by Michael dEstries
Categories: Animals
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There are many obvious perks to being selected as the “First Dog”; getting to live in the White House being one of them. However, when the dog days of summer call and spending time outside is more routine, having a secondary hangout is a priority. Enter the Summa Canum (Latin for “First Dog”), The Obama Dog Home from Sustainable Pet Design.

Of course, this isn’t your average run-of-the-mill retreat. This dog house is rooted in eco-design and features a green roof, recycled wood from naturally felled trees (from the driveway of our 7th President, Andrew Jackson, no less.) zero-VOC paint and varnish, and a personal delivery in Neil Young’s all-electric 1959 Lincoln. In fact, the dog house is already in Young’s garage awaiting delivery. Now all we need is a First Dog to lead the free canine world. Here’s a bit more from the Sustainable Pet Design site on the project:

Sustainable Pet Design’s vision does not end with the arrival of the Summa Canum at The White House. Our intent is to create an ongoing testing ground for sustainable practices to which all Americans can contribute. Summa Canum can be retrofitted with solar panels, radiant floor heating, a graywater recycling system–just about anything you can imagine. When Summa Canum is tricked out to the max (or when the First Dog puts her paw down for some peace and quiet), we’ll build another, together.

Radiant floor heating? This sounds like something Paris Hilton would be interested in for her doggy mansion. Check out more details on this first dog house here.

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About Michael dEstries

Michael has been blogging since 2005 on issues such as sustainability, renewable energy, philanthropy, and healthy living. He regularly contributes to a slew of publications, as well as consulting with companies looking to make an impact using the web and social media. He lives in Ithaca, NY with his family on an apple farm.

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  • tim

    this is a joke? Isn’t it!

  • http://www.remyc.com RemyC

    I hope Neil will introduce a scale version for the Lionel train set, to go along the melted down nuclear power plant he had built for his son’s own train set.

  • maelstrom

    A hundred thousand homeless vets sleeping in the streets and millions of people missing their forclosed homes but at least Obama’s dog’ll be sleeping in luxury!!! People disgust me.

  • hockeyMom

    does the O administration request no American flag detailing? started when his campaigning turbo luxury jet was re-done & our beautiful flag was replaced with the almighty “O” decal. tired of this behavior – ugh!

  • http://www.veganjapan.net herwin

    “recycled wood from naturally felled trees”
    what in fucks name is “recycled wood” ?? from “naturally felled” trees ????
    who ever can believe such crap, eh.

  • Shakey

    I was unaware that Republicans were “hip” to this website?? It’s a message oh bitter ones..

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  • waterdog

    Very cool =) reminds me of the GOP tire gauge fiasco….just helps prove how ignorant oand out of ideas they are.

    ya know, anything you do to a doghouse you can also do to your house: a green roof on your house can save over 50% of cooling and heating costs. non-toxic building materials can keep you healthy and save hundreds of billions in healthcare costs. planting native species reclaims our natural american heritage by providing habitat for animals (sod lawns, rose gardens and ivy are BRITISH imports!). go to the site, the wood was planted by andrew jackson on his estate, a national treasure, and downed during a tornado.

    LOL hey hockymom, patriotism is real action that benefits all of us, not empty slogans and symbols! how bout all you republicans figure out what it really means to be patriotic americans!!!

    hey maelstrom, I’m sure the people who made this would LOVE to house homeless vets…how bout you stop voting republican so that will happen!!!

    hey tim, the joke is on you! the GOP helped the bankers loot our country!!!!

  • Bob Saget

    Jeeez everybody chill! Neil Young can do whatever he wants. its a freaking doghouse relax

  • the brat

    waterdog, you’re my hero.

    everyone else, who seem to miss the larger issue, can just relax.

    no dog (or sustainable-dog-house-maker) deserves this much drama!!!

  • lovetoteach

    what a fun idea! such a cool way to personalize abstract theory and get kids interested in the real life application of sustainable practices.

  • VD HAGGARD

    I SAY OBAMA IS NO —> GOOD !!! —–> AND NEIL YOUNG IS A CANADIAN WHO HAS NO RIGHT TO MEDDLE IN AMERICAN POLITICS !!!!! —–> I GUESS NEIL IS STILL FEELING GUILTY ABOUT DANNY WHITTEN AND BRUCE BERRY ? ? ? ? ——–> I’M A CONCERNED CITIZEN OF GREENDALE .,….

  • DB

    I love Neil Young and the Obama’s and I understand the article did say a secondary dwelling, it does hurt rescue organizations who have to rescue neglected 24/7 backyard dogs who are chained. Shelters and rescues try to teach people that dogs are pack animals and need to be with you, their human pack. When people tell us dogs shouldn’t be in the house, we often use the White House for an example. I hope people don’t say that even the White House dog has a dog house now! Thanks for listening, not trying to be uptight about it, but I just know how people are.