Thursday, February 28, 2013

DoggyStyle: How Much Stuff Does your Dog Have?

We know a lot of people--especially people living in smaller spaces in the city--think they can't have large dogs because they don't have enough space. While we had a good discussion here about the amount of space really needed, for dogs our biggest issue has always been managing the stuff that 'comes with' the pooches. Since we have two, we also have:

Twin Dog Beds
Though often they would much rather sleep like this.

Separate Crates
We know they both need their separate spaces, and the hardest part of having both dogs was always finding space for two big crates. Now Mr.B lives in a tepee, and we love this solution we found for Miss M.

Different Wardrobe
So maybe this is one area where they could really share, but don't all dog pairs need matching snoods and team hoodies? I wonder if parents of twins have this same problem.

Are you able to consolidate your pups' stuff? And how much do dogs really need?

Also:
Our current dog organization system
And speaking of the number of dog beds...
Look what else they share!

9 comments:

Pat Cole said...

Love your blog about the pitties - found you through Milo's page. I have 2 rescue black labs. They are considered my four footed furry kids. I love the picture of their crates - love the teepee. What a great idea!! Take care and try to stay warm. From sunny Florida, Pat

onedoglife.com said...

Because I exclusively foster dogs, I end up with whatever strange mish-mash of stuff they came with, either from a temporary foster, a transporter, or their surrendering home. Most owners want to get their own leash/collar/bed when they adopt, and I don't blame them! It's nice for a dog to have something shiny and new of their own. But on the other hand, I don't feel right just discarding the equipment because it's still useful. So I end up with lots of 'stuff' that I get to wear out :)

Tricia said...

Two border-collie-blends in my tiny apartment have So Many Toys. We have a basket now and when new toys arrive, everything has to fit in the basket, else something old must get thrown out.

adventuresofadogmom said...

We have a basket of toys that we keep for Boomer and Dottie and bring them out when it's play time. (We have to keep it out of sight at other times because Dottie will destroy them all in a matter of minutes.) It seems though that they like to play with one thing at a time and wear that out before moving on to the next toy.

ohmelvin.com said...

You are the master at all things two-dogs (decorating, fashion, all of it!)!!! I am so in love with that wall of photos (especially the canvas photo of them at the top with the white background), LOVE!!!!

Two Kitties One Pittie said...

Ha-- I think that of all people, you guys do a great job consolidating all the dog stuff. My apartment, on the other hand, is overrun with it! :) I try to use cute containers and put everything away as much as possible-- but it always ends up overflowing. I don't really mind, but K. doesn't love it.

Hannah@Eriesistibull said...

"but don't all dog pairs need matching snoods and team hoodies?" -- Ed & Tess think so! It is amazing how quickly all their "stuff" adds up. What started with a few measly items has quickly outgrown the bin we have fun them. Now they are slowly consuming end table drawers, closet space, kitchen cabinets...but we love it!

Trissi_V said...

Two dogs mean 2 of everything in different colors. The only thing they don't have identical...Apollo has to have a blanket, but no pillow. Laci can't stand blankets, but must have two pillows...one for her head and one for her back to lean up against(when I figured this out I stopped waking up to my pillow being in her bed with her head on it, sneaky puppy).

devineopine said...

As is true with all stuff in small apartments, the key is having the right containers for everything. Our 3-legged pittie Prince has a bed in the living room and we keep all his toys in a vintage Coca-Cola crate in the living room (even though you can still see the scraps of balls and bones, it makes a huge difference having a place for them that he can easily access). We have a treat jar that we keep in the kitchen on a shelf above his bowls. We buy the huge bags of food and keep them on top of the refrigerator, and then we have a big vintage potato chip tin that keep food in for easy every day use (this, unfortunately, was something we had to implement after discovering that some other, less savory furry creatures were eating his food through the bag!). Finally, we have a big monogrammed tote bag in which we keep his other stuff: jacket, extra leash, frontline, heartworm meds, important documents etc. Inside it's a bit of a mess but you can just zip the bag shut and it looks perfectly fine.

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