We have two adorable little miniature dachshunds, named Molly and Emma. When our middle son joined the Marines and left home, his little sister was devastated. So, we did what any normal parent might do in this situation; and we bought her a puppy. To this day, our son says he was replaced by a dog.
Then four years later, when my daughter left the house for college, and left her little Emma behind, well that was one sad little pup. So, again we made another emotionally-based decision, and got Emma a little friend. We got another miniature dachshund. We named the new little pup, Molly. So, you may say we have dogs for therapy around our house. And, you know what? There is a lot of truth to that! Our little dachshunds love us to death. They are so excited to see us, whether we have been gone all day, or we took a short walk to the mailbox.
My husband heard a saying once, “If you want to know who loves you more, your wife or your dog, lock them both in the trunk of your car for an hour. When you come back, see which one is happy to see you.”
So, now that we have two dogs, we had a problem. Emma always slept with our daughter. My husband does not allow dogs to sleep with us. He’s a big meanie. (That is what Emma and Molly said about his decision) So, they needed a place of their own.
I had seen a really neat idea in a model home where they utilized the space under the stairs. Perfect! So, I found some photos on Pinterest and showed my husband. He was on board, and we spent a Saturday making a really cute little space for the dogs.
Determining the right size door was the first priority. Miniature dachshunds are pretty small. So, the door was either perfect for them, or a really large rat. I stained the door to match our wood flooring, and my husband placed a latch on the outside.
The next step was to build a half door inside the closet, that would allow access to the dogs beds, and also allow me to have space for the vacuum and other cleaning supplies. I am so lucky my husband can build things!
I found a really cute wire basket at T.J. Maxx, and hung it on the wall to hold the dog’s treats, clippers, and other dog paraphernalia.
When bedtime comes, we reward them with a treat for getting in their little dog room. Every once in a while we will hear a slight growl echoing from the room. And, we know the puppy Molly, is irritating the older dog Emma, who is trying to sleep. And, it reminds us “empty nesters” of the same scenario when our boys lived at home, and slept in the same room.