Moonshae. My hat off to you and all others that take and rescue dogs!!!! Yeah!!!! I love to hear the stories about these animal rescues and the wonderful humans that bring light and happiness into their, what could have been, horrible life, or their death.
I always thought it was rather mean to have dogs sleep in a crate, kennel, or whatever.....until.....my sister taught me some lessons of that sort. She had several dogs that loved to sleep in their little kennels in the house. This did save her house from unknown damage beyond what damage can be, some dogs are destructors.
If you watch dogs, (I mean only from my own experience watching all my dogs), they really like to sleep in a "cave". When I say cave I mean that they like to sleep under the table, under the coffee table, in a corner, anywhere where they can feel like they are not vulnerable. Many times they sleep out in the open too, but they really like to feel protected. When my daughter's little pittie sleeps on our couch (yes, they can sleep on the couch), I have a very nice "rug" made out of beautiful fabric that I made so the leather is somewhat (and I mean somewhat) protected. She likes to sleep with their back facing outwards, all curled up in a ball. I believe that she feels this protects her, her vulnerable stomach is protected from all the evils in the world (right, only kidding). But ths is how she sleeps. She even sleeps on the floor on her stomach with her nose inbetween her two front paws, figure that one. I don't know why she doesn't suffocate :) Have a wonderful day, beauty of a life that we live. Cindi