Dogs and Decorating

Dogs and Decorating

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.

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Since that day, she has become one of the family and her simple transparency and loyalty warms our hearts every day.

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Dogs are called “man’s best friend” for a reason and the fact that they are frequently used for therapy speaks volumes.

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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.

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  • Furniture-
    • The first line of defense would be to select a breed that “doesn’t shed”, although, in my experience all dogs shed at least a little.
    • Next, try to teach your dog not get on the furniture.  Some of our furniture is off limits and some is not.
    • But, for the furniture I allow lounging on, they are either 1) made of leather or microfiber or 2) are covered with a throw blanket or slipcover that I have sprayed with scotch guard.
    • For quick clean up I will first use our little shop vac and then finish up with Costco baby wipes.
  • Floors
    • Wood- Our floors are original fir from 1906 and I am a little protective of them.  The main reason dogs scratch the floors is to prevent themselves from slipping.  You can buy special stickers with texture on them to stick to your dog’s paws so they don’t slip, but I have not found a good brand. The best thing is to keep their nails trimmed so they can’t scratch the floors as easily.
    • Carpet and Rugs-  “Kids and Pets” is my favorite cleaning product for pet accidents.
  • Dog Items
    • Just make sure they match my decorating and I am happy.
    •  Food and Water Bowls- we like to put the bowls in urns.


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    • All the things– choose items that match your decor or put them in a bag or basket. Here is ours.

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    • Beds– either let them have a piece of furniture that is theirs or find a stylish dog bed.  Our dog likes these two child size tufted chairs for her bed.

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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

I WAS Wrong!

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  1. Cassandra E
    September 8, 2017 / 10:06 AM

    I love that you followed up the making the bed post with a pet post. (Such a beautiful doggy!) We have two cats, and I wanted to say that I love to make my bed, but there is invariably always a cat snoozing when we get out. I’m just too much a softie to kick them off….I’ll try your idea, and perhaps kitties will not take it personally.

    I love the bowls in urns and the chair bed.

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      September 19, 2017 / 5:48 PM

      Thank you for such a detailed comment! I’m glad you love the dog post and your kitties sound adorable! Don’t get too mad at them ;D

  2. September 8, 2017 / 1:10 PM

    OH ,Sarah I loved this post!! Your dog is so cute! It’s amazing how they become part of the family and decor ;). Great tips for us dog owners!!

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      September 19, 2017 / 5:49 PM

      Awe, thanks! She is definitely loved

  3. Brenda
    September 8, 2017 / 1:11 PM

    Sweet post. I do think pets make a home a home. We have always considered our dogs and cats to be family members,

    And we are using your technique, with a bit of modification, to make beds these days and it works so well. What a time saver. Thanks for investigating and sharing what you found.

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      September 19, 2017 / 5:51 PM

      I couldn’t agree more about pets completeing a home 😀 So glad it’s helping you out!

  4. September 8, 2017 / 6:57 PM

    What a beautiful dog! Now I’m going to hunt your post on making the bed … how did I miss that?!?

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      September 19, 2017 / 5:52 PM

      Oh, you’re so sweet, I’ll tell her you said that! And yes, don’t miss that post, people seemed to really like it.

  5. Suzanne Brodie
    September 8, 2017 / 7:38 PM

    A house is not a home without a dog (and we have four of them). Just love the photo of your husband on the lounge with your gorgeous darling dog.

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      September 19, 2017 / 5:54 PM

      Oh, thank you! Oh my, four? Sounds like a ton of fun!

  6. Pamela
    September 8, 2017 / 9:12 PM

    For baby looks very sweet!!

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      September 19, 2017 / 5:54 PM

      Thank you, Pamela!

  7. September 8, 2017 / 9:29 PM

    Your dog is so beautiful, and resting on those blue chairs, exquisite together! Thanks for the tips. I especially love the “urn” idea. Thanks for all of your creative ideas.

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      September 19, 2017 / 6:32 PM

      I’m so glad you loved it! She is quite the princess, those chairs are very fitting.

  8. Tanya Hulbert
    September 9, 2017 / 10:56 PM

    She really is one of the prettiest dogs I’ve seen (and very photogenic)! We just love her so!

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      September 19, 2017 / 6:03 PM

      Oh, Tanya, you’re so sweet to us, love you!

  9. September 13, 2017 / 5:57 PM

    I love the last picture of your husband and your doggy! So sweet! We have 5 (!) dogs and yes, the house is sometimes a mess, but I wouldn’t have it any other way!

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      September 19, 2017 / 6:10 PM

      Five pups? You’ve got your hands full! Thank you, I love that picture, too.

  10. September 29, 2017 / 7:15 AM

    Oh, your pup is gorgeous! What is his/her name? We have two dogs and have forfeited an entire sofa to them…but they stay off all the other furniture, so it works. It just wouldn’t be home without a dog or two. Now if I can just get my husband to let me have a kitten!

  11. Melesa Garrison
    October 3, 2017 / 8:24 AM


    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      October 13, 2017 / 1:22 PM

      Thank you, Melesa. I actually don’t say her name online for security reasons, I hope you understand. xoxo

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