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Old 01-15-2012, 04:41 PM   #1
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Little dogs....

This is for those who have a casita, i am thinking about a casita and wondering what i would do with my dogs at night. We will be getting used to a smaller bed so they really can't sleep with us, plus they are very licky and restless so it is better if they have their own space at night. I really don't think i want to lock them in the bathroom because we will have to use that at night. Does anyone have any creative ideas about where i could put them? I have a 7 pounder and a 12 pounder i was thinking under the bed that would be made up full time but that is also a great place to store stuff. Maybe i could store stuff in the back and they could be more up front? Pictures would be appreciated if you have done an interesting mod. Thank you for your help in advance!
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Old 01-15-2012, 06:44 PM   #2
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We have two little 'sort of Bichons' - about 10lbs apiece. We also have a Ventura - 13 footer. The dogs sleep very happily in their plastic kennels under the bed. The things we stuff under the bed aren't things we have to be able to get at quickly, easily or often so we just shove it back and put the kennels at the front. One dog had to get a new kennel because the one she was using was a teensy bit to tall.
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Old 01-15-2012, 06:44 PM   #3
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What about like this ?

See the attaches picture.

We have a 13' Boler and used to travel with our three dogs:
- Pablo, 88 pounds,
- Kano,72 pound
- Mia, 45 pounds

a Lot of fun
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Old 01-15-2012, 06:56 PM   #4
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Guy, looks like you have it set up just right. I think it is going to be hard with two dinky dogs let alone 3. Wow. Snug as a bug in a rug as they say. Hazel, so far that is the plan for us too, don't know what else to do.
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Old 01-15-2012, 07:06 PM   #5
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Guy - did your dogs act like our kids and argue over possesion of the top bunk?

We had thought of setting our pooches kennels on the front couch, but they really didn't like feeling insecure and 'wobbly'. Apart from that we didn't have an easy place to put the junk we usually throw on the couch!
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Old 01-15-2012, 07:20 PM   #6
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I have four medium dogs and two always sleep in the car, in crates, though we do alternate which two those are. I don't camp where there are extremes of temperature, though, and all of mine are very comfortable sleeping in their crates.
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Old 01-15-2012, 08:06 PM   #7
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What floor plan are you thinking about?? The most popular is the side dinette then the big dinette is always down as a permanent bed.

So if you got that floor plan you could put one dog in the footwell of the side dinette and maybe the other under the bed. Or, perhaps they would both fit in the side dinette footwell.

My current little Lily is 11lbs and I know she'd fit under the side dinette. My previous dog as a 6 to 7 lb. I think that she would have fit with Lily under the side dinette. Maybe someone could measue the side dinette footwell to give you an idea of the size of that space.
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Old 01-15-2012, 08:32 PM   #8
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Joy, i really don't know yet, i am hoping for a 17 foot Spirit but at this point we are still looking and could possibly end up with something else. I just want to be sure it has air and a bath and is clean. I thought of that, is it just an empty shell? I could doll it up inside there with their floral bed that may possibly fit in there...or the pillow covered with fleece. DH could modify the door with some plexi glass that has holes in it so it would provide air flow. They don't take up much room and by just looking at the pictures they should fit there. I want to be sure there is plenty of room to stand up turn around and stretch, I guess i am getting the cart before the horse any way. Thanks for your suggestions!
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Ellen and Bret had a Casita FD and their two small dogs slept comfortably in the Captains chairs on their own blankets. Something perhaps to consider.
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Old 01-16-2012, 08:35 AM   #10
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Donna, i just about have to contain them or they will be in bed with us licking us and wanting under the covers and then wanting back out in a few minutes cuz they are hot. They are not good bed buddies!
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Problem children! Yep, maybe the SD and converting to "crate" space under the side couch would work the best for what you need.

Now, I'm not a pet parent... but I'd buy the trailer that works best for ME. Until a pet forks over cash as a co-buyer, they'd have to make do.. even if it meant crates in the tug. YMMV
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Old 01-16-2012, 09:24 AM   #12
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What is YMMV? One thing i always know, i may not ever have two dogs again at one time because it's twice the barking at absolutely nothing, I will always have a dog. Not having children, you must have an outlet for mothering something. I love my dogs like they are my children. So "where ever" they sleep, it will be a comfy cozy little den probably more plush than the camper. LOL
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YMMV = your mileage may vary (i e your experience may not mirror mine)
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Old 01-16-2012, 11:58 AM   #14
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Well, I was speaking of the footwell, the area where your feet go when you sit there. But you mentioned empty shell which made me think of the actual cabinet you sit on. I don't have a trailer like that but the wheel has to be under the rear side seat. So that means maybe the area under the front side seat could be modified as a little kennel. Humm!!

Again maybe someone out there with a 17 Casita could chime in.
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