These Dogs Live Better Than You

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Martha Stewart and dog at the Plaza.Photo: Sylvain Gaboury/PatrickMcMullan.com

The phrases "a dog's life" and "in the doghouse" are not phrases with good connotations. Do we want to rethink that? Consider that not only do we live in a world where a dog inherited a vast fortune, but nowadays,  even the non-heiress pooches live like royalty. Or at least like bougie arrivistes in the doggie equivalents of McMansions. Per the New York Times,  "many" doghouses are now exact replicas of their owners' homes and contain "carpeting, heating and air-conditioning, indoor and outdoor lighting, elaborate music and entertainment systems," costing as much as or more than $25,000. The phenomenon is known as "barkitecture. It's serious business — even Frank Lloyd Wright once designed a doghouse — and the craftmanship can be quite exacting."

For the supermodel Rachel Hunter’s showpiece doghouse in the Los Angeles area, Ms. Pollak supplied hand-painted wallcovering dotted with pawprints and bones, as well as framed pictures of dogs. Her business partner, a builder named Alan Mowrer, installed wrought-iron light fixtures and terra-cotta flooring. “Alan had to hand-make every tile of the Mediterranean roof,” Ms. Pollak said.

It's not the dog's life that sounds unenviable.