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Hello, Saturday!

🐾 Today's issue is going to the dogs, because we can't get enough of the custom spaces we're seeing for pets these days.

Today's newsletter is 461 words — a 2-minute read.

1 big thing: 🚿 Pet-pampering home design

dog food and water bowls tucked into a kitchen island

This Union Market rowhouse, listed for $1.25M, has a built-in pet station. Photo: Courtesy of Brent Jackson

Washington home shoppers want their pets to live like royalty.

Why it matters: Pet owners are increasingly eager to cater their homes to pups, cats and other companion animals.

Driving the news: Searches for "pet bedroom" on Pinterest rose 132% from October 2022 to October 2023.

  • There was also a surge in searches for other pet-friendly designs, including dog shower utility rooms and DIY cat patios, according to data the platform shared with Axios.

Zoom in: Pet features consistently rank among buyer wish lists, Washington real estate agent Brent Jackson tells Axios.

The latest: The global market for pet accessories is expected to reach $55.4 billion by 2030, according to a new report.

  • Pet furniture is also expanding. Next year, pet product company Fable is launching a large version of its minimalist dog crate, which is made with wood (instead of plastic) and can double as a side table.

The big picture: A growing share of consumers view pets as family members, Jeremy Canade, Fable co-founder and CEO, tells Axios.

  • Pet lovers "are looking for the same things they look for in their own products: quality, function and sustainability," Canade says.

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2. 🐾 Who's being pet-fluenced

Data: National Association of Realtors; Chart: Axios Visuals
Data: National Association of Realtors; Chart: Axios Visuals

Nearly one in five recent homebuyers say they factored in proximity to parks and the vet when picking a neighborhood, according to a new report.

Zoom in: The share was highest among unmarried couples, per the report by the National Association of Realtors.

Go deeper: D.C.'s doggie-conomy is booming

3. 🐕 Rent a yard for Fido

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Two happy pups enjoying a private Rockville yard. Photo: Courtesy of Sniffspot

A custom pet spa may not be in the budget, but for $15 an hour, your dog can run free in this two-acre private Rockville yard.

Zoom out: Rental marketplace Sniffspot lists private dog parks in over 5,000 municipalities nationwide, founder David Adams tells Axios.

Between the lines: As the sharing economy flourishes, people can rent everything from boats to swimming pools on Airbnb-style platforms.

4. 🏠 Your success stories

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Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

If you recently bought a home, we want to hear how you navigated this wild market.

  • Did you take advantage of a mortgage rate buydown?
  • Score a deal on a house that sat on the market for weeks?

Email [email protected] or hit reply with your name and hometown. We might feature your insights in an upcoming newsletter.

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Our picks:

🦴 Sami is saving Koda a seat at Thanksgiving.

🐶 Bri is ironing Roy's tux for holiday paw-ty season.

Thanks to our editor Ashley May and copy editor Bill Kole.