Decorating for Dogs 101Posted: May 27, 2016 | |
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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
sabotageput your paw prints on your humans’ decorating efforts?