A £170,000 kennel? That’ll really get their tails wagging
When “the world’s most luxurious dog manors” launched last month, it seemed reasonable to ask: are we spoiling our pets? The kennels by Hecate Verona are mini mansions. Each has heating and air conditioning, treat dispensers, TV and a conference calling system — and they’ve already sold nine of them. While it’s tempting to mock this as ostentatious one-pupmanship, kindness to animals is a key indicator of a good egg, and should be welcomed — even in the form of a climate-controlled Colonial Villa.
Kindness to pet owners is rising up the agenda, too. A drawback for folk who rent their homes is that only a minority of landlords allow pets. The property developer Be, whose associate director Chris Brown owns a handsome Jack Russell cross, has spotted this scarcity and is offering animal-friendly tenancies. Dogs are welcome in Be’s development in Hayes, west London, and cats are indulged, too: the central courtyard is planted with catnip.
Keep your pets fragrant with this Wildwash gift pack of grooming products. Natural ingredients such as sweet orange, coriander and cedarwood will strengthen and moisturise fur, and help to repel those pesky fleas. The set includes shampoo, conditioner, perfume and a conditioning paw balm. £58; notonthehighstreet.com
Opinion on this product will be divided. If you don’t allow dogs on the bed, it will be an outrageous indulgence to rival the pooch palace pictured above. Most of us do, though, and when your pet is getting on a bit, it will come in handy. It has lightweight foam steps and a removable, washable brown tweed cover. £159; orvis.co.uk
Mungo and Maud specialises in stylish pet accessories. Its Classic dog beds come in charcoal, natural or this pink woven cotton. Choose from small (W62cm x D43cm; £165) or medium (W73cm x D53cm; £199). For cats, there’s the Rag basket, which has a fleece insert (42cm diameter; £105). mungoandmaud.com
Could this be the first piece of furniture designed to be shared by humans and animals? The Bloq side table, from the Dutch design label Binq, has a drawer and a cat bed below. The cushions come in green, black, dark grey, denim blue, light grey, ocean blue, purple, red, taupe or yellow, and it measures 47cm x 47cm x 47cm. £170; binqdesign.nl
Charley Chau is run by two “crazy dog lady” sisters who own four Italian greyhounds. Their Deeply Dishy dog bed is covered in softest velour in contrast colours. Shown in teal and fuchsia, it also comes in lime and leaf, cloud and silver, and tangerine and claret. It’s available in small (W65cm x D53cm; £135) or medium (W78cm x D60cm; £160). charleychau.com
Miss your cat while you are away? Invest in a Petcube, a wide-angle camera with two-way audio, and you can watch her via your phone and chat through the built-in microphone and speaker. Should the conversation run dry, there’s a game you can play featuring a laser operated via your handset. £175; conranshop.co.uk
The Cat Nappa bed, by Creature Clothes, comes in colours including tan, chocolate brown, denim blue and this red, each with a contrast “Meow”. They’re also available with a Union Jack motif. Covers and cushions can go in the washing machine, and they come in two sizes, 53cm x 58cm (£47) and 66cm x 86cm (£61). petspyjamas.com