Pets & Furniture

September 10, 2013

Do you guys have pets? We have a dog named Birch. He’s a vizsla, which means he doesn’t really shed, he’s hypoallergenic (even though we’re not allergic), he’s skinny, he curls up into a tiny doughnut shape, he follows me wherever I go around the house, he’s very anxious, and he loves to snuggle. All that also means that Birch is allowed on our furniture. A related point, I’m a softie and would never turn him down. But really, I want to discuss. Do you allow your pets on the furniture?

I’ve been thinking about this issue a lot lately. We have friends who fall on both sides, some let their animals on the furniture and some don’t. Some started with a hard line of no furniture, but let it slide on special occasions.

For our family, we wanted a dog that would be part of our family and we definitely got it. Birch is a total weenie, he’s skiddish and anxious. Besides that though, I just like it. I like for him to come up on the couch and spin for two whole minutes to find that perfect position, right up next to me. Right this moment he’s curled up on “his” chair, right next to my desk, sound asleep. I like it.

I’m curious what you all do or what rules you’ve set for your animals? Do you have multiple animals? (We have a cat too, but she lives mostly outside.) I’m wondering what will happen when we have kids? Or when we get new furniture? Or if our current furniture smells like dog and we just don’t notice? Oh boy.

All images via Desire to Inspire‘s Pets on Furniture column: here, here, here and here.

3 thoughts on “Pets & Furniture

  1. Rude&Chic

    I have got alot indoor only cats and what I allow or not is none of their concern. They carelessly lounge on the sofa and bed … the shedding is less. I use the vacuum cleaner everyday and the lint brush with rollers are my home’s best friend.
    Vinegar is my best friend, I keep using burners scented oils and my home doesn’t smell so much of pets. Just the litter box has to be scooped twice daily.

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  2. Katie Ketelsen

    Pets are human too….right?
    Fortunately, our girl doesn’t shed much. If she did, she’d be spending much less time on the couch. I’d hate for guests (or frankly, me) to leave our house with a pound of hair on their backs.

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  3. K W

    I was definitely raised as a person that allowed pets on furniture. I wan my puppy or kitten to cuddle with me and be close with me. I think the most imparting part is training them so they don’t ruin furniture. I think people often thinks that animals just damage furniture, which they don’t do just by sitting on it. But I’m definitely all for pets on furniture. However when we get a pet we will see what Ryan thinks haha

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