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My husband and I want a dog. We really, really do. And we know exactly what we want  a big, lovable dog who is smart, disciplined and needs a home. Before we started dating, we dreamed about dog ownership separately. But living in great rentals also meant “No Dogs Allowed.” Now, in a home of our own, that’s no longer a valid reason not to take the doggie leap. Or is it? The question is: will we have to sacrifice design to have a dog?

Not according to Christina Dougherty whose chic, canine design is featured on HGTV.com’s Creature Comforts  a resource for fun, stylish ideas and helpful hints for pet owners. Take a look at the entrance Christina created for her Yorkshire terriers a high-style doggie door complete with awning, lighting, flowers and a porch.

Bentley stands on his very own sun porch.

Justin and I do not, by any means, have a houseful of fine furnishings. However, we love what we have, and we don’t want it torn or chewed or stained. I don’t want to cover my funky green sofa with an ugly throw that catches dog hair. I do not want miscellaneous, squeaky toys strewn all over the floor all of the time. I really do not want to spend free time scrubbing messes off the rugs and trying to get dog smell out of the air. I do not want carefully-appointed dinner parties to be disrupted by a wild, uncouth canine. I really do not want the window treatments that I’ve worked on for weeks to be hung only to get ripped from the hardware during “innocent play.” Dogs actually do that!

Dogs also add so much to life, and that’s why we are determined to make it work, to take the leap. We’ve been watching a lot of The Dog Whisperer lately and have learned so much from the mild-mannered trainer with a big heart. Hail Cesar Millan! On a recent show, he told a father who was terribly afraid of dogs, “No family is complete without a dog.” That would have to mean that no house is complete without a dog, right?

Curious Georgiana lounges in her doghouse custom made to look like the family home. The inside is painted to look like the night sky.

Curious Georgiana lounges in her doghouse custom made to look like the family home. The inside is painted to look like the night sky.

I’ve seen plenty of impeccable, beautiful homes with owners who have inside pets. Do you fall into this category? What is your secret?

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  1. These are such cute dogs.

    We wanted a dog too for our little girl.

    One day there was a stray at church.

    And I said "If she is still here when we come back, we will take her home"

    I thought to myself "there is no way that dog will stay here all day"

    But sure enough she was there when we came around the turn. Standing right there looking at us.

    She has turned out to be the best dog for my little girl and the boys love her too.

    She watches over them all like a mother.

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