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Dog Days of Summer Inspire Dog-Friendly Designs That Make Fido Happy

Oscar, our 5-year-old Australian Shepherd, “reads” up on the meaning of Dogs Days!

It’s the so-called “dog days of summer” here in Michigan. Temps have been hovering in the 90s for much of the month, and that got me thinking about dogs and … interior design.

Of course I couldn’t help but wonder what “Dog Days” really mean. Apparently, way back when, Sirius was considered the “Dog Star.” It’s the brightest star in the constellation and is also called Canis Major (large dog). The phrase “Dog Days” originally were the days when Sirius rose just before or at the same time as sunrise. So July and August have “Dog Days.”

Today there are so many great home accents and adornments that cater to dogs, from leashes and beds to actual designs of bathing and dining areas in the home. Some of my favorite dog accessories are available at Teacups & Toys, A Pet Boutique in Birmingham. Likewise, Ralph Lauren’s crocodile dog carrier is absolutely chic.

Homeowners Accommodate Fido
Oscar, our 5-year-old Australian Shepherd, will certainly be excited about a report I recently read. It’s easy to see that it’s canines over cabernet for many of us when it comes to designing a new kitchen. In fact, 22 percent of homeowners rate “a place for feeding pets” as a top-three kitchen extra, compared with only 10 percent who feel they need a place for wine storage. Pets rein supreme in today’s home designs, according to Ann Arbor-based Masco Cabinetry‘s GenShift study, which focuses on generational and societal influences on kitchen design. Masco Cabinetry owns Merillat, KraftMaid and Quality Cabinets.

“Pets are often considered members of the family,” said an architect acquaintance who recently designed and created a wonderful hangout/kitchen area for a busy family and their dog! The architect managed to eek out a special spot in the kitchen for their dog’s food dish, which slides out from beneath some cabinetry.

Emptynesters Design Around Pets
Pets play a major role while kids are growing up and in later years, reported the GenShift survey. As the “nest” becomes empty, homeowners often increase the focus on a pet’s needs even more. Homeowners with pets are focusing more on space needs for a pet-feeding station and pet food storage. Integrated cabinetry or storage for pet food, supplies, even pet washing stations, may become more commonplace and may even replace the traditional kitchen desk so popular in the mid 1990s and beyond.

“Designing an area in the kitchen for pets and their supplies doesn’t necessarily require ordering custom cabinetry,” noted Masco publicist Samantha Grosz. “Removing a single base cabinet, with a narrow base cabinet next to it, could allow room for a food/water bowl at floor level, with nearby storage for extra food and supplies.”

Can I help you create an inviting and practical space for your pet? Let me know. I’d also love to learn about your favorite shop for purchasing dog accessories.

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