Omg...so true. My Egan used to "help" with raking and snow shoveling which usually ended in a game of throw leaves/snow on the dog . lolIn general, not necessary but nice. Bud had a dog run, but because he jumped fences not for any other reason.
Shadow is crated more then others because she climbs and is curious, I seldom use crates beyond house training normally although I will crate for example if guests are over. I don't like people screwing with my dogs.
An outdoor kennel is nice to have, mowing or yard work are quicker without help, but I would not call them essential and in this climate they can become something of a pain with snow and ice.
Yes, I was thinking about the climate also because I have no way to have a dog door open directly to an outdoor kennel. I would have to shovel my way all the way to the backyard...then try and unfreeze the gate to the kennel.
I am Canadian ! lol