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Flooring considerations when pets are part of the family

 

You see these white legs here? Not the pair in booties…the other pair, the one covered in fur. That’s our dog Solha. My husband Jake rescued her from Afghanistan. She’s a good dog who’s been through a lot and we love her dearly, but man, does she shed fur all over mah floors!!!!

White fur on brown carpet is shabby, not chic. I must vacuum twice a day. We’ve been mulling new flooring options for the kitchen and living room. After talking to other pet owners in similar furry situations, here’s how I’m going to approach my next foray into dog-friendly flooring.

Number one: Invest in the best, toughest, most durable flooring I can afford. Floors takes a beating, especially from a canine from Taliban country. A cheap floor wears out too quickly. (You should see the size of Solha’s claws. Seriously. They’re long enough to scratch a Mujahideen’s eyes out.)

Number two: Go with some kind of textured color variation. You know, to hide the dirt and fur.

Number three:  Consider adhesive carpet tile since it’s so easy to replace spots that become stained or damaged.

Number four: Stain remover, stain remover, stain remover! 

Number five: Install a dog door so Solha can take her private business outside while we’re asleep.

 

A big thanks to The Home Depot for sponsoring this campaign. Click here to see more of the discussion.

 

Read more of JESSIE’S BLOGGING or check out her books RURALLY SCREWED and TART & SWEET.

See some of her previous (sponsored) posts:

Toddler bedroom makeover: Shopping words to live by

Thinking about carpeting as I consider my toddler’s bedroom makeover

How carpet expands or contracts a space

 

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