An abode for Fido
This is Rika:
Which got me to thinking: what kind of doghouse would I design for Rika? The answer is that I wouldn’t, because Rika – like most dogs in America I’d be willing to bet – has no need of a doghouse because she spends the majority of her time inside. Like 99.9% of her time. I know people with big dogs, and yards, but none of those big dogs would ever have the need for a doghouse, because when the weather gets bad they are inside with the family. I think that this cultural change – the way we treat our dogs – has made the doghouse obsolete. The dog that I and my sisters grew up with, a black and white “lassie” collie, had a dog house. My sister’s big old Labra-Doodle does not.
Maybe it’s time Michael Graves to design an indoor doggie bed for Target?
Image from Architizer – along with the story of Wright’s “Canus Domus” here.