It all started with Lucy, our first dog child. She is a Rhodesian Ridgeback, with bloodline from Russia and Spain. Then came Maya, and Ali. Maya is Lucy´s sister from a different litter, and Ali is their nephew.
We have a long outdoor stair leading up from the garden to the third floor. There is a hallow space underneath that was used for storage of wood and garden tools. Lucy at the time was the only dog and she was sleeping in a guest room at the garden level that we kept open so she could go in and out as she pleased, and take care of the garden at night. It didn´t seem like the best solution for her. Even though it was very comfortable it was a bit isolated. One day as we were walking around in the garden, when we stopped in front of two lion statues that Simon had brought twenty or thirty years ago from Indonesia. It suddenly occurred to me what we should do. Rhodesian Ridgebacks are legendary lion hunters, they say. These statues were telling us where to put the new dog house. We decided then and there to make the dog house right behind the lions. We would open up two holes in the blue walls and frame it with stones that Simon had collected from a demolition site many years ago. We would lift the ground level to make an air gap separating the floor from the earth, therefore providing insulation from the cold as well as moisture. It was a 2-3 week doggie construction, with Lucy curiously looking on from time to time.
After we pulled out the last form work to cast the ceiling, Lucy proudly walked right inside, curled up and took a nap. It is a cave, which dogs love. It is also strategically positioned so that she could monitor all three entrances to the garden patio. It was a perfect fit.
And with Maya and Ali now part of the clan, this is a dog den with more than enough space for all three of them (and more).