four ways to make your house a home for your dog

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there are many things to consider when you decide to get a dog, including how to make your house feel like a home to him, without him taking over said house. it isn’t as easy as tossing down bowls for food and water and calling it a day. if you really want to peacefully coexist in your beautiful home with your pup, here’s what we recommend:

create space: dogs need space of their own. whether it’s a crate, a bed, a chair or a blanket, designating a quiet space for your dog to rest is healthy for both of you. by having his own spot, he will know where to go to get away from the bustle of the family, where to head to feel safe and where he is supposed to sleep. if it happens to smell like you…all the better. 

set boundaries: we recommend you decide ahead of time what the rules are in the house including where your pup is allowed to be. is he allowed on the couch for cuddles and naps or do you want him off the furniture and bonding time will take place on the floor? is he allowed in all rooms, or are there some that are off limits? by thinking this through ahead of time, you’ll avoid sending confusing messages or having to correct an already-established bad habit.

give him his: if there is nothing in the house for him to play with or chew on that’s his, then …we promise…he’ll choose yours. dogs must have an outlet for their chewing, biting, sniffing, snorting, and digging instincts. exercise outdoors is one way to help engage these behaviors, but your dog will still need a variety of toys and chews available – ideally on rotation so he doesn’t get bored with any of them. this will better protect your beloved shoes, socks and couch cushions.

set him up for success: training is a huge part of teaching a dog how to be a member of your household, but there are other ways to set him up for success as well. create a schedule for him so he knows what to expect from his routine throughout the day. groom him regularly so he doesn’t shed as much and smells as good as the rest of your house. and, when possible, buy fabrics and flooring that can stand up to the usual wear and tear of daily dog use.

your dog is part of your family and your house is his home. be sure to create a loving and nurturing environment where being a dog is okay because, well, that’s why you got a dog!

pattern play: amarillo by morning and the dogs who love it

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“Everything that I’ve got is just what I’ve got on. I ain’t got a dime, but what I got is mine. I ain’t rich, but Lord I’m free.”

the lonely life of a cowboy, enjoying the freedom of the road and all the adventures that come with, but trading the comfort that comes with home and family. as you listen to George Strait’s song, you can only imagine that the road trip to amarillo would be made better with a dog by his side.  dog’s always, always take away the loneliness, no matter where you’re headed.

in one of our all-time best-selling patterns, amarillo by morning, you’ll find the things dogs love no matter where they travel: bones, fire hydrants, squirrels, oh my! available in olive green and light blue, this pattern helps fill any home with love and beauty.

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you can find more pictures of these beautiful pups on their instagram accounts, in order from left to right: @moky.shelliemay_the_corgis, @vaders_mom10, @sfratzke, @reallynaturalpet, @la_frecks and @lapdogcreations. a big thanks to each of them for being molly mutt fans!

five sustainable pet product companies we love

dd22-furley-lifestyleif you haven’t noticed, sustainability is pretty important to us. i mean, the core of our business is built on creating a sustainably-focused solution to the age-old problem of smelly, dirty, headed-to-the-landfill dog beds. but we aren’t the only company in the industry that has their eye on doing good in the world and for the world. and since you are a pet owner who prioritizes sustainably-focused do-gooders in your product purchases, we thought you’d be interested to know who else we love and why.

(by the way, our entire team uses the products on this list – they’re that good.)

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if you haven’t run across The Honest Kitchen yet, welcome to a whole new world in dog nutrition. as they say, “set the mystery pellets aside, and let your pup or kitty dip a paw into a taste test of healthy, wholesome, proper food for pets.” their dehydrated foods are made from 100% human-grade, minimally-processed whole foods that pack a serious nutritional punch! whether you’re looking for food, toppers, treats or supplements, this is one company at the very top of our list.

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from nose balms and tooth salts, to shampoos and conditioners, Pura Naturals is dedicated to delivering the highest quality products using only the best materials the Earth has to offer. that dedication means they deliver USDA certified organic ingredients, plant based foams and plastics, and biodegradable elements that have amazing natural properties – like rice hulls – in every product. the best part is, those ingredients not only make the SAFEST product but also the most comfortable – they won’t irritate the skin, scents and perfumes that don’t trigger allergies, and materials that are relaxing, safe, renewable and earth friendly.

planet-dogPlanet Dog was built on the desire to do the best by the planet and they’ve met their mission every year they’ve been in business! since 1997, Planet Dog has led the pack in designing and developing eco-friendly products with a deep commitment to philanthropy at our core. they believe social and environmental sustainability is a basic business responsibility and continue to make every effort – through product development, business processes and donations – to be the Top Dog in sustainability into the future. not to mention their orbee balls are a fan favorite around here!

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this company has been racking up industry awards since their launch, and for good reason! Dogs LOVE Kale has made kale the main ingredient in their new healthy, all natural, gluten/grain free treats. kale is a super antioxidant that contains essential vitamins including: beta carotene, calcium, vitamin K, vitamin C, and lutein. kale and flax seed aid in making your dog’s coat softer and shinier, with healthier skin underneath. flaxseed also provides fiber in your dog’s diet.

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are you a regular composter? then this earth-saving product is right up your alley. BioBags’ goal is to help divert all naturally organic waste from entering our landfills and dog poop is on their list. BioBags can be consumed by micro-organisms that live in our soils. because they use starches from renewable crops, their bags can be readily composted along with organic waste in municipal composting facilities. it’s a big step for waste stream management!

pattern play: bleecker street and the dogs who love it

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“fog’s rollin’ in off the East River bank; like a shroud it covers Bleecker Street; fills the alleys where men sleep; hides the shepherd from the sheep”

 

a stroll down Bleecker Street with Simon and Garfunkel feels warmly familiar like a walk down the block and around the neighborhood with your dog by your side. and yet there is something mystical and unknowable about the folk lyrics that remind you of all the hidden meanings in life and the undeniably magical relationship you have with your dog. i mean, how can another animal know and understand you so well, and yet not understand most of the words you say? 

in our inspired Bleecker Street duvet pattern, we bring to life the neighborhood every dog wishes they lived in! with coral colored steaks & ham bones, green trees, puffy white clouds, and an amazing tan dog house — what’s not to love?

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you can find more pictures of these beautiful pups on their instagram accounts, in order from left to right: @beevolmar@bongo_dachshund_dog@bundyandbaxter_beagles, @croquettethecorgi, @emmy985837, and @llylock. a big thanks to each of them for being molly mutt fans!

A Quick Cuddle to Celebrate National Dog Day!

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today is national dog day – a day made for the sole purpose of celebrating the furry one in your life. we know, you show them love each and every single day, but today let’s really show them we care! together, let’s take the opportunity to cuddle, comfort, snuggle, pet, and love them to thank them for the joy they bring into our lives every day.

every single dog out there wants someone to love and to love them back. they want to be held, feel relief from the stress and anxiety in their lives – it’s hard work protecting you and your home from the imminent threat the Fedex delivery person poses – and they want to experience the ultimate feeling of coziness when they curl up [next to you] during their morning/afternoon/evening naps. it is up to you to give them those things, and we encourage you to give that to them today. hang out with your pup today — be present and giving — let them sit and lay on you if that’s what they want to do, take them out for a nice walk and then let them rest while you take care of the rest. show them the ultimate comfort today, and let all their worries fade away!

national dog day is certainly about celebrating the lives of our furry best friends at home, but it’s also to acknowledge those who haven’t yet found their forever homes. it is a day that’s meant to bring attention to the plight so many animals face on a day-to-day basis. more importantly, to inspire everyone who is considering bringing a four-legged addition into their home — to always consider adoption first. no matter the breed or mix, every dog deserves a warm and loving home.

national dog day was founded in 2004 by pet & family lifestyle expert and animal advocate, colleen paige, also the founder of national puppy day, national mutt day and national cat day and many more philanthropic days.