Ready or not, 2013 is here. In 2012 we survived super storms, Twinkie shortages, and the end of the world. How is 2013 going to top that? Here at the Little House, we have a whole year of projects planned to rock our 2013. This week, we’re going to share some of those plans with you (just to keep us honest in the coming year). Today we look at building a new Little House… for our puppies.
It’s no secret that Kevin and I are nuts about our pups (we dedicated an entire week to them back in August!). They’re both rescue mutts, but right now they’re the closest thing we have to kids. They’re big girls; Rosie is a 2 1/2-year-old black and tan coonhound (weighing in at 65lbs) and Indy is a year-old lab/great pyranees/who-knows-what-else mix that tips the scale at about 85 lbs.
While Kevin and I are at work, the girls stay out back of the Little House (we can’t trust them inside). Typically, the weather in Dallas is pretty great and they’re perfectly content to lay in the shade all day. There are days, however, when it’s either too hot or too rainy for them to be outside without some form of shelter. And since we tore down the only roofed structure in the backyard, they no longer have any way to get out of the elements.
It’s time we built them a doghouse (or two). Here’s some of our inspiration photos:
We love the traditional “doghouse-ness” of this design. It would be simple to construct, but we’re afraid it wouldn’t get enough airflow for our hot Texas summers. We’d probably end up adding windows of some sort.
This would be much more labor intensive, but it’s got vents, plenty of room, AND a sun porch for hanging out in the summertime. What more could a puppy ask for?
This green doghouse really caught our attention. We love the growing space above and the fun, colorful design. This would probably be the easiest of the three to construct and it could easily be converted to a duplex for both girls.
This will likely be one of the projects we tackle in the near future. Our girls really, really need a dry, safe place to call home!
Have you ever built a dog house? Where do your puppies live? Can you trust your pups inside?