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Dogs Must Think We're Nuts!

Updated on December 26, 2011

Most Expensive Doghouse in the World, $409,975

"I've seen a look in dogs' eyes, a quickly vanishing look of amazed contempt, and I am convinced that basically dogs think humans are nuts." ~ John Steinbeck.

And why shouldn’t they? In a time when many humans are sleeping in the streets and going hungry, some of our furry canine friends are literally living in the lap of luxury. Don’t believe it? Read on.

A dog palace for her two pets was commissioned by a lady surgeon at the exclusive 550-acre Lower Mill Estate on the Cotswolds Water Park, near Cirencester, England. The dog house is being billed as the most expensive doghouse in the world. This $409,975 kennel belonging to two Great Danes was built on an exclusive estate near Cirencester in Gloucestershire.The house plans call for sheepskin-lined, temperature-controlled daybeds, elevated to allow the dogs to guard their estate. But that’s just the beginning.

Inside, the dogs will sleep on sheepskin-lined, temperature-controlled beds, soothe their aches in an 18 inch deep spa, howl along to a top of the line sound system and watch dog-friendly programs on a 52-inch plasma TV. Wait, there’s even more!

Automatic dispensers will ensure chilled, filtered water and deluxe dry food are always available. And the dogs will each have a bedroom with large windows overlooking their own private playground. 'Dog-vision' webcams will allow monitoring their activity 24 hours a day, while climate control ensures their comfort.

There will be a sophisticated security retina scanner installed at the front door. The furry pair must also be ‘players’ since plans for an adjoining house to accommodate a mistress have also been drawn up.There's even a spa bath with saline treatment because it's good for their coats.

Pet Pavilion $23,990

If these two dogs are lucky enough to be able to live in such a sophisticated manner, why not go first class…literally. With fares as low as $150, there's no reason your pooch shouldn't fly first class. Pet Airways guarantees your pet will be safe and comfortable flying in the main cabin…not in cargo!

Fortunate pets such as these should be able to convey their gratitude to their master. Maybe they do and their owner just isn’t aware of it. There is no reason not to know what your pet dog is saying anymore.

A Japanese toy company has invented a device; it claims can detect a dog’s emotion from its bark and translate it into human words. The cost is a little over $200. This little translator device is called Bowlingual Voice. The talking gadget can detect six senses: sadness, joy, alertness to danger, neediness, happiness and frustration. It also has a recorded series of spoken phrases such as 'play with me', 'leave me alone,' and 'I feel sad.’

Continuing on, if a dog can talk, it should be able to join a country club. Not just any country club, but one catering exclusively to prestigious pooches. At only $300 for a one-year membership, they can join a resort so exclusive it doesn’t accept people. Paradise Ranch is highly recommended by the canine community. It has the largest staff to dog ratio on the West Coast. And for $20 extra per night, employees will sleep right next to your dog in order to make them feel at home.

However, such a sedentary life style might not be the healthiest for them. Pooch got a paunch? Starting at $1,400, Fit Fur Life Treadmills might be what the dog that has everything needs. They combine the latest, innovative technology and top quality workmanship to create the best dog treadmills in the world.

Maybe a pet pavilion might make your dog the envy of their peers. These unique beds from Pet Pavilions are crafted in the manner of early apprentice pieces. There are five models specifically designed to express the cabinetmaker's art in miniature. Your pampered pet can recline in absolute opulence. The one in the photo is a mere $23,990.

Naturally, we can’t forget the doggy Jewelry. The Amour Amour is a 52-carat diamond dog collar. It sells for a paltry sum of $1.8 million. The collar is hand-set with 1600 diamonds and a seven-carat brilliantly cut center diamond.

However, if that’s just slightly out of your price range, Love Dogs Diamonds has other, more affordable, dog collars. The Juene Cheri, Amour de la Mer, L’Etoile, and Cheri are available for purchase between $280,000 and $480,000.

Extravagant spending on a pet dog is one thing, but some things sold for them border on the ridiculous. Take Doggles for example. These underwater goggles for dogs will protect their eyes against chlorinated pool water and ultraviolet rays. And they’re fog proof. Nothing will spoil your dog’s view underwater. And you’ll never have to worry about your dog losing his contact lenses again.

It's fine we love and cherish our pets, as we should. But should they be held in higher regard than needy humans? Although, sad to say, in many cases they are more deserving.


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    • JY3502 profile imageAUTHOR

      John Young 

      7 years ago from Florence, South Carolina

      Bette, yes I found also found it to be a little unsettling. Thanks for the comment.

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      7 years ago

      Very well written, lots of great subject choices. The idea about the doggy bark translator scares and fascinates me at the same time.

    • JY3502 profile imageAUTHOR

      John Young 

      7 years ago from Florence, South Carolina

      Thanks Alastar, ran across this and had to write it. As far as history, I always seem to find a link to other story ideas when I'm writing about the old west. You must be my biggest fan now. My old time supporters seem to have jumped ship in the last few weeks. That's alright. I'll just stop following them and follow some other worthy writer.

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      alastar packer 

      7 years ago

      What great hub JY. unfreakin believable; those 'elites' I'm sure think their dogs are superior animals to their fellow man. Have even read some of them call themselves 'homo divinus'so as to seperate themselves from us trash.Up and awesome!

      by the way, had to chuckle the other day. noticed we were side by side in the history sect. you've got a well deserved niche in that area.once i get out pt. 2 of something i'll be spending some time at the to speak. later JY.


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