We are learning many things with the dog as time goes on. First and foremost, we have learned that she is most comfortable in her kennel when we are not home, as she tends to get so upset when we leave her alone outside of it that she craps on the floor. And trust me, big dog = big crap. We are currently in the process of trying to get her a smaller kennel, as the one she came with is massive, too big for her and for our house. I am also learning first hand what it means for a female dog to go in heat. I have never experienced this before, as the only dog I remember when we were growing up was already fixed when we got her. We are now going on week 2 of this. I put a post on freecycle a week or so ago for boys undies, as this was suggested to me as a way to keep the house relatively clean (for those of you who do not know, when a female dog goes in heat she bleeds. The bigger the dog, the heavier the blood flow. This was new to me!). I received an email from a lady who said that she custom made "diapers" for her dog out of flannel that she washed that kept the dog clean and kept the house clean. We were keeping her in her kennel for most of the time before this, as frankly she was making quite a mess in the house. We are using drop cloths to line her pen, and I am changing them and washing them 2x a day. I got the flannel diapers from this lady, and they were held together with an elastic that would sit on the dog's hips. Well, Chili doesn't have any hips and these did not work. We were able to modify them, and after a few tries this is what we ended up with. It wasn't the easiest thing to get on her at first, it was like playing twister with her. Luckily she is go easy going and after a bit of a rough start with it this morning I was able to get this on her, and she has been so much happier to be out of the kennel and laying back on the floor at my feet. As funny as it looks, she doesn't even bother with it. If I was a cruel person, now that she is used to me dressing her, I could dress her up in all sorts of things. A funny t-shirt.... maybe.