Decorating for Dogs 101

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It’s official. My human mommy’s decorating skills have gone to the dogs . . . and that’s just the way it ought to be. She decided to forgo decorative rugs in the living room in favor of dog beds. A very sensible choice, if you ask me. Dog beds are much softer than rugs, and my sister and I can move them from place to place throughout the room, depending on where we’d like to nap. True, our random placement of the beds can be a bit inconvenient (and dangerous) for our humans (who have been known to trip once or twice); but I firmly believe that dog beds trump rugs any day when if comes to a decorating choice.

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And no living room decor is complete without a travel crate. This one belongs to my little sister. Mommy thought about hiding it away in an upstairs closet. And then she thought about trying to carry it down the stairs every time she needed it. So the travel crate found a home just inside of our front door. It makes the perfect place to rest your purse or computer case or shopping bags when you come into the house. Honestly, every home should have a travel crate just inside the front door, don’t you think?

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Welcome to my stairs. Wood stair treads are beautiful, but wood stair treads plus dog paws more often than not equal wipeout . . . and I had my share. Therefore, the second story of my house was off limits. And then my human mommy found these fabulous slip-resistant carpet stair treads to cover the slippery wood. They’re pretty, functional, and machine washable . . . which Mommy says is the trifecta when it comes to dog-friendly decorating.

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Every home needs one room that is totally devoted to the dogs. Few homes have such a room. This is as close as we come in our house. The humans call this room the laundry/utility room. Tallulah and I humor them, but we know that it’s really the dog room. This is where our toys, leashes, collars, bandanas, and forbidden toys are stored. Most importantly, this is the room that is dedicated to doggy dining. It’s also the perfect place to display the art gallery that is all about me. You’ll notice that we have yet to add any Tallulah art to the wall. She’s been with us for almost a year, so I guess it’s time to give her a little space . . . just a little space.

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Recently, my human mommy has developed a doggy-decorating specialty: decorating for puppies. Puppy-friendly design simply must start with the baby gate. Thanks to Tallulah, our baby gate gets a real workout. Most of the time it’s used to confine her to the living area . . . because sweet Tallulah Bee loves to take a running leap onto the freshly made master bedroom bed.

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But sometimes the baby gate is used to prevent Tallulah from racing up the stairs, where she just knows our humans hide massive piles of treats and toys. I totally approve of this placement of the baby gate, which ensures that I can enjoy a nice nap away from a pesky little someone.

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Not all of my human mommy’s decorating choices have been dog-friendly successes. Take this glass-topped coffee table for instance. It’s pretty, but my little sister likes to rest her head on the glass. And she particularly likes to do this just after consuming a gallon of water, which means that Mommy is constantly cleaning Tallulah drool off of the glass. And when she’s not wiping drool stains off of the top of the table, she’s cleaning Tallulah nose prints off of the bottom of the table. Tallulah truly believes that she is creating artistic masterpieces on her own personal canvas. Mommy begs to differ.

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Which brings us to the television hutch . . . also known as the Golden Retriever hair magnate. This darker shade of wood was a total dog-friendly decorating fail. Mommy dusts this thing daily, and the hair just keeps coming back. She is currently looking for a paint color called “Golden Retriever Hair Camouflage” so she can paint the hutch and never see the Golden hair ever again. Good luck with that!

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And finally I present my human mommy’s biggest doggy decorating fiasco of all: a rug with a navy blue border . . . strategically placed precisely where my Golden sister and I walk back and forth multiple times every single day. And when we’re not walking on this fabulous rug, we’re rolling on it. Don’t you just love that layer of Golden Retriever hair? You see, humans aren’t the only ones who can master the art of doggy decorating.😉

Humans, what are your best pet-friendly decorating techniques? And to all of my four-legged friends, what have you done to sabotage put your paw prints on your humans’ decorating efforts?


Wordless Wednesday: I See You, Kitty Cat

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Quarantine

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It seems like just yesterday I was telling you about the arrival of my little sister, Tallulah Bee. And then I blinked my eyes, and we were celebrating her first birthday. Well, my friends, last week my baby sister . . . how can I put this delicately . . . became a woman. Yep, Tallulah Bee is in heat, and the quarantine has begun.

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We’re all new to this. My humans have always had a fabulous six-month birthday gift for their dogs: We either get spayed or neutered. Light the birthday cake candles; cue the confetti machine; and release the balloons. But Tallulah’s breeder requested that we allow her to go through one heat cycle. There are arguments for and against. We’re honoring the breeder’s wishes; after all, she knows more than a thing or two about Golden Retrievers. So here we go. The quarantine is on. I promise to be right by my sister’s side all the way . . . at least in spirit. A girl needs her sleep.

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We’ve loaded up on supplies to get us through the quarantine.

TOP PAW DISPOSABLE DIAPERS: My human mommy and I immediately went to the store to make this purchase. Tallulah is a big girl, but we never really saw her as an extra-large girl. Surprise! She weighs 63 pounds, so we had to go with the extra-large diapers that should fit 55 to 90 pounds. I say should because we tried putting these on once. Total disaster. They were beyond a tight fit. Turns out Miss Jennifer Lopez isn’t the only  pretty girl with some extra junk in her trunk. Fortunately, we haven’t needed the diapers . . . yet . . . but if we do, Mommy’s trying to think of a way to combine two for maximum Golden coverage. Stay tuned for that.

EARTHBATH GROOMING WIPES: When Tallulah was just a tiny puppy still living with her breeder, her name was Pink. They called her Stinky Pinky because she was always getting into trouble. Let’s just say that my little sister has morphed back into Stinky Pinky. She is not a rose-scented pink powder puff at the moment. That’s why my human mommy was overjoyed to discover the Earthbath Grooming Wipes in a blog post from our friends at Barking from the Bayou. Talk about perfect timing. She quickly made this purchase. (And then she too quickly cut the top off of the package to get to the wipes. Desperation makes humans do crazy things. If you purchase the grooming wipes, follow the handy “Open Here” instructions.) The Earthbath Grooming Wipes have made life with Tallulah Bee far more tolerable, although we look forward to saying goodbye to Stinky Pinky once and for all when the quarantine ends.

PEDIGREE DENTASTIX FRESH BITES: My sister–bless her heart, as we say in the South–has been very conscientious about trying to keep herself clean. Unfortunately, this has left her with less-than-minty-fresh breath. (I know. This is too much information. But honestly, what part of this blog post isn’t?) So we’re trying the Fresh Bites. She still has some pretty foul-smelling breath, but we’re afraid it would be even worse without the doggy breath mints . . .and that’s a chance we’re not willing to take.

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Oh, and my humans have stocked up on their quarantine supplies, too, which they are appropriately enough enjoying from their Golden Retriever wine glasses.

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We’re taking the quarantine one day at a time. We honestly have no idea what to expect. We’ve been reading back through the posts our friends at Marking Our Territory shared when Penny was under house arrest. Sharing is caring, as they say, and we cannot thank Mr. Will enough for his insights into surviving “the event.” Mostly, Tallulah Bee is pitiful. She sleeps more than usual, and she is super cuddly (which makes my humans extra thankful for those grooming wipes and doggy breath mints). I’m thankful that she isn’t as interested as usual in bothering playing with me. But I do kind of miss my rambunctious little sister, and I know she misses her long morning walks with Mommy. This too shall pass. The quarantine will be lifted and, when the vet says the time is right, Tallulah will get her belated six-month birthday gift from my humans. Until then, wish us luck. We’re on a pretty steep learning curve.


Wordless Wednesday: Willow Tree//January through April 2016

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Throughout 2016, we’re taking a photo each month at about the same time beside a little willow tree in New Orleans’ Audubon Park. These are our photos from the first four months of 2016.

Spring has sprung.

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The Quest

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You might recall a time, not so very long ago, when my toy baskets overflowed. (If you’d like to refresh your memory, click here. As for me, I can’t bear to look.)

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And then my little sister, Tallulah Bee, arrived. Sure, she was cute back then . . . all comfy and adorable atop my fabulously full toy basket. But then she grew . . . and one by one, she destroyed almost every single one of my beloved toys.

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We managed to salvage a few of my very favorites and hide them for safe-keeping in the Land of Forbidden Toys (also known as a cabinet).

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Occasionally, when Tallulah is fast asleep in her crate, my toys and I are reunited.

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Oh, Allie Gator, I so miss plucking your alligator eggs out one by one.

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So my humans are on a major hunting expedition. Don’t worry. It’s not that kind of hunt. Daffy Duck and Bambi’s mother are perfectly safe. No, my humans are hunting for the indestructible toy. They’ve tried and tried to find something that can stand up to the intense “love” of Tallulah Bee. But so far no luck.

So we’re asking for your help: Can you suggest a Bee-proof toy?


HL Does NOLA from A to Z: ZEPHYR FIELD

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Z is for Zephyr Field. While technically not located in New Orleans (it’s in Metairie, a suburb near New Orleans), the stadium is home to the New Orleans Zephyrs baseball team, a Triple A affiliate of the major league Miami Marlins . . . so I’ve decided that it counts on our tour of the Big Easy (and Z seems like an okay place to start breaking the rules😉 ). The 10,000-seat baseball stadium opened in 1997 and until recently served only as a site for baseball, including Zephyrs games and some college match-ups. But earlier this month the band Mumford & Sons played a successful concert at the ballpark, so it seems that Zephyr Field might be expanding its horizons in the future. (I could have said that the park will be pinch-hitting as a concert venue . . . but I decided not to push my luck.)

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Zephyr Field is even dog friendly . . . at least one day out of the year. The Zephyrs hosted Bark in the Park at a mid-April game. The first 500 fans received dog bowls. Unfortunately, my humans had human commitments that day, so I didn’t get to attend. I really need to work on getting my driver’s licence so I don’t have to count on them to take me places.

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There’s a pretty good chance that the Zephyrs won’t be the Zephyrs this time next year and that the ballpark will have a new name too. The Zephyrs, who moved to New Orleans from Denver almost 25 years ago, were named for a train that connected Denver to Chicago. (It’s interesting that The Zephyr rollercoaster was one of the main attractions at the old Pontchartrain Beach Amusement Park in New Orleans, but that is not the origin of the baseball team’s present name.) There’s currently a contest to rename the team. If you have a good idea, click here. You could win some lovely prizes!

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Speaking of prizes, this is the final day of my Blogging from A to Z Challenge, and I wish I had prizes for everyone who stuck with me throughout the journey . . . whether you stopped by just one day or checked in all 26. I hope you learned a little something about the city of New Orleans, my beautiful hometown.

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As far as I know, there isn’t a Reader of the Year Award associated with the Blogging from A to Z Challenge, but if there were my friend Emma would definitely go home with the trophy. Emma commented on every single post in my journey through the alphabet and throughout the Big Easy. Thank you oh so very much, Emma. I am so happy to count you as one of my truly amazing blogging friends. Please drop by Emma’s beautiful, informative, entertaining, and totally sweet blog by clicking here. You’ll love her . . . I promise.


HL Does NOLA from A to Z: YVONNE LaFLEUR

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Y is for Yvonne LaFleur, a tony fashion gallery in New Orleans’ Riverbend neighborhood. In 1969, as a young graduate from Louisiana State University, Yvonne LaFleur invested 100 $100 bills in her dream. She’s been at this location at 8131 Hampson Street ever since, dressing generations of brides and debutantes, carnival queens and ladies who lunch.

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And if you tune in to the Kentucky Derby next weekend and scan the audience, chances are pretty good that you’ll spot at least a few of Yvonne LaFleur’s millinery creations.

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At this point you might be thinking, “Sounds great, but is there just a little something that I can bring home as a memento of my visit to the Crescent City?” Yes, there is. Yvonne LaFleur bath gel, lotion, powder, candles, and perfume range in price from $25 to $55.  So hop on the St. Charles Avenue Streetcar and head Uptown to Stop #299. Take a short walk toward the Mississippi River, and bring home a beautifully fragrant piece of New Orleans’ elegant history.

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This post is part of the Blogging from A to Z Challenge. Please click here for a link to the challenge homepage and a list of  the bloggers who are participating.

 


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