I've discovered the most wonderful source for cowhides here in Nashville! Tandy Leather has brindle, black and white, brown and white, and faux zebra. And they're only $200!! How great is that? As soon as I have a hardwood floor to put one on I'll be picking one of these beauties up for myself!
And the great thing is, there are lots of Tandy locations, so chances are there's one near where you live!