Interior Design by Honey the Golden Retriever
Every morning, we move Honey’s crate. It’s the only way my husband can open his dresser drawers.
Tumbleweeds of dog hair blow across the prairie of our staircase.
Our beautiful duvet, handcrafted in India, is covered with an old sheet to keep from being covered in fur.
Are we the only people whose “decorating” choices are dictated entirely by the dog? I wanted to know.
So I put together a short survey and you provided lots of interesting information—not the least of which is that I have it easy compared to the folks who also have cats, rats, ferrets, and snakes.
Are You Normal?
Most people enjoy comparing themselves to others and seeing where they fit in. Do you?
Here are the survey questions and the results:
Do you adjust the furnishings you buy and the way you decorate because you have pets?
- 74% said, Yes, the decorating choices I make reflect the animals in my life.
- 16% said, We’ve given up and just live in a giant kennel.
- 10% said, No, I buy what I would normally have even without animals.
Well, it looks like I’m in the majority here. Maybe I’m not as weird as I thought. But I am a little envious of the people living in a giant kennel.
Do they really have a big drain in the middle of the floor so they can just hose things down? I’ve seriously considered that.
Do you decorate around large objects in your house used only by your animals? For instance, crates, cat trees, bird cages, exercise pens, etc.
- 55% said yes.
- 45% said no.
The most common objects decorated around were dog beds. Several people reported having different beds in each room. No one seemed to have fancy litter boxes hidden in the bottom of large planters. They’re usually hidden out of sight in the bathroom or basement.
Others reported terrariums, bird cages, cat trees, and toy boxes.
One person has end tables that double as secret dog crates and described a laundry room that sounds like something out of the pets issue of Martha Stewart Living—leash hooks, waist-high shower for bathing, a grooming counter. Wow! I wonder if it looks like any of these?
What factors into your decision to buy something for your house? Check all that apply.
- 32% said it must be easy to clean or maintain.
- 23% asks whether it’s safe for pets.
- 22% ask if it will still look nice after a few weeks in a house with animals.
- 13% consider cost because there is no use spending a lot of money on something that could be damaged quickly.
- 5% consider whether their pet will like or accept the item.
- And 5% supplied other answers including
- None of the above.
- Whether it’s safe for the environment.
- Whether the person likes it. Gee, that’s a novel idea.
- How it looks covered in black dog hair, how well it hides dog hair, or if it doesn’t hold onto “fluff.”
- And, my favorite answer: “Will Desmond pee on it or think it’s a toy?” Thank you, Lauren.
Would you buy furnishings that help animal items fit better into your decorating scheme? For example, decorative cat condos, crates that double as coffee tables, dog beds that look like human furniture?
- 46% said, Heck ya, I already have.
- 38% said, Nah, I don’t see the use or don’t want to spend the extra money.
- 16% said, Didn’t you read the response to question #1? We live in a kennel. Our whole house is one big animal play pen.
I really one to see one of these whole house kennels. Any invitations pending?
Do you feel like you have to make a choice between having animals and having an attractive home?
- 70% said, maybe, but I’ve adjusted my standards because a home without animals is just a house.
- 21% said, no, my animals haven’t had a big effect on the way my house looks.
- 9% said, yes, somethings just aren’t possible with animals.
There were so many fabulous comments at the end of the survey I’m sorry I can’t include them all. But some people shared that their choice of dog in the future would probably be influenced by the fur and wear and tear some dogs cause on belongings. One person with a snake, ferrets, and a lizard has the extra responsibility of looking for gaps that would hide a curious pet.
I guess I’m pretty lucky I don’t have any Golden Retriever-sized holes in my house.
One person reflected that a spouse’s hobbies had more of an effect on the decor than any dog. Hmm, what do you think? Is this a hubby rebuilding diesel engines on the kitchen table or perhaps someone collecting comic book memorabilia?
A couple of folks mentioned buying things used or dumpster diving (people after my own heart) because it’s not worth buying new.
But the overwhelming number of comments demonstrated the fact that we love our animals and wouldn’t want to be without them. If that means a messier house, well then so be it. And everyone else will have to learn to live with it. Amen!
Cool Design for Dogs
Blogger in residence at NewandHound has set up a Pinterest board dedicated to Dog Design for the Home. It’s full of cool ideas so go check it out.
Giveaway—A Few Days Left to Win
Last week I reviewed Sophie: The Incredible True Story of the Castaway Dog at A Traveler’s Library and here, at Something Wagging. I’m giving away this book that tells the story of an Australian cattle dog who, after falling overboard in the Coral Sea, managed to swim at least three nautical miles in rough waters filled with predators to land. She survived alone on islands for several months before being reunited with her family.
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