COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa — This dog’s got nice digs.

David Tanner’s backyard is home to a lot of tools and projects, but none as eye-catching as the small house now standing among the grass dedicated to his Siberian Husky Aaron.

Tanner, a steel mechanic and hardware manager at Bomgaar’s Supply, has several hobbies all connected with working with his hands and building things for fun.

In 2012, Aaron came into his life after the dog could no longer stay with his then-owners in Omaha. Tanner’s previous dog of 16 years had just passed, leaving a void in his life.

“My brother, Jack, brought Aaron over, and I told him he didn’t know how to take care of a dog. So now I do,” Tanner told The Daily Nonpareil (http://bit.ly/2qYVSBR ).

Not content with pre-made dog houses or just making something simple, Tanner took to making a home for Aaron he could use all year in all types of weather.

The roof of the doghouse can be raised for increased ventilation or closed against the elements. Plastic rain stoppers keep water from getting through the entrance. A heater (that turns off in case it’s tipped over) keeps the puppy warm in winter; a fan near his bed keeps him cool in summer.

A gallery of photos of Aaron are framed inside the doghouse, so Aaron can look at himself while chewing on Milkbones. Or he can stare out at bunnies through the framed windows.

It even lights up at night.

“I love my buddy,” Tanner said. “I’d do anything for him.”


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