When we look at our four-legged companions, we can see ourselves stripped of all the complications of being human. After all, dogs seem to derive an almost inordinate amount of joy from the simplest pleasures: a well-chewed bone; a warm spot on the couch; occasional rolls in the dirt. Yet, as with humans, there are some dogs that value the finer things in life.
Samsung might just have the answer for these posh canines: the Dream Doghouse. With building costs of US$30,000, this prime piece of real estate is hardly a bargain… but, then again, how many doghouses have a hydro-pool and treadmill?
Samsung commissioned the luxury doghouse as part of its sponsorship of Crufts 2015, the world’s biggest dog show. A team of 12 designers then went to work over the next six weeks creating the “dog house of the future.” With its sleek, curved design and a slew of features, this doghouse might have come straight out of the world of The Jetsons.
So what kind of trimmings should dogs expect in their living space a hundred years from now? More than many people can boast today, apparently. Let’s take a look at some of the amenities.
▼ “I got these on discount the other day. Something about the black on white just really livens up the room, don’t you think?”
▼ “Can you believe I even get Netflix on here?”
▼ “And here’s a picture of us summering in Maine. Lovely weather that time of year.”
▼ “We have a guy… yes, did all our rooms. I’ll get you two in touch.”
▼ “Sometimes I get home and all I want to do is pop some kibble in the tray–I’m just thattired.”
▼ “It really does wonders for the complexion, darling. I don’t know how you live without one.”
▼ “What… do I do with this?”
Though some might argue that these features are wasted on a canine, Andy Griffiths, president of Samsung Electronics U.K. and Ireland, believes dogs have already entered a new age of technology. In a recent press release, Griffiths wrote:
“The Samsung Dream Doghouse looks sleek and modern, featuring the kind of tech the discerning dog of the future will need. From dogs who have social media profiles, to owners who use video call to check on their pets while away, technology is fast becoming an integral part of everyday life.”
If this information leaves you wondering how you can get your hands on one of these, we have some unfortunate news: Samsung created only one Dream Doghouse, which will be given away in a social media contest.
Then again, who knows? Maybe there will come a day in the near future when dogs can get everything they need–exercise, food, even belly rubs–with the touch of a button. Humans will become superfluous, and dogs will become the masters. Or, to put it another way, dogs will become cats.