If you really need the crates, they could go with the pooches. They're my own, but I can always lay some more in from Petsmart.
I think to be sure that you'd never face snow, sleet, freezing rain, ice in Texas (except in very unusual circumstances), you'd need to move south of about 29.8 latitude, at least in Central-East Texas; West Texas is a totally different thing, with the increased ground elevation and WX patterns. Flew a transport mission last week LVJ-F46 just east of Dallas. It was 45F in Houston at 8 a.m. and 22F in Dallas. Briefer told me that some D/FW airports were reporting ice on the runways, so I delayed departure until I could reach F46 by phone to confirm that the runway was clear).
Stephen Wade Roberts
N20223, Cessna 177B Cardinal II
Pearland (TX) Regional Airport (KLVJ)