Dog Mansions

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Doghouses have gone a long way since the simple days of slapping together leftover boards in the backyard. At least for the 1-percenters. The kicker is, these dogs don't even live in them!

MANY of them have carpeting, heating and air-conditioning, indoor and outdoor lighting, elaborate music and entertainment systems. Some are even eco-friendly, with solar panels or planted green roofs.

In fact, the only superfluous accessory in the modern doghouse may be the dog.

Take, for instance, the Palladian-style mini-mansion that Glenna and Ed Hall bought at a charity auction three years ago for about $300. With Jeffersonian columns that match the ones on their home in Roanoke, Va., the two-foot-tall doghouse makes a perfect accent for the garden. No one seems to mind that the garden is off-limits to Maggie May, their 28-pound whippet-borzoi mix — least of all Maggie May.

“We bought the house because it looks a lot like our house,” said Mrs. Hall, 66, a retired interior designer. “Maggie’s never been in it. She’s a house dog.”

These dogs live better than me! Jennifer Kingson of The New York Times has the story of the world's most luxurious dog mansions, and the dogs who don't live in them: Link

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Useless item #1,345,562,456,886,564 that rich people can waste their money on for no good reason while children are dying because their parents are too poor to put them on the transplant list. God Bless America.
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