I am looking at crates for Miggy but I'm not sure what size to get. On Petsmart the Midwest Lifestyles got good reviews. Let me know what you use. Do I need the training pads? They didn't have them the last time I had a puppy. My last dog was a Great Dane that I purchased at 1year. I worked from 9pm to 4am with my band. I rented a house nearby and Chester was trained to watch over my young boys while we were working. He was a wonderful, fun and loyal dog and we adored him. Later in his life someone broke into our home while we were sleeping and he chased him out of the house and cornered him in the yard. that was one scared crook. My boys are now 37 and 31 and they still love to talk about our "horse dog" and their adventures with him. I grew up with a beagle collie mix and he was the best dog ever! This will be my first purebred beagle and I love the loving but independent traits of the breed. So bring on the advice, Miggy will be 13 weeks when we get him. He is raised by a breeder/hunter but socialized by his grandaughter in their home. He is all I can think about since we found him and I may go nuts waiting but I can pass the time learning all I can to make his home the best it can be. Thanks to you all, I've been reading your posts and it is clear that if a beagle loves you you are SOMEBODY very SPECIAL!!!!!!