Dog owner spends £1,800 building a kennel which is an exact replica of own house


Pampered pooch: Wellington outside his lavish home which is an exact replica of his owner's house

For most dogs, a kennel is made out of a few planks of wood and some rusty nails.
But Wellington, a two-year-old St Bernard, is living it up in his very own brick-built house with carpets, working lights and insulated walls.
It even has a gravel drive complete with patio stepping stones and ceramic statues.
Owner Julian Kite, 37, spent a 84 hours creating the 6.5ft tall, one third replica of his own three-bedroom detached house in Swadlincote, Derbyshire.

Home sweet home: Julian Kite outside the house he built for Wellington his two-year-old St Bernard

He transformed half of his back garden to accommodate Wellington's kennel, which also boasts glossed skirting boards and a slate roof.
All the hard work paid off when Mr Kite was awarded a £1,000 prize in a national competition to find Britain's grandest dog home.
He said: 'Designing and building Wellington's house has been a hobby, so being rewarded in such a way is truly brilliant.

Creature comforts: Wellington's brick-built home has carpets, working lighting, insulated walls and fully-functioning guttering and is a third of the size of his owner's house

'It's just the beginning though, by the time I've finished with his kennel I'll probably want to live in there myself.'
Mr Kite started a business making luxury built-to-order kennels after he was made redundant from the construction industry several years ago.
He had been in the building trade since his teens and decided to turn his hand to making replicas of people's homes after he was laid off.

Kennel Club: Wellington loves sleeping in his own house which was built by his owner Julian Kite who worked in the construction industry

Living it up: Owner Julian Kite spent more than four days building Wellington's home to look like his own

Top dogs: Julian Kite based Wellington's brick built kennel on his own home in Derbyshire

He said that his experience allows him to build the bespoke kennels to a high standard.
He said: 'It's exactly the same as a traditional house, the masonry, the foundations, a traditional cut roof, it's got electrics and external lights.
'I made one for my own dogs, then friends started asking about them and I decided to do some more.
'I've done about 30 or 40 so far and things just keep picking up.'

Inspired: Wellington's home was based on the design of Mr Kite's house in Derbyshire

Wellington the St Bernard enjoys roaming around his very own gravel drive which comes with patio steps and ceramic statues

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