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Trend Alert: Pet-centric spaces.

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(Sugar Hill GA – August 26, 2014) Our pets are an integral part of our lives and are a growing influence on how we design our homes. Their well-being is at the forefront of everything we do. We invest in the best veterinary care for them, take them to the salon regularly and schedule play groups. Some pets even get to go to five star pet resorts. So it’s no surprise that one of the biggest trends right now in home design is creating rooms – and even entire suites – designed especially for pets!

The idea of incorporating the needs of our pets into our homes is one that is catching on across the country. According to the American Pet Products Association, nearly 70% of Americans own pets and contribute towards an annual pet industry worth more than $55 billion. Purchasing trends indicate that homeowners often include the needs of their pets when remodeling their homes, such as adding built-in doggie doors or special shelving on a kitchen island to accommodate pet bowls. Some homebuilders even offer options for high-end “pet suites” with grooming stations, custom furnishings and flat-screen TVs.

Designers across the country are reporting that the most requested room in the house is not the master bedroom or media room, but it’s a room devoted to their pet. Some are converting laundry rooms and mud rooms into pet rooms, while others are updatng a full suite designed with the pet in mind. MTI Baths gives pet owners yet another way of pampering their dogs with the Jentle Pet® spa bath. Created specifically with pets in mind, this ingenious design allows any lucky dog to experience the benefits of a therapeutic bath.

The Jentle Pet spa is intended to enhance a dog’s comfort, cleanliness and well-being. It is also a dream come true for pet owners who appreciate the convenience of having a dedicated bathing station. No more bending over a too-small tub or settling for a quick spray with the backyard hose. The Jentle Pet features an ergonomically designed bathing well with handheld sprayer and fill spout, and integrated shelves to keep shampoos, towels and treats close at hand. Best of all, cleaner pets mean a cleaner house with less shedding and muddy paw prints to deal with! The Jentle Pet itself is easy to clean with a non-porous cast acrylic surface that resists stains, mildew and scratches.

Jentle Pet is available as a relaxing soaker tub or – for the ultimate in pet luxury – as a whirlpool system with five full-size point-massage jets, air volume control, a 1-bhp pump, and MTI’s patented Fill Flush® cleaning system. The direction of the massage jets can be adjusted or shut down individually as needed. Because doggies come in different shapes and sizes, the Jentle Pet is available in two sizes. The Jentle Pet 1 measures 48″ x 30″ x 26″ and is priced from $1,913 as a soaker or $3,760 with a whirlpool package. For larger breeds, the Jentle Pet 2 offers a roomy tub measuring 59.5″ x 38″ x 31.5″. Prices start at $2,584 for a soaker tub or $4,290 for a whirlpool version. The tubs come in 12 different colors with a choice of beautiful hardware finishes including chrome, brushed nickel and oil-rubbed bronze.

Of course, Jentle Pet is about more than just treating your pet to a relaxing bath. The therapeutic benefits of the massage jets can be ideal for older dogs suffering from arthritic conditions, those who are recovering from injuries, or for active dogs with sore muscles. Add natural elements to the bath to help combat fleas and ticks, and afterward keep your pet safely corralled for drying and grooming. Jentle Pet creates a haven for dogs that are anxious about bathing. The construction of the tub with its reinforced backing adds an extra layer of insulation that provides a dampening effect for the sounds of falling water, thus helping to create a calming environment that makes bath time more pleasant for everyone

Make every animal house a great home with the Jentle Pet.

Since 1988, MTI Baths has earned a reputation for award-winning design, personalized customization and artisan quality. MTI tubs, shower bases, sinks and hardwood bath furniture are Handcrafted in the USA. MTI also offers water-resistant teak accessories and frameless glass shower enclosures. For information on MTI’s extensive selection of design and customization options call 800-783-8827 or visit