From Bow Wow House to Our House

December 20, 2009 by

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Paris Hilton’s pooch resides in this canine castle

While many of us are working like dogs just to keep a roof over our heads, it may really be a dog’s life after all. Though the mortgage meltdown and falling home prices have sent us into the current real estate recession, some of our furry friends aren’t feeling the effects of this economic plunge as, despite lean times, their owners continue to house them in deluxe digs. I’d love to meet these pedigrees living the life of luxury. Maybe some of us can move in with them.

There are of course alternatives to the over-the-top pooch palaces.  I’ve come across some that, although not inexpensive, are notable for their design, some for their functionality, some for their humor, and still others for their price point:

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Celebrate modernism with The CUBIX from mybestfriendshome.com

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A custom design from Holey Associates, San Francisco

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Inspired by wolves dens, the Cave, from
Canine Art Caves

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Contemporary Mutt Dog Dwelling from Modern Objects

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Great for small dogs: The Magis from Unicahome.com comes with step stool
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Sleek enough to go with your designer furniture: Eddie’s Room from plushpod.com

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The sculptural Cave from plushpod.com

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For those with a taste for the open plan…from gopetdesign.com


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Ec0-friendly Dog Treehouse from pettreehouses.com

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Rrroof! Green roof dog houses, including “Obama House” (left), from
sustainablepet.com

Value dog shelters that will make your tail wag.
In the Target tradition of offering great design at a reasonable price, the retailer stocks a number of well-priced dog houses:

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Room with a View, $99.00 from
Target

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Spot can lounge under the Cozy Wood Cottage’s awning, from Target

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For a very small dog’s digs, you can’t beat the Waffle Block’s $12.00 price tag, from Target


If a bed…well, a really state-of-the-art plush bed is all Fido needs

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Eclipse bed from funnyfur.com

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Holden Pet Bunk, from pampermepuppy.com

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Wowo Pod, from pampermepuppy.com

And lastly, throw yourself a bone. Stay in the doghouse yourself for a night:

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Cozy up inside the world’s biggest beagle. Guests at the Dog Bark Park Inn in Cottonwood, Idaho, enter the body of the beagle from a private 2nd story deck. Some of the dog’s decorative furnishings are carvings by Dog Bark Park chainsaw artists Dennis & Frances. Inside and up another level to the head of the dog is a loft room with additional sleeping space plus a cozy alcove in the muzzle.


  • http://seedscatterer.blogspot.com/ Nell Jean

    Our dog lives in a hut, 4x4x3, heated by a thermostat controlled heat lamp. The cat has moved up to a penthouse atop the dog hut, just his size. They are protected from the north wind by the house and from the elements by the carport roof. We think they are pretty well set.

    Dog Hut

  • http://www.jakesdoghouse.com/ canine supplies

    Now that is a dog house. There aren’t many quite like that. That is awesome. I am one who loves spoiling my animals and this is an ambitious start.

  • http://www.mammothoutlet.com/crate-mat-solutions.htm Joe De

    I really like the beagle with the staircase going up to the patio…Very unique indeed. Wonder if the beagle is actually the house…looks pretty large.

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