Let sleep­ing dogs lie

A new gen­er­a­tion of beds and ac­ces­sories of­fers the ul­ti­mate in ca­nine chic

Country Life Every Week - - Contents - Giles Kime

Giles Kime finds new lev­els of ca­nine in­dul­gence

WHAT do The Fuzzy Duck, The King­ham Plough and The Wild Rab­bit Inn have in com­mon? They’re all restau­rants and pubs in the Cotswolds that al­low you to dine with your dog. This is the sort of in­valu­able in­for­ma­tion that de­lights the ca­nine-lov­ing vis­i­tors to www.pet­spy­ja­mas.com and prob­a­bly drives the dog-less mad. As will the per­son­alised puppy tow­els and the choice of more than 100 doggy ban­danas.

Ca­nine in­dul­gence is noth­ing new (in the 1920s, the Nawab of Ju­na­gadh is ru­moured to have laid on lav­ish nup­tials for his two favourite hounds), but, in­creas­ingly, it’s hav­ing an im­pact on the way we live—not just in the ob­vi­ous ways, such as fully plumbed-in baths for dogs, but also in those fea­tures that are ar­riv­ing by stealth. One of these is the re­turn of the throw, although these have noth­ing to do with ren­der­ing a room more cosy and ev­ery­thing to do with of­fer­ing a sur­rep­ti­tious way to pro­tect up­hol­stery from moult­ing fur, mud and nail dam­age.

An­other is the evo­lu­tion of the dog bas­ket—a decade ago, it was just that, a wicker bas­ket that jos­tled for po­si­tion be­tween the cen­tral-heat­ing boiler and as­sorted pairs of muddy boots. How­ever, now that many dogs have a li­cence to roam—and sleep— pretty much where they please, the pres­sure is on to cre­ate dog beds and bed­ding that look at home in the com­pany of fur­ni­ture de­signed for hu­mans.

One of the best sources of dog fur­ni­ture sym­pa­thetic to smart in­te­ri­ors was set up by sis­ters Chris­tine and Jenny Chau (0161–848 8702; www. charl­ey­chau.com), own­ers of four ex­quis­ite Ital­ian grey­hounds that fea­ture in the com­pany’s im­agery. The em­pha­sis is more on aes­thet­ics than the pam­per­ing of pooches and the range in­cludes ev­ery­thing from a dis­creet day bed (choose from a com­bi­na­tion of tan­ger­ine and claret or teal and fuch­sia) to a more stately rat­tan de­sign that’s pre­sum­ably for those im­pov­er­ished ca­nine souls that don’t share their own­ers’ beds.

The de­sign that scores high­est for in­dul­gence is the Snug­gle bed, which in­ge­niously com­bines a fleece-cov­ered cush­ion with a built-in du­vet. An­other re­tailer that up­holds the right of dogs to snooze in style is OKA (01235 433930; www.oka.com), but the com­pany doesn’t just stop at dog beds and fake-fur throws: its Crackle Dash pet bowl is as chic as the rest of its range. The days of the out­door ken­nel seem a dim and dis­tant mem­ory.

Above and be­low right: Dog beds from Charley Chau.

Be­low left:

Crackle Dash dog bowl, from £29, OKA

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