By Patricia Garcia
Admit it: You’ve been obsessing over your new home for the last few months, but you’ve neglected to ask Fido what he wants. Have you even considered that the paint in your future living room totally clashes with your pooch’s coat?
According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, 36.5 percent — or 43 million — of all U.S. households are dog-owning homes. So, why are you ignoring your pup’s domestic desires? Shortchange your dog no more and take some inspiration from these doggy digs that’ll have your pup — and you — drooling. NewHomeSource salutes these five over-the-top dog houses. Can you say “barkitecture?”
1. For the Modern Dog
Do you know what Bauhaus is? If you do, you’ll appreciate the Cubix dog house, which pays homage to this design style. If you don’t, we’re sure you’ll like this dog house anyway. The understated simplicity of this dog house make it chic enough for the modernist, yet functional for a canine who just wants a den of her own. The Cubix features varnished wood and break-proof glass to withstand bad weather and wrestling dogs. Like a collectible doll, this house is engraved with a serial number and comes with a certificate. www.bestfriendshome.com.
2. For the On-the-Go Pup
Sometimes you just want to get away — hit the open road and just drive until you run out of gas or just see something interesting enough to stop. Think your pooch doesn’t have the same idea? Help them realize their dream with the Pet Camper. This Airstream-like dog house may not actually run, but with a dog house this cute, you’re sure to get plenty of mileage out of it. It probably helps that it’s made of fiberglass and aluminum stainless steel, too. www.straightlinedesigns.com.
3. For the Pampered Pup
Much as the Taj Majal was a declaration of one man’s love for his lost wife, this $40,000 dog house is an expression of one’s devotion to their dog. To tell you the truth, it can be customized for any dog and the price starts at $40,000. Woof. Featuring Persian architecture styles, this luxurious canine crib, though, is quite stunning. www.rockstarpuppyboutique.com.
4. For the International Pup
Only a well-traveled dog can appreciate a home that features European-style shutters, like the Swiss Chalet dog house. Made by La Petite Maison, the Swiss Chalet is a one-of-a-kind design, featuring lighting, AC and heat and running water. www.lapetitemaison.com.
5. For the Country Dog
Any pooch would spend the rest of the dog days of summer on this porch. The Outback Savannah Dog House is not for a dog that needs the latest diamond-encrusted collar. No, it’s for a dog who likes to get his paws dirty. It’s for a working dog that enjoys sleeping the afternoon away. It’s for a dog that enjoys the outdoors. And, it’s engineered with vents to keep your dog cool when it’s hot out and warm when it’s chilly. www.doghouses.com.
Patricia Garcia is content manager for NewHomeSource.com.