I’ve told you I’m a bad housekeeper. But there’s one area of my life in which I’m a female Felix Unger.
If someone tries to put a glass down on a side table, my piano, or the cherry dining room set, I’ll dive over furniture and push old ladies to the ground to get a coaster in place.
Yeah, I know. It’s ridiculous. I have dog hair tumbleweeds blowing across the plains of my living room. I haven’t washed my windows since I moved in twelve years ago. And I’ve given up on wiping muddy paws.
I may be messy but at least I don’t have water rings on my furniture.
Bad Dogs Save My Furniture
It’s hard not to seem like a jerk when you interrupt someone’s good time at a party to shove a coaster under their drink. I temper my obnoxiousness with a little humor.
And Bad Dog coasters, available exclusively from UncommonGoods, let me do just that.
How funny is a bad dog? When he’s not yours, he’s hilarious.
Each coaster features a line drawing of a bad dog’s version of obedience: the dog lying down with a backward glance as a ball flies over his head and his person yells “fetch.” One coaster shows a dog fleeing with a mischievous grin as his person shouts, “Stay.” (Keep reading to see all four coasters and for a chance to win your own.)
See? When it’s not your dog doing these things, it’s really funny.
By the time my guest has finished giggling at the bad dog, I’ve slipped the coaster under his glass and sighed in relief.
Besides being cute, the coasters do what they’re supposed to do. The cork bottoms keep them from sliding around. And a slight texture in the glaze keeps the glass or cup from slipping off the coaster.
Even better, the tiles are made in England and printed in Canada. So I don’t have to worry about supporting sweatshop factory owners exploiting their workers.
Uncommon Goods from UncommonGoods
In their own words, UncommonGoods features “unique designs and handcrafted gifts created in harmony with the environment and without harm to animals and people.”
I like finding a selection of lovely gifts I don’t have to feel guilty about buying. And the company donates $1 of every purchase to your charity of choice. The company has already donated more than $700,000 to support charitable causes that fight violence against women, protect forests, and help end hunger in New York City. So I can even feel good about my spending.
Searching the UncommonGoods online catalog is fun and easy. For my gift guides, I searched for “dog” and came up with lots of cool things. You can also search by the price you want to spend (I wish more websites did that). Limit your search to gifts under $50 or gifts under $100 here and here.
Or give a truly unique present by searching UncommonGoods for personalized gifts.
Let Bad Dogs Save Your Furniture
UncommonGoods has offered to send a set of Bad Dog coasters to one S’wagger . Will it be you?
You have several chances to win through the Rafflecopter below. You have until midnight on Monday, December 9 to enter.
Maybe you can tell people that Bad Dogs saved your furniture too.
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Disclosure: I’ve recommended UncommonGoods products since before a company representative asked if I would do a review. I like their products and the way they do business. But they did give me a free set of coasters for my review. The opinions I’ve expressed are honest and not influenced by the company. The images of the coasters came from the UncommonGoods website.
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