I don't crate my girls when they are in heat when I am home either. Neither one of them are that messy. It's easy enough to keep them off the furniture, and I don't have carpet. Any spots on the floor are simple to clean up with enzyme cleaner and a swiffer type mop. Of course my male has to relocate to his breeder's for the duration...
~ Diane in Okla
Carly ~ AKC Ch, GCh pointed, HIC
Sage ~ AKC Ch pointed (chasing that last major), HIC
Russell ~ future show dog
Zelda ~ puppymill rescue Italian Greyhound