Today's dogs are getting the royal treatment with designer homes, spas, fancy clothes and even vacation getaways.
Today's dogs are getting the royal treatment with designer homes, spas, fancy clothes and even vacation getaways. Check out the dapper doggie domiciles we found.
When Kathy and Bob of Redlands, Calif., realized that they needed a home for their six pooches, they turned to La Petite Maison, the makers of the biggest and most extreme doghouses on the market. Designer Michelle Pollak got to work on their canine crib and came up with a 10-foot-tall, eight-foot-wide doggie domicile with a Victorian look and a cost of $10,000.
The doghouse was built for the pooches, but was constructed so Kathy and Bob and could go inside and have enough room to visit with their dogs. The pad was decked out with music, air conditioning and heat for the winter. Designer Michelle Pollak created the interior to look like a living room. She installed custom windows that extend to the floor so the dogs can see out from their level.
Artist Hely Lima is the proud designer of his own canine creation for his darling pup, Coco. This pooch palace has marbleized walls, Greco-Roman columns and a terra-cotta roof. Lima spent a year finishing this doggie den, which he has aptly named The House of Coco.
Imagine having a unique doghouse for each one of your three pups. That's the case with the Feldman family of Hull, Mass. In 2004, they spotted their first purchase at an auction. It was a combination birdhouse, lighthouse and doghouse that patriarch Paul Feldman thought would be perfect nesting in the yard of their Cape Cod home. The lighthouse abode cost the family $12,000.
The Feldman family was pulling out their checkbook again to buy their next "doggone design," the windmill doghouse. The family was taken by the detail on the designer pooch pad. It stands just above five feet and came with a $12,000 price tag.
Eleven-year-old Evan spotted the Feldmans' third and final puppy pad, a replica of Boston's Fenway Park called Fenway Bark. At three feet tall, 5-1/2 feet long and four feet wide, Fenway Bark is what you call a home run! The cost was $5,500, and the Feldmans feel it was worth every penny!
Parness Pets is where British dog lovers turn when their pups need pampering. Designer Sheila Parness has created a line of some of the most elegant and expensive pet products in the world. Her portfolio includes designing custom collars, sterling-silver bowls and magnificent pet mansions like this one that are so exclusive there are only three in the world!
Debby of Hingham, Mass. and her Golden Retriever, Christo, have a pagoda, a handmade pooch pad that is a replica of an ancient Japanese temple.
After 10 weeks of waiting for completion, it was time to reveal the extreme $14,000 doghouse for Tammy's pack of petite pups. Complete with a turret, air-conditioning unit and enclosed backyard with dog ramp, this hound hacienda would make any pooch proud to call it home.
This doghouse's interior is beautiful. The dogs can now romp around and owner Tammy can be sure her babies are safely and comfortably taken care of.
When one of her darling doggies was almost carried away by an owl, Tammy sprang into action and met with La Petite Maison builder Alan Mowrer. Her goal ... to build a doghouse that will be a safe shelter for her pups and add a unique feature to her backyard.