For many of us our dogs are like small furry alternatives to actual human babies, until we feel old and responsible enough to actually procreate.
Sure, our hairy children might chew things and take up all the room on the sofa and not let you know when they need to go out so leave little presents in the middle of the kitchen floor for when you come downstairs in the morning, but you love them all the same and only want the best for them.
Perhaps you won’t follow in the footsteps of Paris Hilton, whose dogs enjoy their very own doghouses with two floors, a chandelier, a balcony and upholstered leather chairs – it’s probably kitted out better than your own home – but you might have been looking for that perfect dog house to enhance your pooch’s every day life.
For the tech savvy dog owner (and dog) Samsung has got you covered with its high-tech doghouses that was unveiled at this year’s Crufts show. This house will set you back $30,000 (£20,469) but hey, it offers an electronic feeder, a treadmill, a hydrotherapy pool and a Galaxy S tablet so your dog can enjoy browsing the web while you’re at work. Oh and don’t forget the ‘sleep chamber’ with its plush bed for those afternoon naps.
AR Design Studio, an architect practice based in Winchester, has designed a doghouses for two Great Danes which features retina scan entry, temperature controlled beds, automatically dispensed chilled, filtered water, dog vision web cams so the owner can keep an eye on them and an outdoor play area with climbing ramp.
Okay let’s face it, you’re not going to fork out thousands of pounds on a dog house for your pup but if you really want to enhance their living space talk to a specialist such as The Underfloor Heating Store and have some underfloor heating installed to ensure their paws are always nice and toasty. It could be that simple if you want to get techy about it.
So why do people spend thousands on homes for their pets? After all, doesn’t a simple cushion bed and stainless steel food and water bowls offer just the same comfort a dog needs, plus your company?
Many people feel protective of their pets because they see them ‘as part of the family’ and so go out of their way to treat them like a human as much as they can.
However, a dog honestly doesn’t need all this pampering and it definitely doesn’t need a touch screen tablet in its tiny house to keep it entertained. Throw it a chew toy and it will be just as happy.
We need to take a step back and look at how we treat our animals, because too much love can leave them fat and lazy. Instead of spending thousands of pounds / dollars on a dog house they probably won’t appreciate, take them out for longer walks, try to leave the office on time to spend time with them, don’t feed them too much cheese, only Organic and Healthy Treats and we promise if they don’t have the latest fancy dog bed they will turn out just fine. But they do need a comfy pet bed that fits their size and sleeping habits.