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Friday, February 25, 2011

The Dog Condo

One of the first projects that needed to get done before baby was to build a better doghouse for our two pups. The dogs usually sleep in our room -- and I've always hated it. One is okay. Two? Is a snoring, stinking mess, especially when you have a male bassett hound. Our carpet is a disaster, and there was NO way I was having baby sleep in there too without doing something.

We didn't feel right leaving the pups outside since we only had a small igloo doghouse, which is pretty useless in the cold and pouring rain. So, J spent some time in the backyard thinking and drawing up plans. What I love about this man is that he can't do anything half-assed. Simple doghouse? Nope...


Several trips to Home Depot later, the frame was up.


He found a spot under the trees so that it'll be shaded in summer. See the igloo house on the right? After we saw the new house go up, we realized how pitiful it was that both dogs shared it.


We had several threats of rain, so J wanted to get the roof on ASAP. The neighbors kept peeking over the fence to see what the heck we were up to. I'm sure they appreciated the late-night hammering!


Once the roof was dried in, shingles went on...


Then the front and porch...


We did the porch for our husky, who likes to keep an eye on the yard but needs shade from the summer heat. And, of course, only fine cedar posts for our pups :)


And, luckily it was complete before our first snow.



Last weekend, we found this metal star at our local trade days. Nice touch, don't you think? :)


It still needs a few touch-ups, a coat of paint and a rug for the porch. We joke that it's the mother-in-law suite ... my mom didn't find it funny.


Now, we just need to replace the carpet in our bedroom before baby arrives!


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19 comments:

{april kennedy} said...

Oh My GOSH! Your dog condo is so amazing. And the star is something I would totally add to it too! ;)

Orange it Lovely said...

lol I love it. those lucky pups!!!
Tana

The DIY Show Off said...

WHOA! It's awesome! Pampered pups resort! Great job!

LOL at MIL suite!

Have a great weekend, Katie!

Roeshel

Holli said...

Oh how cute!!

Mommyblogger said...

Ha Ha..the dog's house is nicer than mine! That just isn't right LOL :)

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Katie said...

Thanks guys! :)

the cape on the corner said...

the porch is the best! lucky dogs!

Morgan said...

This is by far the cutest thing I have ever seen!! LOVE it!!

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Jenn said...

Amazing dog house. Do they love it? I love the cedar posts -- and the star -- such a lovely touch.

Jenn @ joyfuljenn.com

Katie said...

They DO love it, Jenn! Now if only my cat had something it loved as much...

The DIY Show Off said...

Katie - just a head's up. I'm including a link to your post in this week's highlights. ;)

Thanks so much for sharing!

Have a wonderful week!
Roeshel

Deborah said...

Such style!
Love it..great job!!!

Deborah :)

Deborah said...

I just wrote you a comment on your doghouse but I wanted to tell you that Im your newest follower Katie (purehunnybee)
Love your blog too!
We have 4 dogs so I can really appreciate this dog house..hubby did a super job!


Deborah

Anonymous said...

That's a really nice dog house.

I hope it's insulated well.

Have you read up on how to introduce the dogs to the new baby? Keeping them away from the baby is not a good idea. They then feel like the baby is the intruder and then as baby gets older the dogs don't care for the child and they end up gone even further from the house. Like to another home. Just mentioning this because I've seen this happen too many times.

Dogs are sociable creatures and love being by us. With your dogs relegated to the yard now you will see a change in their temperment and personality. They need to feel like they are part of the "pack" and that includes part of the baby's life.

Jennifer said...

That's awesome! We also just kicked our dogs out of our room, because we are expecting in April/May. We have 3: two shelties, and a German Shepard Husky. I would like to think we could put them outside but there is no way in our Texas Summer heat that they would be okay. Congrats on the baby!

Jennifer said...

I just saw that you are from Texas too, haha. We live in between Houston and Galveston so the weather is humid and hot during the summer, and the Shelties wouldn't make it, they are weenies :)

Ashley said...

Amazing work! you need to submit it to a magazine :)

Katie said...

Thanks guys!! Nice to return to blogland to find comments from you awesome people :). And, excited to have some new blogs to check out!

As for getting the dogs ready for baby, we fully intend to involve them as much as possible. Just didn't want them sleeping in the same room, which is why we wanted the dog house done waaaay before bringing home baby. It wasn't a hard adjustment for them, though, as they LOVE chasing the bunnies at night! ;)

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