Squirrel and Tesla
The second most frequently asked question about our tiny house is "How do your dogs like it?". Since they are both professional nappers, I can tell you that they A) find our couch area very comfy and B) love having a yard. I'm going to share a series of pictures of our dogs to prove that they sleep ALL THE TIME with occasional awake times. An added benefit of this post is you can see what a "real" Tiny House looks like. And by that I mean we actually live in our house, so it doesn't look perfect all the time and usually there's some random clutter around.
Tesla is our female rescue dog. She's 6 years old, and just finally finished being in the puppy stage (she's a late bloomer, ok?). Since she is a rescue, we don't really know what breed she is, but our best guess on looks and personality is beagle/yellow lab. We got her from the pound at just 6 weeks old, maybe even a bit younger. She's obsessed with sniffing everything and can't be trusted off leash when there are lots of smells. She also is our happy girl - just totally goofy and happy 100% of the time.
Squirrel is our male rescue. He was acquired from a home breeding operation that had far, far too many dogs. The lady actually bred cockapoos (cocker spaniel-poodle mixes) but they had about 10 other breeds of dogs too. Like Squirrel's mother, who was a purebred Pomeranian but had an "oopsie" litter from one of the cockapoos. So we call Squirrel a cockapomapoo, because he's half Pom and half cockapoo. He's adorable anyway. Squirrel is about 9 years old, we've had him for 8 years now!
Squirrel is an old soul. Since we got him he has basically acted like an old man: grumpy, doesn't like kids, just wants to nap in a warm spot (or on a lap), and he loves anything comfy: pillows, blankets, his winter jacket.
Ah, the little dog life.
Tesla was so young when we got her that she has some quirks. One is that she fake nurses on her toys, and she loves to carry a stuffie around in her mouth.
We've rotated over the years on what toy Tesla has, but right now her favorite is this long green fuzzy thing. It has a squeaky but she never, ever squeaks it. She even get a bit disturbed when we squeak it and she'll take it away from us.
Squirrel is also too small to jump up on the couch by himself. It's slightly taller than a regular couch. So we have a storage ottoman just for him. I mean, we use it too, but if he didn't need it we probably wouldn't have taken it to the tiny house.
Tesla gets funny about noises, too. She's very sensitive to loud noises, like fireworks. But sometimes she gets nervous at sounds she hasn't heard before. Like the rain on the metal roof of the tiny house, the first time it rained after we moved in. She went and hid in the bathroom, making a nest in the shower with a towel that had fallen from the hook.
After the first time it rained, Tesla has been perfectly fine with the noise. It's not loud at all, but she is just weird about new noises sometimes.
The dogs have adjusted just fine to the tiny house. They spend most of their napping time on the couch. Occasionally Squirrel will nap on the floor, because it's a radiant heat floor and he likes the heat. Other than that, we take them on walks as usual, and they have a huge yard to run around in.