It became clear that we would be old and gray before we had a dog if we waited for the "to do" list to be finished, so we started looking for breeders, rescues, or friends with litters on the way. We wanted a small dog, a "hypoallergenic" breed, and really hoped to find one that was a bit out of the puppy stage.
Our first attempt at rescuing a year-old yorkie-poodle mix fell through when they accepted an applicant that lived closer. I sent in another application to a rescue that had a young litter of Maltipoo pups, but didn't hear anything for a few days.
To make a long story short, they did end up calling, and we drove two and a half hours to pick up this little guy:
So if we built a new house, I think we would need a dog room. A place with bins for toys, airtight storage for his food, a spot for his crate and bowls, and a bathing spot. All with a hose down floor, naturally. I went online for some inspiration, and was not disappointed. Check out these wonderful designs for living with pets:
|How cute! The space under the stairs has been turned into a doggie bedroom, complete with canine-inspired artwork!|
|A perfect doggy shower for larger pups. For my 5 pound bundle of joy, I'd lift this up to counter height, and have some storage beneath.|
|There are a lot of tables that double as dog crates available out there. What a great way to blend your pets "home" into yours.|
|Tucked into a corner, here's another integrated dog crate. Could be a great way to claim space under an air return or at the bottom of a linen closet.|
|A dog bed built into the cabinetry! Wouldn't this be perfect as part of a window seat?|
|Here, a spot for the bowls has been dedicated at the end of the island. And is it just me, or do those cabinet pulls look like bones?|
|Another dog house tucked under the stairs. I love that this one has a tiny window for the pooch to check out what's happening outside!|
Which one was your favorite? How have you designed for your pet? We would love to hear your ideas!
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