Why crates are good
Salem – A family of five was displaced from its home yesterday after the family dog started a fire by turning on the toaster while trying to get to a box of doughnuts.
The fire damaged the 27 Haverhill St. home of Steve and Joanne Berterand and killed the dog.
The incident happened while the family was at the Topsfield Fair, and the dog, a black Labrador retriever, apparently tried to get at a box of doughnuts that was on top of the toaster and accidentally turned on the toaster, according to Deputy Chief Michael P. Wallace
The thing is, I probably used to be one of the people who thought that crating a dog was bad. But now, I wouldn't have one without it. Even if Murphy flunks and becomes a "forever dog", he's going to have a crate.
I agree with the GEB philosophy of preventing him from being in a situation where he can be bad ... God knows how much havoc he could wreak without training and supervision. As it is, the tail is becoming a hazard to anything in its path.