What can I repurpose to construct an unusual dog house for small dogs?

I have 6 Chihuahuas who love the outdoors but need some kind of shelter occasionally. I live in Arizona so it must be fairly cool. I also love the unusual and cute. Since all are females it could be feminine. I would also like perhaps not made of wood if possible.
Thanks ahead of time if I get help on this.

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  • Lavica Lavica on Jul 21, 2017
    Perhaps using a small 'pup' tent (forgive the pun, though intended:) would be an option, especially if it were adequately reinforced. The entrance and window flaps could remain open for access and air circulation. The tent material is light and breathable. If the tent came with equipped with a rain tarp, that would serve the intended purpose (to help keep the tent dry, though I'm not sure if rain protection is of great concern in Arizona) but also provide the interior of the tent with some shade from the sun.

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    • Chere Chere on Jul 21, 2017
      We get torrential monsoon rains in the summer. I have been thinking of making one out of PVC piping and making the sides and top of a sunshield fabric.

  • Joa24650661 Joa24650661 on Jul 21, 2017
    Look on Pinterest. There are a lot of them. I would also incorporate a water system by purchasing a hose with tiny holes in it that produces mist.

  • Allison Allison on Jul 21, 2017
    If you start with a Cooleroo bed (available at Chewy.com) You could use pvc pipe to create a canopy support, then add any fabric you like. The dogs will be off the ground with air circulating under them and have the shade to protect them for the sun. A large is very LARGE and will accommodate all of your little ones, unless they don't like to share;)

  • Do you have electricity available? Az sun is hot! Anything you construct would need at least a fan to blow the hot air around as without some sort of mini air conditioner I do not know how to build anything that would be cool enough?

  • Chere Chere on Jul 21, 2017
    I planned on taping small fans run by batteries.

  • DesertRose DesertRose on Jul 21, 2017
    Think of children's small play houses, or join some igloo homes together, or a small train with cars for each one if they need separate housing, The photo shows larger dogs, but smaller dogs could share. For Arizona consider windows for cross drafts on warmer

  • Lavica Lavica on Jul 22, 2017
    Nice...my folks live 20 mi from Arizona boarder in Utah and it's very hot and dry there, so I wasn't sure re. your Arizona location weather. Good Luck!