LA Times Home & Garden Roundup 12.06.08

LA Times Home & Garden Roundup 12.06.08

Abby Stone
Dec 6, 2008

120608-hng01.jpgThe President-elect's promise during his acceptance speech to buy his daughters a puppy has generated more buzz on his website than any of the hot button issues he'll be facing when he takes office in January. Even Barbara Walters weighed in on the matter when she recently interviewed the Obamas. If you love dogs, or pets of any kind for that matter, this week's Los Angeles Times Home & Garden section's a must read for you. From a round-up of dog houses to the craziest pet stuff on the web, from poultry as pets to a look at the lucrative market for high end pet goods and a discussion of whether there's a bias against black dogs, this week it's a pet's world and we're just living in it. More, pics and links, after the jump...

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Black dog bias?: Is there a prejudice against black dogs? It's an unspoken superstition among shelter owners that black dogs are harder to place, perhaps because they're considered mean or evil. Or it could be, in this age of searching for a pet via the web, that they don't photograph as well. This week's feature story looks at this issue and showcases seven black dogs that should help put that rumour to rest.

Victoria Doggy Mansion: Being in the doghouse isn't such a bad thing for Coco Puff and Darla, a Yorkshire Terrier and a Pomeranian, who reside in an ornate doghouse in Temecula.

DOGITECTURE: A Round-Up of Doghouse Designs: Victorian not you or your dog's thing? Check out these nine other homes you or your dog might like.

Despite the recession, we're still taking very good care of our pets. Two articles look at pet related spending. In
Pets are still first in our hearts and our wallets: We may cut back on spending on ourselves but when it comes to pets, many people are still indulging. For a look at what they're spending on check out The craziest pet stuff on the web: Wigs for cats? A training school for goldfish? It's all here.

Considering a pet chicken? Chickens as pets: city living with a farm feel underlines the joys of owning a pet chicken while in Pet Hens and Chicks, columnist Susan Carpenter makes some common mistakes when it comes to poultry owning in order that you can avoid them.

[images: Grace Chon for Shine Pet Photos; Patricia Learned for L.A. County Department of Animal Care and Control; Irfan Khan for LAT; The Modern Dog; Jill Johnson; Christina House for LAT]

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