If you absolutely love your dog you'll know that when people say "they're part of the family" they mean it. Pooches are the light of a lot of peoples lives, and the most adorable members of the family, so when a big change is about to happen in your life it's really important to make sure that everyone is included, and ready to take part.
Something like this happened to this little Westie called Molly. She was her parents baby, she got all the attention and love in the world and enjoyed being the only member of the house to demand any attention, but that was all about to change as her parents, Michael and Emma McGowan prepared to bring a smaller bundle of joy into the world...
How was Molly going to deal with having a new baby in the house?
Thankfully, Michael had it covered.
You would be too if you were about to welcome a new baby into the world. But with all the fuss going on about the baby Michael and Emma didn't want Molly feeling overwhelmed, left out or unloved. Luckily for Molly, this meant she was about to get spoilt rotten, and Michael decided that if the baby got a new room, so did Molly!
“My wife and I love her to bits, and she's pretty spoiled,” Michael told The Dodo. "We found out this time last year we were going to have a baby so I thought I would try to give her her own little space to make the transition easier."
At first, it seems like a hard task, but Michael knew that there was room under some stairs that run behind the wall in their kitchen.
"I hoped there would be some wasted space behind the staircase but wasn't sure how big," he said. After a little inspection, it was confirmed, this was definitely the place for Molly's new space!
"Turns out it was 4 meters square, so plenty big enough," Michael said.
Of course, all of this craziness had Molly very interested, and she was nearby every step of the way to make sure Dad was doing the job right.
And it was lucky she did because Michael needed to enlist the help of a tradesman, just to help out with some of the trickier parts of the project.
"He helped the early stages in terms of cutting the doorway, fitting the doorframe and putting in the sockets in order for me to fit the lighting," Michael said.
The room was also kitted out with a throw rug, welcome mat, and a massive bag of toys, all for little Molly. If that doesn't seem like the perfect life for a dog then I don't think I know what is!
So far the pair of girls have been getting along great, but it helps everyone out that Molly now has a space to go to when she's feeling overwhelmed with her new sibling, or just wants some peace and quiet.
"Her own space definitely helps; she often goes away for some peace and quiet when we have lots of visitors," Michael said. "She is definitely calmer and more relaxed since she's had this space."
"She is most definitely a member of the family," Michael said. "We know how important it is for her to be comfortable and have her own space."
What a lucky little pup she is.
And for those of you looking at this and wishing you had one, go ahead! Michael hopes that his little creation will act as some encouragement for other dogs owners to do the same. And oddly enough, if you think this is a one of a kind project you might be wrong. Youtuber Jenna Marbles did something similar (although less permanent) for her dogs what she turned a storage space under her stairs into a room for her three dogs, Peach, Kermit, and Marbles. Check out the video below for her quirky take on this fantastic idea! Unfortunately, Jenna's dog room probably didn't last so if you're wanting to try this for yourself, definitely get all of your tips from Michael and Emma!