Any opinions on this? We won't be using it for transport, just quiet times and night times. Brody has been using a giant-sized plastic Vari Kennel my brother had for his Leonberger. It is way too big, but since we don't know Brody's full breed history, I didn't want to buy one that would be the wrong size for him once he stopped growing. It will have to stay in our living room, behind the sofa, so I am leaning toward the wire, since they are a little less visible when they are not covered. Do some dogs feel more secure in the more solid sided plastic crates? I just think they are hideous and would end up covering it with something. I know there are designer ones that look like furniture. They are out of my budget, and we are not really fancy people, anyway.