Metro Pets

By Sharon Gomes Thomas

Our pets love to burrow, hide behind the sofa, crawl under our beds. I think they just want to have a roof over their heads, a protected place to call their own.

With the Pet Camper from Straight Line Designs ( your dog or cat will be sheltered in style. This custom-built work of art will bring a smile to your face and be a definite statement in your home. Straight Line Designs is a one-of-a-kind workshop from Vancouver, British Columbia. In addition to installations, sculptures and private commissions, their designer Judson Beaumont and his staff have designed and constructed a variety of furniture and projects for public institutions and children’s exhibitions throughout the world. Contact or call 1-604-251-9669
 for ordering information.

If you have more than one cat, you may like the more rustic Cat Cottage which is the “cat’s meow” for multiple cat owners! With three separate compartments, this triplex can comfortably house three to six cats, depending on their size. Each unit has a floor size of 20 x 19 and the “upper suite” features a lounging ledge (which also serves as a weather shelter for the bottom two door entrances if you have outdoor cats). The round doors come with vinyl flaps installed. Made by Blythe Wood Works, you can order one from their site at or from

If you’re traveling but still want to bring your dog’s kennel with you, the perfect solution is the Collapsible Pet House from a new line of travel products by Animal Planet. This three-piece folding shelter features built-in fasteners for quick assembly, and it conveniently folds flat for travel or storage when not in use. It’s soft and cozy to provide your pet with extra comfort. Available at department stores and their online sites – Bed Bath and Beyond, JC Penney, Macy’s and Kohl’s.

Originally published December 2010
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