I have a variety of crates and even a tent. The tent is working great for sleep though it's pretty old and I think the zipper is on its last teeth. I have a couple sizes of soft crates I use in the car with Shay & Melli & a smaller one for the Pup now/cats as needed. Pup is in an old soft-sided crate of Shay's that I replaced when I bought a different colored car (brown vs silver). It's prety worn down and kinda leans a bit, on of the zippers doesn't work, but it is still viable. I would like to use my wire crate during the day while working. More of a playpen type dealie rather than putting in while gone or sleeping. I am sitting right across the room. It's the biggest one as I had it for my large large dogs. I raised Shay in it. However, with Shay, just about the time I was ready to stop crating I was opening he door and he stuck his front leg through the part next to the door all the way up to the shoulder and totally freaked. I was right there with the door open and grabbed him by the collare and pushed the leg back through and he was totally fine, but he could have really torn self up. I consider that my "luck out" incident on Shay. I put a soft crate inside the wire one for the last few times I used it but it spooked me really bad. Granted this little guy has WAY smaller legs than Shay and even if put through it is doubtful the fit would ever ever be tight like on Shay but I have heard other people's stories of torns claws, stragulation (we have a breakaway collar though), broken teeth on the bars, etc. Is it worth using the wire crate or putting the soft crate inside it like I did with Shay? I want him to better see out and be able to interact more with the dogs/cats/dog TV but not at the expense of injury. BUT, I am typing for work just 8 feet away. Wire crate? Soft-sided lining to wire crate? Are wire crates THAT dangerous or did have a fluke? Again, breakaway collar and likely will always have a breakaway collar or stretchable in some manner Thanks. I am sure I am just paranoid?