Sometimes it’s good to be in the dog house! Family create amazing den for their puppy under the stairs, complete with a bed, window box and a picket fence – and it cost just £100
- Family-of-four in Hertfordshire welcomed Gunner, a Maltese Pomeranian cross
- Danielle, 36, Mark, 37, and two daughters needed a dog house for the new pup
- They transformed the space under the stairs into a cute home, costing just £100
A family ransformed the space under their stairs into an incredible dog house for their 13-week-old puppy for just £100 – complete with white picket fence, paintings and a window box with flowers.
Danielle Shoffman, 36, and her husband Mark, 37, from Hertfordshire, along with their two daughters, Isabelle, eight, and Amelie, six welcomed new pup Gunner, a Maltese Pomeranian cross, last month.
Shortly after getting him, Danielle decided that Gunner needed his own little space where he could relax and unwind after a busy day of running around and playing.
The family set out to build the pup his very own home under the stairs – complete with a bed, his favourite toys and even family photos – and it took just one day to complete and cost £100.
A family in Hertfordshire transformed the space under their stairs into an incredible dog house for their 13-week-old puppy for just £100
Danielle Shoffman, 36, and her husband Mark, 37, along with their two daughters, Isabelle, eight, and Amelie, six welcomed new pup Gunner, a Maltese Pomeranian cross, last month
After: The entire dog house took just one day to complete and included a white picket fence, paintings of the pup’s parents and a dog bed – costing the family only £100
‘We got Gunner a month ago after considering getting a dog for quite a long time but we wanted to ensure our children were old enough and responsible enough to help out with his care,’ Danielle said.
‘We crate trained him for overnight when we got him but thought the crate was ugly and not very attractive in our dining room.
‘It was also a bit boring for him so we decided to give Gunner this space, which is bigger than the crate and more cosy and exciting for him.’
Before she could start work on the dog house, Danielle had to measure up how much space there would be and what she could fit inside.
Before: Mum-of-two Danielle decided that Gunner needed his own little space and the family set out to build the pup his very own home under the stairs
The mum then got a quote from a handyman to help build the door, which she then painted and wallpapered.
Danielle said: ‘The wallpaper was leftover from decorating my daughter’s room, so we saved some money on that and the paint for the door was also leftover from other decorating jobs.
‘Then I made the window and window box and put in all the accessories, I used frames and mirrors inside and outside, which were from Poundland.’
Danielle made the window and window box herself and put in all the accessories, using frames and mirrors from Poundland
She added: ‘We are so happy with it, it took him a day to get used to it but now he loves going in for a sleep and some peace and quiet from the girls.
‘He still manages to leave his toys all around the house but it’s nice that Gunner has a space just for him.
Danielle was so impressed with the final result and glad to provide her pup with his own little space that she shared a photo of Gunner proudly standing in front of his new miniature home on Facebook.
The post has since racked up over 9,800 likes and nearly 2,000 comments with social media users calling it ‘spectacular’ and ‘The best thing I’ve ever seen!’
Another fan of the dog house wrote: ‘Oh my what a lovely little retreat! One lucky little dog!’
‘This is the cutest thing ever. Thank you for sharing, I needed to see something like this today,’ a different Facebook user wrote.
Danielle said: ‘I was shocked that it had such a big reaction but it was so lovely reading all the comments.’