So since Tayda needs to have water available to her all the time, and it seems that she doesn't drink very much when she's in the crate, I've decided that I'm going to try crating Lenny and leave Tayda loose. Lenny is NOT trustworthy out of the crate but I'm worried that Tayda is getting dehydrated when she is in the crate during the day so now I'm trying something new.
I'm going to move Lenny's crate near the window wall in the kitchen so he can see outside and leave Tayda in the kitchen with him. I have to block off two entrances in order to keep her in the kitchen. I'll lay down one dog bed for her next to the crate and some newspapers in case she has to pee. I'm hoping that since there will be nothing else on the floor - she will learn to choose the newspapers to pee on rather than just the bare floor. We'll see.
One of the doorways I have to block off is 6 feet wide. Getting a baby gate that is 6 feet wide is pretty expensive so I bought two tension curtain rods and used an old curtain that I don't use anymore and sewed it into a gate! It worked so well that I made one for the smaller opening as well. I love them! They are light and easy to mount/dismount. And when I'm not using them I can just roll them up and put them against the wall. Each of the curtain rods was about $5 so I made both gates for about 20 bucks! Can't beat that!
They wouldn't keep Lenny in for a millisecond, but Tayda is not one to go pushing into or around things with her nose, so I think it will contain her. I just tried it for about 10 minutes and no problem!