Dog-resistant Decor Advice?

Dog-resistant Decor Advice?

Gregory Han
Nov 4, 2009

Q: We recently bought the sofa and chair as we began to settle into our new place slowly upgrading things from several college-based households as we were able, and then lo, I found out I was pregnant before I could find the perfect coffee table. Behold, my first purchased furniture ever! A maple mission-style coffee table…

Note the original hardwood floors. Note the 100 pound German Shepherd. Note the surly looking book-destroying Husky. What rugs are good for this situation?

The three major issues we're trying to address are:
1. Coffee Table
2. Dog-resistant, perhaps large area, rugs
3. Preventing book assaults, doors on bookshelves?

Referencing the aforementioned book-destroyer, I failed to mention not only did she destroy Shakespeare's Othello, and Henry V, but a baby name book, Perfume by Patrick Suskind, my Radiohead film DVD, and my Bjork DVD collection. The last one was a bitter bitter pill. I'm thinking my only hope is to put on doors to these Billy Bookshelves. Have you used these?

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Editor - Our contributor Grace is probably best suited to answer some of these questions (she lives with two Huskies), but we're sure there are a few pet owners out there with advice about living with rambunctious canine souls.

In regard to rugs, we'd recommend some of the super low pile FLOR carpet tiles. Because of the rubber backing, the rugs created using FLOR tiles don't bunch up for dogs to grab and move like an normal rug. Our cats have yet to do any serious harm to them and the two bipedal animals (Emily and I) exercise upon them without them shifting.

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