If you own a dog or are considering owning a dog, but feel like your dreams of a beautiful home have to be put on hold, I’m here to tell you can have both. Dogs and decorating do go together. But, I haven’t always felt that way.
I didn’t want a dog. My husband wanted a dog. We went back and forth for years. Finally, we settled on a compromise. I could get a claw foot tub and he could get a dog. A fair trade, in my book.
He researched and researched, he visited a breeder several hours away, he figured out how to pay for her, he had his friend bring his dog over so I could see how fun it was, he went through hundreds of names. . . it was getting ridiculous. The whole time, I kept thinking of all the horror stories people told me about owning a dog.
I knew she would destroy everything, run away, eat the couch, poop everywhere, cry all night, shed, have fleas and smell like a dog. She would have her toys everywhere and have astronomical vet bills. She would loose patience with the kids and growl at them, she would . . . oh, my gosh, my blood pressure is rising as I type.
But, a deal’s a deal. So, one day, my husband drove for many hours to pick up a sleepy Rhodesian Ridgeback puppy and we, of course, fell in love.
Since that day, she has become one of the family and her simple transparency and loyalty warms our hearts every day.
Dogs are called “man’s best friend” for a reason and the fact that they are frequently used for therapy speaks volumes.
I wanted to share some of the tricks we have learned to prevent the clutter and protect our floors and furniture, now that we are legit dog owners.
*This post contains some affiliate links to products I know or love.*
OH and by the way, I got my claw foot tub.
And that stuff I said earlier about having a dog- she does shed a little, even though her breed is “not supposed to” and she likes to go outside in the middle of the night. The rest of my fears have been unfounded.
So, let me just publically confess