Welcome to my first “Dogs On Thursdays” article! Hope you enjoy!
Do you pamper your pet? I saw this article a few weeks ago in USA today that I thought I would share…
“We coddle them in cashmere and cradle them with down-stuffed beds. So it’s no wonder dog owners are taking the next anthropomorphic step and giving their canine charges their own rooms.
Forget flimsy plywood lean-tos relegated to the outdoors, Snoopy-style. Today, Buster and Buddy get 50-square-foot combination dining/napping/bathing/playing rooms outfitted with the kinds of luxuries a human teenager would envy: cable TVs (tuned to Animal Planet), DVD players (with 101 Dalmatians looped) — and separate exterior entrances…”
It’s a pretty interesting and amusing article, which goes on to describe the thousands of dollars pet owners are spending on their pooches’ homes.
The thing is, while I don’t have a few G lying around to spend on my dog, I’m not completely opposed to the dog room idea if I were to A) Build a house and B) have millions of dollars. A room where Mercy could eat, sleep , and one where I could bath her w/ ease? Why not? I think I would nix the cable tv part though! But seriously, I could deal with a dog room.
At our house, Mercy used to have the guest bathroom/ laundry room as her pad. She hung out there when we would be at work, she had her little toys and potty pad (just in case!), food and water. The problem we ran into was if we had company coming over we had to scurry around and move her stuff. Over this past year we trusted her to not piddle in the house so we let her have the living room/ kitchen/ front hallway. That lasted until I got pregnant, when she started to pee for no reason in the house. We heard a rumor that the pheremones from a pregnant woman can cause female dogs to pee in the house?!?!?! She seems to be better now, but we are still rather cautious about leaving her “free range” throughout the house.
It just so happened that we finished sprucing up our basement as our office/ guest room slowly became the nursery, so there was now a lush carpet for mercy to chill on. We set up her pen down there w/ all her accommodations, and even her little tunnel that she likes to play in.
We don’t really think she does much other than sleep while we are gone, but at least we think she’s comfortable. Even so, a dog room would be cool.
But not before I get my own craft room.
Where do you pets play when you’re not home?