What Pets Bring To Our Home & A Sad Farewell

What Pets Bring To Our Home & A Sad Farewell

Sarah Rae Smith
May 11, 2011

In the past we have talked at length about having pets in the home, their care, and cleaning up after them, but we haven't ever approached the subject of what they actually bring to our home, which is so much more than cool furniture and the right lighting can.

This comes to light after Donna (you remember her Junk To Funk house tour from Monday right?), has had to say goodbye to her cat, Beethoven, who had just had his few minutes of Apartment Therapy fame.

When I have a chance to feature a home for a house tour on Apartment Therapy there's a bond that's formed between myself and the home owner. I help them sort through a million different angles of their space and even if I've never set foot inside, there's no denying the warmth and comfort that's felt between us.

After going through Donna's photos, it was always a joy to find the photos that included her cats laced throughout. Having two dogs myself, it's always a treat to play spot the animals as we're working to create a tour for our readers. The surprise of finding a little face peering out at you as you sort through file after file is truly something special.

In my own home, my pups bring something unique to our space. We've moved what seems like a million times over the last 5 years and no matter where we go, more often than not, they're what make the space feel comfortable. Not our furniture placement or knowing we have a killer light fixture for over the dining room table, but those little paws that track dirt in our beds and get fur over everything we own.

If you'd like to see more of Beethoven or give your well wishes, make sure to stop by Funky Junk Interiors and drop Donna a line. We're glad we were able to share even a few moments of his life and home with our readers. Forget handmade and hand-painted stairs, he was the real star of the show.

What role do your own pets play? Have you ever stopped to think about their part in the health and happiness of your space? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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