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When You See Who He Made This Shasta-Style Camper For, You’ll Smile Ear To Ear

This post was updated on April 20th, 2024

Camping with dogs can be a blast (except when they do this).

What about those times when you can’t be out in nature with your favorite furry friend, and still want to have that “camping vibe” at home?

Michael Birch has enjoyed woodworking for many years, and earns a living building hand-crafted musical instruments. As a personal challenge, he decided to make a a highly detailed Baltic Birch camper for his five rescue dogs.

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Camper dog house
Michael Blunt

A few years ago, just for fun, I started making birdhouses inspired by the old Shasta and Teardrop camper trailers of the ’40s and ’50s. Almost since the very beginning of the birdhouse project, my wife has been encouraging me to try to scale one up for a dog playhouse. Finally, for her birthday this year, I came up with a design and built one.

His doggie camper can comfortably hold up to 30 pounds, and is designed for indoor use only.

When he first finished the camper, his dogs weren’t too interested in their new digs. 

With a little more coaxing though (and some tasty doggy treats – always helps!) his pups came to love the place!

One of his dogs, Cocoa Rae Bean eats all her meals inside the cozy trailer.

At meal times she sprints from the kitchen and runs into her personal “diner,” wagging and dancing in anticipation of another great dinner “on the road.”

There’s so much you could do with these plans, and the options – simply limitless! What color would you pick…maybe you could turn this into a motorhome or Airstream doghouse.

Michael doesn’t sell the campers commercially yet, but he does have vintage camper birdhouses for sale on his Etsy shop.

Camper dog houses are so cute. You can buy one (they’re pricey), but try making your own with the plans at this link…

The Bark: Shasta-Style Puppy Camper Playhouse

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