I've always been of the opinion that the dogs we have are part of the family and therfore they live inside the house with us, however now we have a much bigger dog who at the moment has his bed in the outhouses have been debating getting him an outdoor kennel, so instead of being 'cooped up' inside all day whilst we're at work would have the freedom to lie in his kennel or wander the back garden. Whilst we're home he is more than welcome to come and lie on the sofa next to me with his head in my lap being stroked as he is now but at night and during the times we're at work to have his own 'pad' so to speak. I know people who have dogs in outside kennels and also those that live inside and all of the dogs seem equally happy but I'm not sure what would be best for Heskey and that is my main concern. What do you think? and what have your own experiences been?