauren @ Team Giles October 7, 2011 at 1:03 pm

Your dog is awesome! The crate I have for Taxi (She’s about the same size as Maddie) seems a bit different than Maddie’s, the “lock” is a lot harder for even us to close and theres two actual locks… maybe that would help the great dog escape. πŸ˜‰
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82 Ashley October 7, 2011 at 1:36 pm

OMG! That is hilarious! Jack Russell Terriers are pretty much geniuses, huh? Haha!!
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83 Katie October 7, 2011 at 2:58 pm

We had the same problem with our terrier (they’re so freakin’ smart!). We now bungee cord the crate shut, problem solved!

84 Sophie October 8, 2011 at 11:14 am

I made omlette for breakfast this morning – it looked more like a pile of eggy mush, but it sure tasted good!
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85 Katy October 8, 2011 at 1:43 pm

When I had a small toy poodle, I used a plastic crate which worked great. I use a plastic one for my cat as well for transport. For my (60 pound) dog, we use a larger version of this crate which he is unable to get out of:

http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.do?product_id=10996952&adid=bzv_fb_revshr_001

86 Mara Shorr @ The Leone Company October 12, 2011 at 4:23 pm

Hi Meghann! Our 110-pound mutt just never managed to be crated trained. No matter how many clamps we used, he managed to BEND the metal crate and then wedge his way out! (Granted, this was as a 40-pound puppy.) We eventually went with the baby gate method in the living room, and dog-proof the living room. He’s stopped chewing, for the most part, now that he’s 3 1/2… but any plate that’s left out (or, well, left in the sink, for that matter) is his. Our female lab will absolutely do an excitement pee on the floor if she doesn’t have an empty bladder. Only an excitement pee, and never if she’s left unattended… but I have heard that sometimes, females just have that issue once they’re fixed πŸ™ Either way, you’re not alone in your crate-training woes! I’d gone through countless throw pillows, knitting supplies, a carpet and… a Tiffany earring. That one hurt the most. Me, not him πŸ˜‰
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87 Dori January 9, 2013 at 8:40 am

My sister in law remembered this post somehow and told me about it when I was just going crazy wondering how my dog got out of his crate! He has the EXACT same crate, why do they make a crate that so many dogs can easily escape??? Thanks for the video, it is really good to know exactly how he got out!
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