Yeah I know, the dog is the cheapest part....well not quite but you know what I mean. Having to part with our GSD's was harder then having to part with money and WONT be doing anything like that again.
The shade cloth is special stuff (it was an added extra) that lowers the tempreature inside and yes it DOES. We did have to put the spreader bar in the first time it rained but that was all of $20 at Bunnings.The concrete dog trough i got from a local concrete place, $110, and we fill her kennel with straw so she can snuggle in. It is also padlocked of a daytime.
It is piece of mind.