Victor and Scylla are happy to share the vantage point of an upstairs bedroom
When we first started our collie collection, we had a routine. We'd buy the dog/dogs/puppy/puppies, get them home, put them in the yard and then build a pen around them. Sometimes it was just substantial enough to contain them overnight, and others we used for years.
In time our yard resembled Heath Robinson's early work - before his introduction of hamster power or the buttered-cat array.
Then a few years ago we decided to replace the old pens with a secure design that gave us two bedrooms per run - an upstairs and downstairs.
They've worked very well for us. Having two "rooms" means that the dogs who share can either snuggle up together in one bed, or enjoy their own space with a bedroom each.
Anyone who's shared a room with a sister or brother will understand the importance of having your own space, and in this respect dogs are no different from us.
When it came to it, we couldn't quite bring ourselves to dismantle all of the old pens because we thought how useful it will be to have a spare room.
Can't remember when we last had a "spare room"...