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Hello, Saturday!

๐Ÿพ Today's issue is going to the dogs and cats, because we can't get enough of the custom spaces we're seeing for pets these days.

Today's newsletter is 602 words โ€” a 2.5-minute read.

1 big thing: ๐Ÿšฟ Pet-pampering home design

Sharie Lesniak and Linda Bak are building their dream house, filled with cat-friendly features. Photo: Courtesy of Sharie Lesniak

From catios to spas, some Tampa Bay pets 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.

What they're saying: "Every house I currently have in development has a dog bath," Tampa architect John Keener tells Axios.

  • The phenomena have taken off in the last eight years or so, Kenner says. He attributes the spike in custom pet features to Pinterest; most clients show the same photos, he says.
  • Other popular pet features include sleeping nooks, special yards for animals and discrete litter box entrances.

Zoom in: Reader Sharie Lesniak and her wife, Linda Bak, are building a house in St. Pete named "The Cat Box."

  • Their feline sons, Hygge and Lil' Roo, will have a "catio" with a cat door, climbing shelves, extra large window sills (with bird- and butterfly-friendly landscaping outside those windows!) and a litter room.
  • "When we were designing the home with our architect and describing all these cat features he asked, just to be sure, if the catio should be tall enough for us or if it will be just for the cats," Lesniak says.
  • Of note: The house is for humans, too.

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.
Sharie and Linda's lucky boys, Hygge and Lil' Roo. Photo: Courtesy of Sharie Lesniak

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2. ๐Ÿพ 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: Meet Wisp, our very own pet-fluencer.

3. ๐Ÿ• Rent a yard for Fido

Happy Sniffspot users loving a Land O' Lakes yard. Photo: Courtesy of Sniffspot

A custom pet spa might not be in the budget, but for $8 an hour, your pup can zoom around a four-acre Lake Myrtle yard in Land O' Lakes.

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

Zoom in: Tampa Bay has 300-plus listings, mostly priced under $15 an hour.

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

Another Sniffspot user, basking in a Land O' Lakes yard. Photo: Courtesy of Sniffspot

4. ๐Ÿ  Your success stories

Illustration of a repeating pattern of houses made out of hundred dollar bills.

Illustration: Aรฏda 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.

5. Give back

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We're so thankful to our members for their support of Axios Tampa Bay through their contributions to our newsroom.

If you join as a member, you'll get exclusive notes from the team, birthday shoutouts in the newsletter and other perks.

  • Plus, you'll be part of our growth and ensure that our news is always free and accessible to the community.

We're grateful for your trust and continued readership.

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๐Ÿฆด Sami is saving Koda a seat at Thanksgiving.

๐Ÿถ Bri is ironing Roy's tux for holiday paw-ty season.

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