I realize a lot of people think it is wrong to keep a dog outside but I have to keep my dogs outside. My beagle is about 11 1/2 years old now and he has been outside all his life, it's not my choice as I'm only 18 and have been living with my mom, but he isn't housebroken. I got him at 4 yrs old and my parents never let me keep him inside long enough to train him. He has always been well loved, played with and kept warm in a dog house. Hay is warm and cozy for dogs, for now I am at college and him and my recently adopted sheltie mix are boarded in a kennel not far from the college. The kennel has boards on the side, a tin roof and a warm dog house with plenty of hay. All the years of having my beagle outside he has done just fine. As much as I want him in a house I can't possibly do that since I am now at college. It makes me mad when people say I'm a bad pet owner for keeping a beagle outside because he is short-haired, but you know what I have no other option. I know no one was saying that on here, but don't feel bad if you can't keep your dog in the house.
I have been staying at my dad's place for a few days now during Christmas break and Shiloh and Willow both have been able to stay in the house because my dad and stepmom's dogs do and there is no dog house outside. Well even with the available doggie door leading to a fenced yard, showing them how to go out the door, taking them out as much as I can, the other dogs showing them how to use the doggie door, they keep messing in the house. Certainly if the dog is housebroken you can keep it in the house, but when a dog is older and they have lived outside there whole lives its harder to housebreak them and if a dog isn't house broken it makes it very hard to keep a dog in the house. When I go home during breaks to my mom's house my dogs have to stay in the fenced yard, worse yet they have to be tied up because the fence just isn't secure enough to keep them in. I don't care what anyone says but there is no way I can do anything about it. I let them off the cable and chain every night for a romp around the yard, plus I walk them and play with them. They always have water and get fed regularly of course, they are in no way mistreated because they are kept outside or even because they have to be tied up. I go out there enough to make sure they aren't tangled or out of water. They also don't seem to get jealous because of my mom's housebroken rottie mix being in the house or our chihuahua being in the house. I mean of course they want in the house, but even if they are in there for a few minutes one of them ends up going to the bathroom in there. Whether its Shiloh marking territory because there are females (he is neutered but still marks) or Willow who pees it seems 50 times a day, there always is a mess.
Please don't feel bad for keeping your thick coated Cricket outside. It seems like you care a lot about her and sometimes a person just can't keep a dog indoors. If my beagle does fine outside for almost 12 yrs I'm sure your Cricket will be fine with hay and all in her house. A blanket wouldn't hurt though just to be a bit more cozy. As a matter of fact we ended up putting some carpet on the floor and along the walls of the dog house at home so if you can get some that'd be great too. Is she housebroken or not? I'm not yelling at anyone on here for saying you should keep your dog in the house, I know it is better for a dog and I'd love to have them in the house, but its just not possible for me. I also know that if a dog is well taken care of they can live a happy life outside. When I have my own place and if I can get a doggie door put in I will do my best to train them to go outside, especially because Shiloh is now getting so old and his bad leg starts hurting in winter I want him in a house even more, but I am switching him over to a food with Glucosimine and Condrotin to help his leg and he has Willow, plus right now my friend's rottie mix pup to keep him and each other warm. Sorry this is so long of a post I just have a lot to say on this subject. If you can bring her in the house that's great if you can't don't feel bad.
Missing being a pet parent, but will be again some day when the situation allows it...Rest in Peace Willow my aussie girl-sept.19 2010, sweet Satin bunny Oct 1999-Jan 10 2006 and Tinsle chinchilla 2004-Jan.23 2008, Shiloh beagle dog June 23rd 1994-April 17th 2008, Grace chinchilla Dec. 26th 2003 -July 2008, Kit chihuahua Dec 1997-2009.