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SEYMOUR (WATE) - People have been known to spoil their pets with all kinds of luxuries. If that describes you, you may want to know about a Seymour man's product, a doggie penthouse.
Carson Harmon, 26, is a busy and creative young man. When we met him at his parent's home in Seymour, he was assembling the frame of one of his unique indoor/outdoor dog houses.
He says it was his own precocious pup that may have led him to a new career.
"I had an adopted dog and she kept finding her way out, over the fence, under the fence," Harmon explained. "We had to come up with something outside of the box."
Harmon toyed with different ideas, even turning to traditional big box stores for kennels and dog houses. He said he just couldn't find the right combination.
Then out of his frustration grew the doggie penthouse. It is an arched custom home for a dog, consisting of an outdoor, completely fenced-in run attached to a covered home.
Harmon started out just building one for himself, but then, he says, "I put it in my front yard to transport and someone saw it and asked for one."
Soon he was getting emails about his creation, so he started a Facebook page and posted a listing on Craigslist.
Since last fall Harmon has filled 15 to 20 orders.
The standard version is eight feet long, four feet wide and four feet tall.
The penthouse will run you around $250, but depending on what modifications you might need that price may be different.
"I had a gentleman show up with a great dane," Harmon said. "Its shoulders were 42 inches high. It couldn't fit its head through the door. The door itself will be modified for him."
Harmon has also made doggie penthouses for breeders who wanted special containers, water bowls, and warming lights inside.
Harmon is a student at Walter State Community College and has another job, but he said the money from his doggie penthouses is going to a good cause.
"It goes in to pay for books and all my classes," Harmon said.
He thinks his business could really take off, and with help from his roommate to fill his orders, it could someday be his only job.